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Sneaky trip to Les Trois Vallees

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Normo, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    It looks like I can get away for the first 2 weeks of Feb 2020.
    Looking at Emirates, one ME stop, on to Geneva. 2 hour transfer to whichever bit of the resort/s and accom I settle on.
    What am I getting wrong at this stage?
    :)
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nothing.

    I’d probably base myself in Courchevel. @Boodwah is our local 3V expert but he’s currently on a boat between Sth America and Antarctica.
     
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  3. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    Courchevel noted...............other input most welcome!
     
  4. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hmmmmmmm........7 stars.........is that enough?
    :eek:
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Russian Oligarchs R US!!!
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I should add that I spent a month in Courchevel in 1998 but it had changed hugely in terms of lift modernisation when I went back about 4 years ago.
     
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    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    That you’re not taking your Perisher friends with you :p
     
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  8. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    Happy to Share! :D
     
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  9. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds like a pretty good plan
     
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  10. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Private jet xfer to Courchevel takes 2 hrs??!
     
  11. Hyst

    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mottaret!
    Is always in the center!
     
  12. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lack of heli ;)
     
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  13. Hyst

    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Landing does not always go that well.

    Don't think jets can make it.
     
  14. CIRCA1962

    CIRCA1962 Hard Yards

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    Mottaret village is an excellent location, without the hefty prices of Courchevel and a little quieter than central Méribel. Lots of small ski in ski out apartments, some catered chalets and hotels. It provides easy access to all 4 Vallées. We are returning for our third trip this January, flying Emirates through Dubai. Transfer is about 2 hours from Geneva airport, via Annecy.
     
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  15. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    I based myself in Val Thorens a few years back... only went over to the Coucheval side once due to weather....

    Lower villages. Cheaper and obviously more time to get to the better skiing up high

    I'd look at the ski map and see where you want to be based to start the day.

    Enjoy
     
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    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I based myself at Meribel 15years ago and had a great time.
     
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    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    +1 for Meribel. Can stay in any number of self-catered chalets there which are ski-in ski-out and near the Ronny...
     
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    shabu_shabu One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Stay where they have the most magic carpets.
     
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  19. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    Meribel -Mottaret is the most central but its also a very busy transit village that has a reputation for noisy Brits. Courchevel is the place for you @Normo
     
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    Another vote for Meribel, has the advantage if being in the middle hence can access Couchevel or Val Thorens as required. We found a quiet flat in the upper part of the village which was also close to lifts and restaurants. Skiing was next level, so much terrain. If you get lucky with plenty of snow you will have a ball.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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  22. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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  23. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    And you know the rules... pictures or it didn't happen :p
     
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    johnski Hard Yards Ski Pass: Gold

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    Courchevel gets huge wraps but also most expensive unless you are staying in the lower Courchevel villages Le Praz, La Tania or some parts of 1550 which are less central and lower so snow not as good or more hassle. Skiing wise lots of variety both on and off piste will take a very long time to get bored.

    Meribel central but gets a lot of sun, ice etc on one side of valley, full of brits and less ski-in-out accomodation.
    It’s easier to get to Mont Vallon (IMHO best skiing in Meribel/Mottaret) from Les Menuires or Val Thorens than Meribel itself.

    I was in 3V this year and a big fan of Les Menuires (although more French) but one lift and you can be in Meribel, one to Val Thorens and down to the bottom of La Masse.

    Some very good self catering deals in Les Menuires - use local realestate websites (La Croisset very central).
    I’m a big fan of Reberty 2000 one lift up from Les Menuires as its ski-in-out hamlet with bus service, a few good restaurants, grocery shop, small ski school for the kids and good catered chalet accomodation and with in house child care but depends what you’re after.

    Val Thorens very snow sure/high but also a bit bleak when it’s snowing and tough visibility, whereas other parts of the 3V have more trees for when its snowing.

    Each area / has pros & cons but can’t go too wrong anywhere in one of the higher villages.
     
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  25. Kenzie

    Kenzie Early Days

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    Take into account the French school holidays:-
    https://www.expatica.com/fr/education/children-education/school-holidays-in-france-137325/

    They will affect the availability & price of accommodation, and the amount of lift 'queueing' you'll be doing (not that the French queue, and especially not their kids!)
     
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  26. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    OK.....I'm locked in.
    Out of Syd 25th Jan. (Not very patriotic, I know)
    Into Geneva 26th. Transfer to Les Allues.....slumming it at Hotel Mont Vallon Meribel.
    There til the 9th of Feb (leaving when the Winter Break mob invade).
    I hope the snow is in good nick.
    Thanks all for the hints and advice!
    Reports will be forthcoming.......:)
     
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  27. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

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    Note: change of hat required. Not a English Beret in Frannnnnce....thankyou. :p
     
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  28. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    I will attempt to aquire a French beret (or some other dapper chapeau for the chateau!)
    :)
     
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  29. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    A red one perhaps ?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Zimbooo One of Us

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    I still have my Basque beret from my first visit to Europe in 86/87........love it. Much wider brim than the standard french beret.
    Bit like putting a family pizza on ya head.........but very functional.
    Wool and wide brim ..... works against the elements.
     
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  31. CIRCA1962

    CIRCA1962 Hard Yards

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    Great choice, in the quiet end of Mottaret. Will look out for you on Australia Day. There is a magic carpet just across the bridge in front of the hotel.
     
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  32. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'll be the guy not wearing the Aussie flag cape! :)
     
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    CIRCA1962 Hard Yards

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    Will look out for you, late afternoon. We usually take the Mt Vallon magic carpet home at the end of the day.
     
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  34. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    OK.... so that came around quite quickly!
    Flying out tomorrow evening.
    Les Trois Vallées here I come! :D:D:D
     
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    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pics of the carpark or it didn’t happen :D
     
  36. Boodwah

    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Enjoy, it's the best.
    We just got back from a month in CCV. Base is good everywhere and they just had a top up as we were leaving.
    Can give you some v good options for dining, both en piste and off.
    Cheers Mike
     
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    CIRCA1962 Hard Yards

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    Safe trip .We are in Mottaret village till Tuesday morning. Cover is still excellent up high. Our best tip for first tracks is to take the Pas du Lac gondola from Mottaret Village, to the top of Saulire Courchevel. Saulire run is usually empty for the first hour and is the best groomed run in the 3 valleys. We usually take the vizelle gondola rather than the cable car back up the run. It is faster and more comfortable.
     
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  38. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    Getting my first turns in.
    This place is bigger than big. It’s going to take me all of 2 weeks to get around it all.
    I think I can cope with that!

     
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    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    You mean it’s bigger than Perisher? :p
     
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  40. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    It’s been snowing all night and through this morning. Visibility not too bad but the winds have picked up and most lifts have closed.
    A fair build-up of snow on my balcony!
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I remember going to work my first season in Vail, the winter after I had spent a month in L3V. People were telling me how big Vail was, I didn’t say much as I wasn’t in the position that I wanted to offend them, but I did have some good internal snickers.
     
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  42. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Any t-bars nearby ? :)
     
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  43. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    A couple, though they’re more like nutcrackers!
    There’s a couple of magic carpets too (no tunnels that I’ve found yet! :))
    Snow continues to fall!
     
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    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    FIFY:)
     
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    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Damn I miss that place

    11.5 months to go.....
     
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    The jealousy is real here! Love the vallees. More of a VT man myself. Combe du Vallon is all time for me, and Christine in VT first up
     
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    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This sneaky thread sneaked right past me till today. Needs more photos- dessert exempted:)
     
  48. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    After 2 days of continual snowfall, low visibility and wind gusts keeping main connecting lifts closed, today was a classic calm bluebird day with all lifts firing and an amazing playing surface!
    I finally got to do a tour of Courchevel......What a hunk of hill !!!
     
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  49. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    Doesn’t even look flat!
     
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    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’m having trouble finding a carpark pic to satisfy @DidSurfNowSki .
    Do heli-ports count?
     
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