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Dub Pistols & Jo Whiley – La Tania at Glastonbury


Just like our Charity Day… With mud!

Barry and the boys kicking off a very Mucky Weekend…









Courchevel-La Tania or Courchevel or maybe La Tania-Courchevel ?



Notice to the population of Perrière and Saint Bon

The first public meeting will be held at La Perrière at 7pm on Tuesday 7th June 2016.

As you already know we are at the beginning of the merger between our two towns and resorts (Saint Bon / Courchevel and La Perrière / La Tania).
To do this we must find a common name:
To help you to vote, the following recommendations of the Mayors of France Association are made:
The new name is for all interests:
– To take the name of one of the founding communities,
– To rely on the name of the town with greater tourist or cultural visibility,
– Or simply to refer to a geographical feature of the region concerned.

Here are the two options proposed:
“Courchevel” or “Courchevel – La Tania”
We welcome your feedback. See you tomorrow.

You can leave feedback here


Avis à la Population de La Perrière et de Saint Bon,
La première réunion publique va se tenir demain à la Perrière à 19h.
Comme vous le savez déjà nous sommes à l’aube de la fusion entre nos 2 communes et stations (Saint Bon/Courchevel et La Perrière/La Tania).
Pour se faire il faut trouver un nom commun:
Afin de vous aider à vous prononcer voici les recommandations de l’Association des Maires de France:

« Le nouveau nom a tout intérêt :
– à reprendre le nom de l’une des communes fondatrices,
– à s’appuyer sur le nom de la commune ayant une visibilité touristique ou culturelle plus marquée,
– ou plus simplement à faire référence à une caractéristique géographique de la région concernée. »

Voici les 2 options proposées:
‘Courchevel’ ou ‘Courchevel – La Tania’

On attend vos retours. A demain




Great Aerial Views of La Tania


New aerial shots of La Tania in this video for Alpine Escape from Altivisual Photography & Griffilms Animation.


La Tania Resort – Summer v Winter Aerial Shots


Col de la Loze last Summer


And from this year’s Winter Montage…


Our original Aerial Photography was from Ferg via Paraglider long before drones came along…
La Tania Aerial Pics from 2004





La Tania Winter 2016 – The Montage


Look What We Did Last Winter…





La Terrasse in Meribel Village is open!


La Terrasse in Meribel Village is open!


At times you may be forgiven for thinking you are the only living soul in Meribel & La Tania at the moment but thankfully there is still one establishment that has stayed open for the interseason.

La Terrasse (restaurant beneath Lodge du Village) is open throughout the interseason and the Summer for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. They are offering three course workers lunches for only 16.50€ (with wine of course!) as well as a lovely à la carte menu offering burgers, salads, daily specials and fish options.



They are also open just for drinks and their sunny terrace is a great place to stop for a refreshing drink or two!

Also look out for their Supper Club every Friday night which offers an exclusive three course menu at attractive prices for locals and friends (only 22€ for three courses). Plus keep an eye on their Facebook page for special events, barbeques, meal nights and exclusive offers.

With most places closed in Meribel at the moment they are very busy for lunches so make sure you book in advance. Call 0479 01 03 55

Opening hours are 11am-11pm 7 days a week. Lunch service is 12-2pm on weekdays and 12-3pm at weekends. Dinner is served 7pm-9.30pm everyday.





First Tracks in May – Snow pics from the last few days


Saulire and Suisses from Webcams and Nick Ski (as always…)











19 April – A Powder Day Once Again



Some pics from those retired folk who can ski all day when everyone else has gone home…




The Webcams this morning…


And a few clips from the 14 April…




3 Valleys Charity Day 2016 – Thank You & Roll of Honour


The 3 Valleys Charity Day 2016 Thank You and Roll of Honour:


Update 13 April: The total amount raised for charity is around €40,0000 – an amazing effort beating last year despite additional costs for infrastructure & security to make it a safer, more organised and enjoyable event.

The fifth annual 3 Valleys Charity Day (& 15th charity event since we started in La Tania in 2002) that was held on Wednesday 6th April 2016 in Meribel Village last week was another outstanding success.

We are still counting all the monies raised on the day and raised in the weeks in the run up to the event from various sources. With more improvements made to the events infrastructure after all our associated costs have been paid we are looking at matching last years total of €36,000 and potentially surpassing that figure by a decent amount.

We will be announcing the final total very soon so look out for that on our Facebook page Thanks to everybody involved as yet again the total raised represents another truly amazing effort.

After three years of incredible sunny weather at the event this year we were faced with an uncertain & unsettled forecast for the actual day. The Gods smiled upon us as always though and the rain held off for the entire day. The lack of sunshine certainly did not dampen spirits on the day or hamper advance ticket sales. Thanks to Luke and the guys at Alpine Intent we had a large tent in place covering the majority of the venue in case of the rain that was forecast. Despite the forecast by 14.00pm the venue was almost full.

This year we saw a record attendance of almost 2000 people at this year’s event. The increased attendance certainly made a difference with the Pub Le Ski Lodge bar serving a pint every six seconds throughout the day!


Many thanks to everyone from all the different stations of Three Valleys that attended and bought a ticket either in advance or on the day. You have all made the event such an incredible success again.

This years slogan of we could be heroes this years was inspired in the most part by David Bowie’s sad passing in January. We did feel though that the message of we could be heroes was a really positive one for our event and could in some way spur us onto greater efforts to raise even more money for our two charities The Sebastian’s Action Trust and the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer


For the first time in the history of our event our Ziggy Stardust motif inspired tee shirt design meant that the official charity day tee shirts were a total sell out. This is an incredible effort so thanks to everyone who bought a charity day tee this year meaning that even more profit goes direct towards our charities.


Radio DJ legend and Glastonbury presenter Jo Whiley returned again this year as our main presenter and MC bringing us a brilliant presence on the main stage and a wider level of recognition & credibility to our event.


The Dub Pistols who have now become synonymous with our event returned this year to headline the line up and brought the house down once more with their set to close out the event. Many thanks to Barry and the guys for their enthusiasm and their big love of our event!


Alongside Jo Whiley and the Dub Pistols we had our usual line up of incredible local bands. It’s worth stressing that many of the local bands on Wednesday gave up paid gigs and their own time to play at our charity day. It cannot go without saying how much we appreciate all the local bands for doing this and without you the event would not be the success that it is. You all know who you are so to quote Barry from the Dub Pistols – Big Yourself Up…

I would also like to thank Rich, Westy, Stevie, Gareth and Dougal of the newly formed Piste Productions Audio for the hours they put in on the Tuesday and Wednesday to make the sure the event sounded absolutely brilliant. I’m not sure those petit vin blancs at 11.00am on Tuesday during set up were a good shout though…

At Wednesday’s event there were too many highlights to mention here individually so make sure you check out all the photos of the action on our facebook page

The fancy dress competition went down a storm this year with some great costumes on show during the day including a white walker from Game of Thrones, the Alpine Elements minions and various characters from Star Wars The Force Awakens all representing. The winner of the best fancy dress though as voted by the crowd was the homemade and truly unique upside man by Tom Flack. Well done Flacky!


As always at the 3 Valleys Charity Day it’s all the volunteers that assist me and give up their own free time and lend their support to make the event happen that are my true heroes. A massive shout as always goes out to everyone who helped me organise this event this year – again you all know who you are!

On a personal note thanks to Tim “one take” Wall for providing advice, support and the usual comedy value including the hung over radio jingle at Radio Meribel, one of my highlights of this years preparations.

To finish then on a year when we could have been heroes – thanks to all of you that attended the event and partied hard and those who gave up your own time and volunteered, you all were indeed heroes…

See you all next year!

Ralph Corner
3 Valleys Charity Day


I would like to thank the following:

Organisers – Ralph Corner, Keiron Jardine, Tayla Elise Rogers & Tim Wall

Presenters – Jo Whiley & Russ

Main Stage Sponsors – Tim & Deb Wall and Pub Le Ski Lodge

Bands – The Dub Pistols, The Dominos, Bring Your Sisters, The Maps, Mr Clean, The Killer Beez, Daisy B & Al Jones and Sian Hayley Smith

Sound System & Stage Management – Piste Productions Audio, Phil Calder & Ben Findlay

Bands and Entertainment Schedule – Rich Roberts & Gigz Management

Stage Electrics – Phil Elliot

DJs – Les Deux Roux

Superstar Roadie – Dougal

Ski Lodge Bar Staff – Tim Wall, Chris B, Jason & Claire Baker, Sarah Smith, Mini, Eva, Geordie Rob, Rob Keating, Andy, Mick, Jake and Toffa.

Raffle & Grand Prize Draw – Le Ski (Liz, Izzie, Peter and all their staff), Ski Magic (Lulu), Ski Higher (Phil & Christian), Hotel Telemark (Tony & Julie), Hotel de Mottarett (Louise Van Vloten), Chris Coldrick, John & Carol Warren, Kate & Hamish from Ski Beat, Rebecca & Jane Gates (SAT), Richard, Alan & Michelle Slater.

Snowbugs Bouncy Castle & Face Painting – Tayla Elise Rogers, Vivienne & Janey

BBQ Food Tent – John & Carol Warren, Amy & Thomas Dennis Jones, Sarah Smith, Jason & Claire Baker, Natalie Earl, Geordie Rob, Dada Chef, La Taiga, Toni Torti and Benedict Butler.

Food Suppliers & Donations – Trading Post, Eric Braissard and Savoieire

Pulled Pork Sandwich Tent – Laine & Lodge Du Village

Giant Tartiflette – Provided by La Saucisse Savoyarde, served by Nathan, Greg & Kirsty.

Snow Retreat Sunglasses – Bex Sinton, Phil Elliot, Jo Lowe
, Ligita, Lapé
, Beth Barrett, 
Deb Lockyear, 
Andrea Leman
, Gavin Lewis
, Alexander Cocic-Hill and Pavlo Wu.

Tombola – Michelle, Jane, Rebecca, Rich & Thomas Berry

Meribar – Georgie & Meribar Staff

Door – Neil Williams, Martin Butcher & Julian

Security – Alan Slater, Lanky Phil, Scotty, Keiron Jardine and Horizon Security.

VIP Area – Ulf, Fabian & Claire Almond

VIP Area Sponsors & Donations – Provided by Verre Gourmand & Alpine Escape

VIP Area Canapés – John & Lyn McMorland, Freeride Republic

Event Photography – Summit Photography & Natalie Earl

Staff Security – Becky & Damien Leaver

Jo Whiley Transport – Snow White Transfers, Rachael Allen and John McMorland, Freeride Republic

The Dub Pistols Transport – John McMorland, Freeride Republic

The Dub Pistols Accommodation – Extreme Ski Services

The Dub Pistols Full English Breakfast – Dada Chef and Pub Le Ski Lodge

Thursday Clean Up & Tuesday Set Up – Tim Wall, Russ, Toffa Brown, Ralph Corner, Bring Your Sisters, Tayla, Flacky, Tom, Ally, Mick, Chez, Josh Bennett, John Warren, Amy Dennis Jones, Thomas Dennis Jones, Jason & Claire Baker, Sarah Smith, Benedict Butler, Tanya Cruce and Meribel Technical Services.

Stretch Tents – Supplied by Alpine Intent & Luke MacDonald

Venue & Support – Meribel Marie, Xavier and Clement from the Meribel Tourist Office. Meribel Technical Services, La Tania Tourist Office and Police Municipal.

Emergency Services & Medical Support – Meribel Pompiers & Ambulance Services

Radio Advertising – Radio Meribel & Amy Favieries

Advertising & Social Media – & Tayla Elise Rogers

Jo Whiley Sponsors Party – Tim & Deb Wall and La Taiga

Jo Whiley Sponsors Party Music – Freddy Fingers

Tee Shirt & Wristband Sales – Karen & Paul Gorman, Ralph Corner, Tomas Flack, Tayla Elise Rogers, Charlie Gorman, Tim “Tracey” Walsh, Christine Dunn, Toffa, Amy Dennis Jones and Michelle Slater.

Tee Shirts Sponsors – Snowlink Transfers, Lodge Du Village, Pub Le Ski Lodge, Snowbugs, Go Ski Meribel,, Apres Ski Bands, Slide Candy, Extreme Ski Services, The Freeride Republic, Ski Higher, Alpine Intent, Snow White Transfers, Meribel Tourist Office, Alpine Intent, Freddy Ski and The Trading Post.

Poster Sponsors – Snow Grenades, Parallel Lines, Courchevel Transfers, Ski Dazzle, Chalet Craft Spas, Taking The Piste, Alpine Escape, Le Verre Gourmand, White Storm and

Event Video – Guy Cotton & Cyclops Cam Hire

Poster Design – Paul Middlewick Grid 24

Tee Shirt Design – Paul Middlewick Grid 24 & Sarah Henderson

Tee Shirts Manufacturers – Coniston Corporate Ltd

Toilets – Altimodul

Event Insurance – Olivier Bagland Agents Allianz FR

Rogue Shuttle Buses – Provided by Jason Baker & Ralph Corner


Such a huge list of people, thanks to everyone, please let us know if we’ve left anyone out who should be included and apologies in advance!





Important News: 2017 easyJet Flights release date


Finally we have a date for the release of easyJet Winter 2016/2017 flights.

easyJet flights are on sale up to 5 Feb 2017 (so not including half term) on Thursday 14 April 2016


Last year flights went on sale on 9 April while the year before it was 25 March.




3 Valleys Charity Day Setup Taking Shape


The big day in Meribel Village tomorrow from 1pm.