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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 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 www.facebook.com/LaTerrasseVillage 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.
Saulire and Suisses from Webcams and Nick Ski (as always…)
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…
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 facebook.com/3VCharityDay. 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 facebook.com/3VCharityDay
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!
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 – www.latania.co.uk & 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, www.latania.co.uk, 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 www.latania.co.uk
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!
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.
The big day in Meribel Village tomorrow from 1pm.
The huge end of season party in aid of French and English charities at Meribel Village on Wednesday 6 April kicks of at 1pm with the best Alpine Bands plus the Dub Pistols and all presented by Jo Whiley.
The line up and approximate stage times are below (expect a few changes and the odd special guest too!).
Full Line Up Details