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Les 3 Vallées 2019/20 - Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens etc

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Since the days are getting shorter it would seem apt to kick off a new thread...

Picking up from where the last one left off here are a few photo updates from today of ongoing works in Courchevel:

A glimpse of the new piste and lift-line to be (TS Combes?) serving the hotel/flat development by Aquamotion:


Tovets top station has moved downhill, new Praz top station taking shape. They both seem quite a way below the road below the Croisette (and a way below the Forum piste-side exit). not sure whether there is any plan to facilitate getting to the Croisette from the top of the lifts...


Lots of earthwork going on remodelling the bottom of the Stade:


And finally a look across at a grassy Chanrossa bowl (and yes I know, bar-ends are so 'last century'...):
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Hi

Re Tovets and Praz. I think the idea is for those clients to ski down to Plantrey and not use the Croisette lifts.

Andy
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@offpisteskiing, many thanks for the great pixs!

This chap also has a fab and constantly updated library of pixs from the Three Valleys:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/skifan/

I'm all booked for Val Thorens — 2 weeks in early Jan snowHead
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@Poogle, yes - he posts on remontees-mecaniques with loads of pics...

PS Val T in early Jan... Brrrrrrrr!
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anderoo wrote:
Hi

Re Tovets and Praz. I think the idea is for those clients to ski down to Plantrey and not use the Croisette lifts.

Andy


Yes, except that one role of the new Praz lift is to serve as a 'liaison urbaine' (quoting the initial project description) - with early and late opening - ie serving 1850 for foot passengers as well as skiers...
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Looks like the timing hut on the Courchevel stade has been demolished.
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offpisteskiing wrote:
@Poogle,
PS Val T in early Jan... Brrrrrrrr!


Sometimes it’s a bit chilly — but you always get the snow, even in early Jan, and that’s the important part! VT is the highest ski resort in Europe. snowHead
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Oh dear! It looks like the Glacier lift at the top of Val Thorens is being dismantled. It seems to be because of the melting glacier and permafrost?

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.remontees-mecaniques.net%2Fforums%2Findex.php%3Fs%3D9d96fca930ab972febfd13c2f29a1746%26showtopic%3D12316%26st%3D120
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Januar is the best month for 3 Valleys. Remarkable consistent weather - last year we had snowing during the night (cca 30-50 cm of fresh powder) and sunny/partly sunny and cold (temperatures between 5 and 10 Celsius below zero) during the day. Snow remained cold for the whole week. Best conditions ever.
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But on the plus side, the powers-that-be seem to have given the green light to a new gondola from Orelle to the top of the Cime Caron:

https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=https://www.registre-dematerialise.fr/1079&xid=17259,15700021,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259,15700262,15700265&usg=ALkJrhhendb0OwbId7WaBxmo8ORQ6pSmSg
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Just booked up for last week in jan 2020 to la Tania with Silverski as had a fantastic week with them this season. Booked Chalet Avril but can’t find it on the la Tania chalet map, I know it’s a long shot but wondered if anyone might have an idea what it was previously called.
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TOs have an annoying habit of renting a chalet for the season that has a well-known local name in the resort, and then calling it something completely different in their brochure. Not sure why they do it, as it can be a real pain: ski-hire shop / medical centre / pizza delivery: "where are you staying?", "Chalet Avril", "Never heard of it".

Last season it might have been held by a different operator, with a different name again, that still won't help in identifiying it to locals!
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Thanks for the reply, I guessed that may be the case..... had a look on google earth and think I’ve found it
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Very sorry photo of the Val Thorens glacier here.

You could ski this all-yearround until the 2000s...
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@Whitegold, Gosh... that's a depressing photo... There's also a photo, later in the sequence, of the lovely old Stuttgarter Hütte, at the top of the TS du Col, which used to be run by a rather maverick German chap, back in the 1980s...

I notice they've also been removing the last remaining lift on the Peclet glacier this summer... There used to be 2 chairs and a drag, that I can recall ski-ing on...


http://youtube.com/v/vhfePZ0YBrM&fbclid=IwAR2NK4uvdyThMMWYUmLU_Wt1paIAf5bbwBt8sVnvkeh6B9x6w4p4h27yDLs
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And this is what they hope to build at the top of the Cime De Caron...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2498707836862971&set=p.2498707836862971&type=3&theater
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Is there any apres for the chalets higher up in la Tania, or is it a case of don’t finish to late and take the Gros Murger drag up and hop off half way.
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Whitegold wrote:
Very sorry photo of the Val Thorens glacier here.

You could ski this all-yearround until the 2000s...


Whilst it's depressing I'm not sure if these are pictures of the Val Thorens glacier at the top of the Peclet or are they over the back Glacier Chaviere, where there hasn't been skiing for decades, isn't in the national park or something?
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Is there any apres for the chalets higher up in la Tania, or is it a case of don’t finish to late and take the Gros Murger drag up and hop off half way.


Unless the Telemark Hotel reopens then no.
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@Gnipgnop, the lifts shut at 4.30/4.40pm in January but the apres bands generally play from 5-7pm. So better to have a couple of beers at the top in Le Roc or Bouc Blanc and then ski back to your chalet. Depending where your chalet is, skiing down the Gros Murger may be the best way to get home so you need it to be shut. Get changed and walk into town for the band. There's a public lift in the Grand Bois apartment block so it's an easy walk. Happy hour in the Lodge is 4-6pm officially but often runs later.
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stevew wrote:
Whitegold wrote:
Very sorry photo of the Val Thorens glacier here.

You could ski this all-yearround until the 2000s...


Whilst it's depressing I'm not sure if these are pictures of the Val Thorens glacier at the top of the Peclet or are they over the back Glacier Chaviere, where there hasn't been skiing for decades, isn't in the national park or something?


The picture in the link is the 'Glacier' (if you can really call it that still) de Thorens - lookers right of the Col chair as you look uphill. (Which is also in a sorry state).
The glacier above the Funitel Peclet where the Glacier chair was the Glacier de Peclet...

Some fairly sorry shots of the Chaviere glacier in that album too!
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@Raceplate, priceless info! Didn’t think of that.... thanks so much
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@Raceplate, priceless info! Didn’t think of that.... thanks so much
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offpisteskiing wrote:
stevew wrote:
Whitegold wrote:
Very sorry photo of the Val Thorens glacier here.

You could ski this all-yearround until the 2000s...


Whilst it's depressing I'm not sure if these are pictures of the Val Thorens glacier at the top of the Peclet or are they over the back Glacier Chaviere, where there hasn't been skiing for decades, isn't in the national park or something?


The picture in the link is the 'Glacier' (if you can really call it that still) de Thorens - lookers right of the Col chair as you look uphill. (Which is also in a sorry state).
The glacier above the Funitel Peclet where the Glacier chair was the Glacier de Peclet...

Some fairly sorry shots of the Chaviere glacier in that album too!


Thanks for the clarification I was thinking all the shots were of Chaviere, didn't realise that there is a separate Thorens glacier
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Poogle wrote:
Oh dear! It looks like the Glacier lift at the top of Val Thorens is being dismantled. It seems to be because of the melting glacier and permafrost?

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.remontees-mecaniques.net%2Fforums%2Findex.php%3Fs%3D9d96fca930ab972febfd13c2f29a1746%26showtopic%3D12316%26st%3D120


We reported on this in The Ski Podcast back in Episode 28 - there was a petition
https://theskipodcast.com/podcast/episode-28-wolves-in-the-alps-how-cows-prevent-avalanches-ski-sunday-returns/

https://www.change.org/p/setam-soci%C3%A9t%C3%A9-des-t%C3%A9l%C3%A9ph%C3%A9riques-de-tarentaise-maurienne-non-au-d%C3%A9montage-du-t%C3%A9l%C3%A9si%C3%A8ge-du-glacier-%C3%A0-val-thorens?use_react=false
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