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La Tania Charity Fête des Familles TODAY!

The 3rd annual La Tania Charity Family Fun Day takes place today, 5th April 2017.

Loads of stalls/activities including: a bouncy castle, children’s face painting, raffle, tombola, auction, fancy dress, guess the weight of the ham, tuck/sweet stall, cake competition, charity yoga, games & challenges including hook a duck and Nerfcamp, plus BBQs, outdoor bars, live music from The Killerbeez and much, much more.

Come along and join in the fun and help raise money for our fantastic charities – Sebastian’s Action Trust & Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer.

AMAZING AUCTION PRIZES
We have been given the following prizes for our Charity auction which will take place at 17:15pm on the Pub Le Ski Lodge – La Tania terrace on Wednesday 5th April. Check the Facebook Page to bid if you’re not there!

Cream Eggs from La Tania – latania.co.uk

2 course meal for 2 with wine from Rond Point Meribel

Amazon Fire tablet from La Tania – latania.co.uk

Adult and children’s group ski lessons from ESF LA TANIA

Diablo Panda Goggles from Parallel Lines Ski & Snowboard School

9 course dinner with wine for 2 at the Michelin starred Le Farçon – value 320€

2 x 3 Valley adult 6 day passes from S3V – value 588€

2 x Courchevel adult 6 day passes from S3V – value 500€

One week (Mon-Fri) adult half day “all terrain” course for 2 people with Snoworks Ski Courses worth £730.

Meal for 2 at La Boulotte

1 hour massage with Ski Physio

Hoodie from Snow Grenades

 

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Congrats to Anna and Ruth Snow – In to the Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Anna and Ruth Snow (real names!) who completed the Escapade in a Day last Wednesday 29 March.
– A tough time to do it with the heavy afternoon snow, especially that last hour. They said it was much harder than last year.

A special shout out to Anna who was on a snowboard and carrying a knee injury – a huge accomplishment and they made the last lift with only 5 minutes to spare!

The 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day is our challenge of doing the Escapade Lifts (see them on the piste map) in a single, full on day out with around 34 lifts, 17000m of vertical (around twice the height of Everest) and about 100km in total distance.

You can get a certificate and a badge no matter how long you take or try the Selfies in a Day for an easier day out across The 3 Valleys with some great “selfie” footage uploaded to your phone.

The Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame

The 2017 lifts required and a possible route (PDF to download to your phone)

 

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Scheduled lifts until the end of the season

S3V have released details of the planned lift openings for the rest of the season. La Tania and the Courchevel villages close on Easter Monday 17 April with only Verdons and Saulire open until 23 April for links to 3 Valleys via Mottaret.

Lift schedule PDF here

Some snow did come down yesterday. This was Val Thorens at 5pm on Sunday – snow / rain level remained above 2000m however but a nice refresh of pistes high up.

 

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The End for the Lift Pass? Smart Phones needed next season…

Along with confirmation of Winter 2018 Three Valleys Opening Dates & Lift Pass Prices the lift companies have confirmed that all passes of 6 days or more (including all season passes) next season will only be available via a Smart Phone.

Les 3 Vallées has always been a leader in technology from some of the very first avalanche control systems, the first 8 seater chairlift in France, state of the art Piste Grooming machines including hybrid / electric models with built in radar based snow depth measurement, free wifi, video tracking areas with automatic sharing on social media, 3D piste map apps and of course the new amazing “selfie machines” installed this season.


The new Lift Pass App seen here running in the Apple Wallet

 

With an estimation of over 90% of skier and snowboarders carrying compatible Android and Apple iPhones there are a whole host of benefits that this can bring including pay as you go options, the need to never stand in a lift pass queue again and a massive amount of data, usage and tracking statistics that can be used for safety, missing persons (although obviously not a replacement for an avalanche transceiver), fitness logging and help with the planning of new lifts and pistes improvements across the ski area.

The combination of NFC, Bluetooth and Wifi communications means that all skiers will be able to be tracked (GPS enablement is also mandatory to prevent lift pass fraud) – in fact skiers travelling too fast will automatically have their lift passes revoked immediately, fair enough if this is enforced in family/beginners areas only. No news yet of if a pass will be turned off if the skier has spent 5 hours in the Folie Douce however…


All turnstiles will need new reader modifications this Summer

 

Further developments planned have the use of contactless credit cards and SANEF motorway toll readers (watch out for transfer drivers getting “free” skiing!) – even Oyster Cards could be used if there is a demand for their use. Apple Watch 2 (the model 2 has GPS embedded) and Samsung Gear S3 Watches will also work at rollout in December 2017.


Some of the devices planned to be able to use the new technology

 

Obviously this news has raised plenty of questions including compatible phones (those without NFC for instance), battery life and the civil liberties issues.

Les 3 Vallées have sort to calm fears by assuring that all major lifts will have alternative QR Code readers similar to mobile phone boarding pass readers and that all gondolas will have the latest mobile phone wireless charging technology installed by the start of Winter 2019 – indeed the new Ariondaz Gondola will have this fitted for it’s opening in December 2017. Most phones from 2018 on are expected to have this technology incorporated in to them.


The wireless charging technology being introduced to Gondolas next season

 

Finally, an independent trusted third party will manage all tracking data and ensure it will only be used for safety and anti-fraud purposes. They will also be responsible for the secure destruction of this data which will be made following the end of the ski season and no personal, identifiable data will be archived.


The new Ariondaz Gondola in Courchevel 1650 going in this Summer & opening in December 2017

 

So? Is this a step too far in technology terms or do we embrace the future? We’ll feed back any comments to the local Mairies and the relevant ski area management companies.


The new “selfie machines” – Another example of leading edge technology in The 3 Valleys

 

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Bring Your Sisters playing outside on the terrace at Après today…

A sure sign that it’s getting to the end of the season now when it’s warm enough to play outside at Après Ski… but there’s always one last blast of Winter around the corner, and it’s looking like some snow at the weekend – at least higher up, but we may just miss out at resort level.

They did have more than one fan by the way!

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3 Valleys Escapade in a Day – Congrats to Adam Wade

Congratulations to Adam Wade who completed the 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day on 17 March 2017.

Looks like he went a long way round, 148km is some distance in a day!

The 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day is our challenge of doing the Escapade Lifts (see them on the piste map) in a single, full on day out with around 34 lifts, 17000m of vertical (around twice the height of Everest) and about 100km in total distance.

You can get a certificate and a badge no matter how long you take or try the Selfies in a Day for an easier day out across The 3 Valleys with some great “selfie” footage uploaded to your phone.

The Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame

The 2017 lifts required and a possible route (PDF to download to your phone)

 

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Another Escapade in a Day Completed!

Congratulations to Jane Bradley and her friend Claire who completed all the lifts on the 3 Valley Escapade on 21st March 2017 in 7 hours 30 minutes – a real full on day!

Babysitting duties meant their third member missed out on a couple of lifts at the end and interestingly it was one year to the day, that Paul and Jane completed the challenge for the first time (old age and dodgy knees meant that he had to sit this one out – Jane’s words not mine!).

The 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day is our challenge of doing the Escapade Lifts (see them on the piste map) in a single, full on day out with around 34 lifts, 17000m of vertical (around twice the height of Everest) and near to 100km in total distance.

You can get a certificate and a badge no matter how long you take or try the Selfies in a Day for an easier day out across The 3 Valleys with great “selfie” footage uploaded to your phone.

The Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame

The 2017 lifts required and a possible route (PDF to download to your phone)

 

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Winter 2018 Opening Dates & Lift Pass Prices

La Tania opens for Winter 2018 on Saturday 16 December 2017.

A change from this season which had all the Courchevel villages opening on the same day
(a week earlier than this on 10/12/16).

Courchevel 1850, Courchevel Village (1550), Le Praz & Meribel Mottaret will open on Saturday 9 December 2017.
La Tania & Courchevel Moriond (1650) will open on Saturday 16 December 2017.

Lower villages are all scheduled to close on 15 April 2018 with Courchevel 1850 and Meribel Mottaret closing on 22 April 2018.

Key Price Highlights for the 3 Valleys below (individual valley prices have not been finalised yet):
6 Day 3 Valley Pass for Winter 2018 main season up to €300 from €294 (a 2% increase).
1 Day is now €61 up from €60 (up 1.7%).

Cheaper prices for the 2 weeks before Christmas with a 6 day 3 Valleys Adult Pass priced at:
€245 for 9 to 15 Dec
€260 for 16 to 22 Dec
Full price from 23 Dec at €300

The morning / afternoon or 3 hour pass is replaced with a 4 hour pass starting anytime at €54.50

The Duo and Tribu offers continue with discounts for 2 or 3 passes of exactly the same type bought at the same time.

The family pass price (where kids are under 18 rather than under 13 on normal passes) can save a family of 2 Adults and 3 Kids of 13, 15 & 17 years old some €300. You don’t have to ski together!

Finally, the 3 Valleys Snow Guarantee continues – we’ll have more runs open than anyone else!

 

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Sunset Sons at Pub Le Ski Lodge on 22 March 2017

A few pics of a great night at Pub Le Ski Lodge with the return of Sunset Sons.

Great bunch of lads who added on La Tania to their Kiss My Alps tour of Tignes, Meribel and Val d’Isere.

Set List (no covers this time)
Medicine
Tick Tock
She Wants
Gold
Blondie
Problems
No Way Home
Loa
Heroes
Superman
Lost Company
Somewhere Maybe
Remember
I Can’t Wait
Bright Lights
On The Road

 

 

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Charity Day T Shirts On Sale Ski Lodge Apres Today 5pm

3 Valleys Charity Day is on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Méribel Village and this years T-shirt is now on sale. The first batch go on sale at 5pm at Pub Le Ski Lodge today 21 March 2017.

They will be on sale at various Après Ski venues in the coming weeks for €20 and the sponsors cover all the costs of design, manufacturing, printing and delivery so 100% of that €20 goes to our UK and French Charities

The End of Season Party for a Good Cause
Inspired by Dan Provost back in 2002 in memory of his Mother who died from cancer.

The locals, workers, businesses & visitors have now raised over quarter of a million euros for British and French Charities including Sebastian’s Action Trust and the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer

Contact Ralph at info@3vcharityday.org to get involved, offer assistance, donate raffle prizes, sponsorship enquiries, make a donation etc. etc…

 

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