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Saturday 20 December - Provisional Openings for next week
[Updated 11:00 Fri 19 Dec 2014]
Today sees 77 lifts and 112 pistes open across The 3 Valleys - the most skiing available in France (Tignes / Val d'Isere is next with 45 runs open). To date in the Savoie / Haute Savoie, only 6 resorts outside the 3 Valleys are open: La Plagne / Les Arcs / Tignes / Val d ' Isère / Valloire and Avoriaz.
More is set to open next week including a link from 1650 via Ariondaz and the new Aiguille du Fruit to link to 1850 with Suisses chair also open. Creux Noirs chair will also open and access to Plantrey from Praz plus access from Méribel Village via Golf will be available. Return to 1650 will be via free shuttle bus and to Méribel Village via Golf lift downloading or Meribus shuttle.
From Monday 22 December there will be Night Skiing every night on Verdons above Courchevel until 7pm while there is a partial opening of the ski area. Shared lift pass arrangements with local Tarantaise ski areas & ski clubs from other resorts will be suspended to focus on local customers.
3V passes stay at the normal rate (in part to discourage people being shipped in from other areas) but Courchevel will be €192 for 6 days and the day pass €39.30 instead of €49. Note off piste skiing is strongly not advised and everyone needs to be aware of the conditions and adjust their speed accordingly.
S3V stress that the situation can change very quickly if there is enough persistent cold weather to produce more snow lower down and any significant snow fall will lead to the opening of many more runs as soon as possible. All teams are working flat out and massive efforts by S3V plus volunteers from the Club des Sports, ESF and the local communties have got us this far.
A little more analysis and pics in the La Tania Ski Blog
3 Valleys Provision Opening from 20 December 2014 - Click on image for full size pic
Snow! The 3 Valleys has 69 Lifts and 111 Pistes Open
[Updated 16:00 Thu 18 Dec 2014]
Around 15cm of fresh snow yesterday afternoon and overnight down to below St Bonn at 1100m has made things look a whole lot better this morning. Temperatures have risen though, maybe not as much as forecast but there is rain in resort this morning and temperatures remaining above freezing at resort level until Saturday - hopefully colder weather coming in and time for some consolidation of the groomed base up top.
Pralong to access Biollay-Verdons link and the new Foret lift from Le Praz opened for the first time today and there will be some more hard work for pisteurs in planning to get as much open as possible for next week. The main Biollay run and Suisses look complete for example but look like they are being saved for next week.
Access from La Tania is via the La Tania Gondola and the short path to the Lanches chairlift which leads to the Col de la Loze piste towards the top of Chenus - narrow at the start but ok for say a week 2 skier.
With Lac Bleu still closed a bit of skating and poling is required to get to the top of the Bouc Blanc chair (going left at the big rock on Loze Est) leading to the red Loze piste down to 1850 - note that the last section is a little steeper, so some skiers might prefer the short walk up to the Chenus Gondola to download to 1850 from the end of the Col de la Loze piste. Easy skiing is currently available on the Jardin Alpin / Bellecote piste and on Verdons.
The route back to La Tania is via Chenus or Plantrey lifts and the blue Arolles piste down to the La Tania gondola for downloading. Fairly good cover and almost full width down this run - our week 2 skiers managed this ok on Wednesday.
We're hearing that if the forecasted 48 hours dip in temperatures from Saturday night goes as planned then La Tania and Le Praz may have priority on the snow making system to attempt to open up lower runs. More on this when it gets clarified over the next day or so.
Skiing down to Méribel on both sides of the valley is now possible but some narrow and sketchy spots low down as you approach La Chaudanne area. Top of Saulire down to the Folie Douce at the Saulire Express mid-station has good cover and not many people are on it this week at least. Remarkably even the green Truite run between Mottaret and Méribel at the bottom of the valley is now scheduled to open - again some great work by snow cannons and pisteurs here.
Finally, one of the best runs for snow we discovered this week was Grand Lac down below the Granges chairlift above Les Menuires - just great snow on a fast roller coaster blue run.
There could be some more snow due on Saturday too but snow/rain level will still be critical. Off Piste Avalanche Risk is raised up to Considerable Risk 3/5 this morning although obviously not advised due to overall snow depths.
This was the scene on the Arolles piste down to the La Tania gondola yesterday
AND WE'RE OFF! What's On in La Tania this Weekend and Next Week...
Friday 12 December: La Taiga opens it's doors for Winter with a provisional bar and menu for Friday & Saturday. The New Generation Avalanche Talk for Saisonnaires takes place at Hotel Telemark at 5pm.
Saturday 13 December: Hopefully some La Tania lifts open today! Hotel Telemark opens it's full bar and restaurant service. Pub Le Ski Lodge TV Sport includes Boro v Derby at 13:15 and Arsenal v The Toon at 18:30.
Sunday 14 December: La Taiga Official Opening Night Party with Bring Your Sisters live.
Monday 15 December: Pub Le Ski Lodge hosts the latania.co.uk Saisonnaires Night and photo session with a few freebies, shots and live & direct from Ibiza, the coolest DJs on the planet, it's only Les Deux Roux!
Tuesday 16 December: It's Freddie Fingers Birthday Party at La Taiga with a non-sober live set at Après Ski followed by Big Band Tuesday at The Ski Lodge with the infamous Bring Your Sisters live (and probably naked) from 10pm.
Wednesday 17 December: Dutch Courage play live at The Ski Lodge at Après Ski from 5pm.
Thursday 18 December: It's the Extended (possibly) Happy Hour Après Ski Party with live music from Bring Your Sisters at Pub Le Ski Lodge from 5pm.
Friday 19 December: Fun Day Friday with The Killer Beez at Après Ski at The Ski Lodge and later on it's Open Mic Night at La Taiga from 10pm.
Free Ski Bus Timetable For Winter 2015
The Free Ski Bus Timetable for the shuttle between La Tania and Courchevel has been released. A new 08:30 service arriving in Courchevel 1850 at 09:00 is new for this season. The rest of the timetable remains the same as last year. Full details here...
The La Tania to Méribel timetable during the school holidays is still to be confirmed.
What's New for 2015 and The First Snow Pics
The first snow of the Winter season happened back on 22nd October Pics here...
Then further snow on 4th November - see the Here Comes The Snow pics and then the 15th Nov pics
Three Valleys 2014 / 2015 Lift Pass Prices "Cheaper than last year"
Details of the lift pass prices for next Winter and all the options are on our 2015 Lift Pass Prices page.
A 6 day Adult 3 Valleys is now €283 and Courchevel Valley (includes La Tania) is now €240. This is an increase of only 2% and 2.9% from last year and with the Euro currently around €1.27 / £1 bank rate this could make it cheaper than last season!
For comparison the prices increases for 3V & Courchevel passes were 9.5% & 7.9% in 2013 and 7.3% & 6.5% in 2014.
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