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Our mate Charlie caught on the Bouc Blanc Webcam hiking up for lunch… so we got her to send some more pics of the pistes in Summer.
“Todays plat du jour: chicken pesto pasta pot. 3 course special with tin of tuna starter and banana split desert. Courtesy of Carrefour, €3,65. The view, priceless!!!”
The Bouc Blanc restaurant opens all the way through July and August. And the Escapade? More here…
Newcastle v Preston as The Toon win the Championship in the last couple of minutes of the season and South Shields beat Cleethorpes 4-0 to win the FA Vase at Wembley – Great days….
A quick look at the new developments planned for Winter 2018 across The 3 Valleys in advance of our comprehensive What’s New Guide that we’ve publish every September / October since 2001.
The 3 Valleys is the biggest Ski Area in The World and continued investment give it one of the most modern and efficient lift infrastructures in the world with state of the art piste grooming and unrivalled snow making systems in terms of technology and capacity.
New Ariondaz Gondola, Courchevel 1650 Moriond
The replacement of the Ariondaz Gondola from 1650 with a new 8 seater gondola doubling the current capacity is set to open in December 2017. Basically following the same route (and not a 2 stage gondola as originally planned) up to the Bel Air and a new luge run of 2860m is to be created too!
Stats – Cost €19m, Length 2430m, Vertical 456m, 2400 skiers/hour.
The removal of the Stade, Sainte-Agathe and Marquis drag lifts is also being undertaken this Summer.
New Roc de Tougne 6 Seater Chairlift, Meribel Mottaret
Replacing the 2 parallel drag lifts of the same name this high speed 6 seater detachable chairlift is now under construction and links nicely from the new Combes 2 chair out of Mottaret.
Stats – Cost €6.3m, Length 1083m, Vertical 400m, 2400 skiers/hour.
There is also work to increase the capacity of the snow making reservoir at the base of the new lift and the next phase of development in Mottaret will be the renovation of the Mont Vallon Gondola and replacement of the old Plattières 3 bubble. No news on rumoured upgrades of Côte Brun however – often quite a bottleneck in the rush over to Val Thorens.
New Moraine 10 seater Gondola, Val Thorens
Replacing the long 4 seater chairlift (which is now up for sale if you fancy it) is a new 10 seater Gondola being built this Summer following roughly the same line as the chair. It is not being extended to take in the Col chair too as was previously rumoured.
Stats – Cost €13m, Length 2454, Vertical 466m, 2800 skiers/hour.
Additional work in Val Thorens includes a new piste linking the top of the Plein Sud chair (Val Thorens Folie Douce area) over to the Croissant piste to enable an alternative route back to the resort centre. Work begins on this new piste Retour Sud in mid July and is expected to take around 10 weeks with an estimated cost of half a million euros.
Further developments and future plans / rumours
Preparatory work on the replacement of the Grangettes gondola out of Courchevel Village 1550 have begun – this lift expected to be ready for Winter 2019.
Next stages of development around Courchevel are expected to include a gondola from the Grande Combe (Aquamotion Centre), the extension of the Praz gondola to La Croisette 1850 (and a complete renovation of this area) plus construction of the 6 seater Moretta Blanche chairlift out of La Tania to link with the Bouc Blanc chair and the removal of the Gros Murger drag.
It’s still unclear when the Moretta Village development in the car park area will go ahead and S3V have said that this was a dependency on the new lift being constructed – Environmental Impact and some preparatory work has taken place however – the latest stats are 990 beds, 250 parking spaces, 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, ski shop, creche and fitness centre. The line of the proposed chair here:
Consultation and initial discussions are taking place around a possible lift from the bottom of the Plan de L’eau lift in Val Thorens towards the Dame Blanche black piste area on La Masse thus linking in with Les Menuires.
No further news on a possible link between the bases of the Caron Cable Car and Grand Fond Funitel in Val Thorens (or anything around development towards the Mont du Borgen area – maybe the new piste below this area is a forerunner to this?).
As usual, a complete roundup with photos and full details in our What’s New at the end of the Summer.
Last remaining 2017 Charity Day T Shirts
Now available via mail order at the special price of £12 including UK second class postage.
Click on the Message button on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/3vcharityday and send a PM with what you would like to order and your UK address.
Once the stock is confirmed by return message please make your donation for the shirt(s) and postage costs to the Just Giving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/3VCharityDay
Sponsors pay for all design, manufacturing and printing costs so 100% of T Shirt revenue goes to Charity.
If you’re quick they’ll throw some wrist bands in too!
Charity Day Update 22 April 2017
The total amount raised on 3 Valleys Charity Day & La Tania Fete Du Familles after all our associated costs have been paid currently stands at €45,000 with one or two more donations still to collect!
This is an amazing effort which beats last year’s total despite the additional costs of headline acts, transport, sound system, improved event infrastructure and an increased security presence.
The 6th annual 3 Valleys Charity Day (& 16th charity event since we started in La Tania in 2002) that was held on Wednesday 12th April 2017 in Méribel Village last week was another fantastic success.
Thanks to everybody involved as yet again the total raised represents another truly amazing effort by you all.
The rapidly developing La Tania Fete Du Familles event held on the 5th April in La Tania contributed a staggering €10,000 to the overall total of €45,000.
I must give a massive shout out and thanks to Michelle & Alan Slater for all their tireless work & efforts into putting that event together and raising that amount of money in only the event’s third year.
After a rather cold and gloomy day last year the sun shone down all day on us at Charity Day 2017 which created a fun, fantastic and laid back atmosphere which was a credit to everybody.
This year’s event saw a record attendance of 2100 people through the gate plus staff & volunteers. This meant we saw record ticket sales at the event with the venue pretty much full and rocking from 3pm!
The increased attendance certainly made a difference with Pub Le Ski Lodge, Meribar and the new Craft Beer bar provided by Verre Gourmand serving drinks all day long!
As always, many thanks to everyone who attended from all the different resorts of The 3 Valleys and from even further afield this year (people attended from as far afield as Les Arcs, Tignes & Chamonix to name but a few).
Also thanks to all that attended the event, bought a ticket, bought a tee, bought a hat, bought wristbands, bought raffle tickets, drank a beer, ate a BBQ, drank a Jäger and generally partied hard in the name of charity. You have helped to all make the event such an incredible success so pat yourselves on the back!
This year’s slogan was #ChooseCharity and wow you all certainly did and in a big way!
BBC Radio DJ legend and Glastonbury presenter Jo Whiley returned once more as our main presenter and this year saw the introduction of a new headline act The Gentleman’s Dub Club who brought the house down big time in the fading afternoon sunlight with their set to close out the event.
Many thanks to Jonathan, Harry & Doug and the rest of the band for playing our event this year and everything you did to make it happen at an affordable price for our charities.
Look out for the official event video featuring a GDC soundtrack on our FB page facebook.com/3vcharityday
One of this year’s biggest new challenges was the logistics & increased workload associated with flying out a 9-piece band from the UK to play an event in the Alps.
This meant there was an additional amount of work creating a new stage set up for the band, setting up & hiring all the bands equipment in advance of their arrival at the venue and providing an improved and bigger sound system for the headline act.
I cannot stress how thankful I am to all the guys from Piste Productions Audio, Bring Your Sisters, Alpine Intent and also Jason Baker & Keiron Jardine who all gave up countless hours of their own free time in the hours running up to the event to get the stage, tents and sound system ready for noon on Wednesday and also driving back and forth across the Alps with the equipment for the band.
A truly incredible effort and well done to those who started at 6am in a freezing cold car park to make this happen. You know who you are!
Along with our headline act massive thanks must go out to all the local bands on Wednesday who yet again gave up paid gigs and their own time to play at Charity Day and those who very graciously play earlier slots on the day to give everybody the opportunity to play during the afternoon.
It cannot go without saying how much we appreciate all the local bands on the line up and without you the event would not be the epic success that is always is!
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 at facebook.com/3VCharityDay
On a personal and sad note after 17 years of sterling service and dedication to the Charity Day cause our treasurer & co-organiser Keiron Jardine is standing down after this year’s event to devote more time to his family & work commitments. As a friend and on behalf of the 3 Valleys Charity Day I would like to thank Sandy for all his work & dedication over those 17 years and also for bringing me into the Charity Day fold originally all those years ago to do a newer version of the tee shirts and run the BBQ at the La Tania version of the event. You can check out but you can never leave!
Inevitably due to the nature of running a voluntary association there have been the odd disagreement & stressful moments over the years but I know due to Sandy’s devotion & dedication to the cause that these have always been for the right reasons and with the best intentions. Sandy I will miss the charity day good cop / bad cop routine in the future but I’m still not sure which way around it really was! As the man himself would say Sandy – I love you like a brother and I love your work fella…
As always thanks to Tim Wall for providing advice, support and the truly excellent promotional Charity Day video snow reports and your outstanding radio voice talent!
I know I say it every year but it’s all the volunteers that assist me and give up their own free time and lend their support that makes the event what it is and gives the event its unique flavour.
To finish then on a year when all of you really did #ChooseCharity, thanks to all of you for contributing and see you next year!
3 Valleys Charity Day
A massive thank you to all the following
Organisers – Ralph Corner, Keiron Jardine, Rich Roberts, Tayla-Elise Rogers & Tim Wall
Presenters – Russ and Jo Whiley
Band Line Up – Rich Roberts
Sound – Rich Roberts, Ben “Westy” Westaway, Ben Findlay, Stevie Hay, Gareth McKane, Phil Calder, Paul, Chris Hall, Joey, Fernando, Gary Johnson
Bands – Bring Your Sisters, Livewire, The Killerbeez, Maps, The Slopes, Mr Clean, Sian Hayley Smith, Daisy B, The Gentleman’s Dub Club
DJs – Les Deux Roux & Jo Whiley
Venue & Infrastructure – Méribel Tourist Office, Xavier & Clement, Méribel Technical Services
Stage & Stretch Tents – Luke McDonald and Alpine Intent
Sound System Travel Logistics – Jason Baker, Keiron Jardine
Second Stage & VIP Dance Platform – Nico, Courchevel 1850 Technical Services
Tuesday Set Up Team – John Warren, Rich Stuchberry, David Oliver, Luke Eastwood, Chris Ball, Tomas Flack, Tayla Elise-Rogers, Ralph Corner, Keiron Jardine, Benedict Butler
Thursday Clean Up Team – Nick Lean, John Warren, Tony McMahon, Rich Stuchberry, Chris Ball, Tayla-Elise Rogers, Ralph Corner & Luke Eastwood
Wednesday Night Clean Up Volunteers – Charlie Gorman, Chris Ball, Toffa Brown, Luke Eastwood, Kieron Jardine, Ralph Corner, Elise Pannetier, Tayla Elise-Rogers, Lindsay & Auntie Mary, Janet Bundey, Michelle Benton
Event Video – Guy Cotton
Photos – Natalie Earl, Toffa Brown, Guy Cotton
Social Media – Tayla Elise-Rogers, www.latania.co.uk
Radio Advertising – Radio Méribel, Joe Cowen
Advertising – www.latania.co.uk
Tickets Sales – LdV, Pub Ski Lodge, Meribar, Jacks Bar, Bubble Bar
Door – Gabrielle Thorpe, Laura-Jane Sullivan, Neil Williams, Christian van Vloten, Simon Matsi
Jo Whiley Transport – Rachael Allen, John McMorland, Freeride Republic, Snow White Transfers.
The Gentleman’s Dub Club Transport – Mikey & Rachel Allen, Le Praz Transfers, Freeride Republic
The Gentleman’s Dub Club Accommodation – Cafe Del Mott, Hotel Mottaret, Madame Vacances & Louisa Van Vloten
La Tania Méribel Shuttle Bus – Le Praz Transfers & Simon Fox
Food Tent – Big Steve & La Taiga staff, Auntie Mary & Lindsey, Ben Irons, Benedict Butler, Tony & Carol Gilmor, Carol Warren, John Warren, Kirsty Convard, Libbie McMilken, Sue Stuchberry, Jake Woodnut, Tony Torti
Food Donations – Trading Post, Eric Braissard, Savoieire
Event Shopping – Claire Baker, Jason Baker, Ulf Stromvall, Ralph Corner & Freeride Republic
Tombola – Sharon Shazza Orman, Katy Jones, Michelle Slater, Alan Slater, Jane Gates, Rebecca Gates, Danielle Taverner, Carol Warren, John Warren, Lauren Woods, Claire Baker, Stephanie Elston, Janet Bundey
Meribar – Phil Laing, Anna Pisciotta, Jordan Booth, Lizzie Perkins, Joe Walker, Josh Hodkinson
Money Security – Mat Carrol, Phil Greenhalgh
Security – Horizon Security Team
Pub Le Ski Lodge – Chris Ball, Heidi, Claire Baker, Daphnée Vandenhende, Tristan Rouet, Jason Baker, Harriet, Karen Bolton, Luke Eastwood, Paul Clough, Nic Atkinson, Tino, Tim & Deb Wall, Toffa Brown, Mike Westwood & Murray
SnowBugs Kids Zone – Lia Galante, Ellen Hales, Tayla-Elise Rogers
Snow Retreat Sunglasses – Phil and Andrea, Alyssa Griffiths, Kim Walton, Liv Ambler, Rich
Craft Bar – Amanda Myles, Guilliame & Verre Gourmand
VIP Area Staff – Claire Almond-Jones, Fabienne Charlet, Stephanie Berlioz, Ulf Stromvall
VIP Area Canapés – Lyn & John McMorland
VIP Area Sponsors & Donators – Verre Gourmand & Alpine Escape
Ska Trilby Hat Production Team – Tayla Elise-Rogers, Christine Brown, Jason Baker, Claire Baker, Natalie Earl, Thomas Berry
Prize Collections – Tomas Flack & STS Transfers
Delivery Services – Andy Hillman
T Shirt Design, Logos & Poster Design – Paul Middlewick
T Shirt Manufacturer – Coniston Corporate
T Shirt Sales – Ralph Corner, Tayla Elise-Rogers, Lia Galante, Natalie Earl, Sarah Henderson, Paul & Karen Gorman
T Shirt Sponsors – Snowlinks Transfers, Lodge Du Village, Pub Le Ski Lodge, Snow Bugs, STS Transfers, www.latania.co.uk, Après Ski Bands, Savoieire, Extreme Ski Services, The Freeride Republic, Ski Higher, Alpine Intent, Snow White Transfers, Méribel Tourist Office, Snow Retreat, Slide Candy, The Trading Post
Poster Sponsors – Alpine Intent, Courchevel Transfers, Ski Dazzle, Parallel Lines, Taking the Piste, Alpine Escape, White Storm, Madame Vacances, www.latania.co.uk
Stage Sponsor – Pub Le Ski Lodge
Toilets – Altimodul
Grand Prize Draw Donations – Le Ski, Ski Higher, Magic Ski School, Hotel Telemark
Raffle Ticket Sales – Carol Warren, Michelle Slater, Alan Slater, Daphnee, Beth from Powder White, Dom from Magic, Keiron Jardine, Pete, Izzie, Bettie & Le Ski, Janet Bundey, L’Elephant, The Drop Inn, Katie Bentham Ski Higher, Christian Calder Ski Higher, Stephanie Elston, Scott Omar Alpine Escape, Sharon Orman & Katy Jones Alpine Generation, The Freeride Republic, Lia Galante
Fancy Dress Prize Donators – The Rond Point, Parallel Lines, Tsaretta Spice
Tombola Prize Donations – www.latania.co.uk, The Alpine Generation, The Rond Point, Parallel Lines, The Den, Barometer, Evolution, New Generation, Magic Ski School, Ski Higher, Powder White, Hotel La Pomme De Pin, Hotel Telemark, Alpine Infusion
Ski Some Day, Snow Grenades, Alpine Elements, Bouc Blanc, Pub Le Ski Lodge, La Taiga, Hotel Telemark, Ski Hame, Ski Set, Intersport, The Freeride Republic, La Saucisse Savoyarde, Nick Snape, Carol Warren, Sebastian’s Action Trust, 3 Valley Transfers, The Drop Inn, Lizzie Reynolds
Auction Donators – The Rond Point, ESF, Parallel Lines, Ski Physio, Six Senses, Le Farcon, New Generation, S3V, Snoworks, www.latania.co.uk, La Boulotte, John & Blossom Ski, ESF La Tania, Alpine Elements, Hotel Montana, Snow Grenades
Printing – La Tania Tourist Office, Martine, Le Praz Tourist Office & Lyn McMorland
Long Suffering Partners – Rebecca Jardine, Tomas Flack, Natalie Earl & Angelique Jandot
Sebastian Action Trust Ladies Accommodation – Ieuan Williams and Aidan Dickson
Poubelle Sac Coordinator – Simon Long
Still showing the rest how to party (and ski). We had to drag him from going down the Ronnie after a full on Folie session once again…
Full list of Winners up eventually…
Congrats to all the winners – especially our heros Charlie & George, best band The Marivaux, Harriet retaining extreme female drinker, best bar person Harri, Jade and Jake the most fanciable and Crispy enters the La Tania Hall of Fame…
Bring Your Sisters bring their own special type of madness to the UK on the Bank Holiday weekend of Sat 27th and Sun 28th of May with gigs in Oxshott and Bristol.
Tickets are available now to their only two gigs in the the UK this Summer.
The Exchange, Bristol on Saturday, 27th of May from 8pm.
The Vic, Oxshott, Surrey (just ½hr from Waterloo or Vauxhall Station) on Sunday the 28th, “Beer Garden Après” from 4pm.
For advance (cheaper) tickets and more details, follow the links below:
Bristol 27 May 8pm
Oxshott 28 May 4pm