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Surely the last report on the 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day for the 2022 Season – and sorry we were a bit late in getting this on-line! Thanks to Katy for the info.
Conditions were great considering we thought it wss going to rain, we actually got blue skies all day.
The only major hiccup was the closure of the run between Les Menuires and Plan de l’eau meaning we had to go all the way to the top and ski down into Val Thorens.
Bumped into Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte on Roc Mugner, making us temporarily consider ditching the escapade to ski near them but we came to our senses and made it down to Forêt with roughly an hour to spare.
What’s this all about?
The 3 Valleys Escapade was the lift company promotion of visiting (originally in 2006) 14 points across the Three Valleys and gaining a certificate & badge over the period of your holiday – then we had the idea of doing it in a day…
It’s probably the toughest day skiing ever for a recreational skier but lots of people have got involved over the years so we feature them in our Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame
This is no longer being promoted by The 3 Valleys but we’ll still stick you in the Hall of Fame if you complete it – send a Ski Tracks or similar trace in plus a pic of your group.
What started out as a late night “is it possible?” discussion became a challenge the following week – the history and our original route are here
Originally punch cards had to be stamped at each check point until electronic passes arrived – they could then be checked by the lift company. The original Escapade was 30 lifts, 13000m vertical and 70km and 2016 peaked with 34 lifts, 17000m vertical (twice the height of Everest) and around 100km total distance. It became a little less for 2017 and 2018 saw the use of the Roc de Tougne fast new chair instead of the drag plus we lost the Montaulever drag altogether. In 2019 we gained the new faster Legends chair out of Méribel and then an improvement in speed on the Mont Vallon lift too.
It’s certainly getting easier with the improvement in lift infrastructure and we should make it harder for 2023 – there’s now the new Pointe de La Masse and Orelle-Caron Gondolas too! However, it’s still a big, big day out with every run top to bottom and all the planning, chatting, moaning (and lunch) kept for the time on the lifts…
REMEMBER: You do this entirely at your own risk, act responsibly, take full ownership for your own actions and all of those with you, respect other people (& the mountain), ski & ride within your limits, always obey the skiers & snowboarders code, observe all signs, pay attention to all notices, advice & instructions from Pisteurs, only ski off piste if fully equipped & knowledgeable, it’s not a race (and you won’t be insured), think about the safety of others as well as yourself but above all, take care, don’t wreck things for others & don’t even think of blaming anyone else if it all goes horribly wrong…..
It is safe to say that traveling is one of the most wonderful things in life. You get to do and see beautiful things. For most people, a trip to a beautiful destination is a life-changing experience. But, there are also boring moments during a vacation. For example, the nights at the hotel. There are a lot of people who don’t know what to do at night, especially if they are alone at a hotel. If you don’t know what to do in your room, here are some of the suggestions.
One of the best things you can do when you are alone in your hotel room is to play games. Sure, you can’t play board games by yourself, but there are video and online games you can play. You can bring a laptop or a console with you and play the best video games. If you love to play with other people, you can search for other players online. If video games are not your thing, you can go to casino sites and try to win money. Online casino games are rather popular today and you will definitely find a game that suits you.
Today, most people simply don’t have the time to read books. That is especially true when they are working. They come home from the office and the only thing they want to do is have a drink and relax. But, if you are on a vacation and don’t know what to do at night in your hotel room, then you should consider the option of reading books. That is one of the best ways to kill time. You can pour yourself a delicious drink and read for hours in peace. The calmness of a hotel room at night is the perfect ambient for reading. If you have books waiting for you, then vacation is the perfect time for you to read them. Here are some of the best books you can read on a vacation. Find the one that suits you best.
Stream Movies And TV Shows
If you are alone at the hotel, you can stream movies and TV shows in your room. Most hotels today have smart TVs and that means you can easily log into your streaming accounts. Find movies and TV shows you wanted to watch, but didn’t have the time. If you want to make things more comfortable, order food and drinks. That is one of the best ways to treat yourself.
When it comes to vacations, the hotel experience is rather important. If it is bad, it can ruin your vacation. That is why you must choose a good hotel. But, the quality of the hotel is not the only factor. You must also try to have a good time at the hotel. The things we discussed today will definitely help you to kill the time in your room. The most important thing you must do is find a way to treat yourself while on vacation.
www.latania.co.uk sponsored racer Jack Jardine has a busy end of season. The end of the season saw the Tarentaise Coupe de Bronze which covers the Three Valleys, Valmorel, Champagny and Pralognan. Jack double podiumed with a Second for the whole seasons races and a Third for the final of the parallel slalom where 32 of the best kids go head to head!
The final weekend was the big one though…. The championships of the Savoie, Coupe de Argent covering the major resorts in the Northern Alps. Jack automatically qualified for the last 32 based on his seasons results and he didn’t disappoint!!!
Needing to get through 5 rounds of head to heads comprising of 2 runs the tough competition and soft conditions made it dramatic to watch with races being won by 1/100’s of a second.
Jack made it to the final against Clement Desrues from the ski club Villaroger. The first run he was beaten having made a mistake and throwing him off his line giving his gate a 0.5 second delay in opening on the second run on the blue course.
It was all to play for and Jack ‘go hard or go home‘ was chasing the hare!!! After 3 gates he had made up the time but a fraction behind, neck and neck neither of the racers made a mistake until the second to last gate and Clement made a slight error that was enough for Jack to grab victory by inches and become La Tania’s first ever Savoie parallel champion in 30 years of the Club des Sports.
To crown a great day for Jack he was second in the Savoie overall seasons classement for slalom and GS (again a first in the history of the club) and claimed his podiums for La Tania!
Congratulations to Jack ‘Petit Marcassin’ Jardine
You can follow jack on instagram at: jack_jd_ski
A little hazy today but should be sunny from tomorrow and throughout the Easter weekend!
And L’Eclipse now a lovely relaxed ski now it’s nice and soft… The first Marmottes have been spotted too!
Another beautiful day on the mountain…
Fantastic April Skiing continues…
Powder Rules Apply… On a Saturday changeover day of course…
Always worth a look – those out first Friday morning were rewarded with some fresh snow – and more on the way!
Some lovely powder first thing – not deep but surprisingly light!
The Saulire Cable Car is to be designated a “Premium Lift” at additional cost when it reopens.
With a ski concierge service, luxury seating, free hot drinks, masseuse, glove & boot warmers, video screens, free internet access and phone charging facilities there will be an additional charge to use the lift when it reopens – this is expected to be around €50 extra on a 6 day pass (additional charges on season pass prices have not yet been discussed but is expected to be significant).
The 120 person capacity Saulire Cable Car was seriously damaged when undergoing bi-annual safety stress testing prior to this season and has remained closed ever since.
Costs for the repair are estimated at €9m and re-opening is not expected until the Summer of 2023.
In an effort to claw back some revenue Courchevel 1850 has decided on making this a “Premium Lift” with additional charges as it is used by pedestrians as well as skiers.
Instructors, S3V staff, ski patrol & emergency services workers, club des sports members, elected officials, competitors, journalists, tourist office / commune employees and town hall workers will be exempt from the charges.
The cable car was turned into a luxury bedroom for an Airbnb prize back in 2015 so the winners could stay overnight suspended at 2700m. The story reported in the Daily Mail here
We understand opposing voices were heard at the consultation forum meeting last night but the overriding view was this would be good publicity for Courchevel 1850 and as they’ve done without this lift for a season, skiers are used to not using it.
Well off clientele (especially those on foot) will benefit from the access to mountain restaurants and if successful the replacement Chenus lift is also expected to be branded as a “Premium Lift” with additional charges.
This is all despite promises that Courchevel would put more focus on sporting events and skiing rather than elite clients and palace type hotels (increasingly relevant with the impacts of war in Ukraine and the Russian clientele base).
On Wednesday this week Courchevel gained yet another Michelin Star restaurant as Chef Wahid Sylvestre was awarded a star after only 3 months of opening the Restaurant Sylvestre at the eye wateringly expensive (only 9 suites) Hôtel Les Grandes Alpes in 1850.
This is the 9th Michelin Star restaurant in the Courchevel ski area (including Le Farçon in La Tania and Azimut in Le Praz).