Trip Report elSpike's French SkiSki in the time of Covid - Les Trois Vallées

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Tonight’s entertainment is a very mediocre magician / clown dude.

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He’s building balloon things in absolute silence. No banter at all. The kids from the various families are all looking around like “what the hell?”
Nothing up my mask...
 
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Oh and if you see a drink called a Bombardino on the menu, preferably when there's not much more skiing to be done during the day, order it and thank me later.
One might think you were trying to get us drunk!

Have you tried the cheesy goodness of a Tartiflette yet?
Of course! I accidentally had it twice in one day in Paris. Mr 16 had a giant bowl of it at the fondue place in a Annecy too. It’s like potato and bacon gratin where the chef is grating cheese and asks you to say when, but you don’t know the French word for when so they end up grating the whole wheel!

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The one on the right.
 

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I must have slept really heavily last night. Santaar the Christmas dinosaur managed to sneak into our room without waking me up!

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Weirdly he only came to our room and not the boys. Maybe he didn’t have their keycard?
 
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Day 14 -Merry Christmas Y’all!

Last night the Christmas dinner was outstanding.

There was a seafood buffet that we originally though was the main course so are way too much fresh salmon that was cooked to perfection and giant crab claws which were juicy and sweet.

Following that they had a choice of wild venison with a coffee jus or red fin tuna.

Dessert was an exquisite Yule log with more components than that deathstar Lego set everyone posted about this morning on social media.

I’m telling you all this because it was all so overwhelmingly good that I didn’t take a single photo. Not one. But the menu and execution could have been at home at a five star restaurant in Paris. Just lovely.

After dinner the town Menuires must have found out that we were staying here because they put on a 20 minute fireworks display just for us. Really nice touch if I do say so myself.

The boys hung their stockings in our room (no reason, they just thought it was a good place to hang them) and we watched another episode of the Witcher before turning in early.

We woke to an incredible sky just as dawn was breaking.

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Just stunning.

As I said earlier, Santaar the Christmas dinosaur visited during the night and left the boys stockings filled with treats. They burst into the room and after some family hugs got stuck into opening their gifts.

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As the major gift this year was a white Christmas in the French Alps, we wasted no time to get out there. While there was very minimal snow overnight, not even enough to register on any measurements, the groomers had been hard at work with good results. The pistes were largely empty until about 10.30ish. Slow start for most people, but they filled up after that, especially in the lower reaches where visibility was better. But I’ll get to that later.
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We opened the account by riding up to the top of La Chambre and coming down the eastern side, down to Bruyers gondola.

We got to pass a series of dams or lakes that were quite pretty.

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We then took the gondola up, accidentally getting off at the mid station so we had to come down again. Shame.

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Once we finally made it to the top we went turned left and made our way down towards the Pixel Zone park where we had a go on the rollers. It was a little tough going with the lack of visibility. This was even with our high contrast lenses in.

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I made the decision to head lower down the valley toward Saint Martin hoping the lower altitude would give us better visibility (it did!). We thoroughly enjoyed the Gand Lac run beside the Granges lift so we lapped that a couple of times before stopping for a drink at the cafe at the bottom called Chalet d’altitude. Standard prices there, basically €5 for everything.

The blue runs down to Saint Martin: Biolley, Lou and Pelozet proved winners with a couple of runs of each there before lunch time.

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I’m going to spend a bit of time on lunch as it was one of the vest we’ve had. We stopped at the bottom of Saint Martin and randomly chose a place mostly due to its proximity to where I stopped to look. I’m glad we did.

Their menu was very simple but everything was fresh and full of flavour.

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After some mediocre burgers and paninis a place that did a huge Niçoise salad, a burger with actual vegetables and a giant bowl of dal was a welcome change.

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The service was great and fast. Can’t recommend Dahlia restaurant enough.

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As we took the gondola back up from Saint Martin it started to snow. Sleety at first, but soon pretty big flakes. This dropped visibility considerably again. That was the final straw for the boys so we agreed to take them back to Menuires to drop them off.

I’m not sure if videos work by embedding here but I’m going to try. (If it doesn’t work I’ll post it to instagram and embed it here)



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We did manage to make a minor diversion down to Bettex on our way back. It was a fun little run that has two tunnels to ski through. Worth it just for that novelty.

Visibility got pretty shocking at that point.

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After dropping the boys off at the cat track back to the hotel, the adults stayed out for a bit longer lapping the bottom part of the slalom course (no classes due to Christmas! Score) and the bottom part of Menuires called Tortolle.

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We had to do that last one twice as I managed to get one of my poles stuck while boarding the lift. It snapped the strap and pulled on my hand pretty good. I think it’s stuffed so it’s new poles day for me I guess. The ski of shame back down with only one pole mostly had me laughing at my misfortune.

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It then really started snowing. Proper flakes and visibility dropped to the point that we couldn’t see more than about 15 meters. It was 3.30 so we called it a day.

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Noticed most of you wisely switched lenses to the low-light Rose. Bloody good aren't they? I was so impressed with mine, I bought the even lower light Pink Prism lenses for my newer Flight Deck Oakley's - not so good; nowhere near the definition.
 
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It was full on a day when there wasn’t a
You skied past this restaurant yesterday, super charming run by the same farming family since before skiing was even a thing.
huge amount of people out. Will try to get in on our next trip down there in a few days!
Is this where @Snorkler worked?
I don’t think so. We still have to go past that one on the western side of Meribel. Didn’t make it that far Christmas Eve. There is just so much to do everywhere!
Noticed most of you wisely switched lenses to the low-light Rose. Bloody good aren't they? I was so impressed with mine, I bought the even lower light Pink Prism lenses for my newer Flight Deck Oakley's - not so good; nowhere near the definition.
They were the table stakes for lenses yesterday. Visibility was so bad. Even with the prism rose a lot of the day was skiing with loose knees and hoping there wasn’t a divot at an in opportune moment. I couldn’t even see 30-50cm terrain drops more than a meter out at some points. Some of the worst light conditions I’ve ever faced.
 

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Day 15 - The west side of Meribel - I can see again!

We had some snow last night. It was not very much…

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But at this point we will take anything we can get.

There were two notable additions to the breakfast buffet this morning. They’ve always had dried fruit and nuts for sprinkling on your cereals but today they added crushed smarties and chocolate chunks. Mr 13 had both on soft muesli. He’s a bit weird.

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I know I’ve been talking up the food here but there has been one glaring omission. The coffee. They have those multipurpose hot drink machines and while there are a lot of choices it isn’t great. It’s serviceable yes, but in the end it’s basically airline lounge coffee.

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The morning light received a clear day. Welcome respite from the grey we’ve been fighting.

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Todays plan was to head over to the western side of Meribel to essentially repeat what we did with the eastern side a couple of days ago.

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We repeated the same method of getting over there (Les Menuires and Mont de la Chambre) but we took a different way down into Meribel, avoiding the flat “Ours” run.

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We enjoyed the runs off the top of Plan Des Mains so much the other day that we repeated them a couple of times before moving over to the western side.
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We took the Pas Du Lac gondola to the top of Saulire. It’s a cute shape, and reminded me of the Higashitayama gondola in Shiga, though these are much more modern.

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It did stop for a rather long time just before the midpoint. Enough for us to get almost the whole way round of each of us picking a song to listen to. (We play songs in gondolas in a rotation)

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We then did the first of a few top to bottom runs, each about 7km ping and 1259m of virt. Real leg burners. It was a little congested at the top, and they’d obviously had a little more snow than our balcony because it was chopped up pretty well.

We then jumped on the Saulire Express gondola to take us back to the top.

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It has a novel feature that we’d never seen before. Slots for your skis in the floor!

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The sky remained blue with a little bit of patchy cloud. But visibility was outstanding.
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There are so many ways to come down from the top either into Meribel Center or Meribel village.

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There were a decent amount of people out and about but it wasn’t too crowded. I honestly expected more between Christmas and New Year. I guess keeping those pesky Brits out has had a positive effect!
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As we got closer to the village the trees would bracket the runs making it feel even more Christmasy.

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Around 11.30 we decided to look for @Kenzie ’s dormer place of employment for lunch.

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You can see in the post above it that we found it. I’ve run out of photos for this post so I’ll post the lunch menu next post.

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We did get to use this novel rope toe thing to transit across from the bottom of the Meribel Aeroflot chair to a cat track that took us back to Meribel center. Pretty neat.
 

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Day 15 (part 2) west side of Meribel.

Ok. The menu from the Rond Point snack bar thingy. The main restaurant wasn’t running but in the end the burgers were the best we’ve seen on mountain. Delicious!
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After lunch we bid farewell to Mr16 who wanted to return home a little early. He made his way back by himself, messaging when he made it to the locker room.

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The three remaining went back up to the top and had a bit of a leg burner of a run, choosing unwisely to go a little off piste (the ungroomed side bits that are challenging to us but probably boring to you masters)

So to give our legs a break we went through the Inuits kids zone. I’ll let these two videos do the talking on how that went



We also got to see some lovely hiking trails all through the resort too.

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And some people obviously had too much time on their hands.

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We then decided to head back to Les Menuires via Saint Martin using the Legends Chair.
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I can’t tell you just how great the groomers were all day some incredibly fun runs

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Also, while at the base of St Martin I took the opportunity to go into the Jude ski rental place to see if they had any ski pole straps to repair my damaged pole from yesterday. They were great and replaced it with on that I can only assume came off one of their rental poles. I forgot to take a pic but I’ll do it when I go down to the locker tomorrow. Near little souvenir.

We then dropped Mr13 at the hotel via the Les Menuires lift. The runs were still looking and riding super well into the afternoon.

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Us parents then stopped in to the Bar L’etoile in the middle of the Menuires front hill.
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All in all not a bad day.
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I had some issues with this post. It posted twice and then when I deleted the first one it broke everything. This second post is a lesser version of that original post. The world is a less brighter place than the one with the original version. I’m so sorry.
 

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Day 16 - Le Masse and snow!

How it began:
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How it finished:

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But let’s back this up a bit. Breakfast is now routine though it’s hit and miss on whether the boiling water for the eggs is actually boiling. I’ll take a photo of the machine I’m talking about tomorrow. It’s a pain.

Oh. That reminds me. I promised I would show you my excellent new pole strap. I love that it is just some random shop that we had nothing to link us to. Just they were slopeside at a point where I could ask the fam to wait a few minutes and that they just gave me one of their rental straps. I guess I’m a brand ambassador now. If you are in the market for ski rental or ski related retail purchases, show at Jean Sports at the bottom of the Saint Martin Gondola. I don’t know their website or their phone number. (I’m not a good influencer in hindsight)

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We all are feeling the prior 5 full days of skiing in our legs so today was officially a low intensity rest day. Don’t get me wrong. We still managed 26km and 4.5km of vertical, which is sometimes a full day in Japan.

We decided to explore La Masse on the western side of the Les Menuires resort. It’s got a new express Gondola to the top which is excellent but it introduced us to something we have not seen so far on this trip…

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Queues!

I guess the Christmas / New Year crowds have finally arrived. This line was a real scrum with zero safe distancing. Even if you tried to leave a gap, someone would just push in front. It was a little confronting after all of our precautions at every other stage of the trip.

Luckily Mr13 has perfected the art of fake incompetence on gondola boarding, shuffling in the entrance and generally faphing about with his skis which meant that we got a cabin to ourselves. I should really capture it on film for you because it’s at least a BAFTA worthy performance. Not quite Oscar’s yet but there is still time.

The Point De La Masse gondola whisks you up to the 2800m summit super quick. I was reading tales of prior years where it would take hours to get to the top due to it being a mix of slow chairs and drag lifts!

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Once at the top you need to take an escalator the last part of the way to the summit. It’s a little weird in ski boots.
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But the view from the top is worth it.

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There is a restaurant at the summit too. We didn’t stop here but it allegedly has a pretty great menu.

Just down from the summit is this magnificent beast!

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(The goat not me. I’m not there all the time.)

It’s plastered all over the advertising for Les Me hires so I’m glad we finally got to see it.

We spent the morning playing on the red and blue runs of La Masse. We mostly took the Masse 1 older gondola to the mid point to avoid the crowds. Some of the blue runs near the base are basically green cat tracks so sometimes a little boring.

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But most of them are pretty decent, but with the snow front approaching the visibility wasn’t great and the aforementioned crowds were not amazingly skilled so it was a little bit dodgem cars at times.

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There was another kids park so of course this big kid had to have another go!



With the weather deteriorating (and snow starting to fall) we went for lunch over at Roc7. We had read their restaurant menus was great and we weren’t disappointed at all!

Roc7 menu

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We were very glad to arrive early as the staff were turning people away saying “come back in at least an hour” as we were leaving and there were plenty of people sitting in the outside section accumulating snow and waiting for a table.

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The visibility had deteriated so much that we called it a day at that point, returning to the hotel via Becca and past the top of Doran where the crowds were simply spectacular. I’m not looking forward to the mess that tomorrow will bring after a 20-30cm dump that is predicted.

One highlight of the day was seeing a few nanas skiing in their Sunday coats and scarfs.

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We are now back in the room where I’m watching the snow accumulate on the terrace bar below.

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Oh. In full disclosure, I forgot to mention that due to the pretty poor visibility I had the biggest crash of the trip today. Coming down off one of the red runs in La Masse, I missed a turn and ended up cutting a switchback a little fast which resulted in me suddenly finding that the snow was 30cm below my skis and the hard packed groomer was fast rushing up to meet me. I did manage to stick the landing for about .4 of a second before losing balance and ending up on the other side of the new piste on my side, much to the enjoyment of the boys who were following behind but used me as the warning that maybe they should slow down.

Nothing injured but my pride.
 

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Oh. In full disclosure, I forgot to mention that due to the pretty poor visibility I had the biggest crash of the trip today. Coming down off one of the red runs in La Masse, I missed a turn and ended up cutting a switchback a little fast which resulted in me suddenly finding that the snow was 30cm below my skis and the hard packed groomer was fast rushing up to meet me. I did manage to stick the landing for about .4 of a second before losing balance and ending up on the other side of the new piste on my side, much to the enjoyment of the boys who were following behind but used me as the warning that maybe they should slow down.

Nothing injured but my pride.
Oh, your have learned the lesson - no embarrassing pictures this time - had hoped the boys would had taken it. :evil:
 
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Oh, your have learned the lesson - no embarrassing pictures this time - had hoped the boys would had taken it. :evil:
I would have liked a picture of me all in a heap but the boys really aren’t the photo taking type. It’s the youth today. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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Day 15 - The west side of Meribel - I can see again!

We had some snow last night. It was not very much…

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But at this point we will take anything we can get.

There were two notable additions to the breakfast buffet this morning. They’ve always had dried fruit and nuts for sprinkling on your cereals but today they added crushed smarties and chocolate chunks. Mr 13 had both on soft muesli. He’s a bit weird.

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I know I’ve been talking up the food here but there has been one glaring omission. The coffee. They have those multipurpose hot drink machines and while there are a lot of choices it isn’t great. It’s serviceable yes, but in the end it’s basically airline lounge coffee.

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The morning light received a clear day. Welcome respite from the grey we’ve been fighting.

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Todays plan was to head over to the western side of Meribel to essentially repeat what we did with the eastern side a couple of days ago.

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We repeated the same method of getting over there (Les Menuires and Mont de la Chambre) but we took a different way down into Meribel, avoiding the flat “Ours” run.

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We enjoyed the runs off the top of Plan Des Mains so much the other day that we repeated them a couple of times before moving over to the western side.
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We took the Pas Du Lac gondola to the top of Saulire. It’s a cute shape, and reminded me of the Higashitayama gondola in Shiga, though these are much more modern.

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It did stop for a rather long time just before the midpoint. Enough for us to get almost the whole way round of each of us picking a song to listen to. (We play songs in gondolas in a rotation)

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We then did the first of a few top to bottom runs, each about 7km ping and 1259m of virt. Real leg burners. It was a little congested at the top, and they’d obviously had a little more snow than our balcony because it was chopped up pretty well.

We then jumped on the Saulire Express gondola to take us back to the top.

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It has a novel feature that we’d never seen before. Slots for your skis in the floor!

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The sky remained blue with a little bit of patchy cloud. But visibility was outstanding.
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There are so many ways to come down from the top either into Meribel Center or Meribel village.

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There were a decent amount of people out and about but it wasn’t too crowded. I honestly expected more between Christmas and New Year. I guess keeping those pesky Brits out has had a positive effect!
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As we got closer to the village the trees would bracket the runs making it feel even more Christmasy.

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Around 11.30 we decided to look for @Kenzie ’s dormer place of employment for lunch.

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You can see in the post above it that we found it. I’ve run out of photos for this post so I’ll post the lunch menu next post.

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We did get to use this novel rope toe thing to transit across from the bottom of the Meribel Aeroflot chair to a cat track that took us back to Meribel center. Pretty neat.
Love your work Elspike. I'm not sure I need to go skiing again. This vicarious skiing through you is just about as good.
P.S I thought the French were good at coffee. Or does their contempt for the Italians mean they self-sabotage and refuse to compete?
 

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Love your work Elspike. I'm not sure I need to go skiing again. This vicarious skiing through you is just about as good.
Thank you!
P.S I thought the French were good at coffee. Or does their contempt for the Italians mean they self-sabotage and refuse to compete?
I haven’t had a coffee outside the hotel’s buffet so I can’t really comment here. The ones I had in Paris and Annecy were pretty solid but I’d wager that they were all using Italian beans and machines!
 
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In exciting news…

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3-4cm on the warm balcony so I’m hoping for more on piste!

Nice to see some snowfall but it looks a bit melty. What are the temp's there atm?

Anyway, been loving reading your reports and it takes me back to my trips to Europe in the 90's (which involved skiing amongst other travel) and enjoying the culture and food.
Fantastic holiday report.
Enjoy champ.
 
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Love your work Elspike. I'm not sure I need to go skiing again. This vicarious skiing through you is just about as good.
P.S I thought the French were good at coffee. Or does their contempt for the Italians mean they self-sabotage and refuse to compete?
The only good coffee in Europe outside of Italy is in Vienna.
 

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You clearly haven’t visited Scandinavia. Denmark or Stockholm do awesome coffee. London has great cafes and coffee but not sure if considered part of Europe these days!
Been to Scandinavia, I love their food but not their coffee. Their coffee is better than the Germans, but it isn't good. I'd put greek coffee ahead of the Scandies. London has some good coffee in the same way as Berlin has some good coffee. You can find it if you know where to go, but otherwise you're stranded with poor coffee at best.
 

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Nice to see some snowfall but it looks a bit melty. What are the temp's there atm?

Anyway, been loving reading your reports and it takes me back to my trips to Europe in the 90's (which involved skiing amongst other travel) and enjoying the culture and food.
Fantastic holiday report.
Enjoy champ.
The photo was of the balcony that is barely 1m from our radiator so it’s always a little melty there. Temps have been -1 to +5 today so a little warm.

I’ll talk more about the changeable weather in a bit.
 
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Day 17 - Les Menuires and Saint Martin. The day where the weather couldn’t make up its mind.

We had everything today. A lovely dusting of snow overnight. Lightning strikes over breakfast. Soaking rain. Sleety ice drops. Fat flakes of beautiful snow. Great visibility. Terrible visibility. Icey death slopes. Chopped up mogelled hate slopes. Smooth as butter groomed slopes. Slushy globby slopes. Quiet no one around times. Standing in line to get into the big day out times. Sort of closed lifts. Really closed lifts. Temporarily closed lifts. Open but only for drinks restaurants. Surprisingly good food in yes we can squeeze you in restaurants. Excellent skiing moments. Challenging skiing moments. No thought necessary easy skiing moments. Crashing for no reason moments. Crashing for good reason moments.

Basically it was great is what I’m saying. Would do again.

It started with the waking up to a decent blanket of snow over Reberty Village and the promise of more up the mountain.

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We also got to watch the latest episode of Reberty-Five-O where a maintenance van discovered that 3 cars were parked illegally in the car park below, so they called the cops. Tickets were written.

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During this time we also started hearing what sounded like cannon shots off in the distance. It turned out to be thunder that was reverberating very differently to want we had heard before.

We collected the boys from their room and headed down to the very familiar breakfast (no new additions other than a faulty pancake machine that would print out two and then shit itself until the staff came and did something to the bag of mixture - even money on whether it will be there tomorrow or not.).

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With the intention to head over to Meribel to try to avoid the anticipated crowds, we pulled on our gear and skied down the cat track to be greeted with this:

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Luckily they were mostly just milling about so we snuck straight on to the Les Menuires lift without having to stop loving at all. Our luck didn’t hold out as it started to rain while we were on the chair.

This turned to an icy sleet at the top and stayed that way as we cut across to the mont de La Chambre chair. It had ominous signs up for weather and a disappointing temperature.

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Although it was now 9.35am and the sign said it opened at 9.10am there was a small queue at the turnstiles for mont de La Chambre. We waited for about 5-10 minutes before a lifty came out and informed us there was something wrong and that we could just ski down to the Bruyères Gondola which goes to the same spot. Soon after we found out that she had been helpful to a large number of people before us…

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The crowd was huge. Hundreds. And the gondola kept stopping every few minutes due to loading or offloading issues with every car filled to the brim.

We waited in line for another 10 minutes before we decided to cancel our plans and go somewhere else. We then walked over to the moving carpet for the Bruyères bunny slope so we could cut across via Doran and use Roc1 to try to get to Meribel.

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Sorry for the wet images. The rain was pretty constantly sprinkling at this point.

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We got to the top of Roc2 just under an hour into our ski session having skied a grand total of 4km and ridden 4 lifts. To rub salt into the wound when we got to the top we were greeted with this level of visibility.

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This is a near identical image taken 4 days ago in the same spot.

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I’ll wait while you spot the differences!

That lack of visibility, along with the only way down from there being a difficult red run, we changed plans and headed to the safety of Saint Martin. A section of the resort that is fast becoming our favourite.

That said, it was some of the hardest skiing we’ve done so far. Choppy snow and ghostly dodgems with other skiers. Luckily it cleared up immensely about 1.5-2km down the trail which made it significantly easier.

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We did a top to bottom of Saint Martin that really improved spirits (we could see!) and decided to stop in at Le Corbeleys after the strong recommendation the other day. The Saint Martin runs are pretty tame and you can do them without much thought so I was feeling over confident as I was looking for the restaurant and managed to have a very special crash on a dead smooth section. I caught a front edge and spun myself around with one of the boys exclaiming that they thought I was “trying to dance on your skis!”

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Unfortunately they could only serve us drinks as they were fully booked for lunch.

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The host suggested we book for another day as they are almost always fully booked so we added our name for in two days time.

I think this shot captures how exasperated I was with everything.

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But in a turn of what would be excellent luck, I recalled there was another place just down the piste we could try. I’m so glad we did.

Just off the piste on the aptly named Bd La Loy is La Loy Restaurant.

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I didn’t get their menu this time but we will definitely be back there so I will get it then. It was without a doubt our best lunch so far, and I know I said that about Roc7 yesterday too

They have some great local beers on tap.

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And their specialties are really special.
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After lunch we decided to try another loop of Granges and down to Saint Martin. As we left the restaurant big fat flakes of snow began to fall.

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The snow got so heavy on that chair that we had to close the hood. (We never close hoods)

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And this began my battle with keeping the GoPro lens clear vs trying to show just how bad the visibility was.

We headed to the top of Granges aiming to do another top to bottom run.

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Unfortunately the combination of heavy snow, low cloud, incompetent skiers who shouldn’t have been out made us reassess our plans. The notification from the 3 valleys app saying that a couple of lifts were now closed and advising strongly not to cross valleys at this time sealed the deal. Time to head for home.

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It seemed to keep getting worse and worse.

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This little clip shows just how white out the conditions were.



Finally we made it down to the bottom, and I convinced the family to do one more Bettex before we headed in.

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Back up Les Menuires and down to home. Job done. One of our shorter distance days but I worked very hard for every turn.



Tomorrow has rain in the lower parts and heavy snow up high. Not sure what we are going to do. Will play it by ear I guess.

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It’s looking a bit soggy out there this morning. We definitely had snow overnight but at some point it’s turned to freezing sleet.

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We’ve had an alert that opening may be delayed while ski patrol secures the ski areas. Will keep checking the app as the morning progresses.
 
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It’s looking a bit soggy out there this morning. We definitely had snow overnight but at some point it’s turned to freezing sleet.

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We’ve had an alert that opening may be delayed while ski patrol secures the ski areas. Will keep checking the app as the morning progresses.
Rest day.
 
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