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Les 3 Vallées 2018/19 - Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens etc etc etc

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Is the Ceme Caron still closed? If so what is the reason? Thanks.
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@Ptspeak, yes but you can get a tow behind a piste machine up to the top of combe caron black from where the new red meets the piste coming from funitel Grand Fond...
Back in Jan there was a storm which left serious icing on the lifts, word on the street is they ran the cable car before it been properly de-iced and did some damage which needs a big repair this summer - reassuringly they weren't allowed to do a 'temporary fix'...
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Ptspeak wrote:
Is the Ceme Caron still closed? If so what is the reason? Thanks.

They ran it earlier in the season with too much ice on the cables. They will replace the cables this summer.
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out of interest how much is an early bird season lift pass in the 3 valleys?
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@offpisteskiing,
Is that cure on second pic .... if not where ??????
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@PBJ, one of the aiguille du fruit's 'hidden' couloirs...
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PBJ glad you enjoyed the session.
Here is a photo of you making those tracks...
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out of interest how much is an early bird season lift pass in the 3 valleys?

No early bird discounts in the three valleys.
Season pass this year was around 1300 Euro.
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@snowrider,
Friday ... here we go !
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@offpisteskiing, cheers looks awesome !!
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@Ptspeak, yes but you can get a tow behind a piste machine up to the top of combe caron black from where the new red meets the piste coming from funitel Grand Fond...


Which piste from Grand Fond? Falaise?
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thanks @offpisteskiing Your photos are amazing looks like a great day today. Hope you're battening down the hatches for tomorrow's forecast!
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Few cm last night and can now see a bit of blue sky ... not what we were expecting ... plenty of cloud around too but looking good
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Skied some great powder around Val Thorens this morning, visibility was mediocre to good. Powder over the boots is a lovely feeling Very Happy

Then I mistook a snow covered rock for merely a pile of snow and have done something horrible to my ankle, so the day has ended a bit early Sad
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30cm of porridge ... bummer
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The snow is quite heavy. Seems every nice storm in the alps ends in rain or heavy snow.
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Drove up from St M to VT this morning. Very glad we did. The vis was a bit pants at time and it was windy, but the snow was good. Over knee deep and heavy off piste, which, combined with the variable visibility meant my one attempt to ski it ended with me on my backside. Driven back down now as the vis got progressively foggy. The temperature has gone up, and a slight drizzle is falling from just below VT and beyond. We’ve abandoned skiing for the day - don’t envy those low down in the mush and/or compressed wet snow.
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Not the best day for off piste session !
Avi 4 and poor viz ... lots of technique practice !
Still an enjoyable session and just stopped for late lunch
Hoping for sun tomorrow
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In Courchevel yesterday. It was probably the worst snow conditions after a large snowfall I've ever seen. Very wet and heavy.
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@PBJ, @Ptspeak, yep - top 100m off Vizelle/Saulire was OK, Tovets down to 1550 was smooth soft spring slush, pretty much everything else was variations of porridge (and that was just the piste!).
Blue skies and today and due to be cooler in next day or two so hopefully we will come back to some semblance of a skiable snowpack!!
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What a difference a night makes !
Snow loads better after a coldish night
Went to orelle for morning - the off pist snow was pretty damn good given what we were expecting.
Back for a sunny lunch in la Tania now
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Crossing the Atlantic after an up and down weather week in 3V. Yesterday was very pleasant in VT. Meribel seemed to be losing snow cover at a rapid rate on the more sun exposed slopes. Were I to come back, I would not stay in Courchevel but rather Meribel or VT.
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Were I to come back, I would not stay in Courchevel but rather Meribel or VT.

Why? And where were you staying in Courch?
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Were I to come back, I would not stay in Courchevel but rather Meribel or VT.

Why? And where were you staying in Courch?

An Airbnb by the gondola. My adult children were with me and they wanted a little more nightlife, pub style. The place we stayed was nice but small for 6 adults. It's a really nice ski area, and it's maybe a bit of an unfair statement since the days we skied Courchevel were the whiteout days. Chanroussa looked really nice but it was closed a couple of days when I planned to go up. I really enjoyed VT and had a couple of sunny days over there. I will also say that on Saturday, while Meribel was struggling with slush, the snow in Courchevel was very good. As I type this, I'd say if I brought my wife I'd stay in courchevel again, and if I were with my kids, I'd stay in Meribel for bars and central location.
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Ptspeak wrote:
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Ptspeak wrote:
Were I to come back, I would not stay in Courchevel but rather Meribel or VT.

Why? And where were you staying in Courch?

An Airbnb by the gondola. My adult children were with me and they wanted a little more nightlife, pub style. The place we stayed was nice but small for 6 adults. It's a really nice ski area, and it's maybe a bit of an unfair statement since the days we skied Courchevel were the whiteout days. Chanroussa looked really nice but it was closed a couple of days when I planned to go up. I really enjoyed VT and had a couple of sunny days over there. I will also say that on Saturday, while Meribel was struggling with slush, the snow in Courchevel was very good. As I type this, I'd say if I brought my wife I'd stay in courchevel again, and if I were with my kids, I'd stay in Meribel for bars and central location.

Ah, makes more sense. I made an assumption the statement was purely related to the skiing.
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@Ptspeak, oh dear we are heading to méribel in 3 weeks. I hope there's some snow left!
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I think if you're there for motorway skiing its hard to beat mottaret. Zero atmosphere but bang at those two lifts to access either of the other two valleys rapidly
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10 - 20cm of snow last night and cold. Best snow of the day was in the Cote Brune sector with around 30cm of light dry powder in places.
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Good to hear the season is still delivering, it's too early to be talking about slush!

I'm heading out to VT on the 30th for a week with the family but hoping to fit in a day, or a couple of half days, with a guide for some steepness. The only contacts I have so far offer full week courses but that's not going to work. Can anyone recommend someone who might be able to offer me something? Or anyone want to meet up for some fast runs and an explore?
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@snowrider, Courchevel wasn't too shabby either...

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Yesterday was good... today was even better...

Aiguille du Fruit



Trying to avoid sluffing out the bootpack so we could go back up for round 2 in another line later...




Jack about to go supersonic in our 'Brucie bonus' extension:



Round 2, going steeper and tighter in the "Grumpy Git" couloir:









Round 2's exit up & slightly right of Amanda's head:



Might as well hang up the skis for the rest of the week... !!
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Spring has definitely sprung in the three valleys - lots of swifts whizzing about Very Happy
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@andy1234 oh dear - how slushy is it
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@Stinkpickle, oh it's not bad at all. Pistes yesterday in great condition. We went to Mottaret and it was near perfect. Coming back to Menuires at 4pm it was soft, but not slush.
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@Stinkpickle, don’t panic (at least not quite yet!) - you’re going to VT IIRC, so remember that many comments on this thread will refer to conditions around all around the 3 Valleys. VT should hold up pretty well through to Easter hols.
(barring a heatwave!)
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oh dear - how slushy is it


Its not too bad...



Definitely milder, but shady slopes are staying cold and sunny sides are going into a nice spring cycle.
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Still good conditions off piste... Cold chalkiness on the North faces and great spring snow (with the right timing) on the sunny sides:



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A trifle warm today (+17C in Reberty at 2.30 pm) but the skiing is still remarkably good.
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