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Lots of new Snow across The 3 Valleys…

The new Bouquetin lift, Plantrey and a check on how the snow cannon mounds on Folyères are doing…

First Down Suisses, the “new” Bouquetin Lift and Avalanche Danger…

Out and about across the 3 Valleys this morning our special correspondents saw lots of signs of avalanches and potentially dangerous spots in popular off piste areas – Avalanche Risk remains at 4 out of 5 (High Risk) off piste.

Latest Covid Related Rules & Test Centres for Courchevel and Méribel

This is the latest information we have at time of publication, please don’t shoot the messenger! For further information please use the contact details on this page and speak to people – relying on facebook comments for accurate information is not advised. Official links at the bottom of this page.

Courchevel Tourist Office +33 (0) 479 08 00 29 and Les 3 Vallees Covid Page for more info.

Our guide to Covid Related Travel Restrictions / Testing / Forms to complete etc is here

Les 3 Vallees Association have released the following information

Health Pass (or Pass Sanitaire)

The Health Pass / Pass Sanitaire is compulsory in The 3 Valleys from 4th December for anyone over the age of 12 and 2 months to access ski lifts (even the free ones) and to go into any of the slope side restaurants (and terraces).

Systematic checks will be carried out at lift pass sales outlets, at the ski lift departure points, at the start of ski lessons and at the entrance to slopeside restaurants.

The health pass is required for anyone over the age of 12 and 2 months.

The health pass consists of the presentation, in digital or paper form, of one of the following three health proofs:

  • Proof of Vaccination, provided that a complete vaccination schedule is available.
  • Poof of a negative test (PCR or antigen tests) less than 24 hours old.
  • Proof of the result of a positive RT-PCR test attesting to the recovery of Covid-19, at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old. Please note that you must be able to present a QR Code.

Note that the NHS QR Code from the NHS App (or a paper copy) is acceptable or you can download the French Tous Anti-Covid App to your phone and scan the NHS QR Code in to it and use that – you will then have a “Pass Sanitaire”.

For countries outside the EU – the manual form filling version to get a Pass Sanitaire is here:
Convert a foreign vaccination certificate into a french health pass

Face Masks

Wearing a mask is compulsory (from age 11) on all ski lifts, when queueing – both inside and outside – and in all sales outlets and meeting places.

It is also compulsory in all types of ski lifts during the transport – we advise you to travel with your family or with other members of your group.

Skiers are required to wear a surgical mask or a category 1 fabric mask.

Regarding neck warmers, only those that are filtering and approved will be authorized as an alternative to masks (ie The 3 Valleys one).

Testing Stations

Antigen / Lateral Flow tests are acceptable for the Pass Sanitaire (within 24 hours) or for the pre-departure return to the UK (with 48 hours). There is a test centre at Geneva Airport too.

With 12-15 year olds not being able to get double jabbed in the UK this currently means they will need to test every 24 hours to get the Pass Sanitaire to allow skiing and access to mountain restaurants etc.

PCR Tests are €75
Antigen Tests are €22

We are awaiting clarification on testing in La Tania – expect an update by lift opening date of 11 December.

COURCHEVEL TEST CENTRES

Salle des Arolles La Croisette Courchevel 1850, by appointment only: Make an appointment

The nursing office of Courchevel 1850, by appointment only +33 (0) 479 08 16 23 

In the doctors’ offices of the ski resort, by appointment only on +33 (0) 479 08 20 03

The pharmacy of Courchevel 1850, by appointment only, Friday afternoon from 1500 to 17:00 and Monday from 09:00. to 11:00 book on +33 (0)479 08 05 37 

MERIBEL TEST CENTRES

Méribel Olympic Park.

Méribel Mottaret Tourist Office.

Test centers open from 4 Dec 2021 to 22 Apr 2022, every day, from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 p.m. to 18:30 by appointment only: Make an appointment

Message from The 3 Valleys Resorts

Our staff will welcome you in the best conditions possible, having made changes to the way we work since the start of the health crisis (training in barrier gestures, wearing a mask, etc.).

Social distancing rules must be respected at sales outlets, on all ski lifts when queueing, in picnic rooms and public toilets… in all meeting places.

Hydroalcoholic gels are available in all public places, such as enclosed buildings for ski lifts, points of sale, viewpoints, first aid stations, public toilets, picnic rooms, etc.

Public spaces will be cleaned daily and windows will be kept open as far as possible.

Our ski lift hourly flow will be increased to reduce queues and the ski lifts remain at full capacity.

As is the case for all public transport in France, this winter we will maintain the same passenger flow but are adapting the ski lift rules to ensure peace of mind for both users and employees.

The rules are straightforward: when you get to the top you can remove your mask and make the most of the fresh air, breath-taking views and stunning landscapes.

Courchevel Tourist Office on +33 (0) 479 08 00 29 can provide further information.

Travel

This La Tania Blog Page tries to keep up to date with the latest information (always only from official sources). As always the best (and only) info that is reliable is from government sources – but check that both countries information match for confirmation…

UK Government travelling to UK

UK Government travelling to France

France Government travelling to France

UK Government travelling to Switzerland

Swiss Government travelling to Switzerland (& link to Swiss PLF)

Swiss Government Transit to France information

French Sworn Statement Link (UK is an Amber Country)

UK Passenger Location Form

Swiss Travel Check Site

Les 3 Vallees Covid Information Page

Opening Night at La Taiga

After 623 days #backstronger

Outdoor Master Ultra Goggle Reviewed

Outdoormaster have released their new ULTRA XL Snow Goggles + Lens Bundle which has a super high definition, colour optimised, wide angle, anti-fog lens, but the special part is the easy magnetic lens changing system for those sunny mornings and the cloudy late afternoons when flat light descends and a change of lens is required (but 90% of the time you can’t be bothered with the hassle and just put up with poor visibility until you get home).

We had the pleasure of trying these out on Val Thorens opening weekend a few days ago. Even though it was a glorious day the light first thing was quite flat on the shaded Lac Blanc / Béranger pistes from the top of the Funitel Peclet.

A little later of course we were bathed in bright sunshine for the entire run as the sun got a little higher in the sky but at this time of year it’s always pretty low – for example the terrace outside Jack’s Bar in Méribel is in the shade from 14:20 as the sun goes over Tougnéte!

So a perfect chance to switch lenses and hammer down the shaded pistes being able to clearly see the rutted edges of the piste where cannoned snow had been groomed a bit over enthusiastically! Later when we were mostly in bright sunshine a very quick 10 second change over – here’s how easy it is to change lenses:

The clarity with a new pair of goggles is like having enhance vision – it really is a game changer (lens changer!).

Opening Weekend at Val Thorens: 19-21 Nov 2021

After 615 days it’s absolutely fabulous to be skiing again! Everyone was smiling, accepting masks being worn in queues and enjoying the skiing. Limited to the prepared pistes, but no stones or bare patches – a tremendous job once again from the Pisteurs.

Winter Olympics 2022: what you need to know

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The timer is ticking down as the excitement goes up in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing hosts the world for what will be a memorable games running between the opening ceremony on 4th February and the closing ceremony on 20th February. The Beijing National Stadium features as the main arena, and it’s there the hotly anticipated 2022 games will be opened by President Xi Jinping as the eyes of the watching world focus on Asia.

Followers will witness a piece of sporting history as we see the first-ever Winter Olympics held in China and the last of what will be three consecutive Olympic Games staged in East Asia. Following the success of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the pressure is now on China to live up to the high standards set there.

Preparations are well underway, with organisers putting the finishing touches on the stadiums and security while the athletes and coaches hone their skills before performing on the big stage. Fans of winter sports have also been busy making their predictions at Las Vegas online sports betting websites and smartphone apps. Pick the nations you expect to shine in your favourite events and place your bets early to secure the best odds.

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How to watch Beijing 2022

This will be the most-watched Winter Olympics ever, with more major television stations around the world showing the events. Each sport and fixture from the games will be shown to a global audience, from the early rounds all the way through to the medals. You can keep pace with the strong starters and the grandstand finishes. It promises to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and you can keep up to speed with the best of the best.

The TV coverage is boosted by live streaming, which brings HD quality streams to your smartphone or mobile device. Watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort and warmth of your own home using a desktop computer or when on the move through an Android or iOS device. Turn everyday situations into a chance to watch live sports. You can follow the action on your commute home from work, on a lunch break or when out shopping. If you have a modern smartphone with a reliable Wi-Fi connection, you can even keep tabs on bobsleigh, downhill skiing, snowboarding and all your favourite winter sports at work.

There’s now no reason for you to miss the events and results you love most. Unlike past winter Olympics that have taken place at awkward times in your daily schedule, you don’t need to rely on a results site or the highlights when you return home from work. You are always just a click away from a live stream that has perfect quality, crystal clear sound and no buffering or loading interruptions.

How to get the best live stream

Many live streams are available on the Winter Olympics, and more will pop up between now and February. Some are better quality than others, and some are more secure than others. It’s crucial that you choose a free and reliable site to live stream the Winter Olympics. It must be available and legal in your region, have HD quality and cover all the sports you are most interested in.

Online betting apps offer the best live streams, and there’s a reason for this. Bookies have live streaming Winter Olympics features that are head and shoulders above the competition as it helps attract new customers to their app. Sign up for an account with a bookie that offers live streaming, and you can watch every event free of charge. In addition to the live stream, there’s updated stats, pre-match predictions, live scores and in-play betting.

If you place a wager on the outcome of an event, you can watch the play live and for free. This allows you to not only cheer on your favourite teams and athletes but also your bets. Bookies know the better their live streaming tab is, the more likely you are to sign up and gamble on the outcome of a match. Take advantage by creating an account, placing a small wager and watching for free on your smartphone.

New La Tania Beginners Area – First Lift Going In & Plan Fontaine / Folyères Junction Explored

Today saw the support structure for the first of the covered magic carpet / travelators installed

It would appear that the 2022 Three Valleys Piste Map is not exactly right regarding the Plan Fontaine (green) and Folyères (blue) junction. It shows it with the green run going in to the beginners area – but it looks like all piste traffic (sensibly) goes around the beginners area and Plan Fontaine joins up with Folyères.

There will be netting separating the areas once construction work finishes and we approach the start of the season. La Tania lifts open on 11 December with Courchevel 1850 opening on 4 December.

On the far side of the La Tania Gondola the road up to the chalets has been moved as preparation work for the Moretta Village construction starts (see What’s New).

It looked like the red run would be affected with the new road but it now looks like there will be a new entrance for skiers coming down the red Moretta Blanche piste back to the La Tania Gondola. Some more pics in the What’s New 2022.

Thanks to Ralph at Freeride Republic Catered Chalet Holidays for the pics.

First Tracks on Saulire – Winter 2022

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A bit keen? Spotted on the Saulire webcam yesterday 4th November 2021 – A lone figure skinning up the Saulire bowl.

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And then putting down those first tracks of the season… Congratulations! Your name is safe with us…

Tips that will Help you to Stay Entertained While Travelling

Many people look forward to going on holiday every single year. It doesn’t matter whether it is a beach trip or whether it is simply going skiing on fresh snow. That being said, travelling is usually the worst bit about going on holiday. If you want to make sure that your holiday is the best that it can be, then this is the guide for you.

Rent a Movie

Whether you are travelling by car, plane or even public transport, there is now a huge range of portable devices that you can use to watch your movies. The great thing about them is that they don’t break the bank. If you can stay connected to the WiFi or if you can use streaming services such as Netflix or even Amazon then this will give you plenty of options when it comes to your viewing experience. Many long-haul planes also give you the option for in-seat viewing. You have the option to download whatever shows you want before you go as well so you won’t have to worry about a thing when you’re off the grid.

Learn a New Language

Why not try and be productive when you are on the road? There are many things that you can do when you are out travelling. The benefits of learning a new language are endless and they can really help you to enhance your cognitive abilities. It can also boost your confidence, allowing you to make bigger and better decisions. If you are travelling to a new country then you may even find that you can practice whatever you are going to say when you get there and this will really help you out. You may even find that you can expand your reading ability and this can work in your favour far more than you realise. Why not see what language apps there are out there, if you want to boost your chances of success?

Play Online Games

The great thing about travelling in this day and age is the fact that there is a host of tech out there. It’s great if you want to stay entertained. Even though some people grew up trying to play noughts and crosses in the back seat, travellers today now have the option of many different online games. If you want to play online slots then the casino NetBet is a fantastic example of the casino genre. Then again, if you love ‘shoot-em-up’ games, Fortnite and Assasins Creed may be more up your alley. Technological developments from various online providers mean that you can now have the best graphics and the most immersive experience while you are on the go.

Travel Games

Nothing beats you having a classic board game. The great thing about travel games is that they are often available in smaller, travel editions. If you love Scrabble then you may want to play Bananagrams. This is a way more compact version and it comes in a pouch so you can even take it on the train if you want. Another favourite would be Monopoly. The great thing about Monopoly is that it is available in a Grab and Go edition.