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Opening Night at La Taiga

After 623 days #backstronger

Outdoor Master Ultra Goggle Reviewed

Outdoormaster have released their new ULTRA XL Snow Goggles + Lens Bundle which has a super high definition, colour optimised, wide angle, anti-fog lens, but the special part is the easy magnetic lens changing system for those sunny mornings and the cloudy late afternoons when flat light descends and a change of lens is required (but 90% of the time you can’t be bothered with the hassle and just put up with poor visibility until you get home).

We had the pleasure of trying these out on Val Thorens opening weekend a few days ago. Even though it was a glorious day the light first thing was quite flat on the shaded Lac Blanc / Béranger pistes from the top of the Funitel Peclet.

A little later of course we were bathed in bright sunshine for the entire run as the sun got a little higher in the sky but at this time of year it’s always pretty low – for example the terrace outside Jack’s Bar in Méribel is in the shade from 14:20 as the sun goes over Tougnéte!

So a perfect chance to switch lenses and hammer down the shaded pistes being able to clearly see the rutted edges of the piste where cannoned snow had been groomed a bit over enthusiastically! Later when we were mostly in bright sunshine a very quick 10 second change over – here’s how easy it is to change lenses:

The clarity with a new pair of goggles is like having enhance vision – it really is a game changer (lens changer!).

Opening Weekend at Val Thorens: 19-21 Nov 2021

After 615 days it’s absolutely fabulous to be skiing again! Everyone was smiling, accepting masks being worn in queues and enjoying the skiing. Limited to the prepared pistes, but no stones or bare patches – a tremendous job once again from the Pisteurs.

Winter Olympics 2022: what you need to know

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The timer is ticking down as the excitement goes up in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing hosts the world for what will be a memorable games running between the opening ceremony on 4th February and the closing ceremony on 20th February. The Beijing National Stadium features as the main arena, and it’s there the hotly anticipated 2022 games will be opened by President Xi Jinping as the eyes of the watching world focus on Asia.

Followers will witness a piece of sporting history as we see the first-ever Winter Olympics held in China and the last of what will be three consecutive Olympic Games staged in East Asia. Following the success of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the pressure is now on China to live up to the high standards set there.

Preparations are well underway, with organisers putting the finishing touches on the stadiums and security while the athletes and coaches hone their skills before performing on the big stage. Fans of winter sports have also been busy making their predictions at Las Vegas online sports betting websites and smartphone apps. Pick the nations you expect to shine in your favourite events and place your bets early to secure the best odds.

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How to watch Beijing 2022

This will be the most-watched Winter Olympics ever, with more major television stations around the world showing the events. Each sport and fixture from the games will be shown to a global audience, from the early rounds all the way through to the medals. You can keep pace with the strong starters and the grandstand finishes. It promises to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and you can keep up to speed with the best of the best.

The TV coverage is boosted by live streaming, which brings HD quality streams to your smartphone or mobile device. Watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort and warmth of your own home using a desktop computer or when on the move through an Android or iOS device. Turn everyday situations into a chance to watch live sports. You can follow the action on your commute home from work, on a lunch break or when out shopping. If you have a modern smartphone with a reliable Wi-Fi connection, you can even keep tabs on bobsleigh, downhill skiing, snowboarding and all your favourite winter sports at work.

There’s now no reason for you to miss the events and results you love most. Unlike past winter Olympics that have taken place at awkward times in your daily schedule, you don’t need to rely on a results site or the highlights when you return home from work. You are always just a click away from a live stream that has perfect quality, crystal clear sound and no buffering or loading interruptions.

How to get the best live stream

Many live streams are available on the Winter Olympics, and more will pop up between now and February. Some are better quality than others, and some are more secure than others. It’s crucial that you choose a free and reliable site to live stream the Winter Olympics. It must be available and legal in your region, have HD quality and cover all the sports you are most interested in.

Online betting apps offer the best live streams, and there’s a reason for this. Bookies have live streaming Winter Olympics features that are head and shoulders above the competition as it helps attract new customers to their app. Sign up for an account with a bookie that offers live streaming, and you can watch every event free of charge. In addition to the live stream, there’s updated stats, pre-match predictions, live scores and in-play betting.

If you place a wager on the outcome of an event, you can watch the play live and for free. This allows you to not only cheer on your favourite teams and athletes but also your bets. Bookies know the better their live streaming tab is, the more likely you are to sign up and gamble on the outcome of a match. Take advantage by creating an account, placing a small wager and watching for free on your smartphone.

New La Tania Beginners Area – First Lift Going In & Plan Fontaine / Folyères Junction Explored

Today saw the support structure for the first of the covered magic carpet / travelators installed

It would appear that the 2022 Three Valleys Piste Map is not exactly right regarding the Plan Fontaine (green) and Folyères (blue) junction. It shows it with the green run going in to the beginners area – but it looks like all piste traffic (sensibly) goes around the beginners area and Plan Fontaine joins up with Folyères.

There will be netting separating the areas once construction work finishes and we approach the start of the season. La Tania lifts open on 11 December with Courchevel 1850 opening on 4 December.

On the far side of the La Tania Gondola the road up to the chalets has been moved as preparation work for the Moretta Village construction starts (see What’s New).

It looked like the red run would be affected with the new road but it now looks like there will be a new entrance for skiers coming down the red Moretta Blanche piste back to the La Tania Gondola. Some more pics in the What’s New 2022.

Thanks to Ralph at Freeride Republic Catered Chalet Holidays for the pics.

First Tracks on Saulire – Winter 2022

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A bit keen? Spotted on the Saulire webcam yesterday 4th November 2021 – A lone figure skinning up the Saulire bowl.

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And then putting down those first tracks of the season… Congratulations! Your name is safe with us…

Tips that will Help you to Stay Entertained While Travelling

Many people look forward to going on holiday every single year. It doesn’t matter whether it is a beach trip or whether it is simply going skiing on fresh snow. That being said, travelling is usually the worst bit about going on holiday. If you want to make sure that your holiday is the best that it can be, then this is the guide for you.

Rent a Movie

Whether you are travelling by car, plane or even public transport, there is now a huge range of portable devices that you can use to watch your movies. The great thing about them is that they don’t break the bank. If you can stay connected to the WiFi or if you can use streaming services such as Netflix or even Amazon then this will give you plenty of options when it comes to your viewing experience. Many long-haul planes also give you the option for in-seat viewing. You have the option to download whatever shows you want before you go as well so you won’t have to worry about a thing when you’re off the grid.

Learn a New Language

Why not try and be productive when you are on the road? There are many things that you can do when you are out travelling. The benefits of learning a new language are endless and they can really help you to enhance your cognitive abilities. It can also boost your confidence, allowing you to make bigger and better decisions. If you are travelling to a new country then you may even find that you can practice whatever you are going to say when you get there and this will really help you out. You may even find that you can expand your reading ability and this can work in your favour far more than you realise. Why not see what language apps there are out there, if you want to boost your chances of success?

Play Online Games

The great thing about travelling in this day and age is the fact that there is a host of tech out there. It’s great if you want to stay entertained. Even though some people grew up trying to play noughts and crosses in the back seat, travellers today now have the option of many different online games. If you want to play online slots then the casino NetBet is a fantastic example of the casino genre. Then again, if you love ‘shoot-em-up’ games, Fortnite and Assasins Creed may be more up your alley. Technological developments from various online providers mean that you can now have the best graphics and the most immersive experience while you are on the go.

Travel Games

Nothing beats you having a classic board game. The great thing about travel games is that they are often available in smaller, travel editions. If you love Scrabble then you may want to play Bananagrams. This is a way more compact version and it comes in a pouch so you can even take it on the train if you want. Another favourite would be Monopoly. The great thing about Monopoly is that it is available in a Grab and Go edition.

2022 Three Valleys Piste Map Analysed

All the “NEW” labels reviewed and the new beginners lifts in La Tania are detailed!

Although this is the 3 Valleys Map and not as detailed as the individual valley maps we note that the green Plan Fontaine piste appears to joint the beginners area rather than intersect the blue Folyéres piste. The 2 new magic carpet lifts are clearly marked (no names yet) with the blue piste going around them.

Update: It looks like this is incorrect and you can ski from green to blue and around the lifts. More info and pics here

The Piste des Animaux above the Méribel Airport is a great interactive experience for kids (and adults) spotting the models of animals with interactive questions on the notice boards near them. This was ready for last season and we had some fun testing it out (the questions were quite competitive) this Summer on the footpath that winds in between the animals.

The refurbed Bride-Les-Bains Olympe gondola will be running from this December with 6 seats face to face in new more comfortable cabins.

The Bouquetin Chairlift was actually ready for December 2020 but hasn’t been used in anger yet. Replacing the Plattieres 3 bubbles, the 6 seater chair takes you up to the Mont de la Challe plateau for direct access to Les Menuires or Saint Martin de Belleville.

Opening in December the 3km long Pointe de la Masse 10 seater gondola takes you direct from base to summit of La Masse in 8 minutes. The Masse 2 Gondola,  Lac Noir and Rocher Noir chairlifts were removed this summer but all the pistes they served are still accessible.

Finally, over in the “4th Valley” are 2 new gondolas.

From the base station up to the Plan Bouchet area, a brand new 10 seater gondola, Orelle, one of the longest gondolas in Europe nearly 5km in length with a 1462m vertical climb in 13 minutes.

From Plan Bouchet to the Cime Caron summit there is another 10 seater gondola, Orelle-Caron, covering the 2235m length and 820m vertical in just 7 minutes. From the Cime Caron summit at 3200m there are wonderful runs down to Val Thorens at 2300m (and a great black down to Plan Bouchet too!).

The 2022 Three Valleys Piste Map is available for download here (and the individual valley maps will be there as soon as they are available).

All Courchevel, Méribel & 3 Valleys Lift Pass Prices for Winter 2022

Confirmation that as is stands now, there will be no workers or residents discounts and no Aquamotion options. According to the lift companies these discounts are now deemed illegal across France as they are discriminatory as lifts are ”public transport” so the treasury can expect full VAT on every pass. Discriminating against 31 year olds is allowed though it would appear – it will be interesting to see if all resorts follow…

After plenty of incorrect information on social media we can confirm that La Tania lifts are scheduled to open on Saturday 11 December 2021. There had been some speculation that lifts may have opened a week earlier when the Courchevel 1850 lifts open on Saturday 4 December.

A 3 Valleys adult 6 day pass in the main season is €330 (2.8% increase) with a Courchevel 6 day pass €295 (up 3.1%).

A 3V day upgrade from a single valley shoots up to €40 (a 14.3% increase) so they’re really pushing you in to the 3 Valleys option.

A couple of new 3 Valleys flexible season pass options and a huge 30% off season pass prices for those under 30 have been added.

Although aimed at season workers the flexi passes are open to anyone and have either a 2 day a week or 20 lifts a week option (but hefty penalties if you go over this – the full €66 a day or €10 per lift). Priced at €665 they will work out for some people but some keen skiers can do more than 30 lifts in a day and many workers like to get out for a few runs before work or for an hour or two when on a split shift – the 20 lifts a week pass is only 3 lifts a day!

For comparison a full adult 3V Season Pass is now €1404 (up 2.5%) and Courchevel Season Pass €1190 (up 3.3%) with under 30s paying €982 and €833 respectively.

Duo and Tribu discounts continue when buying 2 or 3 passes of the same type and duration saving around 3 or 4% and the pay as you go Liberty Pass with its limited discount structure is as before.

Family passes continue with all the family from 2 adults and 2 kids paying the same under 13 child price but on a family pass kids are classed as under 18 – you don’t have to ski together!

There’ll be further analysis and breakdown plus news of other passes on our ski pass page at: latania.co.uk/skiing/passes

Job Opportunities in La Tania for this Winter

La Taiga bar/restaurant in La Tania – now recruiting…

The experiences, memories and friendships will last a lifetime – or you may never go home! Of course it can be hard work and you won’t earn a fortune (but food, bed & skiing may be thrown in), but a season in the mountains is something you have to experience before you can even try to explain it…

Pub Le Ski Lodge and La Taiga
One of the most sought-after positions in The Alps must be working behind the bar in the Ski Lodge – The social hub of La Tania, you’ll be a very popular person and get to know everyone! There are currently a number of roles available here and in their sister business, La Taiga including Bar Staff, Waiters, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie and Kitchen Porter.
Further information and on-line application form at publeskilodge.com/jobs

The Sherpa Supermarket in La Tania
The Sherpa are looking for two shop assistants with experience for the Winter Season. Accommodation is provided in La Tania.
Send your CV, covering letter and photo to the following email: gilles.pecchio@orange.fr

The Alpine Generation Catered Chalets
Alpine Generation are currently recruiting for Resort Managers in La Tania and Le Praz. They are also looking for experienced Chalet Hosts in particular for a role in one of their Signature chalets. Applications are open to EU passport holders and French residents, but they will also consider exceptional applications from UK passport holders.
More information at: thealpinegeneration.com/work-with-us

The Freeride Republic Catered Chalets
Freeride are looking for chalet couples to work in their chalet operation in La Tania and Méribel this Winter. Duties include provision of a high quality 6 day menu for 14 guests plus the meeting & greeting of guests on arrival day, daily cleaning & room servicing, a full chalet clean on changeover day, basic DIY duties and the daily maintenance of chalet hot tubs. They can only accept two candidates applying as a couple for this role who hold EU passports or an existing Carte Sejour for France.
Apply with a CV, menu plan and covering letter to ralph@thefreeriderepublic.com

Ski Someday Catered Chalets
Ski Someday are looking for enthusiastic applicants for a Chalet Host / Chef for the upcoming Winter Season. The role is very hands on and you will spend a lot of time socialising with the guests as such applicants must have a basic level of English.
For further information and to apply click here

Ski Magic Catered Chalets
Ski Magic are looking for Chalet Hosts – experience in catering for groups in a dinner party environment or restaurant is preferable. You’ll have time on the slopes mosts days (except changeover days!).
To apply send a CV, covering letter & sample 6 day 3-course menu plan to jobs@skimagic.co.uk

Snowbound Transfers
Snowbound are now hiring airport transfer drivers for this coming winter. You must have an EU passport and a clean EU driving licence – experienced professional drivers with qualification and Winter driving experience are preferred. Hourly rates are above the basic wage, uniform is supplied and you get at least 3 days off per week with no cleaning toilets on changeover day!
Contact info@snowboundtransfers.co.uk to apply.

The Soap Box Launderette & Cleaning Service
The Soap Box are looking for full time and part time workers to join their team for this Winter along with self-employed cleaners looking to top up their hours.
Email info@soap-box.fr for further information

Alpine Resort Nannies
Resort Nannies are always on the hunt for independent fun and committed Nannies/Childcare Providers to join them for the Winter 2021/22 Season with positions available across the Alps.
More information here

Le Bouc Blanc Restaurant
The Bouc Blanc have positions in their kitchen, bar, restaurant and snack bar for this Winter (and they only open during the day, keeping your nights free!).
Contact them via email at leboucblanc@orange.fr

Lodge du Village – Méribel Village
Recruiting for Chefs (All levels) and an experienced KP for the upcoming Winter Season 21/22 with full and part time positions available.
Further information here

Alp Leisure Ltd – Private Luxury Chalets and Villas
Alp Leisure are recruiting for their 5 star chalets in Courchevel and Meribel this winter. They’re looking for; Chalet Manager, Chef, Chalet Host and Chalet Chauffeur. Singles and/or couples welcome in any combination of the above.
More at: alpleisure.com/luxury-skiing/recruitment

More information on looking for a job in La Tania at: latania.co.uk/resort/Employment