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Days like these… Why we go skiing & snowboarding!

As good as it gets this morning (or is it better than that?).  La Tania locals bagging first lifts once again – this time on Chenus…

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“Safe” off piste on the meadow – Avalanche Risk remains at 4/5 HIGH RISK
Lac Bleu still a bit thin – but it is is only 11 December…
And then Biollay opened…
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Meanwhile back in La Tania…


Snow! Pics from this morning in La Tania & Courchevel

La Tania this morning!

Empty slopes this morning in Courchevel and plenty of fresh snow for those wo’ve made the effort of getting up the mountain. Strong winds and the associated avalanche risk means Saulire is unlikely to open today. The off piste avalanche risk is now at 4 out of 5 (HIGH RISK).

The altiport drag lift is now open expanding the area for beginners and the next scheduled lifts to open (although probably not today due to the conditions) are Aiguille du Fruit and Chenus.

Saulire reporting 51cm of fresh snow bringing the base up to 111cm and further snow showers forecast all day.

Empty slopes in Courchevel this morning…
The La Tania Bear Sign!
The first snow clearing job of the season for many this morning
Le Praz now all white…
La Tania Webcams…

Thanks to Nic & Joey and The Freeride Republic for the pics this morning.


Opening Day in Courchevel – Fresh snow & roasted marshmallows…

Bellecote wide & complete past the Courcheneige Hotel

New Live Ski Bus Arrival Information now available

Scan the QR code at the main stops for a link to the live information. 

The La Tania link is here:

All the free ski bus timetables are here:

Praz, Grangettes and Jardin Alpin lifts are free for pedestrians getting to work every morning between 08:35 and 09:00. 


First Lift of the Season – who else would it be?

La Tania first lift stalwarts Nick & Joey in the first gondola of the season out of Courchevel this morning – good work!


Courchevel Opening Tomorrow – Further Updates & Free Parking Details

For opening day tomorrow, Saturday 8th December 2018 the lift schedule currently remain as reported earlier in the week but further lifts and pistes will open as soon as possible with the expected snowfall and the operation of snow cannons as the temperature drops.

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Free Car Parking will be available at:
– Bellecôte (Courchevel 1850)
– Grangettes (1550 Village)
– Dou du midi (1550 Village)

Further details and prices for opening week here

Bouc Blanc piste above La Tania waiting to be groomed for the first time

La Tania today – expect a transformation over the weekend…


Courchevel Opening Day on Saturday 8 December – Update on lifts & piste opening from S3V

Update from S3V Ski Area Management Company
Despite difficult conditions (natural snow has been in short supply and temperatures have not been conducive to artificial snow production), we have deployed significant resources to offer from Saturday, 8th December the best skiing we can. This will be illustrated in particular by the production of artificial snow at full capacity as soon as conditions permit, with grooming machines working and teams manually carrying snow on to the slopes if necessary.

Encouraging prospects!
The situation should improve rapidly thanks to favorable weather conditions to ski on new pistes every day. Meteo France have announced sharply lower temperatures and regular and consistent precipitation on Saturday & Sunday. In addition next Monday and Tuesday, there is persistent cold weather conducive to snowmaking.

Openings scheduled for December 8
Forecast to open in the Courchevel valley on Saturday:
* Saulire Cable Car
* Verdons Gondola
* Jardin Alpin Gondola
* Tovets Chairlift
* Tapis du Golf Magic Carpets
Lift and piste openings will increase very quickly as conditions improve.

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The opening of The 3 Valleys connections for the first time will be by:
* La Saulire between Courchevel & Méribel
* Les 3 Marches & Tougnète (from 9/12) between Méribel & Les Menuires
* Le Col de la Chambre between Les Menuires & Val Thorens.

Prior to the middle of next week it will be difficult to actually take advantage of the whole of the 3 Valleys.

More lifts and pistes will be opening every day. Follow the opening information in real time here
Prices for next week:
1 day adult Courchevel Valley = €31.90  (3 hours = €26.90).
1 day Children Courchevel Valley = €25.50.

For those staying a week, it may be worth checking the lift & piste openings to choose between skiing in the valley of Courchevel or The 3 Valleys:
6 days adult Courchevel Valley = €159.10, about €26.50/day with 1 Aqualudique entry to Aquamotion.
6 days Children or Family Pass Courchevel Valley = €127.20, about €21/day with 1 Aqualudique entry to Aquamotion.

And for the 3 Valleys (connections may be difficult until the middle of next week):
6 days 3 Vallées adult = €244.80, about €40/day.
6 days Children or Family Pass 3 Valleys €195.80, about €33/day.

The multi-day packages have the advantage that you can benefit from volume discounts while benefiting from the new lifts and piste openings throughout the week. 

Weather Update 4 Dec – Much Colder & Snow for Courchevel Opening

The milder spell this week which has seen rain to mid mountain levels looks more and more likely to end abruptly at the weekend.

Latest model runs continue to confirm the cold blast and the opening up of weather fronts to hit the Alps from the Atlantic in a classic alpine snow storm.

Courchevel & Méribel opening day this Saturday and over the weekend could well see extensive snow (and down to quite low levels) if the predicted models come off as forecast.

The colder weather should also see a mass switch on of the snow cannons low down to make sure pistes to all resort levels are complete (and for La Tania opening on 15 Dec).


First Pints (not first tracks) Pub Le Ski Lodge Opening

A photo finish but the official results show Such Riches at an SP of 2/1 and joint second favourite finished first and claimed First Pint of the La Tana Winter 2019 Season – Congratulations!

Special mention from right outside the betting and finishing very strongly the Australian import Ben+B.

Welcome to La Tania everyone from Pub Le Ski Lodge to Winter 2019..


Warning Alert from S3V regarding work on the ski area

We received the following warning / alert from S3V this morning regarding skiers on the ski area while a serious amount of work is going on preparing the slopes for next Saturday. Lots of machinery, including hidden cables and obstacles in place so the ski area is officially closed to those hiking up and getting in some early turns.

In order to prepare the ski area for the opening on December 8th, we currently have 21 snow groomers, 15 snowmobiles plus other councli heavy machinery working on the ski area.

Some groomers are equipped with cables that are not always visible (with  up to 1 km of cable unrolled and powered by heavy duty machinery some of which may be under the snow).

We are currently facing a growing number of cross-country skiers / ski tourers who do not understand the risks of this work in progress and are preventing us from working normally.

We remind everyone that the ski area is exclusively reserved for the Ski Area Management Company to prepare for the opening day. Thank you for respecting this work in progress by not practicing ski touring on the ski domain.

The S3V Board of Directors