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Congratulations to Roman – Another Escapader in a Day
Just wanted to write and log in my attempt for the Three Valleys Escapade. The stars aligned and I managed to complete it on Thursday 21st March despite having a recovering knee from MCL damage and some key lifts/runs being shut that I had planned to use; Cime Caron, and thus access to Orelle and also the Chasse Run linking one side of Les Menuires to Plan De L’eau.
To my surprise the route I came up with worked quite well, although I missed Petite Boss in the morning due to it not opening till 11am! I used Signal instead but to my surprise I had enough time to go back again in the afternoon! The full list of lifts I took are below.
|Aguille du Fruit|
|Dent De Burgin|
|Mini Tow Rope|
|St Martin 1|
|St Martin Express|
|Roc De Tougne|
|Plan De L’eau|
|Pas Du Lac 1|
|Pas Du Lac 2|
|Aguille du Fruit|
What’s all this 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 sees the use of Roc de Tougne fast new lift instead of the drag – still a big, big day out though with all talking (and lunch) kept to the lifts…
PDF list of lifts here for downloading to a smart phone – this needs a 2019 update as Roc de Tougne chair is not a drag now, Legends replaces Roc de Fer and the drag in Les Menuirs, Montaulever is no longer there.