The Best Skiers of all Time
People have been using skis to get across the snow for thousands of years. There are even 10,000-year-old wall paintings in China that suggest the use of skis to traverse snowy conditions. Fast forward to more modern times and you’ll see that skiing started to become a popular activity for recreation and sport around the mid-1800s, and it quickly turned into what we know and love today. This paved the way for world class skiing resorts like Meribel and Courchevel, and now millions of people jet off every year to get on their skis and glide down the mountains.
To celebrate the sport of skiing and provide some inspiration the next time you’re on the slopes, we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest skiers to ever do it. Read up on these athletes and get motivated to perform at your best the next time you pull on the skis.
Bode Miller once said that he doesn’t want to win races so much as to ski as fast as the universe would allow. That seems like as apt a description as there could be for the champion American skier, who leaves everything out there every time he heads out on the slopes. Bode Miller is one of only five men to win world cup races in all of the five disciplines – Super-G, downhill, slalom, giant slalom and combined – which is a testament to his versatility as an athlete.
Alberto Tomba – or ‘Tomba la Bomba’ to his fans – was the skier to beat in the 1980s and 1990s. With three Olympic golds, two World Championships and nine World Cup season titles, it’s safe to say that Alberto Tomba had to have a lot of space on his trophy shelf. A colourful character, Tomba used to hit the headlines for his life off the slopes as much as he did for his achievements on it.
Klammer is a former world champion who dominated the downhill event for four consecutive World Cup seasons. Known for his bravery, he often showed death-defying courage to come out on top against the competition. Incredibly, ‘The Kaiser’ was also talented at motor racing, winning a round of the prestigious Euopean Touring Car Championships after his retirement from skiing.
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Hirscher is the youngest name on this list and for good reason. After bursting into the public eye with his performances in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Hirscher became the most successful male Austrian giant slalom skier and he’s still adding to his collection of winner’s medals. The 28-year-old has won six consecutive World Cup titles, and it looks like he’s still going from strength to strength.
Before Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there was Ingemar Stenmark. Regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish sportsmen ever, Stenmark dominated the sport of skiing like no one before him. In fact, the Swede was so dominant that he used to beat the competition by seconds, instead of just hundredths of a second. Controversially, he was never allowed to participate in the 1984 Winter Olympics because he accepted promotional payments directly, instead of through the national ski federation. Still, the legend of Stenmark still burns brightly for skiing fans around the world.
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Despite suffering from injuries throughout her career, Lindsey Vonn is still the most successful downhill skier ever. With a collection of titles including four World Cup championships and a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, she’ll go down in history as one of the best to ever do it. Here’s hoping she can put her run of injuries behind her and finish her career like she started it.
We hope you enjoyed our list, and don’t forget to check out all of their highlights to see just why they’re regarded as some of the greatest skiers of all time. If this has provided you with the motivation you needed to get on your favourite piste and emulate these athletes then make sure you treat yourself to only the very best in luxury accommodation. Our ski chalets in Meribel and Courchevel were built to provide the ultimate in skiing indulgence, so make sure you take a look at our availability and make your booking with Alpine Infusion today.
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The Best Social Media Images from the Three Valleys this Winter
The winter season has drawn to a close for another year, and the pistes are growing quiet once again. It’s been an amazing season across the Three Valleys, and even though the snow took its time to arrive there were some truly superb powder days over the last few months. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our guests for joining us this year, and hopefully we’ll see you again very soon!
We’ve also collected our very favourite social media images from the winter season, showing off the stunning surroundings of the Three Valleys. Looking at these it’s no wonder why people keep returning every year to get their fix of skiing and snowboarding adventures. Thanks to everyone who captured these tremendous photos.
If these images have inspired you to join in the fun next year then you have no shortage of options when it comes to luxury ski chalets. We pride ourselves on providing stunning accommodation in the Three Valleys, and our hosts will ensure that you enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for fantastic nights out, gorgeous restaurants or a huge range of fun events then you can’t go wrong with a holiday in Meribel or Courchevel. Winter will also be the grand opening of Chalet Serendipity, the latest addition to our luxury accommodation in Meribel, so next season we’ll be welcoming more guests than ever.
Make sure you view the availability of our luxury ski chalets in Meribel and Courchevel and make your booking with Alpine Infusion today.
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The Ultimate Ski Runs in the Three Valleys
With 600km of ski slopes, the Three Valleys is regarded as the largest ski area in the world. Across the entire area there are an estimated 183 ski lifts, 1,920 snow cannons, 76 piste bashers and 1,500 ski instructors, so you have no excuse for not improving your skiing technique! With such a large expanse of land you could come back year after year and still find new ski runs to experiment on, which is why a guide to the very best ones is always helpful. Read on to discover the Three Valleys ski runs that you should be testing your skills on the next time you book your luxury chalet.
Combe de Vallon – Mont Vallon
Mont Vallon towers over the Meribel Valley and it provides the perfect opportunity to cut through the snow at high speeds. With a peak of 2,952 metres you can expect stunning views of the Three Valleys, and surprisingly you can often find it blissfully quiet. This exhilarating red run is not to be missed.
Jerusalem – Saint-Martin de Belleville
This rolling run sits above St Martin, one of the most picturesque villages in the Three Valleys. You can feel like you’re in your own little world as you head down, with no other piste in sight and the odd barn dotted around here and there. Towards the end of Jerusalem you can continue heading to Biolley, which is a blue piste that leads straight into St Martin at the bottom of the valley.
Folières – la Tania
This ski run begins in the forest above la Tania, and it’s regarded as a must for any intermediate to advanced skiers in the Three Valleys. Enjoy the breath-taking views before strapping on your skis and heading down, with a nice, steep gradient that twists itself through the forest. Expect sweeping corners and natural rollers, and it’s not unusual to find fresh powder off to the sides even when there hasn’t been snowfall for a few days.
Eterlou – Meribel
At the top of the Plan De L’Homme chair lift above Meribel you can find Eterlou. Some would say it’s perfectly positioned, high enough to be above base runs and away from the crowds, but low enough to be protected from the weather. This red run starts off gently, before coming into steeper territory and eventually flattening out slightly before the lift. If you’re able to get to Eterlou on a day of powder then prepare for one of the most enjoyable ski runs that you’ll experience on your Three Valleys holiday.
Creux – Courchevel
A sunny, quiet and cheerful red piste, Creux is a great choice for an early morning ski run. You can choose to either work on your short turns and get your technique up to scratch, or you can switch to the other side to enjoy the big, fast carving turns. This classic run is not to be missed.
Boismint – Val Thorens
This red ski run drops down for more than 800 vertical metres, and thankfully it’s wide enough to give you the space needed to carve long terms. Boismint doesn’t feature too many flat sections so you can enjoy an exhilarating run all the way to the bottom. Just make sure you check the grooming report before you head out, as it doesn’t get groomed every day.
These are our favourite ski runs in the Three Valleys, but there are plenty more and you would have to keep coming back to test yourself on all of them. That shouldn’t be a problem though, as you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury ski chalets and 5-star accommodation. If you want to enjoy some of the finest skiing in Europe then take a look at the availability of our luxury chalets in Meribel and Courchevel today.
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These 8 Skiing Tips Will Make You Look Like a Pro
If you’re planning your first skiing holiday then you might be wondering how you’re going to fair when you arrive on your chosen piste. Skiing is one of the most thrilling activities in the world, but before you can master the art of hurtling down a snowy mountain at full speed you’ll need to get to grips with the technique. We’ve provided you with eight different ways you can give yourself an advantage on the slopes, with skiing tips that’ll have you looking like a pro in no time at all.
It might sound like one of the more obvious skiing tips, but you’ll be in a much better position to perform at your best if you’re in good shape before your holiday. If skiing is your first form of exercise for a while then your core and your legs will definitely be burning for the rest of your trip. Skiing uses specific muscle groups that you seldom use, which might provide a bit of a shock to the system. You also need to take the altitude and low temperatures into consideration. One of the best ski specific pieces of training you can perform is plyometrics, which is also known as jump-training.
Get the right skiing gear
If you’re kitted out with old skiing gear that can barely do the job then you’re simply not going to feel comfortable out there. Your boots, skis, helmet and different layers of clothing have to be on point if you’re going to reach your potential on the ski slopes. At Alpine Infusion we offer ski equipment hire so you can have the high quality gear you need waiting in your luxury chalet for you upon your arrival.
Adapt your skiing stance
Many skiers commit the common sin of sitting back in powder. This is due to the deep snow adding extra resistance, so beginner skiers feel like they need to sit back in order to be centred. However in this instance a neutral stance is recommended, with your shoulders over your knees. This will provide more balance and flexibility while you ski, and your joints will be able to adjust much easier as the conditions change.
Watch the pros
Watching the best skiers gliding down the mountain might make you feel jealous at how they got to be so good, but it’s also a great way to learn for yourself. There are countless YouTube clips of expert skiers out there, professionals with strong posture and good balance, and they make great subjects for mimicking. Start watching the skiing technique of the pros to pick up some great skiing tips and really boost your performance.
Conserve your energy
It can be tempting to leave everything out there and ski until you drop, but do this on successive days and you’ll soon regret it. You need to have the energy to perform well, which could mean going easier in between the days where you’re doing the big runs. Never forget that skiing is first and foremost about having fun!
Go with the flow
The first time you get your skis on you’ll probably be surprised at just how fast you can go. Initially it might not seem comfortable, but don’t be afraid to keep going. You need momentum to be able to ski more effectively, and the sooner you get to grips with the speed, the sooner you’ll be performing the more intermediate moves.
Choose your own path
If you’re skiing as a group it can be tempting to ride the same line and path as the person in front. However this will see you losing out on the freshest snow, so use the powder as your playground and set your own path!
Take a few lessons for in-depth skiing tips
You don’t need a skiing lesson to enjoy the slopes, but it’ll definitely be helpful to get the guidance of a trained instructor. A few private lessons, or even as a group, and you’ll be surprised just how much progress you can make with you skiing technique. We have a list of trusted skiing instructors that will help you reach your skiing goals. An instructor will be able to provide in-depth skiing tips, telling you what to work on, and how to make the most of your equipment.
So there you have it, eight skiing tips that’ll set you on the path to becoming a great skier. It’s going to take time, but when you start getting to grips with it you’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have. If you’re eager to try skiing for yourself then make sure you book your luxury ski chalet in Meribel or Courchevel, and get ready to prepare for the holiday of your life.
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The Ultimate Guide to Upcoming Winter Events in Meribel
Yet again the Three Valleys is enjoying another wonderful winter, with skiing fanatics flying in from all over the world to sample the delights of Meribel. We’ve had some huge events over the last few months, and big snow days that covered the Three Valleys in beautiful, fresh powder. There’s still plenty to see and do during the rest of the winter season, so we’ve compiled our ultimate guide to the best events in Meribel over the coming weeks. Do not miss these!
Black Forest Sledge Adventure
This themed sledge track goes on for an impressive three kilometres, speeding round 28 corners and descending 470metres in total. Available to ride every day of the week (apart from Saturdays), this sledge adventure places you in a world of wizards, goblins and elves. You even get to choose which helmet to wear, allowing you to become one of the characters. A great treat for adults and kids over 12 years of age.
Meet the Huskies
From February 27th to March 3rd you can meet the Huskies in Meribel. Head over to the inuits Piste from 1pm, where Karine will be demonstrating her ‘musher’ job, before you pet the huskies and even have your photo taken with them. This event is free so there’s no excuse to miss seeing these amazing animals!
Family Fun on the Inuits Piste
Every Monday to Friday during the winter season the family can get involved with all kinds of fun activities on the Inuits Piste. Take part in the fishing mysteries, a village fair and even the ‘Trapper Challenge’! This is definitely the place to be if you’re travelling with kids, and entry is completely free.
If you’re after something a bit more adventurous then head over to the Ski Cool beginners area in Meribel Valley, with the chance to try your hand at archery or biathlon. After testing your skills with these sports you can even enjoy a free hot chocolate afterwards. Make sure you get involved on 28th February, 2nd March or 6th March.
Apres Ski at the Ronnie
If live music is your thing then the Ronnie (Rond Point) is definitely the place to be. Every day of the week they have different events and parties going on, so you can get your fix of live entertainment from 5pm until 6-30pm every evening.
‘Thursday Live’ at the Lodge du Village
Carrying on with the live music theme, the Lodge du Village prides itself on hosting the best party every Thursday during the winter season. At 4pm there’s an apres gig, and if you want to party throughout the night then you can attend the 10pm night-time gig.
Piste de L’Himalaya by Night
Every Thursday in March you can enjoy Meribel by night, with a luge, music, marshmallows and hot drinks. One of the highlights of the Meribel winter season, you can enjoy great views of Meribel and Mottaret as you sledge down the green Himalaya run. Kids under 13 can also go for free if they’re accompanied by an adult.
Throne Room Alps Showcase
If you’re into techno then you need to pencil this one into your diary. Throne Room artist Transcode will be headlining this show on 3rd March, with a supporting line-up that includes Oliver Carloni, Liam Armstrong and James Pickford. Make sure you book your tickets as early as possible for this showcase at O’Sullivans nightclub to avoid disappointment.
Toss the Boss at Lodge du Village
Every Sunday from 10pm at the Lodge du Village you can get involved with Toss the Boss. After buying a round the boss rolls a dice, and if your roll beats theirs then you’ll get to enjoy that round for free. Even if you lose then there’s no need to feel down, as you’ll still be in one of Meribel’s favourite pubs!
On the 12th March and 9th April you can take in live music while enjoying steak or fondue at La Taverne. With the delicious food it’s no wonder why this is such a popular event, so make sure you get your reservation in soon before it gets booked up.
As you can see there are plenty of events taking place in the coming weeks, and with more snow set to arrive you can definitely make the most of the rest of winter. Take a look at the availability for our luxury chalets in Meribel and make your booking now.
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The Essential Guide to Packing for a Holiday in a Luxury Ski Chalet
You’ve found the perfect destination in the Three Valleys, you’ve got your luxury ski chalet all booked, now there’s just one thing left to do before jetting off to paradise. Unfortunately, for a lot of holiday goers it’s the worst step of them all, packing! Very few people like to pack and even fewer know exactly what they need to bring when they’re getting ready to go skiing across the stunning surroundings of the French Alps. We’re here to make your lives that little bit easier with an essential guide to packing for your holiday in a luxury ski chalet.
Ski Holiday Items – Clothing
Skiing trousers (or salopettes)
Fleece or neck-warmer
These are the items you definitely can’t go without when you’re skiing down a scenic, snowy mountain. A good, thick skiing jacket and trousers will help to keep you warm even during the coldest times of the year, and a fleece that you can wear as a mid-layer also helps to keep the heat in. The most important thing is to invest in quality items that won’t let you down as soon as you get to your favourite piste. It’s worth spending more on quality clothes that’ll survive wear & tear, and you’ll be able to take them on a number of different skiing trips.
Essential Gear for your Luxury Holiday
A durable rucksack that you can fit your belongings into, including snacks and water, is ideal for your trip. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting your sunglasses, either, even with all the snow you still get lots of sunlight in Meribel and Courchevel. A good quality skiing helmet will help to keep you safe and there are plenty of options, however we also have some suggestions if you’re after something a bit more hi-tech…
Hi-Tech Skiing Gadgets
Beartek Snowsport Gloves
POC Receptor Bug Helmet
Anker PowerCore+ 20100
GoPro Hero 5
Oakley Airwave 1.5 Snow Goggles
Suunto Ambit Peak GPS Sport Watch
There are plenty of hi-tech skiing gadgets out there, you really are spoilt for choice if you’re looking to make the most of your mountain experience. This includes stunning skiing goggles that have a heads-up display and tell you everything you want to know about your latest run. There’s also the skiing helmet that has Beats by Dre built in, so you can listen to your music through the helmet with no worry about your earphones falling out. If you really want to stand out from the crowd when you’re on the slopes then add a few of these items into your suitcase.
Ski & Snowboard Equipment Hire with Alpine Infusion
Of course the most important items will be your skis, snowboards and boots. If you don’t own these then we offer a ski and snowboard equipment hire service. All you need to do is fill out a form for either Meribel or Courchevel, depending on where you’re staying, and we’ll make sure that your items are waiting in your luxury ski chalet upon your arrival.
As long as you’ve got these items included in your packing list then you’ll be all set for a fantastic trip. If you’re still looking for luxury accommodation then make sure you take a look at the availability for our stunning ski chalets in Meribel and Courchevel.
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8 Superb High-End Ski Gadgets For Your Holiday
With technology constantly changing, the gadgets we took on our skiing trips years ago are completely different to what we can enjoy now. If you’ve not been keeping up with the ever-evolving landscape then you probably won’t recognise many of the items below, but trust us when we say they’ll take your skiing experience to the next level. We’re not just talking about smartphone skiing apps, below you’ll find details about the stunning pieces of high-end tech that you’ll be desperate to show off the next time you’re on the slopes in the Three Valleys.
Beartek Snowsport Gloves
Everyone needs gloves when they go skiing, but Beartek Snowsport Gloves are a little bit different from anything you’ve seen before. You have the option of inserting either a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi module, which transforms the gloves into a controller for your music player or GoPro. Then you simply press certain finger pads together to play, pause, record, rewind and fast-forward your media, without the need to ever pull out the device from your pocket. Oh, and they’re water resistant, too, which is a plus.
POC Receptor Bug Helmet
If you’re looking for a skiing helmet that looks good, gives you great protection and implements some high-end technology into it then you can’t do much better than the POC Receptor Bug. With an advanced outer shell it is one of the best helmets out there for safety, and for tech enthusiasts it comes with built-in Beats by Dre headphones. These are controlled with your smartphone for taking calls, changing tracks and adjusting the volume on your music, so there’s no need to take your helmet off if you happen to receive a phone call halfway up the mountain.
Anker PowerCore+ 20100
There are plenty of portable chargers out there, but rarely do you find one that packs this much power. If you’re going to be spending the whole day on the slopes then you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that the PowerCore+ can fully charge a MacBook, an iPad and an iPhone on a single charge! The aluminium-alloy case makes it one of the most durable ski gadgets out there, and having one of these means that you’ll never have to worry about getting a low battery message ever again.
GoPro Hero 5
Everyone wants to capture their ultimate ski run on video, but it’s not always easy when you’re speeding down the mountain. The GoPro Hero 5 makes it simple, turning your skiing exploits into a high-definition piece of media that you can watch again and again. Simply place the gadget on top of your skiing helmet, and it’ll capture beautiful 4K video that you’ll want to show off as soon as possible. The Hero 5 is also the first model to use voice command technology, so you can instruct it when to start recording. With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth you can even upload your ski run to the internet before you start your next one!
Have you ever gone tumbling during a ski run, only to sit up and realise that one of your skis has disappeared beneath the snow? This can lead to a search party of friends desperately seeking the item and wondering how it managed to get away. RESQSKI is a removable homing tag that you can place on each ski, so that you can prevent these situations from occurring. And at just 7cm in length, there’s no danger of it getting in the way of your adventures.
Oakley Airwave 1.5 Snow Goggles
These stunning snow goggles are as stylish on the outside, as they are beneficial on the inside. Now there’s no need to wonder whether that run you just performed was your fastest ever, because the heads-up display on these goggles will tell you this and much more. You’ll also be told about vertical drops, distance travelled and information about the altitude, as well as whatever music you’re listening to, the location of your friends and any messages that you receive on your smartphone. Truly the crème de la crème of skiing goggles, and did we mention how great they look?
This tracker was made with skiers, snowboarders and other action sports enthusiasts in mind. It comes with advanced sensors and GPS technology built-in, giving it the capability to tell you about every twist and turn you make on the slopes. After your ski run you simply load up the dedicated app on your phone and you’ll be greeted with the details of your speed, height, distance and rotation.
Suunto Ambit Peak GPS Sport Watch
Place this high-tech sport watch over your wrist and you’ll be getting a heart rate monitor, a tracking device that maps your location, a calorie-burning counter and much more. With a battery life clocking in at an impressive 200 hours you’ll get plenty of use out of this watch before each charge, and it comes with an app that lets you compare your stats to other people who wear the device. It also does a pretty good job of telling the time, too.
These high-end ski gadgets and accessories will help to make your skiing trip more enjoyable than ever, pushing your adventures to the next level. With your skiing gear all sorted, now it’s just a case of booking your luxury accommodation in the 3 Valleys so you can test them all out until your heart’s content. Take a look at the availability for our luxury chalets in Meribel and Courchevel and make your booking today.
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Best Winter Events in Courchevel and Meribel 2017
The snow has started to fall and once again the 3 Valleys is welcoming visitors from all over the world for a fantastic winter holiday. If you’re planning a trip to Courchevel or Meribel in the coming months then you have much to look forward to. On top of the amazing skiing facilities, luxurious accommodation, great nightlife and exquisite food there’s also the matter of a large array of fun events that keep travellers entertained throughout the season. Here’s a rundown of some of the best ones that you should add to your calendar.
Europa Cup, Alpine Skiing – 23rd-27th January | Meribel
The Roc de Fer piste, previously the host of a Women’s World Cup in 2013 and the finals of the World Cup in 2015, will be the proving ground for competitors in the Europa Cup. There are a number of challenges, including a Super-G speed event, a slalom technical event and a downhill speed event, so athletes have to arrive with a full range of skills if they are to come out as the winner.
Snow and Fire Show – 7th, 14th and 21st February | Courchevel
This spectacular event brings together board sports and fireworks for an unmissable show. Ski instructors from the Ecole du Ski Français show off a plethora of various winter sport techniques – traditional and new disciplines – using flaming torches and projectors to thrill the crowd. Then you get to take in the stunning fireworks with a few helpings of traditional mulled wine to really heat things up. On the 21st February the show will be celebrating its 70th anniversary, and the performers will be pulling out all of the stops for that one!
International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art – 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 28th February | Courchevel
This is the 13th edition of the International Fireworks Festival, and each year it attracts over 8,000 spectators. With stunning fireworks and the backdrop of snowy mountains and ski runs, you know that this is not an event to be missed. There’s also a traditional torch-lit descent by Courchevel ski instructors, and of course some mulled wine that you can indulge in. Make sure you add these shows to your calendars!
Verdons by Night XXL – 22nd February | Courchevel
Night skiing doesn’t get much better than this! Participants will get to ski down the resort on a floodlit Verdons piste while listening to some great music. There’s also a Family Park dancefloor and the chance to treat yourself by roasting marshmellows on the open fire. This exceptional night will also see you riding the Verdons gondola and the Grangettes gondola, so you can take in the stunning views from a high vantage point.
Samse National Biathlon Tour – 11th-12th March | Meribel
The biathlon is a unique winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, and in March you’ll get to see the athletes in the Samse tour. There’s a spectacular mass-start that is not to be missed, as well as the sprint – which is a shorter event involving three circuits broken up by two shooting rounds. Definitely a must-watch event if you’re a fan of competitive winter sport.
Finale Millet Ski Touring 2017 – 23rd March | Courchevel
Every Wednesday during the season, ski mountaineers challenge themselves to trek 3.2km between Le Praz and La Croisette in Courchevel. On Thursday 23rd March the grand finale takes place, and you’ll even get to see people dressed up in fancy dress as they attempt the Vertical Race course. Afterwards Patrick Sebastien, the famous French TV host, will be keeping the party going from 9pm until late at Courchevel’s Envolée gymnasium, so make sure you attend for a night of great entertainment.
Whatever your interests you’re bound to find something entertaining in the 3 Valleys, which is of course why so many people return year after year. Now that your calendar is sorted you just need to arrange your luxury ski chalet in Meribel or Courchevel, and then you’re all set for an unforgettable trip. Take a look at the prices and availability for our stunning 3 Valleys chalets and make your booking today.
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Winter Sports in the 3 Valleys for Non-Skiers
It’s no secret that thousands of people head to Meribel and Courchevel every year for one thing in particular, and that’s the thrilling skiing and snowboarding adventures. There’s no doubt that skiing enthusiasts of all levels can have plenty of fun getting to grips with the wonders of the French Alps, but if you’re not smitten with skiing then there’s still more than enough to get yourself involved with. If you can tempt yourself away from your 3 Valleys luxury chalet then here’s a list of some of the best activities to get involved with, minus skiing!
Rather than being some form of insult, fat biking refers to a version of mountain biking that you can do on the snow. During the night you can rent out a bike with wide tyres that were designed to handle a snowy terrain, and it’s actually a very fun and playful activity. Your fat biking adventure also comes with safety gear and a guide who will make sure you get down the mountain safely, so all you have to worry about is taking in those jaw-dropping views of the 3 Valleys.
Airboarding is similar to body-boarding, only you’re doing it on an inflatable and you’re speeding down a mountain! You travel head-first and pick up some great speed along the way, making this a very thrilling new activity that is gaining popularity here in Courchevel and Meribel. Airboarding is often restricted to certain areas, to make sure that you don’t start hurtling down a piste that isn’t designed for it. Remember, ski safety ratings are there for a reason!
If you fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer then nothing will beat the challenge of ice-climbing. Courchevel has its own ice climbing wall and mountain guides are available to teach you how to use it. If you’re experienced at ice-climbing you may even be taken to the frozen waterfalls in the Valley and test your skills there. It’s definitely something to put on the bucket list and make yourself feel like a video game character!
Slightly less extreme – but still very challenging to beginners – is ice skating. This activity is perfect if you’re in a group of friends or as a family. You can take in the stunning surroundings of the 3 Valleys at the same time, making it the perfect winter exercise if you’re looking for something with a slightly slower pace than skiing.
Also known as ‘parapenting’, this activity lets you soar above the mountains and gives you a memorable experience of flying. You can travel from the top of the mountain right down to the bottom of the valley while attached to a tandem paraglider that’s controlled by the instructor. He does the manoeuvring while you do the sightseeing!
As you can see there’s more than enough to get involved with, even if skiing the 3 Valleys isn’t your first choice! Now all you need to do is book your luxury chalet in Meribel or Courchevel and start planning your wonderful holiday today!
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Why a Luxury Ski Holiday can make a Magical New Year
New Year’s Eve can often be a disappointment after the highs of the Christmas period, so what better way to avoid an anti-climax and carry on the festivities than with a memorable trip to the slopes!
Quality Time with Friends and Family
What better excuse to get all the friends and family together than with a luxury skiing/snowboarding holiday! With plenty of activities to do in the day there really will be something for everyone, and if you stay in your own private luxury chalet, everyone can relax under one roof after a long day.
One thing that is guaranteed at a Ski Resort over the New Year’s period is an incredible atmosphere. From spectacular firework displays to festivals and parties, there’s always something going on! Bars tend to hold their own parties and restaurants often lay on a special menu and perhaps some entertainment. So, either dance the night away in an Après ski bar or if you’d prefer a quieter night, chill out by the fire with a glass of mulled wine in a cosy bar.
New Year’s Eve Parties in Courchevel and Meribel
Courchevel and Meribel are magical places to spend the festive season. It is traditional for hordes of people to head into the town for the big countdown and Meribel New Year’s Eve Party, accompanied by an incredible firework and torch light display. Likewise, Courchevel celebrates the New Year in style, with the Courchevel 1850 New Year’s Eve Party and ‘Party on the Piste’ being a favourite with holiday goers.
We can always make room for more food after Christmas, right? After a long day on the slopes what better way to refuel than with some local specialities. Plus, if you stay in a luxury catered ski chalet all the hard work will be done for you (yes that means no washing up too!) If you fancy some fine dining, Courchevel and Meribel has an enormous contingency of outstanding restaurants.
Bring in the New Year in Style
What better way to welcome in the new year than on the slopes! Snow fall is usually good at this time of year and the slopes tend to be a bit quieter; so, although we can’t make any guarantees, it’s likely that you will be able to enjoy some fresh powder on and off-piste!
Escape the English Weather
Avoid the miserable English weather and wake up to snow-covered mountains in an idyllic setting? Yes please. No more wishing for a White Christmas in England when you can enjoy a White New Year on the slopes!
The New Year period is a magical time to be in the mountains and is guaranteed to be one you’ll never forget.
Make your holiday extra special by staying in an award winning Alpine Infusion luxury chalet in Courchevel or Meribel, offering an unrivalled level of service in a homely environment where nothing is too much trouble.
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