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Our Guide to What’s New in the 3 Valleys for 2015-16

New ski lifts

Combes 1 & 2 – The biggest development in Meribel has been a total reshaping of the Mont de la Challe area of Mottaret (where the pistes come into Mottaret centre from Meribel direction).  Three old chairlifts (of the ‘hit you in the back of the legs and tip you off at the top’ variety) have been replaced with one bigger, faster, modern chairlift with a mid-station for more comfort and convenience.

St Martin Express – Just over on the St Martin side from Meribel the St Martin 2 lift has been completely revamped now travelling at higher speeds and carrying 6 passengers on each chair significantly reducing queuing time and time on the lift itself. The chairs will also have wind covers to protect you from face freeze in the colder months.

Bettex chairlift – The old Bettex lift in Les Menuires has been revamped and extended to reach the top of the Violette piste.

New pistes

Mottaret – The slopes below the new Combes 1 lift have been reshaped making them easier for beginners to access Mottaret centre from Meribel.

Lory piste – this is a great addition to the piste map, a run from the reasonably new Thorens Funitel down to Orelle, the ‘fourth’ valley.

Chasse piste – another great addition that links the Pluviometre run in VT to Boulevard Cumin down to Les Menuires.

Bouquetin run – an extension above the existing blue run on La Masse means that less advanced skiers can make the most of this awesome and often quiet face.

Montagnettes piste – another new dedicated beginner (green) run into Les Menuires.

Plan du Vah – Courchevel have reinstated a run that used to go down through the woods from the bottom of the Creux run (by Aiguille du Fruit and Roc Mugnier lifts) down to a bus stop on the road between Courchevel 1650 and 1850. 

Free wifi on the slopes!

You really will be able to make your friends jealous of your ski holiday this season. Meribel has been busy installing free wifi hubs which you will find at the top of the Saulire Express, the top of the Tougnete 2 chairlift, the top of the Altiport lift and at the Moonpark hut too. There are also already a number of hubs in Val Thorens.

Race your friends!

Race your friends and family on a timed and filmed parallel slalom course located just below the Dent de Burgin chairlift on the Saulire side of the valley.

With all of these new elements improving on what was already an epic ski domain. What are you waiting for? Get in touch, come and stay and get out there!

Heather & Andy

Alpine weather predictions for your ski holiday 2015-16

Whether you have already booked your ski or snowboarding holiday or not, we are sure you’ll be interested in what the skies will bring this coming ski season. With that in mind we have been checking  out what the meteorologists have to say.

As you may have heard, a strong ‘El Niño’ pattern will have a big influence on the weather system in Europe this winter which in general terms means slightly warmer temperatures than average and plenty of precipitation with most experts agreeing that here in the French Alps we will be in the path of several large storm tracks. These storms will bring snow to mountain areas from November and more abundantly in December.

“The high frequency of storms moving through the heart of Europe will favor above-normal snow in the Alps and a good season overall for skiers,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

According to La Chaine Meteo (the French weather channel) temperatures in January are likely to be a couple of degrees milder than average and skies sunnier. The Dauphiné Libéré (our local newspaper) says that early February should see temperatures drop and new snow arrive. Temperatures will stay colder than average during March with plentiful snowfall in the mountains. “Les chutes de neige seront très abondante”, they say). Finally, spring will start to become evident in April as temperatures start to rise.

So what does all this mean? Well, in essence with the snow arriving nice and early and temperatures set to be cold well into March, we should have ourselves a nice long season of snowy loveliness for skiing, snowboarding and other snow based activities. So if you haven’t booked your stay with us yet, what are you waiting for? Get in touch!

Heather & Andy