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Confirmation of End of Season Lifts & Pistes

La Tania lifts scheduled to close as planned on 15th April 2018. Latest S3V news below:

The whole of the Courchevel and La Tania ski area area is open until (and including) Sunday 15th April as originally scheduled (some duplicate lifts may close from Monday 9th April).

From Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd April the following lifts will open:
* Verdons Gondola
* Saulire Cable Car
* Aiguille du Fruit Chairlift
* Les Tapis du Golf (Beginners area between Biollay and Jardin du Alpin)

The opening of pistes will of course be dependent on snow cover – see the map above.

The 3 Vallées links will be operational until (and including) Sunday 22nd April (via the Saulire link only from April 16th to 22nd).

Note that the Jardin du Alpin and Grangettes Gondolas will be open until (and including) Sunday 15th April. They will close in the evening from 17:00 from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th April.




Col De La Loze WebCam fixed (and upgraded)

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The Col de la Loze webcam has finally been fixed with a new “Roundshot” 360 degree cam installed. The previous cam rotated in a downward direction to show the La Tania Valley but this one is one a purely horizontal access. It gives a great view of the top of Dou des Lanches chairlift and Rocher de la Loze above – a classic couloir run where the Courchevel Freeride competition is held (about time for another one isn’t it?).

Give it a wave next time you’re venturing off piste down Gazex 1 …

This webcam is situated on the weather station equipment near to the hut next to the Orientation Table (probably well buried by now) and Gazex tanks. It’s been noticed that the Gazex tanks have actually been refilled this Winter due to so much avalanche blasting being required. Normally they’re filled up in Summer and that’s it for the whole Winter.

This Col de la Loze (or Dou des Lanches) Webcam is actually the camera that was down at La Croisette in Courchevel 1850, this has been replaced by a camera from that do the 3 Valleys Selfie machines.

The Chenus Cam across the Courchevel Valley and up to Saulire from (which was the same type originally at Col de la Loze) appears to have been removed.

All the webcams at:

Thanks to Neil B for the update.




3 Valleys Charity Day Line Up Revealed…

The massive 3 Valleys Charity Day, in aid of Sebastian’s Action Trust in the UK and La Ligue Contre le Cancer in France, takes place in April every year in Meribel Village. Charity Day 2018 is on Wednesday 11th April.

Join us on the day for a whole line up of your favourite local bands plus headline acts, BBQ, food stalls, VIP lounge, outside bars, tombola and raffles.

The band line up for 2018 includes:

Sian Hayley Smith


Daisy Chain Band


The Dominos


The Mardy Johnny Depps


The Wingmen




Bring Your Sisters

+ many special guests and headliners…

Jaguar Skills

and The Dub Pistols

To get involved email



The 4th Annual PisteBash Festival, Méribel 12-16 March 2018

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For its 4th consecutive year the PisteBash festival returns to the resort of Meribel from 12-16 March 2018.

Amongst the highlights are:

Newton Faulkner returns to Meribel once again with his one man show, amazing guitar skill and great banter – will he play his one man Bohemian Rhapsody?

Supporting Newton are newly established Wildwood Kin. Nominees for BBC R2 folk awards and appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test 40 Year Anniversary special last week…


DJ Yoda needs little introduction. Pioneer of his craft and multi award winning DJ and producer, regular. Yoda has had multiple Radio 1 appearances and a long list of collaborations with the great and good over a long and distinguished career.

Heading up the comedy is TV regular Marcus Brigstocke, once again bringing laughs to The Alps.

Other Headliners include Dr Syntax, Patrick Nazemi, The Dub Pistol Sound System, Pete Cannon, Coco and The Butterfields and the DJ Format supported by an array of local talent.

More info and tickets (where applicable) at




Traffic Information for this Weekend – 10/11 March 2018

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Traffic forecasts for the weekend of March 10th and 11th:
– In the direction of arrivals at stations
Saturday: It is expected about 31 000 vehicles between Albertville and Moûtiers. This traffic could cause slowdowns requiring the activation of regulation at Aigueblanche in the early afternoon.
Sunday: Traffic access to stations is estimated at 14,000 vehicles.
– In the sense of the return of stations
Saturday: On the RN 90 in Tarentaise, it is expected about 32,000 vehicles between Moûtiers and Albertville. This traffic could lead to slowdowns between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Moûtiers in the morning with regulation measures at the entrance of the Siaix tunnel.
Sunday: traffic is estimated at 19,000 vehicles.

Prévisions de trafic pour le week-end des 10 et 11 mars :
– Dans le sens des arrivées en stations
Samedi : il est prévu environ 31 000 véhicules entre Albertville et Moûtiers. Ce trafic pourrait provoquer des ralentissements nécessitant l’activation de la régulation au niveau d’Aigueblanche en début d’après-midi.
Dimanche : le trafic des accès aux stations est estimé à 14 000 véhicules.
– Dans le sens des retours de stations
Samedi : Sur la RN 90 en Tarentaise, il est prévu environ 32 000 véhicules entre Moûtiers et Albertville. Cette circulation pourrait entraîner des ralentissements entre Bourg-Saint-Maurice et Moûtiers dans la matinée avec des mesures de régulation à l’entrée du tunnel du Siaix.
Dimanche : le trafic est estimé à 19 000 véhicules.




La Tania Dragon Show & Fireworks

More pyrotechnics and a Dragon light show last night in La Tania. The final of the Festival International d’Art Pyrotechnique [FIAP 2018] is tonight in Courchevel 1850 starting at 18:45 to 19:45.

Additional buses here

Departing La Tania at 18:10 and departing 1850 at 19:45.

Thanks to Freeride Republic for the pics above.


La Tania Fireworks (one day early for me, but never mind) #france #skiing #latania #3vallees #courchevel #fireworks

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Health Day – Free Walk-In Service at Courchevel 1850 Today

The Public Health team from Chambery Hospital will be at La Croisette in Courchevel 1850 all afternoon today (6/3/18) from 12:00 to 19:00.

Enjoy a free and walk-in service!




Additional Free Ski Buses For Fireworks Festival / Competition

Additional free buses have been laid on for the Fireworks Festival & Competition this week.

The Festival International d’Art Pyrotechnique [FIAP 2018] is taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week as follows:

Tuesday 6 March in Le Praz by the lake starting at 18:45 until 19:30.
Additional bus from La Tania at 18:40 and back at 19:30.
Timetable Here


Wednesday 7 March in La Tania: Au coin du feu avec Dragon Time” featuring “Diva and her dragon, accompanied by the Volcano Lady and the Lightning Men … stilts, juggling and pyrotechnics are on the programme!” From 7pm until 8pm.

Additional buses from the Courchevel Villages laid on – Timetable Here


Thursday 8 March the final of the competition in Courchevel 1850. From 18:45 until 19:45.
Additional bus from La Tania at 18:10 and back at 19:45.
Timetable Here




Traffic Info 3rd March at 08:00

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Here is the state of the circulation on the national roads and departmental of Savoy of this Saturday, March 3, 2018 with 8:00
Lyon – Chambéry axis:

From Lyon to Chambéry traffic begins to be loaded with localized slowdowns, especially before the Tour du Pin (about 4 km) and the Dullin tunnel (about 1km).

On the urban expressway (VRU) of Chambéry, the traffic is important in the sense of the rise in stations.

In the direction of the return stations, a slowdown is formed at the ramp access to the A43 motorway towards Lyon / Annecy and back on the VRU.

Axis Chambéry-Albertville:

At Chignin toll, coming from Chambéry, a slowdown was formed about 4 km.

Beyond the traffic is fluid in both directions of circulation.

Valley of Tarentaise:

Some snowfall is underway on some accesses, be careful.

Access to Ménuires and Val Thorens: special equipment recommended.

The traffic is already important at the descent of all stations.

Between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Moûtiers the traffic begins to be important with localized slowdowns. A regulation is put in place by traffic lights at the entrance of the Siaix tunnel and causes a slowdown on about 2km.

On the continuation of the route, the circulation is fluid.

Voici l’état de la circulation sur les routes nationales et départementales de Savoie de ce samedi 3 mars 2018 à 8h00
Axe Lyon – Chambéry :

Depuis Lyon vers Chambéry le trafic commence à être chargé avec des ralentissements localisés, notamment avant la Tour du Pin (environ 4 km) et le tunnel de Dullin (environ 1km).

Sur la voie rapide urbaine (VRU) de Chambéry, le trafic est important dans les sens des montées en stations.

Dans le sens des retours de stations, un ralentissement se forme au niveau de la bretelle d’accès à l’autoroute A43 en direction de Lyon/Annecy et remonte sur la VRU.

Axe Chambéry- Albertville :

Au niveau du péage de Chignin, en venant de Chambéry, un ralentissement s’est formé sur environ 4 km.

Au-delà le trafic est fluide dans les deux sens de circulation.

Vallée de la Tarentaise :

Des chutes de neige sont en cours sur certains accès, soyez prudents.

Accès aux Ménuires et Val Thorens : équipements spéciaux recommandés.

La circulation est déjà importante à la descente de l’ensemble des stations.

Entre Bourg-Saint-Maurice et Moûtiers le trafic commence à être important avec des ralentissements localisés. Une régulation est mise en place par feux tricolores à l’entrée du tunnel du Siaix et occasionne un ralentissement sur 2km environ.

Sur la suite de l’itinéraire, la circulation est fluide.




Opening Dates for Summer 2018 and Winter 2019 released

Courchevel 1850 have announced the Summer and Winter opening dates – and remember the lifts are free this Summer!

Summer 2018 Opening – Courchevel 1850
Saturday 7 July 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018
We expect this to be the main lifts opening dates.
La Tania may differ and open a week earlier though.

Winter 2019 Opening – Courchevel 1850
Saturday 8 December 2018 to Monday 22 April 2019
Expect La Tania to open a week later.
The 22nd of April is Easter Monday next year, fairly late so we’ll let you know about La Tania.