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Escapade in a Day – Another for the Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Phil and family…

From Phil:
What an enjoyable day skiing in the beautiful 3 Valleys sunshine with my two sons and daughter. Our attempt at the 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day Challenge was blessed with quiet lifts, fast pistes and a few cheeky beers at Col de la Loze to end our day.

We believe our only mistake was having to take an extra lift and do an extra run on our way to Becca and, aside from ourselves the only other obstacle put in our way was the relatively slow off piste route via Lac du Lou to Plan de L’eau due to the lack of fresh snow.

All in all a fun day.
All the Best,
Phil, Bradley, Jordan & Brooke.

Lifts & Pistes
◦ La Tania – 9.00am🚠 ◦ Bouc blanc 🚠 ◦ Lac bleu ⛷ ◦ Sources/Roche de l’ombre 🚠 ◦ Saulire 🚠 ◦ Biche – chamois – renard ⛷ ◦ Dent de burgin 🚠 ◦ Renard – blanchot – Lapin ⛷ ◦ Golf (meribel village) 🚠 ◦ Foret(rope pull) 🚠 ◦ Doron ⛷ ◦ Legends 🚠 ◦ Roc de fer- gelinotte ⛷ ◦ Olympic 🚠 ◦ Verdet – biolley ⛷ ◦ St Martin 1 🚠 ◦ St Martin express 🚠 ◦ Dahu – martre ⛷ ◦ Roc de tougne 🚠 ◦ Teppes – gros tougne –                 la violette ⛷ ◦ Masse 1 🚠 ◦ Masse 2 🚠 ◦ Off piste bit ⛷ ◦ Plan de l’eau 🚠 ◦ Boulevard d’telepherique ⛷ ◦ Cime Caron 🚠 ◦ Combe de rosael ⛷ (4th valley) ◦ Peyron 🚠 ◦ Bouchet 🚠 ◦ Bouchet ⛷  ◦ Rosael 🚠 ◦ Chamois – eterlou – rhodos ⛷ ◦ Moraine 🚠 ◦ Col 🚠 ◦ Col – moraine – green into VT⛷ ◦ Funitel de peclet 🚠 ◦ Beranger ⛷ ◦ Pioniers 🚠 (3 valley link) ◦ 3 valleys 🚠 ◦ 4 Vents – Alpage ⛷ ◦ Bruyeres 2 🚠 ◦ D Douillet ⛷ ◦ Becca 🚠 ◦ Alouette ⛷ (to mont vallon) ◦ Mont vallon 🚠 ◦ Combe du vallon – Ours ⛷ ◦ Pas du lac 🚠 ◦ Creux ⛷ ◦ Roc mugnier 🚠 ◦ Gdes bosses ⛷ ◦ Petit bosses 🚠 ◦ Shoosh ⛷ ◦ Aiguille du fruit 🚠 ◦ Courchevel 1850 – le praz ⛷  (altiport – amoreux) ◦ Foret – 3.30pm 🚠

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 saw the use of the Roc de Tougne fast new chair instead of the drag and 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. 

Getting easier, but it’s still a big, big day out with all talking (and lunch) kept to the lifts…

Updated 2020 PDF route with the 19 “Escapade Lifts” in bold

Click on image for full size pic

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 (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…..

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