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Escapade in a Day – Route from Méribel Mottaret last year – Good luck this year!
From Sam Birch:
I completed the route in 2018 with 4 others in my chalet – sadly I can’t remember their names! We started from Meribel on the very first Plan de l’homme lift of the day, and finished on Golf at 1618, with a whole 12 minutes to spare. It was pretty tight and we were behind schedule for a lot of the day, only making up ground when we got over into the Courchevel valley. Food and “next run” briefings were all taken on the lifts, with only a few bathroom stops on the way round. The two worst bits were probably coming down from the top of Col – a real long leg burner – and the long run down through Courchevel, where there was a fair amount of traffic on the slopes.
I’ve attached ski data to demonstrate the day, plus a spreadsheet of estimated timings – every lift involved pulling that out and checking the set of runs we needed to take to get to the next lift. I’ve also marked up a copy of the piste map in case that helps.
For 2019 I think the route should actually be a bit easier; Montaulever has gone so that means one lift fewer to hit during the day, and I didnt’ use Cime Caron as I tried to keep the route to blues/greens over reds/blacks to save the legs a little.
Good luck on your 2019 attempt Sam!
2018 route from Mottaret3V-Challenge-1
2019 proposed route from Mottaret3V-Challenge-2019