Why You Should Go Skiing in Meribel – What the Experts Say

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Breath-taking views, sumptuous skiing and wonderful après-ski – just a few of the attractions that Meribel has to offer. This famous Three Valleys ski resort is known to have the best of all worlds. Whether you’re visiting to take advantage of the huge skiing area connected with Courchevel, La Tania and Val Thorens, or to sample delectable dishes at some of the best restaurants you’ll find anywhere in the Alps, we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed. But don’t take our word for it! Hear what some of the top travel writers in the world have to say about skiing in Meribel.

Lively Après-Ski

 “Méribel has some of the liveliest après of any ski resort anywhere” – Snow Magazine

Snow Magazine loves the sheer size of Meribel and its connectivity to the Three Valleys, allowing skiers easy access to some unmissable action on the pistes. Also worth noting is the fact that apres-ski is taken very seriously in Meribel! This review will have you booking your flights in anticipation for ski season.

“Méribel today has grown far beyond the original village with half a dozen ‘neighbourhoods’, extending the resort over 10km (6 miles) of the valley floor, and expansion is still continuing apace, helping to make the resort one of the most important in the world today.”

Find the full article from Snow Magazine here.

Perfect for Shopping

“Méribel caters well for the alpine shopper, with a predictable number of technical ski and snowboarder wear outlets in the resort, plus shops selling designer brands and interior design.” – The Telegraph

Meribel is filled with many high-end shops from designer brands and quality products. There’s always a luxury store with all kinds of high-end items to treat yourself. Go on, you’re on holiday! Shop until you drop, and don’t forget to try one of the best bakeries in the resort, Glaciers on Route de la Montee!

“The combination of extensive slopes, superb location and attractive architecture makes Méribel one of Europe’s safest bets for a great holiday.”

Find the full article from The Telegraph here.

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A Skier’s Paradise

“If convenience and high-mileage skiing are important to you then Méribel should be near the top of your shortlist.” – Mountain Passions

With Meribel sitting right in the very heart of the Three Valleys, it’s a true paradise for those who love to ski! With so much space to work with, every day on the slopes can present a different challenge. Not to mention every picture you take can be a contender as a profile picture on any of your social media!

“This means that there’s something somewhere for just about everyone, whatever their fitness level or technical ability. You can stretch both here, or back off and take it easy on the kind of long, wide blue-graded cruises which so many of today’s skiers have come to expect, and which modern family-focused resorts have become adept at providing.”

Find the Full Article from Mountain Passions here.

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A Family-Friendly Ski Resort

“Meribel has a reputation for being a lively resort, popular with seasonaires, but we found it surprisingly family-orientated” – East Anglian Daily Times

Plenty of people talk about the social side of visiting Meribel, and for good reason. But the resort also has a lot to offer when it comes to welcoming families. This review will tell you what you can expect from your trip when you’re traveling with children, and what activities you and your family can enjoy doing together.

“We particularly loved the Inuit ski zone with snow caves to ski under, a playground, and a varied terrain to challenge new skiers. The woodland run was also very entertaining, great for first timers.”

Find the full article from EADT here.

A Skiing Playground

“The bare statistics – 600km of pistes and 183 lifts – don’t begin to do it justice.” – The Independent

The Independent point out the fact that Meribel has something to offer skiers of every level, with the Three Valleys providing a great skiing playground for beginners & intermediates.

“On its own, Méribel is a great, challenging mountain for most beginners and intermediate skiers. Once the enormous scope of the Three Valleys region is included, it becomes one of the Alps’ outstanding ski areas.”

Find the full article from The Independent here.

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The Centre of the Three Valleys

“The local ski area has enough varied terrain to keep all abilities happy. It also has the enviable location of being in the centre of the Three Valleys, the biggest lift network in the world.” – On the Snow

On the Snow go into detail about the varied ski runs you come across in Meribel, and how there’s a piste to suit every level.

“Meribel offers a good choice of powder faces. Mont du Vallon – the highest point in the Meribel Valley – has some of the steepest and freeriding which manages to stay relatively untracked.”

Find the full article from On The Snow here.

Book your Meribel Ski Chalet with Alpine Infusion

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Of course Meribel offers fantastic skiing, but it also features some of the finest luxury chalets in Europe. Alpine Infusion has grown to become one of the most prominent luxury chalet companies in the Three Valleys. With exceptional service and stunning living spaces you have the perfect setting for your skiing holiday. Each of our private chalets has been accredited with a 5-star rating by the local tourist offices and their quality is undeniable.

Meribel Winter Prices & Availability

Don’t miss out this ski season, make sure you’ve got your chalet all booked up before it’s too late. Check out the availability for our Meribel chalets and make your booking today.

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The Best Hiking Backpacks for Trekking in the Alps

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Every true hiker needs a great quality backpack to go on adventures with. Finding a good one isn’t hard, as there are so many good brands out there, but how do you find the one that’s perfect for your exact needs? We’ve been thinking long and hard about this question, and we’ve come up with a list of 11 fantastic hiking backpacks that won’t let you down the next time you’re in the Three Valleys.

Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60

This award-winning backpack has been praised for its comfort and durability. Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 is an adaptable lightweight backpack that can carry up to 35 pounds of your gear. And with comfortable padding around the shoulder and waist, this backpack is certainly suitable for heavy loads. No matter what, you will always have room for any clothing, food and other accessories.

Osprey Atmos AG 65

The Osprey Atmos AG 65 is an all-round backpack that’s perfect for trekking and camping. It is known to offer high levels of comfort and offers great organisational features, which make packing much easier! With ventilation features, you will always stay cool with this backpack, so it’s no wonder why Osprey Atmos is popular among professional hikers!

Deuter Aircontact 65 + 10

Don’t be fooled by the size, Deuter Aircontact 65+10 has been known to be quite light and a breeze to carry whilst tackling any harsh weather. With plenty of space, Deuter Aircontact 65+10 also offers a range of inside pockets, compressions straps, an adjustable lid with lid pocket and an aircontact system. This backpack may come at a higher price than some of the other ones on this list but it will last you a lifetime!

High Sierra Titan 65

One of the larger packs in their collection, the High Sierra Titan 65 backpack makes long journey’s a breeze! To start with there’s plenty of space to fill your stuff in, it’s waterproof and extremely durable so, you can put them in buses, trains, cars and airport security checks. A great companion for any journey!

Gregory Baltoro 75

The Gregory Baltoro 75 is no stranger to comfort and organisation features. It’s a great beginner for those who are new to the hiking experience and wants a strong, durable backpack to last a lifetime. The Gregory Baltoro offers adjustable straps to best fit your body and provides loads of flexible pockets to put your valuable in. This life-saver comes in many different colours and can be used for multiple day trips.

The North Face Banchee 65

A brand that needs no introduction, The North Face has been one of the most popular stores to provide high quality hiking and camping equipment, and that includes their backpack collection! The North Face Banchee 65 offers comfort and efficiency that makes it amazing for multi-day trips. With built-in perforated foam straps, you can expect to keep cool with this backpack during summer!

Waterfly Waterproof Frame

If you’re expecting some heavy rain on your journey, consider investing in a real waterproof backpack to protect all your belongings. Waterfly Waterproof Frame is perfect for this! Let’s not forget to mention the built-in lifesaving whistle and a comfortable, unique strap to ease the pressure on your shoulders. Waterfly Waterproof backpack is great for short journeys and for those who prefer a smaller pack on their hiking trip.

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Teton Sports Scout 3400

Coming in 3 different colours, the Teton Sports Scouts 3400 is not just stylish but affordable, comfortable and tough. The outer layer of the pack is made of polyester which prevents items from getting ruined. The adjustment for the torso length is from 15 inches to 19.5 inches so you don’t need to worry about fitting to your body!

REI Traverse 70

Need a backpack for summer hiking? Well you’re in luck! Unlike most hiking backpacks the REI Traverse 70 is created to tackle hot conditions. With a smartly adjustable hip belt that locks onto your pelvic bones, this backpack fits to your body shape with ease.

Black Diamond Speed Zip 33 Backpack

As the ultimate stylish backpack for winter and mountain adventures, Black Diamond Speed Zip truly is great, no matter the weather. Combining lightweight material with a strong clamshell design, the pack provides a stable and comfortable performance, which makes it the perfect winter companion in the Three Valleys.

Arc’teryx Altra 65

Save the best to last! Arc’teryx Altra is known to be quite popular with hikers and there are so many reasons why. First off, it is incredibly comfortable and very durable. With plenty of room to fit in your food and water the Arc’teryx Altra is built to be weather resistant, so no matter the weather – your valuables are protected.

 

So, there it is! 11 of the best hiking backpacks for your adventures. With one of these by your side and your perfect Three Valleys chalet booked you have everything you need for an amazing holiday in the French Alps.

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Best Mountain Biking in the Three Valleys

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When the snow melts in the Three Valleys, the fun doesn’t have to stop! Some of the world’s best mountain biking trails appear and that’s how you know summer has really arrived in the French Alps. Nature-lovers, experienced bikers and even pure beginners can enjoy all levels of mountain biking trails, no matter where you are in the Three Valleys. Below we talk you through some of the best locations if you’re interested in traversing the mountains on two wheels this summer.

Courchevel

Approved by the French Federation of Cycling, Courchevel is one of the best locations in the Alps for mountain biking, whatever level you’re at. The trails are marked green, blue, red and black, with each one signifying the level of difficulty you can expect (green being the easiest, with black at the other end of the spectrum). Despite the difference in difficulty, they all offer an abundance of scenic views, so if you get a spare five minutes to take it all in you will certainly enjoy every moment of it.

Meribel

Similar to Courchevel, Meribel offers huge potential to mountain biking fans, with a huge area that you can call your playground. The trails are made for bikers of all skill levels, and there are plenty of different ones to try out, such as downhill, freeride and fire roads. Not to mention it’s also accredited by the French Federation of Cycling, So, why not take a ride today?

Les Menuires

Once dubbed the ugly duckling of European ski resorts, Les Menuires has matured into a great Three Valleys resort with good links to Meribel. In the summer the mountain biking is also a great experience, including trail tracks with gliding sensations that can be just as smooth as skiing! With open, naturistic views, there’s certainly a lot to enjoy about the calm and tranquil atmosphere that Les Menuires has to offer.

Val Thorens

The highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens sits 2300 metres above sea level. Nestled atop the French Alps, it is the ultimate playground for winter sports. Not only that, when the snow melts away there are 120km of mountain biking trails to test your abilities on. Weaving through the Vallee des Belleville and its crests, you’ll be going along the river bank, passed villages, along ridges and down mountain slopes. A delightful experience for everyone who loves their alpine biking.

St Martin de Belleville

If you’re hoping to experience some calm, peaceful surroundings – St Martin de Belleville is perfect for you. St Martin de Belleville offers a beautiful atmosphere for outdoor adventures, and there are plenty of trails to get to grips with. As a bonus the likes of Chamonix, Aix Les Bains and Annecy are just a day trip away from St Martin, so why not explore these historic towns on your day off?

Now you know the five must-ride mountain bike trails in the Three Valleys, it’s time to get over here to experience them for yourself. Check the availability of our luxury ski chalets in Meribel and Courchevel and make your booking today.

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Advice for the First Timer’s Trip to Luxury Meribel Chalets

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When visiting a new holiday destination, it’s natural to want to find out as much information as possible, especially if it’s your first time. If you’re reading this, you are probably already considering a visit to the stunning surroundings of Meribel in the Three Valleys. Well luckily for you we know a thing or two about the secrets to Meribel and we can tell you everything you need to know. Read on to find the eight top tips for first timers in Meribel!

“But I don’t know how to ski!”

That’s fine! Not everyone is an Olympic skiing professional, but there are plenty of fantastic ski schools and skiing instructors to help you get to grips with the slopes. We have a list of great skiing coaches in the Three Valleys that teach thousands of people how to ski and snowboard every year. Whether you’ve done it before or this is your first time, Meribel is a great place to test your skills! Don’t be afraid to fall, remember practice makes perfect!

“What else is there to do besides skiing?”

If you’re not too keen on skiing, there are a whole host of other activities that you can get involved with in Meribel. From helicopter tours and hot-air balloons to husky sledging, ice skating, and paragliding, you’ll never run out of things to do! There really is something for everyone here in Meribel!

“Are there shops and restaurants nearby?”

No matter where you are in Meribel, there are many restaurants and cafes nearby to whet your appetite!  These range from fine dining restaurants to chilled out cafes. Whatever your taste buds are telling you, we’ve got it covered! When you stay in one of our luxury Meribel chalets then you’ll also be treated to meals from experienced chefs who know exactly what you need after a long day of activities. For shopaholics, do not worry, shopping stores range from general skiing equipment to luxury clothing. Take the time to shop ‘till you drop!

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“Is Meribel child friendly?”

Meribel is suitable for everyone and any age. There are childcare services available in Meribel and registered nurses to help you during your holiday, all you need to do is tell them how many children you have and specific requirements. Healthy and nutritious foods are also available in Meribel, as well as activity coaches to ensure that your kids have an unforgettable time when they visit.

“Do I need to hire a car?”

Hiring a car from the airport is beneficial but if you prefer to use other travel alternatives, that is fine also! We offer a private airport transfer before and after your stay, so just leave everything to us and you’ll be able to travel in comfort. There’s also a complimentary in-resort transportation service in Meribel and Courchevel, giving you the freedom to enjoy the entire area.

“What clothes do I need to wear?”

Of course, this all depends on the season that you visit Meribel. If you’re visiting Meribel during winter, make sure you bring pack warm clothes with youand some other essentials. If you’re coming during summer/spring season it is fine to wear lighter clothes, and comfortable items for walking in.Make sure you check the weather forecast just before you travel to double check what the weather is going to be like.

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“How do I book skiing/snowboarding lessons?”

You can book a skiing/snowboarding instructor online through email or phone. You can book a private lesson and learn to ski in your own time! Classes are open to anyone from any age including adults and children. Make sure you book before you travel!

“Which chalet should I choose?”

You can have a look at the availability of our luxury Meribel’s chalets and make up your own mind. We have something to cater for everyone and you’re guaranteed the highest quality service at all times.

There you go! Eight tips for first timers in Meribel. Now make sure you book your luxury trip and start counting down the days until you arrive in paradise.

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The Most Exciting Activities in the Three Valleys this Summer

Isn’t it hot out here? It seems that summer has finally arrived in Meribel and we cannot wait for all the activities that we can do over the coming months! Winter season was exhilarating but now it’s time to greet the sun with some summer activities! So, put your sunglasses on, put on your summer outfit and get ready to try out all of these in the Three Valleys this year.

Golf

Maybe not the most exciting activity of all but if you want to relax, spend time with family and friends whilst enjoying the beautiful views that Meribel has to offer, then golf is a great way to do it. Because of the altitude up here, the ball will fly even further than the normal golf course, which makes it even more fun for all you golf-lovers out there! Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, you are sure to enjoy the open space and the summer heat.

Walking / Hiking

Everywhere you look you’ll see beautiful scenery – walking or hiking is a perfect way to become one with the nature and immerse yourself in Meribel’s stunning mountain views! There are a variety of hiking trails that you can explore, but the most popular trail is Vanoise National Park because of its amazing wildlife, rich history, picnic views and above all – Instagram worthy photos. Why not take a walk here and make your friends jealous?

Hot Air Balloon

Alright, alright – so, it seems like we’re always talking about Meribel’s picturesque views, but it’s true! One of the many great points about Meribel is the scenery! Especially when you go on a hot air balloon to see every angle of the Three Valleys from above. A hot air balloon is a truly breathtaking way to see Meribel at its finest.

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Helicopter Tours

If you want something a little bit more exciting than a hot air balloon, then perhaps a helicopter tour may be for you? With a helicopter, you will be able to fly over the stunning mountains, forest and hidden areas of the Three Valleys that a hot air balloon wouldn’t be able to reach. Treat yourself and book a helicopter tour in the Three Valleys this summer.

White Water Rafting

For thrill junkies, white water rafting is an exciting activity that you can do with friends and family. With a trained instructor, you’ll be going down the River Isere, which is sure to get the blood pumping! This thrilling activity is definitely something to attempt if you’re a fan of water sports.

Mountain Biking

Accredited by the French Federation of Cycling in 1998, Meribel surrounds you with amazing biking trails, nearly 100km of them! That’s more than enough for you to enjoy your ultimate mountain bike ride! With blue skies above and your wheels underneath you, it’s impossible not to enjoy the mountain bike trails that appear every year when the snow melts away.

Paragliding

It’s just like flying – but not really. For paragliding, you will be attached to a parachute while flying above Meribel and taking in the amazing views. It’s a perfect fit for those of you seeking an adrenaline rush, and for those who are ready to conquer their fear of heights! Any dare devils out there?

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Via Ferrata

A little different to rock climbing, here you’ll be getting help from bridges, ladders and steps whilst wearing helmets and safety equipment. You will be following the trails of marked paths during this mountain climbing experience, showing you Meribel in a whole new light.

So there you have it, the activities you need to try when you visit the Three Valleys this summer. Now all you need to do is book your luxury accommodation and start packing your bags for your luxury holiday.

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The Ultimate Guide to Summer Events in Meribel & Courchevel

The snow has melted away, and the Three Valleys winter season has drawn to a close once again. While there’s no doubt we can’t wait until next season for the pistes to be full of skiers again, we have to admit we do greatly enjoy the summer months here in the French Alps. That’s because there are a huge range of fantastic events to get involved with when the sun comes out, from music festivals to mountain biking, and even the famous Meribel air show!

With so many events coming up we thought we’d bring you a list of everything you need to know about, all on one handy page. Make sure you get these in your calendar if you’re visiting the Three Valleys this summer!

Red Bull 400 – Sat 10th June – Courchevel

Running 400 metres as fast as possible might sound simple, but add in the fact that you have to do it over a gradient of up to 36° and you suddenly realise how tough it can be! This is the first time a Red Bull 400 has been held in France, and 400 participants will be getting involved.

Fete de la Musique – Weds 21st June – Meribel

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During every summer solstice the Fete de la Musique is held across France, and it usually covers every type of music you can imagine. From local bands just starting out, club DJs and even professional musicians, you’ll find them all here.

Horse Fair – Sat 1st July – Courchevel

Get down to Courchevel Le Praz to enjoy a day dedicated to horses. Kids will love the pony rides and bouncy castle!

Electric Mountain Bike Week – Mon 3rd-Fri 7th July – Meribel

During the first week of July you can try out the electric mountain bikes in Meribel. You can choose to take the bike out for a spin, or beginners can even wait to go with a guide in the afternoon.

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Jazz Festival– Thurs 6th July – Brides Les Bains

Music lovers need to make their way to Brides Les Bains on the 6th July. Expect jazz concerts with a host of programme full of local and international talent, all for free!

Three Valleys Addict Tour – Sat 8th-Sun 9th July – Meribel

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If you’re a fan of mountain biking then you can’t miss the Three Valleys Addict Tour. On Saturday it’s all about the ‘Free Bike’, where you ride for fun or you can get timed if you want to test your skills. There’s also the small matter of the ‘Hannibal Race’, where teams of up to 4 people race on a course of 2-3km. On Sunday there’s the ‘Free Rando Tour’, with 84km of terrain to bike across. Get involved!

The Big Experience Festival – Fri 14th– Sun 16th July – Courchevel

Sport and the mountains are combined like never before during the Big Experience Festival. It’s aimed at 8-16 year olds and features a whole host of different challenges & activities.

Bastille Day – Fri 15th July – Meribel

Bastille Day is a French national holiday that’s celebrated with plenty of fireworks. If you’re in Meribel on the 15th July you’ll be treated to a huge firework display and various activities.

Bike Park Competition – Sat 15th – Sun 16th July – Meribel

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With 12 different challenges over two days, this is the event for mountain bikers to truly test their abilities. Get involved on the Saturday from 2pm and you’ll be greeted from last year’s winners, a photo call, live music and a BBQ.

Savoy Music Festival – Weds 19th July – Courchevel

During the Savoy Music Festival, the conductor of the Savoie Orchestra will continue to compare music & composers, enlightening the audience with a wonderful performance.

Cyclo Meribel 2017 – Wed 19th July – Meribel

Anyone who shares a passion for cycling (and has the stamina!) is invited to participate in the Cyclo Meribel 2017, organised by the association Velo Club de Meribel. You’ll bike 9.5km and climb all the way from Les Allues to Meribel Altiport.

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La Madelon Fair– Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd July – Courchevel

This popular village fair takes place by the lake and in the streets, and you’ll get to experience the local craft market, a funfair and many other activities. It’s also a great way of meeting the locals!

Pyro Symphonie Live – Tues 25th July – Courchevel

One of our favourite events here in the Three Valleys. Pyro Symphonie Live is a symphonic concert with fireworks by the lake. You haven’t seen fireworks until you’ve seen them set to atmospheric music like this!

Meribel Air Show – Mon 24th– Fri 28th July

You simply can’t miss the Meribel Air Show if you’re in the Three Valleys this summer. Over five days you’ll witness superb aerial stunts from pilots who have flown in the Red Bull Air Race. You’ll also get to see 40 aircraft on the ground, such as modern planes and helicopters. This event is totally free so you have no excuse not to go!

Courchevel X-Trail – Sat 5th– Sun 6th August – Courchevel

Head to the magnificent Vanoise National Park for the Courchevel X-Trail, with two days of entertainment. Ski jumping demonstrations, canoeing, inflatable play equipment and much more will be on the agenda.

Vertical Kilometre – Tues 8th August – Meribel

Can you get to the top of a 1km ascent in the fastest time possible? Then you might want to sign up to the Vertical Kilometre! Last year’s winning times were 35 minutes for the men and 47 minutes for the women.

Ski Jumping World Cup – Fri 11th – Sat 12th August – Courchevel

This big sports meeting is one of the major events of the summer, showcasing the spectacular sport of ski-jumping. Get to see the world’s best jumpers competing on the 132 and 96 metre ski jumps.

Meribel Trail – Sat 12th– Sun 13th August – Meribel

Trail runners of all abilities are invited to this two day event, and there are six different races to compete across. There will even be an awards ceremony in the afternoon to congratulate the winners.

Frappadingue Alp X’Trem – Sat 19th – Sun 20th August – Courchevel

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This extreme obstacle course is one of the wackiest events in the Three Valleys! Around 5500 people tackle the course every year, tackling 40 obstacles spread out over 12km.

As you can see there are so many different events to enjoy in the Three Valleys this summer, the fun never stops! After adding these into your calendar you just need to book your luxury accommodation. A selection of our Meribel chalets are available to book in the summer months so get in touch to find out more.

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Six lessons in Skiing and Leadership

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As both a ski instructor and an executive coach, I am always on the lookout for lessons in the domain of skiing that can be transferred to leadership and vice versa. The act of utilising a lesson from one domain and transferring it to another is sometimes called “lateral learning”. Leveraging lessons in this way can speed skill acquisition in the new domain and often strengthens the lesson in the original domain.

We are all leaders either formally (e.g. executive in a corporation) or informally (e.g. a parent). Below are six lessons that I’ve found to be true in skiing and in leadership, or life for that matter.

Be present

Our best performances happen when we’re focused and in the present moment. I recommend taking time on a ski lift or at the top of a run to plan and anticipate what lies ahead. Then reflecting on a run at the bottom or back on the lift. This allows us to “get out of our heads” while we are skiing, and just ski! When we lead, it is important to visualise the future, create objectives, make plans, prepare for obstacles, etc. It is also valuable to reflect on what has been going well and what can be improved. Then, the rest of our efforts can be connecting and conversing as leaders in the here and now.

You are what you practice

Another way of saying this is that we are always practicing. Often in ski lessons I encourage students to use the easy runs, connector trails, or traverses as an occasion to practice fundamentals. An example of this is having students execute “railroad track turns” on all runs that would otherwise be boring. This practice can then translate directly to edging skills on more difficult terrain. I like to think about a ski turn being the least common denominator of skiing and that I am working to improve each turn I make. Leaders are served by viewing each and every interaction as an opportunity to lead. How a single interaction goes is directly connected to the next. This way, we are what we practice.

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Investigate your fear

Acknowledge your fears, evaluate them, learn from them, feel them fully, and then choose wisely. When working with students who are afraid I often ask them what they are afraid of. An example answer from a lower level lessons is: “I am afraid that I will lose control and run into someone or something.” Now that I know what s/he is afraid of we can look at it rationally. I explain to the student how the terrain I am taking them to, and how I will manage the class, will minimise the probability of this happening. I also ask them to describe how the fear feels in their body. This awareness often reduces the fear to a more manageable emotion. After the student has explored the particular fear I will follow up and see how s/he is doing. Often the fear is reduced enough to proceed. If it is not, I will change my plans accordingly. A popular question to ask leaders is “what keeps you up at night?” This is a way of understanding the fears of a leader. Effective leaders acknowledge what they are worried about, get as accurate as they can about the likelihood of the fear coming true, and then plan accordingly.

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Variety builds adaptability

Skiers who primarily ski on groomed terrain often have a rude awakening when they go off-piste. I like to mix up my skiing such that I have a variety and never get too used to groomers and “hero snow”. Spending time in powder, crud, bumps, etc.. and feeling uncomfortable is really important. Eventually, skiers feel comfortable not feeling comfortable. This is true for leaders as well. Avoiding difficulties as a leader only allows problems to build and make them worse. I coach leaders to take on problems as soon as possible and that it is okay to feel uncomfortable. Leaders wouldn’t be needed if we only lead when it’s easy.

Take on appropriate challenges

Studies in peak performance show that our best performances occur when we are fully engaged with an appropriate challenge. We are neither bored nor are we overly frightened. Skiers who wander into terrain that is considerably more difficult than they are skilled for will often ski defensively, freeze up, and end up having a miserable experience navigating back to safety. On the other hand, many injuries are reported when skiers are on an “easy run” where they are not paying attention. Effective leaders take on new challenges and stretch to assignments that are within their reach yet not over their heads. Leaders in boring jobs often look for new jobs and leaders who are in over their heads often struggle with stress.

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Be attentive and at ease

Another characteristic of peak performance is a way of being that is both ready and relaxed. Overly ready will result in too much tension and hurt performance, while overly relaxed will cause us to be sloppy. Striking a coexistence of both attentiveness and ease will give us a place to operate from that is focused, nimble, and flowing. We have all seen or experienced anxious leaders or leaders who are checked out. Neither extreme is effective. Be both attentive and at ease to be your best.

Now that we are in the off-season, you can take these lessons into your leadership or your day to day life. Following the principles of lateral learning, you will improve you skiing this summer too!

By Roger Henderson

Level 3 Ski Instructor – Professional Ski Instructors of America

Executive Coach – Guiding leaders to be present and naturally achieve surprising sustainable results

Henderson Personal Coaching – Boulder, Colorado – USA

www.hendersoncoaching.com

hender.coach@outlook.com

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The Best Skiers of all Time

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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

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

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.

Franz Klammer

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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Marcel Hirscher

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.

Ingemar Stenmark

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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Lindsey Vonn

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.

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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

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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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