Three Valleys Escapade - The Hardest Days Skiing Ever?

The Escapade in a day (a big day) - 22nd March 2006

With thanks to sponsors ICICLES Catered Chalets for the Champagne prizes
 
What started out as a late night, alcohol fuelled conversation turned out to be the biggest ski day most of us have ever had....
 
The Three Valleys Escapade is run by the lift companies and consists of 14 check points spread across the Three Valleys where you get a card stamped (with a different pattern hole punch). You collect all the stamps and receive a free certificate and for 7€ a badge too (although we didn't get charged at the 1850 lift company office and note that you can't get the certificate from the La Tania ticket office). From 2008 they just analysed the lifts you've traveled on from your ski pass ID but the whole thing was dropped in 2018 - we're still doing it though and it's a bit harder too!

2019 first attempts here

The idea was that you do this over your week's holiday - but we thought maybe it could be done in a day... So 08:30 Ski Lodge registration, 10€ entrance fee and off for the first lift at 09:00. Thanks to Nick at Nick Ski for his work on the most efficient route around the check points (unless you know better of course).
 

The Day Escapaders Hall of Fame (and updates for the 2019 route)

All who do it are captured here - it is a full on day, not for those who do lunch!

 

Click here for the full size map

 

Detailed route and timings

CP = Escapade Check Point where you get your card stamped

 

Time

Lift

Vertical UP (m)

Piste

09:00

Depart La Tania gondola (CP1 at bottom)

532

 

 

Dou des Lanches chair

438

 

 

 

 

Boulevard de la Loze in to Méribel Valley

 

 

 

Renard

09:29

Dent de Burgin (CP2 at top)

305

 

 

 

Renard

 

 

Blanchot

 

 

Lapin

09:40

Golf chair Méribel Village (CP3 at bottom)

300

 

 

Altiport rope tow

10

 

 

 

Foret

 

 

Doron

 

Roc de Fer chair Méribel

372

 

 

Olympic chair (CP4 at top) out of Méribel Valley

499

 

10:17

 

Verdet in to St Martin Valley

 

 

Biolley

10:40

St Martin 1 gondola (CP5 at bottom)

374

 

 

St Martin 2 chair

608

 

 

 

Combe Tougnete in to Méribel Valley

 

 

Dahu

 

 

Martre

11:00

Roc de Tougne drag (CP6 at bottom)

387

 

 

 

Teppes in to Les Menuires Valley

11:11

(CP7 near bottom of Granges chair )

Gros Tougne

 

 

Green through Les Menuires

11:26

Masse 1 gondola

560

 

 

Masse 2 gondola (CP8 at top)

657

 

 

 

Lac du Lou Itinerary Route over the back of La Masse

 

 

Join Plan de L'eau in to Val Thorens

12:11

Plan de L'eau chair (CP9 at bottom)

432

 

 

 

Boismint

 

Moutiere chair

587

 

 

 

Linotte

 

Funitel Grand Fond

542

 

12:45

 

Mauriennaise into the 4th Valley

12:56

Peyron chair

436

 

 

Bouchet chair (CP10 at top)

471

 

13:19

 

 

Coraia

 

 

 

Peyron

13:29

Rosael chair out of 4th Valley

660

 

 

 

 

Chamois in to Val Thorens

 

 

 

Rhodos across to Portette

 

 

 

Moraine

 

Moraine chair

468

 

 

Col chair (CP11 at top)

330

 

14:15

 

 

Col

 

 

 

Moraine

 

 

 

Chalets

14:25

Plein Sud chair Val Thorens

377

 

 

3 Vallees 2 chair out of Val Thorens

287

 

 

 

 

Lac de la Chambre in to Méribel Valley

 

Plan des Mains chair

292

 

 

 

 

Rossignol

 

 

 

Martre into Mottaret

15:03

Pas du Lac 1 Mottaret

529

 

 

Pas du Lac 2 out of Méribel Valley

466

 

 

 

 

Creux in to Courchevel Valley

 

Chanrossa chair

425

 

 

 

 

Roc Merlet towards 1650

 

 

 

Pyramide

 

 

 

Rochers

15:39

Chapelets chair 1650 (CP12 at bottom)

449

 

 

 

 

Grandes Bosses

 

 

 

Roc Mugnier

 

Gravelles (CP13 at Prameruel Sign Post)

316

 

 

 

 

Altiport blue & Altiport Green

 

 

 

Cos Pilot to 1550

 

 

 

Stade

16:10

Tovets chair 1550 (CP14 at bottom)

269

 

 

Plantrey chair 1850

500

 

 

 

 

Bouc Blanc down in to La Tania

 

 

 

Folyères

     

Troika

16:34

Arrive Ski Lodge, La Tania

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 hours

34 mins

 

12878m

(or 42,250 feet !!!)

 

 

Before and after the Escapade in a day....

Well done to Nick, Sandy, Toffa, Dave, Brian, Toby, Jack and Chuck

 

 

PS. You do this entirely at your own risk, act responsibly, take full ownership for your own actions & those with you, respect other people (& the mountain), ride within your limits, always obey the skiers & snowboarders code, observe all signs, pay attention to all notices & advice from Pisteurs, only ski off piste if fully equipped & knowledgeable, it's not a race (you won't be insured), 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.....

 

 

 

 

page last update 27/01/19

 

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