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Pikatchu going hard on his favourite tree run…
A new free Smartphone app “Ski Nav” has been released this season. It’s a simple interactive piste map that lets you get directions like a sat nav. The view is angled like the official paper maps, and both the large Three Valleys map and the smaller Courchevel one are included. There’s a dem available on their home page at ski-nav-app.com
Entering Courchevel 1850 as a destination, you get sent up the La Tania bubble and the Dou des Lanches chair. This should should take 22 minutes, though you can change your speed in the settings. There are preferences for certain types of lift or piste too, and if you avoid chair lifts, you instead get sent via Le Praz to take the newly-installed gondola to 1850 from there.
Now, which crossing is best to head over to Méribel-Mottaret? It suggests Dou des Lanches again then Boulevard de la Loze for a 50-minute cruise. Avoiding greens completely, you are instead directed up the Bouc Blanc towards the Saulire crossing and some of the steeper runs on the far side. And what about the zip wire at the far side of Val Thorens? It’s an ambitious journey but Ski Nav reckons you can get there in under two and a half hours skiing at a very modest 15 kph, and less than 2 hours on the way back.
According to the developer, location sharing is coming in the next update. That would mean seeing your friends or family on the map and allow you to split off and meet back up again easily. Also planned are directions via notifications to allow checking the route on your phone without taking your gloves off or on a smart watch. The app is available for iOS and Android and is free to download with free routing.
The La Tania usual suspects putting some first tracks down this morning. A 1m base now reported on Saulire.
Powder Rules Apply – Explained…
Rule No.1 – No Friends On Powder Days (never wait for anyone, you’ll miss those first tracks, though waiting your turn on avalanche risk slopes is allowed).
Rule No.2 – Everything Excused (you should be allowed to be late or not turn up for work, school etc).
Note that in very rare circumstances certain girlfriend/boyfriend rule exceptions and/or exclusions may apply on some days.
The earliest origins of this we know of are in a 1981 US ski movie.
A Californian Ski Hire shop simply shut on Powder Days for the staff to go skiing with the sign on the door saying “CLOSED – Powder Rules Apply”.
More pics from today…
Beautifully groomed pistes, blue skies and sunshine for a great ski over to Orelle (aka the 4th Valley) yesterday.
Work has begun on the replacement of the existing gondola from Orelle up to Plan Bouchet and construction work on the new second gondola is well underway with pylons now in place.
The completely new second gondola is to go from the Plan Bouchet gondola station straight up to Cime Caron to give an alternate route over in to Val Thorens. This is due to be completed for Winter 2021.
Not quite first lift but La Tania locals some of the first to ride the new gondola this morning. Very smooth and very quick – under 6 minutes to the top.
On the eve of Courchevel opening the preparations on the La Tania side (opening next Saturday) continue with the Bouc Blanc piste and the views down to La Tania looking magnificent.
A word of caution from those in the know: This area is officially closed until next Saturday (14 Dec 2019) and there’s plenty of piste bashers, heavy machinery, cables, safety equipment and other hazards in place.
In addition, even though above Bouc Blanc is now groomed, Folyères is very challenging as it is partially ungroomed with a mix of refrozen and snow cannoned snow. It will be perfect of course once it is prepared next week but at the moment the closed Folyères piste could end your season before it has begun. Don’t do it!
Is this a no-brainer?
Three have always led the way in including roaming before anyone else, it now stretches to 71 countries including Australia and the USA. Although there is a “fair use policy” and technically you’re not supposed to use it permanently abroad but we don’t know of people being blocked in using it for a ski season.
Finally, at the end of last Winter, Three allowed 4G roaming (after their 3G was becoming almost unusable) and it’s a pretty decent service across France now.
There are always some catches, but we can’t see any – it roams free in Switzerland too for those Geneva transfers unlike iD Mobile, the Dixons/Carphone virtual operator who actually use the Three network!
There won’t be tethering abroad and calls / texts to foreign numbers will be charged along with picture messaging ( but not iPhone Messages or Facebook Messenger / Whatsapp photos etc). It is 5G ready too.
The offer closes at midnight Friday and it is a 12 month sign up – if you Quidco it you may get another £47.50 cashback making it only £4 a month eventually. There’s also a link here for a £25 Amazon Voucher – no idea if you can do both – but that makes it possibly less than £2 a month in effect. Surely this can’t be right???
You can enter your PAC when ordering to keep your mobile number – get your PAC by texting PACddmmyy (date of birth) to 65075 – eg PAC230591
Another beautiful sunny day so a skin up Marmottes and then time to drop in to Suisses… Only 2 more days until the lifts open in Courchevel!
The fully equipped La Tania Courchevel Médical Center is situated next to the lift pass office by the La Tania Gondola station.
Further information on the facilities are available here
Update for Winter 2020
Joining the team this Winter season is Dr Johan Walch, a young doctor specialising in sport pathology. An active sportsman, he has a passion for sport and travel.
Back again for this Winter assisting the doctors are Jacqueline and Martine.
Doctor Aude Joncquiert Latarjet will also be working at the Medical Centre as usual but will be sharing the role with working with the emergency service in Chambéry.
- All staff are (at minimum) bilingual.
- Service available include X-Ray, stitching, plaster cast, perfusion, nebulization, etc.
- The Courchevel Medical Center will be open 7 days a week from Saturday 14th December until the end of the season.
- In case of accident, you can ask for a transfer to the CMC of La Tania if you are in the local area.
The Medical Centre wishes every visitor, season worker and all local residents from all countries a very good season.