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Mr and Mrs Slippery (& Neil) complete the Escapade in a Day…

More old people with the help of youngsters complete the challenge…

From Michelle:
Me, Alan and my cousin (Neil Stubbington) did the Escapade today. Quite pleased how we did, especially as Neil’s a boarder! Here are our timings taken from Ski Tracks – we started at 9am and clocked through our last needed lift (foret) at 3.30pm. However, we then decided that Dou Des Lanches still looked good so finished off with an extra chair.

Michelle, Alan and Neil’s 3 Valley Escapade
20th January 2020

1 09:03 La Tania gondola
2 09:09 Bouc Blanc
3 09:20 Rocher de L’ombre (or Sources) drag lift
4 09:26 Saulire cable car
5 09:38 Dent de Burgin
6 09:51 Golf
7 Rope Tow
8 10:05 Legends
9 10:15 Olympic
10 10:29 St Martin 1
11 St Matin Express
12 10:53 Roc de Tougne
13 11:10 Masse 1
14 11:20 Masse 2 Gondola
15 11:38 Reberty
16 11:43 Bruyeres 1 Gondola (off at 1st station)
17 11:53 Plan de L’Eau
18 12:03 Cime Caron Cable Car
19 12:21 Peyron
20 12:28 Bouchet
21 12:45 Rosael
22 12:59 Moraine Gondola
23 13:12 Col
24 13:30 Peclet Funitel
25 13:47 Pioneers
26 13:53 3 Valley Chair
27 14:07 Becca
28 14:17 Mont Vallon Gondola
29 14:40 Pas Du Lac 1 Gondola
30 Pas Du Lac 2 Gondola
31 15:08 Roc Mugnire
32 15:10 Petite Bosses drag
33 15:16 Aiguille du Fruit
34 15:29 Forêt
35 15:39 Dou Des Lanches

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 the talking (and lunch) kept to the lifts…

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

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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…..