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Exceptionally cold temperature over the last few days and many additional hot chocolate stops required for some to keep warm. On the summits when the wind has got up towards the end of the day it has been brutally cold but for once my hands weren’t suffering thanks to some new Snowshepherd gloves.
The Leather Ski Guide Pro Mittens with finger inserts inside really did the job of keeping hands warm and toasty when everyone else seemed to be moaning. Really well made with thick, quality leather, they look pretty indestructible too. Not a mark on them after carrying multiple pairs of skis and scraping snow & ice of car windscreens with them!
Snowshepherd have sold the classic leather ski workers glove for many years (check out what lifties and pisteurs wear) and now have refined it with their own range of ski gloves using premium quality full hide leather with the addition of a breathable membrane from Hipora increasing warmth and windproofing. Insulation extends over the wrist to fit snugly over or under your ski jacket sleeve maintaining the warm seal.
Check out www.snowshepherd.co.uk – The Off Piste Equipment Specialists
Between 20 and 30cm of fresh snow this morning and the pleasure of first lift with Nick, Joey, Hambo, Crippsy etc. Chairs delayed so a couple of runs down to Le Praz and then back to La Tania via Praz and Plantrey.
With the Bouc Blanc chair just opened first tracks down the Bouc Blanc! A
great start to the day…
We mentioned the good value Pizza in The Courcheneige (which is under new management) when it opened 3 weeks ago even though the drinks prices had increased and the buffet had gone.
However, the cheapest Pizza went up from €11 to €18 on 1st Jan. Staff said it was just intro prices as they weren’t quite ready etc. Hmmmm.
Meanwhile La Pomme de Pin (above the Chabichou) owners who used to own the Courcheneige have got the old sofas in all the Veuve Cliquot gear (€50 a bottle) and Stella at €5 once again!
And their Pizzas? They start at €11 of course…
Some fresh snow overnight making things look like Winter once again in La Tania.
The Bouc Blanc terrace left out overnight in true La Tania superstition tradition.
As forecast only a good covering turning everything white really but it will freshen up the pistes considerably after all that sunshine.
Still looking positive for significant snow next week as GFS Models start to agree and Météo France are forecasting snow all week! (And generally they’re a bit more conservative and accurate about snow than the myriad of automated guessing weather apps).
S3V Report 360k skier days during December (equivalent of 60,000 6 day passes).
All thanks to the world class snow making infrastructure in place in Courchevel and across The 3 Valleys.
Yesterday when these photos were taken of piste bashers at work on snow cannon mounds 218 pistes and 125 lifts were open. Remarkable.
Some snow due tomorrow and hopefully plenty more towards the middle of next week.
While not completely unusual to have a high pressure system dominate the Alps for weeks on end it has set some new records this Winter and that very early snow to low levels in the first weeks of November seems a long, long time ago now.
Predictions of changes to the pattern have been made for weeks now (and it is bound to change eventually) but at last we are seeing things happen. Northerly air flow is bringing much colder temperatures and snow is sweeping down directly from Scandinavia with the Northern Alps already receiving some decent snow fall.
These Northerly flows however are likely to bring only a small amount of snow to our region as the fronts just about make it to us and fizzle out. The more positive news is that regular Atlantic fronts are now forecast to sweep in at the beginning of next week bring much more significant snow fall (still of course quite a way out and most weather geeks don’t trust forecasts more than 5 days away).
Continuing cold temperatures are at least keeping the current real and man-made snow in decent condition considering the wait for the next big snow fall. Heavy traffic and exposed areas are of course suffering with hard and icy areas but Pisteurs continue to do a remarkable job in maintaining the pistes. Definitely worth getting out early and finishing your day a little earlier.
Certain snow cannon reservoirs are visibly lower with the amount of snow that has been made this Winter already but they are linked together with the underground network of pipes so they can redistribute water where needed. Currently Courchevel / La Tania Valley has 56 pistes and 33 lifts in operation, over The 3 Valleys it is 218 pistes and 125 lifts. So keep that snow dance going, wish for more than is forecast tomorrow and hope those Atlantic fronts materialise at the start of next week… Let it Snow!
There will be 205 pistes open in the 3 Valleys from Saturday 24 December 2016. As usual, more slopes open than anywhere else in the Alps!
There will be a piste down to 1650 Moriond from Saturday and all mountain restaurants in the Courchevel Valley will be accessible on skis.
That only leave Le Praz not skiable but work is continuing and S3V hope to have this open some time next week.
Finally S3V have confirmed that the replacement gondola for Ariondaz from Courchevel 1650 Moriond (first used in 1974) will be in place for December 2017 with double the uphill capacity and a toboggan run from the top. Plans for this have been around for a number of years but we’re not sure if this is following the same route or with a mid-station along towards the Chapelets area which was proposed.
Elsewhere we hear news of a 6 seater detachable chair going in to replace the Roc de Tougne parallel drag lifts (that area will certainly see increased traffic) and rumours of the Moraine lift in Val Thorens being replaced (possibly extending and replacing the Col lift too).
The Jardin Alpin gondola is due to have a complete refurb next Summer but we’ve not had confirmation on work starting on the Moretta Village in La Tania (on Gondola side car park) which would lead to a new chair lift up to the Bouc Blanc chair and the removal of the Moretta Blanche drag lift.
Confirmation this week of 3 Valleys Charity Day Headliners for 2017 Gentleman’s Dub Club.
Radio 1 & 2 DJ and BBC TV Presenter Jo Whiley will be hosting and DJing at the event with all our favourite Alpine Bands playing all afternoon plus outdoor bars, BBQ & food stands, the dance Tent DJs, VIP Champagne area, raffle, auctions, fancy dress and The Kids Zone. 3 Valleys Charity Day 2017 will be held on Wednesday 12 April 2017, once again in Méribel Village.
This is at Easter this year with Good Friday on 14 April so get booking and let’s beat that €40,000 raised for UK & French charities at the 2016 event.
Gentleman’s Dub Club
Formed in 2006 and now celebrating their tenth year as a nine-piece, Gentleman’s Dub Club initially came together as a dub band, having been inspired by the scene in Leeds. Merging together dub, ska, reggae and electronic influences, it didn’t take long for the infectious sounds of GDC to become widespread, with their debut EP ‘Members Only’ taking the number one spot on the iTunes Reggae charts and getting radio love and support from David Rodigan.
The ‘Open Your Eyes’ EP (2012) saw the group’s iconic ‘High Grade’ single gain cult status, and following on from this came their first album ‘FOURtyFOUR’.
With their reputation taking a strong hold, Gentleman’s Dub Club racked up additional, prolific Radio 1 support, backed P Money in a BBC Maida Vale session for Mistajam and begin notching up countless live shows with their unshakeable energy.
To date, the band have played numerous international festivals, including Sierra Nevada World Festival (USA), Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party (UK), Outlook Festival (Croatia), Summer Jam (Germany) and Ostroda Reggae Festival (Poland), reaching more than 40 appearance a year.
Their second album ‘The Big Smoke’ landed late in 2015 on US label Easy Star, with them performing excerpts for David Rodigan back at Maida Vale. The distinctive, creatively charged sounds of the Club have hit over 3 million YouTube plays and inspired remixes from Prince Fatty, Nextmen and Manasseh, whilst they have taken tunes from the likes of London Elektricity and Alex Clare to put their own spin on.
GDC Outlook Festival
Gentleman’s Dub Club – Riot
New Management, new prices.
Now Lanson at €65 a bottle not Veuve at €50.
Stella pints €7.
Pizzas from €11.
Coffee, Coke etc €5
So not quite the value it was but for rip off 1850 not too bad
The provisional lift and piste openings for week beginning the 17 December have been released by S3V for the Courchevel and La Tania ski area.
An incredible amount of work by the snow cannons and Pisteurs in managing the snow considering the current dry spell since the early November snow. An amazing 28 lifts with 48 pistes open in Courchevel and La Tania with 172 pistes open across the whole of the 3 Valleys. A record for anywhere in The Alps.
So Col de Loze opens with Dou des Lanches, Lanches and the Bouc Blanc pistes open. The Chanrossa area opens too but Le Praz and 1650 require lift access up and down at present. Interestingly Suisses lift is marked as opening but not Suisses piste – even though Marmottes & Park City are opening. Suisses looked ok yesterday…
The snow making in the Courchevel and La Tania area has now passed the 1 million cubic metre mark – with an estimated costs of €2.5m. That lift pass suddenly seems quite good value doesn’t it? There will also be some free activities on the ski area announced next week on the run up to Christmas.
Courchevel FIS Ladies World Cup Event Tue 20 Dec 2016 gets Green Light
The FIS have confirmed the event will go ahead as planned. The world’s best will be competing at The Emile Allais Stade in Courchevel including Tessa WORLEY (FRA, leading the Giant Slalom), Mikaela Shiffrin (USA, leading the overall standings) and Lara Gut (SUI, Winner 2016).
Spectators are informed that access along the World Cup track is reserved for technical teams (in view of the snow) and are strongly encouraged to stay in the finish area where free activities, show aerobatics, freebies, food stands, photo booths, DJ and Live Music will take place.
After the event, the snow produced for the World Cup will be moved to other parts of the ski area!