Best Upcoming Winter Events in Meribel This Season
There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are beginning to fall, this means one thing: Winter is coming. And once again the 3 Valleys is open for business, welcoming people from all over the globe for another magical winter holiday. Meribel is known for its top of the range skiing, amazing nightlife, 5-star food and accommodation, but it also hosts an array of fun winter events for everyone visiting! We’re here to help you add the best upcoming winter events in Meribel into your calendar to maximise your holiday.
Piste de L’Himalaya by Night – Fortnightly
Night sledging, music, hot chocolate and marshmallows! We can’t contain our excitement for this event and luckily, it’s on 2-3 times a month, so you’re guaranteed to not miss out on this one! Bring the whole family and head to the summit of the Yeti Park with the Combes chairlift from 17:30, enjoy the night views of Meribel and sledge down the green Himalaya run.
It’s €10 for the evening or €5 for one go, but best of all it’s free for children under 13 if accompanied by an adult.
New Year’s Eve – 31st December
If you’re heading to Meribel for NYE, you’re guaranteed to head into 2018 in style! When it’s creeping up to midnight, be sure to join the masses of people going to the town centre for the big countdown. A Huge fireworks display and champagne corks will explode into the air at midnight so be sure to mind your heads!
Make sure to plan ahead if you want to go out partying in one of the amazing Meribel bar/clubs, many of them require tickets which will sell out fast! So, make sure you check their websites and social media so you don’t miss out.
Some of the bars to look out for:
• The Rond Point
• O’Sullivans and The Den
• Jacks Bar
• The Doron Pub
• Scotts Bar
• Lodge du Village.
Celebrations for Russian Christmas – 6th January
So, Christmas is over and the January blues are starting to kick in…Not in Meribel. The celebrations don’t stop here, on 6th of January, Meribel throws a big Christmas party for Russia! Start off your evening of partying with complimentary mulled wine and hot chocolate at Chaudanna, along with a torch-lit descent, ESF ski snow and another firework display to enjoy! What’s a party without a DJ? Good job DJ Truck will be providing the best music for you to dance to.
Europa Cup – Skiing Speed Events – 17th till 21st January
So, you get to ski and watch some of the world’s top skiers compete on your Meribel holiday! The skier will be taking on the legendary Roc de Fer piste in Super-G, Combined (Super-G and Slalom) and Downhill.
Here’s a rundown of the daily events:
• Wednesday 17/01: Descent Training
• Thursday 18/01: Descent Training
• Friday 19/01: Descent
• Saturday 20/01: Alpine Combined
• Sunday 21/01: Super G
In case you’re unsure of the events:
Super-G: A mixture of speed and technique, the Super-G lies between downhill and giant slalom. Feeling for the snow at high speeds in order to do the sharper turns with finesse.
Downhill: A blend of high speeds and turns on a medium-to- steep course, making use of the natural contours of the terrain.
Ski Test Tour – 21st till 24th January/9am-5pm
4 days, 820 stores, 1,862 retailers and lots of testing! This ski event gives distributors, retailers and brands a chance to come together in Meribel to test and view the new ski ranges for 2018/19 ski season. Unfortunately, it’s only for professionals but it’s good that we know all the new skiing gear is all ready for our holidays next year!
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Australia Day – 26th January
Here at Meribel, we like to celebrate all cultures! So, throw another shrimp on the barby and get in your fancy dress to celebrate with the Aussies from down under! Expect lots of Australian flags, people drinking fosters and lots of hats with wine corks dangling from them.
MTB Winter Tour – 11th till 16th March
Of course, there’s much more to do in Meribel other than skiing and snowboarding, you can enjoy fat biking every day for 4 days from 9 am till 12 am, starting off at La Chaudanne. This allows you to discover Meribel in a different way and see the beautiful sights and take in the amazing views. Also getting some well-needed exercise to help with all the delicious food you’ve been eating.
Piste Bash Festival 2018 – 12th till 16th March
A festival and skiing combined? That’s what dreams are made of. Coming back for their 5th year, they bring a jam-packed schedule of local talent, regular favourites and huge names to the streets of Meribel. Including an eclectic mix of DJs and comedians. Additionally, the stages will combine open air events in the afternoons and as night creeps in, the acts will move to the Meribel bars and nightclubs for the night revellers.
“Previous years have been a celebration, seeing the likes of Chali 2Na and Krafty kuts proividing the beats, Henning Wehn providing the laughs and the Cuban Brothers providing the sexy underwear” – Piste Bash Festival Facebook
Be sure to check the Piste Bash Festival Facebook for the upcoming lineup and ticket announcements.
3 Vallees Enduro – 1st April
Amateur skiers rejoice! This event is for you. There are tons of fun activities to enjoy, in each of the 3 Valleys resorts, including: Big Air Bag, Freeride, Giant slalom, Moguls, Skicross, Triplette des Belleville, Boardercross, Family Schuss, Adri’Naline and Speed Skiing. Anyone is welcome to join in on the fun, from beginners to pros to families. Take part in groups of threes and see if you can win the host of games! And of course, it wouldn’t be as good without a Savoyard buffet lunch to stick to your teeth into.
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3 Valleys Charity Day – 11th April
Saving the best till last, probably one of the best events in Meribel every year is the 3 Valleys Charity Day. There’s a whole line up of fun, including performances from favourite local bands, a BBQ & other food tents, VIP lounge, outside bars provided by the Ski Lodge and of course, bouncy castles for the kids!
All proceeds go to the Sebastian’s Action Trust in the UK and La Ligue Contre le Cancer in France, an amazing day for an amazing cause.
As you can see, there are events for just about anyone in Meribel, which is why so many people love to return every year with friends or family. Now your events are planned and written in your calendar, it’s time to start arranging your accommodation. Give your trip away the finishing touch with some of the most renowned luxury chalets in the Three Valleys. Find out more and book your luxury Meribel chalet here. Now, you can tick that off your to-do list, relax and get ready for another unforgettable ski holiday!
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What’s new in Courchevel for the 17/18 Ski Season
Courchevel is without doubt one of the most luxurious ski resorts in the world. It’s a firm favourite with skiers all over the globe, and improvements have been made in the off-season to make this world class resort even better. From new ski lifts to more snow cannons, the added touches will benefit everyone’s Courchevel ski holiday and make for yet another remarkable season. Find out what’s new in Courchevel for the 17/18 ski season and start counting down the days to winter!
Brand New Ski Lift
How does less time on ski lifts and more time skiing sound? Well, 22 million euros have been spent this year to replace the old gondola lift, which has been there since 1974. “We strive to protect the area in which we live and work,” said Courchevel’s ski area director Thomas Thor-Jensen. “That means having installations which consume less energy and are less restrictive on the land on which they stand.” Not only has this made the lift system more environmentally friendly, but it will also be faster and more comfortable for passengers. Now you’ll be able to reach the summit in less than 7 minutes!
A 3000M Toboggan Run
This is probably the most exciting new feature coming to Courchevel this winter, and we absolutely cannot wait to give it a try. A car racing themed toboggan run will make its debut, hosting a whole range of surprises. With four tunnels and a 450m vertical descent you’ll really be putting your skills to the test. This run will be open every afternoon and you can even do some night time tobogganing! Get to the very top and race your family and friends down this adrenaline-charged run; a not-to-be-missed experience during your stay in Courchevel. We have a sneaking suspicion this could end up as one of the the most exciting ski runs in the Three Valleys.
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Improved Children’s Area
When you’re on a Courchevel ski holiday it’s the finer details that make your trip truly special. If you’re travelling as a family then you’ll be delighted to hear that a second magic carpet has been installed in the Piou-Piou Club’s Secret Garden, which takes the little ones back to the top after their little ski run. One of the magic carpets isn’t as steep either, so the children who are new to skiing will be able to use this one to progress at their own pace. All of this means you can relax knowing your family is having a great time in Courchevel.
More Snow Cannons
This year is all about being eco-friendly, with the newly installed snow cannons being more efficient and economical than before. There are now 115 new snow cannons in spots around Courchevel, taking the overall total up to 714. This means that over half of Courchevel’s entire ski area can be covered by snow cannons, helping to make those powder days even more special. More snow equals more skiing so news like this is always welcome!
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Cowboys and Indians
The children are spoilt for choice this year in Courchevel, and this year they can even go exploring and discover the Cowboys and Indians area, which has tons of fun activities. You can meet ‘Loup Gris’ (Grey Wolf) in his tipi encampment for archery, face-painting, toasted marshmallows and stories of brave adventurers. On top of this there’s the ski area, with slopes which are ideal for beginners, with gentle, wide pistes and easy access.
Book Your Courchevel Ski Holiday Today
Even regular visitors to Courchevel will have plenty of new things to see this season. And for the first-timer, you’ll never want to leave this luxury ski resort! Desperate to get your holiday booked? Take a look at the availability of our chalets in Courchevel this winter and make your booking before it’s too late!
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What’s New in Méribel for the 17/18 Ski Season
Méribel is without doubt one of the premier ski resorts in the world, and each year it only gets better. During the off-season the experts have been hard at work making sure the Three Valleys retains its position as one of the ultimate skiing destinations, all set for the grand opening on 9th December 2017. There have been changes on and off the pistes to improve comfort and pleasure for skiers, and extra attention has been paid to the finer details which will add value to your Méribel ski holiday. These are the big changes coming to Méribel for the 17/18 ski season.
Improvements to Ski Lifts & Access
The ski lifts are constantly improving in Méribel, and every year they receive upgrades. This season they have replaced the elderly Roc de Tougne draglifts with a new chairlift, which will get visitors up the mountain much quicker. This new lift has a high-speed setting and 6 seats, transporting skiers up to the summit in just three minutes. Even in poor weather conditions, the chairlift will still operate, allowing the link between Méribel and Saint Martin Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens to be open at all times.
Better Facilities for Beginners
If you’re a beginner to skiing, you’ll find it even easier to learn the ropes in Méribel. Two of the green slopes have been re-designed and the Escargot slope in the Tougnète now has an alternative green route just for beginners. Additionally, part of the beginner Blanchot piste above the Altiport has a new path to make the drop easier and less daunting. Meribel is definitely a great location if you’re heading up the mountains for the first time.
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More Fun Areas for Children
A Meribel ski holiday is for everyone, and that includes families. Those of you travelling with children will be happy to hear that they’ve improved the popular ‘Yeti Park’ in Méribel Mottaret. There are now even more fun features, including modules and characters on the 3.4 km Black Forest Mission sled run. They’ve added a zip-wire, toboggans and igloos, and we’re sure there will be at least a few parents who also enjoy this part of the resort this season…
Free WiFi on the Slopes
Some people prefer a digital detox when they’re on a skiing holiday, but obviously when you’re in Méribel the temptation to shout about it can be too much! Now you can tweet, upload your amazing snaps to Instagram and keep in contact with everyone back home whilst on the slopes. All thanks to the extended WiFi spots around the whole resort, which means you’ll spend less time looking for signal and more time making your friends jealous!
More Relaxing Spots
We all need a well-deserved break during a hard day’s worth of skiing, if not to catch our breath then definitely to take in more of the scenery. Well now you can take a seat on some of the newly designed furniture dotted around the resort, including a heart-shaped sofa for all the lovers to enjoy. You’ll also find dragon hammocks on the Pic Bleu and foam benches at la Chaudanne and Altiport. These spots will be joining the existing cabins, where you can charge your phone and get free WiFi.
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More Snow Cannons
Let’s face it, the most important part of any ski resort is the powder, and Méribel has increased its snow making facilities even more this year. The Altiport reservoir has doubled in capacity, which means that over 65% of Méribel Alpina’s ski area now has snow cannons!
New to Alpine Infusion – Chalet Serendipity
This winter we welcome Chalet Serendipity, one of the most luxurious and beautiful chalets in the Three Valleys. Located in a private enclave, Chalet Serendipity’s south-facing aspect provides unrivalled panoramic views across the Méribel Valley, and you can even ski back to the front door. It’s four stories high, has 6 master bedrooms (all with an ensuite), pool, sauna, games area, bar, cinema, massage room, ski room and underground parking. What more could you want from a luxury Meribel ski holiday?
Book Your Méribel Ski Holiday Today
As you can see, Meribel will be better than ever this winter season. Desperate to get your holiday booked? Take a look at the availability of our chalets in Meribel this winter and make your booking before it’s too late.
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Why You Should Go Skiing in Courchevel – What the Experts Say
The biggest ski area in the world, beautiful scenic views, delicious food and perfectly groomed pistes. It’s no wonder why people dream of spending their winter in Courchevel. If you’re looking to spoil yourself this ski season then this area of the French Alps is the ideal location. Courchevel is a ski resort with the perfect setting to spend time with family and friends this winter holiday, or to relax and unwind with some of the best après-ski in Europe. Still not sure? Well, we’ve rounded up some of the best writing from travel experts who tell you exactly what they think about Courchevel.
A Skier’s Paradise
“The snow here is usually some of the best in the whole ski area, and there’s terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert.” – The Telegraph
Besides the luxurious chalets and gourmet restaurants, Courchevel is part of a huge skiing playground which makes it the best place to practice your skills. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional, beginner or even a freestyler, Courchevel will allow you to show off your skiing and give you plenty to discover every day.
“All resort villages are linked by an efficient and frequent free bus service and enjoy pretty woodland settings. From the slopes above there are good views to Mont Blanc and over the valley to Champagny and Bellecôte in the La Plagne ski area.”
“Despite the significant presence of fur-clad ladies with small dogs (also in fur coats) under their arm, Courchevel is family-friendly.” – The Guardian
Courchevel is packed with ski slopes, and it has great starting areas for kids to start sliding down gently. This includes the Village des Enfants, with 5km of gentle child-only pistes. With a wide selection of ski and snowboard schools you’ll never struggle to get some lessons in, making Courchevel a great spot for families to learn to ski together.
“Children as young as 18 months start by sliding on tiny skis in soft supple boots, while over-threes have more formal lessons in the snow playground. The Village also has a chill-out room (with TV) and canteen. And if your little one doesn’t enjoy the experience, you’ll get your money back.”
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Everything You Need
“Extensive, varied slopes – many visitors don’t leave this valley.” – Ski Club
Whether you’re most interested in the skiing, the shopping, or joining in the party when the sun goes down, Courchevel will probably have just what you need. With so many things to see and do you can visit countless times and still discover hidden gems.
“Many of the fast chairlifts have an electro-magnet system that works in conjunction with special bibs to hold children securely onto the chairlifts.”
“Perhaps equally important to those who return year after year is Courchevel’s brag-value – most of your friends are going to be impressed.” – Mountain Passions
Mountain Passions go into detail about the luxurious side of Courchevel, and for good reason. The resort is known to be a celebrity hotspot and with so many designer boutiques and fine-dining restaurants you’ll have more than enough places to treat yourself.
“The reputation has substance, too – everything, from the piste preparation and capable lift system to Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant après-ski and near-limitless bespoke services, has a premium stamp.”
Every Day is a Celebration
“Courchevel is buzzing with excitement from the beginning of the season to the end: Big, popular parties; high-class events, meetings, and moments of sharing; friendliness, exchanges, and new friends.” – france.fr
Sometimes skiing during the day is just not enough, and you want to explore more in this magical luxury resort. Well, luckily for you Courchevel always has something else to offer, whether it’s events, parties or just moments of happiness, the night is sure to be well spent.
“Courchevel organizes events for all: Festivities are organized each winter for the World Cup of Alpine Skiing, Christmas, New Years, and Easter, bringing together thousands of visitors.”
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Test Your Skiing Abilities
“The long sweeping red run Creux is fabulous to hit mid morning once the snow’s had a chance to soften, while the black M piste is often inexplicably deserted.” – Ultimate Ski
With 150km of pistes and 62 lifts there’s always going to be a ski run to give you a challenge in Courchevel. Or take the short trip to one of the connecting valleys to widen your horizons even more.
“The Three Valleys is fully deserving of its top rank among the world’s elite ski areas. This enormous French ski area.”
Book your Courchevel Chalet with Alpine Infusion
Luxury Ski Chalets
Courchevel is a traditional alpine ski resort at the heart of the Three Valleys in France. Over the years it has developed a reputation as a world class ski resort entirely dedicated to all types of winter sports. With 27 green runs, 44 blue runs, 38 red runs and 10 black runs it’s an ideal playground for all levels of skiing and snowboarding, along with endless off-piste opportunities.
Courchevel Winter Prices and Availability
Don’t miss out this ski season, make sure you’ve got your chalet all booked up for the upcoming winter. Check out the availability for our Courchevel chalets and make your booking today.
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Flow State: The Unique Way to Enhance Your Skiing Performance
As if the exceptional scenery, sublime cuisine, and extreme sports weren’t enough to draw you to the French Alps, there’s a lesser-known gem just waiting to be discovered. Its name? Flow. With places like the French Alps, it has been always been known to contain lively ski resorts like Meribel and Courchevel, but what happens when we discover another side to these beautiful mountains and enhance our skiing performance when we achieve our flow state?
Be In The Zone
‘In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does and loses sense of space and time.’
People all over the world can experience it, sometimes only once or twice, others more frequently; it all depends on what you get up to. Heading into the mountains, including the French Alps provides the perfect setting for experiencing flow. When you embark upon an activity, such as skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering and so forth, your mind becomes totally engrossed in what you are doing, mostly out of necessity for one’s safety, but also as a result of the composure of being within the mountains and amongst the rustic landscapes where our minds belong.
Go Beyond Your Boundaries
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990, p. 3)
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychologist who discovered the concept of ‘flow’ explains how the best moments in our lives are those where we push ourselves out of our comfort zone, go beyond our normal boundaries, and do something extraordinary. Instead of spending our days sitting in front of the computer, answering emails and picking up calls. We should take the time to travel somewhere new and try out new challenges like skiing, mountaineering, and snowboarding. It’s highly likely you’ll be surprised at what you discover about yourself, and how much of a hunger you’ll develop for even more adventure.
Flow is a state of mind that leaves no mental capacity for anything other than the moment you are in. There is no room to worry about your office emails, what you fancy eating this evening or even packing your children’s bags to get ready to fly home! Your worries will become non-existent when you achieve the flow. So, experience this moment, cherish it while it lasts!
So, this Winter, drop your phones, tablets, emails and phone calls, and book your accommodation to the French Alps to gain something more than just a new profile picture and some bad tan lines! Discover something within yourself that perhaps has never before been unearthed.
To discover more inspirational travel blogs, head over to Marissa’s Travel blog and stay up-to-date on her amost recent adventures.
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Why You Should Go Skiing in Meribel – What the Experts Say
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.
“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.”
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.”
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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.”
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.”
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.”
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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.”
Book your Meribel Ski Chalet with Alpine Infusion
Luxury Ski Chalets
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 Meribel
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!
“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.
“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.
28th Jun 17 | Views - 0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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