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How To Kill Time At A Hotel

It is safe to say that traveling is one of the most wonderful things in life. You get to do and see beautiful things. For most people, a trip to a beautiful destination is a life-changing experience. But, there are also boring moments during a vacation. For example, the nights at the hotel. There are a lot of people who don’t know what to do at night, especially if they are alone at a hotel. If you don’t know what to do in your room, here are some of the suggestions.

Play Games

One of the best things you can do when you are alone in your hotel room is to play games. Sure, you can’t play board games by yourself, but there are video and online games you can play. You can bring a laptop or a console with you and play the best video games. If you love to play with other people, you can search for other players online. If video games are not your thing, you can go to casino sites and try to win money. Online casino games are rather popular today and you will definitely find a game that suits you.

Read Books

Today, most people simply don’t have the time to read books. That is especially true when they are working. They come home from the office and the only thing they want to do is have a drink and relax. But, if you are on a vacation and don’t know what to do at night in your hotel room, then you should consider the option of reading books. That is one of the best ways to kill time. You can pour yourself a delicious drink and read for hours in peace. The calmness of a hotel room at night is the perfect ambient for reading. If you have books waiting for you, then vacation is the perfect time for you to read them. Here are some of the best books you can read on a vacation. Find the one that suits you best.

Stream Movies And TV Shows

If you are alone at the hotel, you can stream movies and TV shows in your room. Most hotels today have smart TVs and that means you can easily log into your streaming accounts. Find movies and TV shows you wanted to watch, but didn’t have the time. If you want to make things more comfortable, order food and drinks. That is one of the best ways to treat yourself.

Final Word

When it comes to vacations, the hotel experience is rather important. If it is bad, it can ruin your vacation. That is why you must choose a good hotel. But, the quality of the hotel is not the only factor. You must also try to have a good time at the hotel. The things we discussed today will definitely help you to kill the time in your room. The most important thing you must do is find a way to treat yourself while on vacation.

Jack Jardine – La Tania’s first ever Savoie Parallel Slalom Champion

www.latania.co.uk sponsored racer Jack Jardine has a busy end of season. The end of the season saw the Tarentaise Coupe de Bronze which covers the Three Valleys, Valmorel, Champagny and Pralognan. Jack double podiumed with a Second  for the whole seasons races and a Third for the final of the parallel slalom where 32 of the best kids go head to head! 

The final weekend was the big one though…. The championships of the Savoie, Coupe de Argent covering the  major resorts in the Northern Alps. Jack automatically qualified for the last 32 based on his seasons results and he didn’t disappoint!!!

Jack and his coach Erwin Niepceron

Needing to get  through 5 rounds of head to heads comprising of 2 runs the tough competition and soft conditions made it dramatic to watch with races being won by 1/100’s of a second.

Jack made it to the final against Clement Desrues from the ski club Villaroger. The first run he was beaten having made a mistake and throwing him off his line giving his gate a 0.5 second delay in opening on the second run on the blue course.

It was all to play for and Jack ‘go hard or go home‘ was chasing the hare!!! After 3 gates he had made up the time but a fraction behind, neck and neck neither of the racers made a mistake until the second to last gate and Clement made a slight error that was enough for Jack to grab victory by inches and become La Tania’s first ever Savoie parallel champion in 30 years of the Club des Sports.

To crown a great day for Jack he was second in the Savoie overall seasons classement for slalom and GS (again a first in the history of the club) and claimed his podiums for La Tania! 

Congratulations to Jack ‘Petit Marcassin’ Jardine 

You can follow jack on instagram at:  jack_jd_ski

The turn of Chenus to be absolutely mint this morning…

A little hazy today but should be sunny from tomorrow and throughout the Easter weekend!

And L’Eclipse now a lovely relaxed ski now it’s nice and soft… The first Marmottes have been spotted too!

Turning in to one of the best end of season skiing conditions ever…

Another beautiful day on the mountain…

Lac Bleu & Jean Blanc absolutely mint this morning – could be January

Fantastic April Skiing continues…

Fresh April Snow!

Powder Rules Apply… On a Saturday changeover day of course…

La Tania 08:35 on Saturday Morning – Where is everyone?

Always worth a look – those out first Friday morning were rewarded with some fresh snow – and more on the way!

Some lovely powder first thing – not deep but surprisingly light!

Saulire Cable Car to be designated a “Premium Lift”

The Saulire Cable Car is to be designated a “Premium Lift” at additional cost when it reopens.

With a ski concierge service, luxury seating, free hot drinks, masseuse, glove & boot warmers, video screens, free internet access and phone charging facilities there will be an additional charge to use the lift when it reopens – this is expected to be around €50 extra on a 6 day pass (additional charges on season pass prices have not yet been discussed but is expected to be significant).

The 120 person capacity Saulire Cable Car was seriously damaged when undergoing bi-annual safety stress testing prior to this season and has remained closed ever since. 

Costs for the repair are estimated at €9m and re-opening is not expected until the Summer of 2023. 

In an effort to claw back some revenue Courchevel 1850 has decided on making this a “Premium Lift” with additional charges as it is used by pedestrians as well as skiers. 

Instructors, S3V staff, ski patrol & emergency services workers, club des sports members, elected officials, competitors, journalists, tourist office / commune employees and town  hall workers will be exempt from the charges. 

The cable car was turned into a luxury bedroom for an Airbnb prize back in 2015 so the winners could stay overnight suspended at 2700m. The story reported in the Daily Mail here

We understand opposing voices were heard at the consultation forum meeting last night but the overriding view was this would be good publicity for Courchevel 1850 and as they’ve done without this lift for a season, skiers are used to not using it. 

Well off clientele (especially those on foot) will benefit from the access to mountain restaurants and if successful the replacement Chenus lift is also expected to be branded as a “Premium Lift” with additional charges.

This is all despite promises that Courchevel would put more focus on sporting events and skiing rather than elite clients and palace type hotels (increasingly relevant with the impacts of war in Ukraine and the Russian clientele base).

On Wednesday this week Courchevel gained yet another Michelin Star restaurant as Chef Wahid Sylvestre was awarded a star after only 3 months of opening the Restaurant Sylvestre at the eye wateringly expensive (only 9 suites) Hôtel Les Grandes Alpes in 1850.

This is the 9th Michelin Star restaurant in the Courchevel ski area (including Le Farçon in La Tania and Azimut in Le Praz). 

Jean Blanc Perfect This Morning – Certainly Piste du Jour

Escapaders Continue – Tony, David, Wayne and Paddy

Tony, David, Wayne and Paddy from Sussex attempted the challenge for the first time in very mixed conditions on 20 March 2022. Freeze thaw meant awful ice in the morning and slush in the afternoon. Their comprehensive report below…

We started our skiing adventure in Courchevel so Foret was our first run. 

We had worked out that we needed to average around 22mph and ski top to bottom without stopping on most runs. We theorised that we should finish at about 4.20pm with forty minutes to spare… our last lift was forecast to close at 5pm.

However things never go as planned, the lifts opened 6 minutes late and Wayne’s ski binding came loose on the second run so we lost another precious few minutes.  

At 10.30am we stopped for a bathroom break in Meribel and slipped another 3 minutes behind. A water stop in Les Menuires made us doubt that we were ever going to complete this task in a day, putting us 15 minutes behind schedule.

The Chasse run was closed, and we ended up skiing down and coming back up and lost about 10 minutes tackling Bruyeres twice! We had to go all the way up Bruyeres 2 to VT and ski all the way through VT so this added 20 minutes to our route – a big deviation from the original plan.

If you can ski off piste from the back of La Massee its much quicker to get to Plan de L’Eau and would have saved 20 to 30 minutes of ski time but this is virtually impossible in March slush so added delays to our route.

Whilst in Orelle we encountered another issue as the Piste was closed for ten minutes whilst the Rescue Helicopter landed…. by this stage we had slipped further back and were now 34 minutes behind…. 

According to the times that we copied from the web site we had just six minutes to spare… we were really tight for time and there was no margin for any further errors or delays for the next three hours. We knew at this stage that only a faultless performance for the rest of the day would lead to success!

To make matters worse, the cloud came in and we lost the Sun….. we were skiing in flat light and were very worried that our attempt was over….

Fortunately, although we had lost the sun at this point, the cloud base was still high so we were still able to maintain a constant speed. We switched from sunglasses to goggles and pressed on with our quest!

It was a huge relief to make it back into the Courchevel Valley, at about 3.50pm we hit Pas Du Lac with zero queues. A few lifts to go and an hour before lift closures it was looking like we would be successful so we dropped the pace to avoid any injuries or accidents and finished at 4.38pm with 22 minutes to spare so we went up Swiss and did a final run from the top back into Courchevel.

I know tradition says to have a pint in the Ski Lodge to celebrate but we were so hungry and dehydrated that we waited until lunch time the next day to have that celebratory pint in the Ski Lodge. 

It was a tough challenge, we didn’t stop for food; minimising down time by eating and drinking on lifts, skiing top to bottom. We were blessed with quiet March slopes and the later lift closing.  However, the Spring slush on the low runs really slows the pace down.  The icy mornings  and the afternoon slush meant that conditions weren’t optimal but lift queues were kind so there were pros and cons. 

Anybody else thinking of doing this, what did we learn? If we had carried water, we could have saved ten minutes.  We should have checked run closures on the online apps as we could have saved another ten minutes.  You really burn a lot of calories and need to carry more food than we did as we were all starving by the end of the day. Another helpful hint would be to learn the route as there isn’t any time for map reading or stopping at junctions. Whilst we made it with 22 minutes to spare over 34 lifts/runs that is about 40 seconds a lift slower and we would have failed….  

Also 4.38pm at the last up lift works in March but if this was January again we would have failed. This is an extremely hard challenge;  it takes fitness, stamina, and sheer determination to finish. We were averaging ski speeds of approximately 25 mph in the morning and this, of course, drops with tiredness and Spring lush at the end of the day. I think I came in at 21mph as my average speed for the day which was a little behind my target of 22mph. 

Saulire lift  was closed for the season  and we took Vizelle instead. 

Col lift was closed, however we did three extra lifts; Swiss, Plan de Mains, and Brynne Two to make up for this lift closure. 

Good luck to anybody else that tries it.

Tony, Paddy, David and Wayne.

What’s this all 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 plus 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. 

It’s certainly getting easier with the improvement in lift infrastructure and we should make it harder for 2023 – there’s now the new Pointe de La Masse and Orelle-Caron Gondolas too! However, it’s still a big, big day out with every run top to bottom and all the planning, chatting, moaning (and lunch) kept for the time on the lifts…

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

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REMEMBER: 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 (and 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…..