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Al Jones does the Escapade in a Day (not that one!)
Monday 27th January 2020
Al Jones, Pete Middleton and Jack Brown at the third time of trying completed the Escapade in a Day starting in La Tania on the first bubble and getting the last lift at Foret at 4.20.
We skied the standard route including the off piste section from the back of Pointe da la Masse. Most challenging run of the day was the icy black Combe de Rosael. Conditions were ok but flat light and snow made the afternoon tricky. We lost/left (Top Gear rules applied!) one guy, Mark, to tired legs but he made it back safely.
We have dedicate our little trip to Charlie Smith who broke his ankle on our first attempt in 2018.
Cheers, Al Jones (not that one!)
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.
Certainly getting a lot easier and we’ll make it much harder next year! But it’s still an enjoyable, big, big day out with all talking (and lunch) kept to the lifts…
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…..