Learning the Slopes: How to Get into Skiing for Beginners

How to get into skiing for beginners

 

While some of us are seasoned veterans and love skiing with a passion, there are some out there who haven’t even been on a slope!

For those who fit into that category, you’ve come to the right place.

It can be daunting to jump into any activity for the first time. Questions such as “is skiing hard” or “is skiing dangerous” are common concerns for newcomers.

Don’t fret – we have a few tips for the first time skiers out there. There are ways to get yourself prepared and to make the whole experience a lot less taxing.

Here’s a guide on how to get into skiing for beginners:

Hit the Slopes Closer to Home!

Your first time skiing needn’t be on an actual mountain slope. It can actually be much closer to home!

There are places emulating actual ski slopes where you can get a feel for the actual activity, which we think would be the best place to ski for beginners – it’s comfortable, close to home, and others there are likely in the same boat.

There are artificial (also referred to as “dry”) and real slopes; dry slopes are made of either Dendex or Snowflex (Snowflex being more user-friendly) while real slopes use snow cannons and low temperatures to create snow covered environments.

Our advice would be to try either one of these and get you into a skiing groove. Real snow slopes obviously closer resemble the mountainside, but dry slopes are just as useful.

Learn to Ski

If you’re going on a ski trip with a group of experienced skiers, it’s easy to think you can just follow what they’re doing. They are experienced, after all.

Rethink this immediately.

While your friends and family may be experienced, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they’ll be able to teach you how to ski in a way best suited for you.

It’s not the job of your friends and family to teach of you how to ski – they can stop whenever they want (due to frustration or a misguided view towards how well you’re doing) and they won’t necessarily take everything you need into account.

Instead, your skiing 101 should come from a professional ski instructor. A ski instructor will have a tighter guideline in place on what he or she should be teaching you. They’ll go over the ski basics and work to gradually refine your overall ski technique in a manner best suiting you.

This environment will be the best place to learn to ski, as opposed to your friends who may give you a few loose skiing tips every now and then.

On your first ski lesson, let your instructor know of any doubts you have about skiing or your own ability. A good instructor will be able to address any worries you have and cater their lesson plans to fit your needs.

Doing this for a period of time before you attempt the real thing can work wonders for both your confidence and your abilities.

Get Your Body Ready

In a similar fashion to undergoing professional tuition, getting your body physically ready is one of the more underrated skiing tips for beginners.

We don’t tend to physically prepare our bodies before we go on holiday, so it’s understandable why many wouldn’t even consider it. However, getting your body prepared, especially for first time skiers, can put you in great stead for your trip.

In order to maintain proper ski form (which is important) you’re going to need a strong core, as well as train other muscle groups (such as arm and leg areas) to maintain your strength as you ski.

Keeping your knees bent and your core engaged for an extended period of time can be exhausting for an untrained body. The last thing you want on a holiday is to wake up one morning unable to get out of bed because your entire body is aching.

Getting ski body ready with a few easy exercises can make all the difference.

Don’t Buy, Rent!

So far, we’ve outlined some areas to consider as preparation before you embark on your trip.

So what about when you’re actually there?

You may be prepared in advance, but the actual thing could be a different experience entirely. One mistake you could make would be to buy all new skiing equipment to “get yourself in the mood”.

We would counter that sentiment by saying no amount of new gear will affect your actual opinion of the sport itself. You could own all the skiing equipment in the world and still not warm to the activity.

In fact, buying brand new gear may add even more pressure.

Instead, renting your equipment will put you in a better position. You’ll feel less pressure to like the activity, and if (for some strange reason) you don’t enjoy skiing, you won’t have to hold onto your gear (and your regret).

Ski Resorts for Beginners

In the same vein as the previous advice, as a first-time skier, picking a resort can be an overwhelming factor. Or, as a first time skier, you may think every resort is pretty much is the same.

This isn’t the case.

Some resorts are more snow sure at certain times in the year than others, and some host a range of other activities outside of skiing.

Some of the best ski resorts for beginners are those in the latter category – they provide more than just skiing. Meribel, for example, offers a range of activities, spanning from water sports to hiking routes to scenic flights overlooking the beautiful Alpine views.

Having other activities available can help keep your trip diverse and interesting. If you don’t get into the groove of skiing straight away, there’ll be other activities to keep yourself occupied before you go back and try again.

Also, these resorts offer more than just activities – you’ll also find ways to let loose and unwind after what may be an extremely active day. Whether it’s the swimming pool, the Jacuzzi, or the often rowdy après-ski, there are plenty of ways to recharge before you go back and hit the slopes again.

Do it All in Luxury

Diving deeper into this idea of relaxation and recharging, staying in the right accommodation can also help ease your nerves and keep you feeling relaxed throughout.

Some resorts, such as Meribel and Courchevel, play host to some extraordinary luxury chalets. These chalets are catered (if you so choose), kitted with amenities (such as wine cellars, saunas and game rooms) and the interiors are just as stunning as the Alps surrounding them.

Retreating back to a beautiful, private chalet at the end of the day may not make you a better skier, but it can definitely help rejuvenate your spirits and keep them lifted.

At the end of the day, you’re on a holiday doing something you’ve never done before. Keeping yourself occupied and relaxed throughout is all you can ask for.

Embrace Your Inner Skier!

With these key ideas in mind, embrace the confident skier within you and get started on your new adventure!

Grab some lessons, rent your equipment, find a resort, and book yourself a stay in a luxury chalet.

All in all, have fun skiing!

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Why You Should Visit a Luxury Chalet this Summer

Why You Should Visit a Luxury Chalet this Summer

 

The summertime brings with it sunshine, beautiful sights and uplifted spirits.

Nowhere are these feelings more enhanced than in the French Alps. The Alpine scenery is extraordinary and the atmosphere is calm and peaceful.

The Alps are also home to some stunning luxury chalets. There’s a multitude of reasons to visit during the summer outside the normal luxury ski holidays. Whether you’re planning a get away with some friends or looking for some alone time, these chalets have a lot to offer.

Unconvinced? Here are a few reasons why you should visit a luxury chalet this summer.

Clear Your Head

Daily life can be stressful enough as it is. With all the continuous distractions and responsibilities, it’s easy to feel hard like you’ll never meet deadlines.

A quick escape to the mountains may be what you need.

Instead of trying to work around your current lifestyle (especially if it doesn’t seem to be working) it may be fruitful to change your surroundings entirely.

Locking yourself in your own private chalet (in the Alps of all places) will cut you off from all the noise and distractions holding you back. Instead, the calm and serenity of the Alps will help clear your head and keep you relaxed, in turn allowing you to hone in and focus only on what needs to be done.

The chalets are also catered (if you so choose), so no need to worry about mealtime preparation. Instead, use those times to take a little break from your work by stepping outside and taking in the beauty of your surroundings.

You may get even get inspired to go in a completely new creative direction.

Pamper Yourself

Staying on the theme of stress and escaping, chalets aren’t just geared for the solo traveller.

If you and your friends are looking for a relaxing get away, and are in need of some pampering, a luxury chalet is an ideal choice.

Chalets in Meribel, for example, are equipped with massage rooms, saunas and swimming pools, alongside entertainment facilities such as game rooms, cinemas and a complimentary bar.

Oh, and the wine cellar…

So whether you’re going for a hen night, or looking for the ultimate spa retreat, your own private ski chalet will strike the right balance between fun and relaxation.

Boost Your Company Spirit!

Corporate holidays are extremely beneficial for employees, and in turn for the business itself. Rewarding employees and boosting their morale with a holiday can improve productivity, as well as increase loyalty for the company.

Luxury chalets are ideal for corporate holidays in a number of ways.

Compared to a hotel, a chalet is a far more intimate setting, encouraging relationship building and teamwork while still enjoying the benefits of luxury accommodation.

As with the solo traveller who struggles to manage their time amidst the distractions of daily life, a corporate outing could benefit the company in a similar way.

Taking the employees out of their typical work environment and into the calm and serenity of the Alps can spark new creative ideas, as well as help them relax and interact better with each other.

Reconnect with Nature

Some of us love the continuous flow of urban life, while some of us yearn to unplug and reconnect with nature.

Maybe you belong in the latter category, but you’re not looking to completely rough it out (by camping, for example). At the same time, a hotel isn’t necessarily private enough or as close to nature as you’d like it to be.

In that case, a private luxury chalet is the perfect middle ground.

The Alps itself is an ideal location for any nature enthusiast, especially during the summer. Indulge yourself by embarking on one of the many hiking trails the mountains have to offer, or literally embrace the mountain by going rock climbing.

You can think of your retreat into the higher altitudes of the Alps as a way of leaving everything as far as possible behind you. The chalet provides the privacy, and all the amenities give you everything you need to help you relax after an eventful day outside.

So, whether you desire a relaxing retreat or an active appreciation of the natural world, a luxury chalet is a great choice for those looking to appreciate nature a little more.

Do Any of These Fit You?

If any of the above reasons satisfy a need of yours, you know what you need to do this summer.

Whether you need to clear your mind to clear your schedule, go and get pampered with some friends, boost your company’s spirits or simply reconnect with nature, a luxury chalet in the Alps is your best choice of action.

So book yourself a luxury chalet, meet your deadlines, boost your morale and, most importantly, take it easy and enjoy!

 

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What’s the Best Hiking Gear for Your Trip?

Man with hiking gear looking out over water and mountains.

Hiking is an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone. You can clock in some physical exercise whilst seeing some spectacular sights along the way. Knowing what the best hiking gear to take with you will only enhance your experience.

The French Alps are perfect for summer hiking endeavours, combining varied and exciting trails with the gorgeous Alpine views. Meribel in particular is stunningly beautiful during the summer, making it a great destination for hiking.

Alps or no Alps, it’s important to know what your particular hike will entail, so you know what things to take on a day hike and what to take for a longer trip.

So without further ado, here’s our guide to help you compile the best hiking gear for your trip:

The Hiking Essentials List

We’ll begin with what we consider to be the “hiking essentials”. These main items are essential on any hiking trip, and will come in useful regardless of weather or seasonal conditions.

Hiking Boots

Hiking can be taxing on your entire body, but it’s your feet in particular taking most of the impact. Equip yourself with the best hiking boots possible and you’ll be in a far better position.

A great set of hiking boots will strike the balance between tough material and a comfortable fitting. Swaying too far in one direction (tough and uncomfortable, or extremely comfortable but weak) can become an issue. Meribel in summer is a beautiful place to explore – you don’t want this ruined by inappropriate footwear!

So, for long hikes especially, you’ll need a pair of boots that’ll endure and won’t deteriorate easily. There’s been a shift in the industry towards achieving strength by using lighter materials (to ensure comfort).

Also, make sure they’re waterproof. You’ll notice a theme when it comes to hiking wear.

Backpacks

A backpack is essential for obvious reasons: you need something to put all your belongings in.

Capacity, durability and comfort are key areas to consider when choosing your backpack.

Capacity: Your backpack needs to be able to hold your hiking gear comfortably, without becoming stretched for space.

Durability: Your backpack needs to be able to endure the length of your hike, and not be prone to falling apart from weight and continuous use.

Comfort: You need to be comfortable carrying your backpack when it’s completely full.

Like with hiking boots, there are different backpacks for different hikes. Whether your hike requires ultralight gear or something more substantial and comfort based, make sure you find one best catered to your trip.

Satellite Phone

An often underrated piece of equipment, a satellite phone is an absolute hiking essential. Going beyond the normal phone signal reach, a satellite phone uses (you guessed it) satellites to help you communicate when you’re off the grid.

If you’re careful and plan in advance, you minimise your chances of anything going wrong. However, things can always happen (hiking or not) that we don’t foresee.

When it comes to hiking and potentially going off grid for a period of time, a satellite phone will keep you connected to emergency services and SOS responses.

No matter how short or “easy” the hike is, it’s worth bringing one of these along with you. It’s always better to be safe!

Offline / Paper Map

As we said earlier, being careful and planning ahead will always come in useful.

A map is essential whenever you go hiking. Your phone is probably equipped with multiple navigation apps. Make sure they have offline functionalities, so you can access your routes when there’s a lack of WiFi.

But don’t just rely on your phone’s navigation apps. Phone batteries die out, portable chargers stop working, WiFi becomes sparse, the list goes on…

The technology is extremely useful, don’t get us wrong. That’s why we recommended the satellite phone!

However, it does have certain limitations, so bring the old fashioned physical map with you as a smart plan B.

Just don’t expect it to start giving out directions!

Medical Kit

Whether going solo or in a group, a medical kit is just as important as a satellite phone for going off grid.

A first aid kit with the essential items can be difficult to compile, with some people over-preparing and others taking nothing at all. You still want to pack light, but don’t underrate the importance of certain medical equipment.

Do some research on building yourself a first aid kit for your trip, and balance it with the rest of your packing.

 

Hiking Clothes

Group of hikers outdoors with hiking gear and their dog.

Now that we have the essentials sorted, your hiking outfit is next on the agenda (minus the hiking boots, which we’ve explained above).

It’s important to go through each part of the outfit and make sure it’s a good fit for your trip. Factors such as weather and the length and difficulty of the hike should be kept in mind when making your purchases.

For example, avoid cotton materials as they retain moisture and don’t easily dry out, which isn’t ideal for hiking.

Hiking Socks + Sock Liners

Starting from the bottom up, a good pair of socks made from wool or silk will keep your feet warm and comfortable. Those two materials in particular are also good for wicking, meaning they’ll draw moisture away as you start to sweat and/or if it rains.

Wearing a pair of thinner socks underneath the thicker pair also helps to prevent blisters.

Keep a few things in mind when purchasing your hiking socks:

Size – too big and your feet will start to chafe, too tight and the circulation to your feet will be cut off
Wicking – how good are the socks at drawing away moisture?
Material – as explained before, the material is important depending on your hike and what you’re using the sock for (lining, outer layer, etc.)

Gaiters

Gaiters strap over your hiking boots and help keep your legs and feet dry from rain or watery terrain.

There are two main types:

  • High Cut Gaiters – cover up to the top of your calf and offer the most protection, but are more expensive as a result.
  • Low Cut Gaiters – fit at the ankle, and provide protection against dirt and stones and anything else small that could hinder your comfort.

Which one you choose is dependent on your hike. Certain gaiters are also compatible with certain types of hiking boots, so make sure the pair you buy are a universal fit.

Convertible Trousers

Hiking trousers are designed to withstand nature, and to keep you comfortable while withstanding said nature.

Your jeans and chinos or whatever else you wear on a daily basis, are not.

We’d recommend walking trousers with a zip, which allows them to convert into shorts. Perfect when there’s a chance of high temperatures, of if you’ve just been walking for an incredibly long time.

Underwear

People don’t tend to mention underwear when it comes to the ideal hiking outfit. Instead, its omission is seen as a way of saving money.

We think it’s an extremely important aspect to consider. Considering that it’s in direct contact with your skin, it’s a key factor when it comes to comfort.

As with the best hiking boots, the best underwear is dependent upon the materials used and its ability to cope with the activity.

Merino wool or other synthetic materials (such as nylon or polyester) is ideal for comfort and moisture wicking. Flatlock seams also have the edge over normal seams, which tend to rub against your skin repeatedly and cause chaffing.

If your hike spans over a few days, then durability is key. Antimicrobial underwear will stay fresh even after several days of use, which means you can pack less weight (be aware that the antimicrobial quality of the underwear isn’t permanent, and will eventually wash out).

A room with someone holding a guide, and hiking gear including a map and a backpack on the floor.

Base Layer Top

A base layer shirt is the first layer of your upper body hiking wear.

The base layer will fit close to your skin and draw away moisture, alongside keeping your core warm.

Regardless of temperature, keeping moisture away from your core is extremely important.

In cold weather, keeping water close to your skin means losing essential body heat, which is a very bad idea. When it’s hot, drawing away sweat and letting it evaporate will also draw excess heat away as well.

Mid Layer

This goes over the base layer, and would usually be a fleece or similar type of walking jumper.

While the base layer helps with maintaining moisture, the mid layer provides the warmth.

Wearing this straight as your base layer, however, can cause friction and discomfort because the fitting isn’t as tight to the skin; hence why having a base layer is important.

Dependent on your hiking conditions, you can wear one or more mid layers.

Shell Layer

The shell layer is the final layer worn over the base and mid layers. This layer helps protect you from whatever nature intends to throw at you.

A hard shell layer, such as a rain coat, is a good form of protection against the elements. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as picking up a rain coat and being done for the day.

Due to the makeup of hard shell layers, there’s a fine balance to be struck between breathability and water resistance. In other words, the two don’t necessarily co-exist as easily as we’d like them to.

The more breathable a rain coat is, the less waterproof it’s likely to be, and the same vice versa. While there are ways of creating a good balance between the two, such as better materials or using water repellent coatings, it’s worth making sure that a good balance is struck between the two before making your purchase.

Hat and Visor

These pieces of hiking gear are also underrated but important.

A hat will protect you if the weather is cold and rainfall is likely by keeping your head warm and dry. If the sun is blazing down, it’ll protect your head from sunburn.

However, a visor is a handy alternative to your hat in very hot weather. Not only will it protect your eyes from the sunlight, but it allows sweat to evaporate off your head, making you feel cooler.

Gloves

If you’re hiking in cold weather conditions, keeping your hands warm is paramount.

As with your upper body, layering your gloves is useful when preserving warmth and protecting against rain at the same time. Wear a fleece liner glove to keep your hands warm, and a rain resistant layer over the top.

Sandals

While it may seem weird to mention sandals after putting hiking boots in our essentials list, sandals built especially for hiking can come in extremely useful.

If your hike is gentler and the weather conditions are more tropical, specially designed hiking sandals will help your feet keep cool and comfortable.

Another reason for its inclusion is for longer, multi-layered hiking trips. There will be times when wearing hiking boots won’t be necessary (in your downtime, or on easier non-hiking days) and a good pair of sandals will help your feet breathe and relax.

Hiking Accessories

Alongside clothing, there are a variety of accessories on offer to aid your trip. These aren’t necessarily essential, but can definitely come in extremely useful (dependent on the type of trek you’re undertaking).

Whether it’s regular admin items such as sun cream, insect repellent or toilet paper, or more particular items such as trekking poles and GPS watches, there’s a variety of walking gadgets and accessories available.

Here’s a list of items we would recommend:

  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Purifiers
  • Headlamp (+backup)
  • Slow burning calorie food
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun Cream
  • Binoculars
  • Toilet Paper
  • Flexible Tripod
  • Portable Charger

Again, it’s all dependent on what your particular hike requires, so create your own catered hiking checklist and take what you think you’ll need.

Best Hiking Gear for Women

Woman hiker looking over mountain tops.

The hiking industry has shifted more towards unisex gear and not just male-oriented clothing that women could also use.

There isn’t much that differs between the overall categories listed above when it comes to each sex – the shapes and fittings may differ, but there isn’t a category specific for one particular sex.

So while there are definitely hiking clothes for women, there are also specific items exclusive to women hikers.

Most online hiking stores will have a women’s section to browse for women-specific items. Below we’ve broken down the main women exclusive items:

Warmer Sleeping Bags (+ Air Pads)

Sleeping bags are extremely important for lengthy hikes. While you may think of a sleeping bag being inherently unisex, there’s actually an important difference between how men and women use it.

Women have different body thermodynamics in contrast to men. They tend to have a cooler body temperature. This subtle but important detail comes into play when it comes to sleeping outdoors during the night.

As a result, a woman’s sleeping bag tends to have more insulation and a higher temperature rating, accounting for their cooler sleeping temperature. The sleeping bag is also altered to account for a woman’s general body shape in contrast to men’s.

In turn, a woman’s sleeping pad (to help maintain comfort instead of sleeping directly on the ground) is also better insulated against the colder ground temperature.

Backpacks

Women-specific backpacks are shaped differently to men’s: shorter torso lengths, and differently shaped shoulder straps and hip belts to cater to their body shape.

While a backpack can technically be considered a unisex item also, some women find the catered backpacks to fit more comfortably.

In general, like with all pieces of clothing, choose a backpack suiting your individual body shape, regardless of whether it’s marketed as a men’s or women’s backpack.

Footwear

As with the backpacks, women’s footwear tends to be shaped differently.

While it’s important to figure what shoe fits you best regardless of its gender attachment, it may be worth looking at women’s specific shoes, especially if you’re having trouble with the typical hiking boots on offer.

Women-specific footwear is narrower at the heel and wide at the toes, and tends to be lighter in comparison to men’s.

While some conditions may call for heavier footwear (such as thick snow), lighter footwear is just as suitable for hiking.

Hygiene

Women have different needs when it comes to hygiene in comparison to men, and this has been accounted for when it comes to hiking.

As with the hiking clothes we discussed earlier, cottons are a big “no”, and underwear shouldn’t be underrated when assembling your hiking wear. There are women’s briefs available that are breathable, quick-drying and antimicrobial (meaning they stay fresh for longer).

Also available are urination and period maintenance products.

In terms of urinating (which will happen often due to the higher water intake), there are products in the same vein as the GoGirl, which helps women when it comes to less than ideal toilet situations (a hiking trip definitely being one of those).

Period maintenance products, such as Diva Cups, are suitable for your nature adventure and are long lasting (they can be worn for up to 12 hours), which should alleviate any issues in (again) less than ideal situations.

Let’s Hit the Trail

So, now you’re all set and ready to embark upon your hiking trip, no matter what it throws at you.

If you’re a first time hiker or an experienced veteran, the French Alps is an excellent walking destination.

Whether you like to rough it outdoors on a single day or on a multi-trip hike, reward yourself at the end of your journey with a stay at Meribel or Courchevel. Part of the Three Valleys in the Alps, both places offer incredible Alpine views and beautiful luxury chalets.

Book yourself a stay at your own private chalet as a finale to your hike, and feel rewarded as you look out over the incredible views on offer.

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Getting in Slope-Shape: Summer Ski Workout Plan

summer ski workout plan

While most are getting beach body ready, we’re getting ski body ready.

It’s never too early to prepare yourself for the slopes!

Ski training exercises will improve your performance on the pistes, making you the envy of everyone around you. So, if you’ve got a competitive streak, don’t underestimate the importance of ski exercises!

To help you get in shape, here’s our summer ski workout plan.

 

How to Get Fit for Skiing

Looking to improve your technique? Want to smash your own targets? Some pre-skiing exercises wouldn’t go amiss.

Getting fit is one of the best ways to look like a pro on the slopes!

Not sure how it’s done? Here’s a day-by-day ski season workout to be repeated in the weeks running up to your holiday:

 

Day One- Legs

Your legs will take a battering on the slopes! So, if you’re trying to get fit for skiing, focus a lot of attention on your legs.

Particularly if you plan to go off-piste, you’ll want to ensure your muscles are properly trained, as the terrain is much tougher. Here’s a rough guide:

10-20-minute cardio warm-up
25 lunges per leg – x4
20 squats – x3
20 sumo squats – x3
1-minute wall sit

With exercises such as squats, it’s important to make sure your posture is correct. You don’t want to be tucked in too far, or leaning back too much. Bad habits will lead to bad posture on the pistes!

 

Day Two – Cardio

Skiing might be fun, but it’s a workout at the same time! Avoid having your day cut short early by tired or aching muscles by keeping your fitness up.

Try to do between half an hour and an hour of cardio. This can be any type you prefer, but cycling is said to be the best, as it trains the same muscles you’ll use for skiing.

 

Day Three – Core

Your core is another important area you’ll want to prepare for the slopes! A strong core means better posture and control while skiing. Get ski body ready with these exercises:

10-20-minute cardio warm-up
20 push ups x3
30 second plank x3
20 sit ups x3
10 bench-dips

 

Day Four – Cardio

Day four is very similar to day two! But, your choice of exercise doesn’t have to be the same.

If you fancy a change, pick whichever form of cardio suits you best!

 

Day Five – Legs/Core

Now it’s time to combine legs with core!

Pick your favourite exercises from above and repeat three or four times each. Feel free to mix and match!

 

Day Six – Cardio

Your legs and core will be sore from the day before, so stick to cardio for the day.

Try to do between 30-60-minutes.

 

Day Seven – Rest

Everyone deserves a day off, even when the slopes are involved!

Repeat this ski workout plan as many times as you like. We recommend doing it for at least 4-6 weeks before your holiday.

But, the more you do it, the better the results! These are simply some easy skiing exercises to do at home, you can do them as often as you like.

 

The Best Exercises to Prepare for Skiing

If sticking to a plan doesn’t work for you, why not do things your own way?

The main areas to target are your legs and core. These are the hardest working muscles on the slopes!

Here are the best exercises for skiing:

Lunges
Squats
Wall sits
Cycling
Squat jumps
Planks

Truthfully, any exercise is good exercise. So, if you have a preferred form of cardio or you find squats difficult, stick to what you can do.

They are many ways to improve your performance. Find what works for you!

 

How to Get in Shape for Skiing

Good at other sports? Tap into your abilities!

If you’re a snowboarder, going surfing over summer is a great way to prevent yourself going rusty. The posture and technique needed is good practice for the slopes.

Or, why not practice on an indoor slope? No matter your ability, an indoor slope is a great way to improve your technique all year round.

Itching to get back on the slopes? Make your holiday an unforgettable one by staying in one of the most luxurious chalets on offer in the Three Valleys. Check our availability today!

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What to Expect from a Summer Holiday in the Three Valleys

What to Expect from a Summer Holiday in the Three Valleys

High-altitude holidays aren’t just for winter!

When you imagine the Three Valleys, most people conjure up images of a skier’s haven. But, the world’s largest linked ski area has a lot to offer in summer also.

After the snow gives way to warmer weather, the Three Valleys transform, revealing a completely new experience and many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

But, what’s a mountainous trip like in the warmer months? Here’s what to expect from a summer holiday in the Three Valleys.

It’s an Adventure Playground

While it’s true that the Three Valleys were built for skiers, this doesn’t mean there’s no other outdoor pursuits on offer. In fact, regardless of the time of year, the region is a haven for sports’-lovers. This is just one reason why the Three Valleys shines during summer!

From pedal-pushers to keen hikers, the Three Valleys is the perfect natural playground for those who love the great outdoors. There are a whole host of exciting summer activities on offer! is This includes all the popular, well-known sports, such as hiking, cycling, swimming and white-water sports.

Heading to high altitudes isn’t only for winter! The Three Valleys’ is home to many glaciers and summits just waiting to be discovered. In summer, you can really take advantage of these.

Here are some of the activities to do and places to explore you may not have heard of:

Via Ferrata

Love heights?

We’ve all heard of rock-climbing. But, not many have heard of via ferrata.

So, for those who don’t know, via ferrata is a form of rock climbing. Many people prefer it, as it requires less equipment, while still retaining the thrills and excitement of normal rock climbing. Explore the mountains without being laden with ropes!

Three via ferrata routes can be found in the Three Valleys, with one of the most popular being in Courchevel 1650.

The route is marked out by rungs and railings embedded into the mountain, allowing you to discover otherwise impossible ridges and cliffs. See the Alps as you’ve never seen them before!

The Vanoise National Park

Passing through many famous ski resorts, such as Méribel and Courchevel, the Vanoise National Park was created to protect the region’s natural richness and rare wildlife.

This makes it the perfect place to explore! If you’re a keen hiker, the Vanoise massif boasts around 20 glaciers and 107 summits over 3,000 metres high.

Alternatively, for those seeking a more relaxing experience, taking a leisurely stroll around the park, or one of its many lakes, is an unforgettable experience. You’ll have the chance to spot some rare wildlife, admire the stunning scenery, or stop for a picnic!

Méribel TreeTop Adventure Park

Méribel in summer has a lot to offer. But, many people haven’t yet discovered its adventure park.

Heading to Méribel’s exciting adventure park is a fun-filled, action-packed day for all the family. There’s courses to suit all members of the family, regardless of age.

You’ll have the chance to safely explore the tree tops of Méribel as you make your way across a range of courses of varying difficulty.

Many assume that winter is the best time to be in the Three Valleys. But, after the snow melts, many hidden gems are uncovered, such as this adventure park!

There’s Plenty to Do Off the Mountains

If you don’t fancy exploring the mountains, or you need a break from activities, you might be wondering what there is to do in the towns.

You’d be forgiven for thinking there won’t be anything happening in the Three Valleys in summer. But, you’d be wrong. There may not be the non-stop, round the clock après-ski found in the winter months, however, there’s still plenty to do.

From wine-tasting to sampling the delicious range of French delicacies, you’ll find plenty of events happening in the Three Valleys during summer. Fishing competitions, music festivals, cycling tours… the list of things to do is endless!

Plus, shopping in the Three Valleys is great all year round. Whether you’re looking for designer clothes, great food or sports gear, you’re sure to find it.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ll find a number of gourmet restaurants all over the area. Many of these have bars attached, or nearby, for you to let your hair down in until the early hours!

The Prices Will Tumble

If you’re heading to the Three Valleys this summer, expect to be met with low prices. There’s nothing more welcoming than tumbling prices!

Everything will be cheaper, from flights to accommodation. What’s not to like?

The Resorts are Much Quieter

If the cheap prices weren’t enough, take advantage of the lack of crowds!

Expect to find your favourite resorts much emptier, while still retaining the friendly, infectious atmosphere the Three Valleys is famous for.

Everyone wants to avoid crowds when on holiday, therefore heading to the Alps in summer will see you greeted with unobscured landscapes and quiet trails that are perfect for exploration.

The Views are Breath-Taking

No matter what time of year it is, gazing over the French Alps is an unforgettable experience.

But, if you’ve seen the snow-capped peaks of the mountains before, prepare for a completely different view in summer.

The summer season uncovers a new face of the Alps! Admire the endless, winding green trails against a backdrop of a blue sky.

Plus, the sunsets are unmissable!

It’s a Relaxing Retreat

Holidays are all about relaxation! Even if you take to the Alps for a fun-filled a holiday of exploration and adventure, you’ll leave feeling refreshed.

Something about the relaxed atmosphere is infectious!

The Three Valleys have all the ingredients needed for a perfect holiday! The Alpine scenery coupled with the laid-back pace are the recipe for a refreshing break.

As you can see, there are many reasons to head to the Three Valleys when the temperature rises. It’s not just a winter holiday destination! So, if you’re tempted to spend summer in the Three Valleys, check the availability of our luxury Méribel chalets today. Make your trip an unforgettable one!

 

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What’s Happening in Courchevel and Méribel this Summer?

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After the snow melts, the Three Valleys takes on a new charm.

Famous for being one of the most famous skiing and snowboarding spots, not to mention the world’s largest linked ski area, the Three Valleys is a popular winter holiday destination. But what about summer?

The Alps are a great place for a holiday regardless of the time of year.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what’s going on in Courchevel and Méribel this summer.

 

Fete de la Musique, 21st June, Méribel

The Fete de la Musique is an annual event celebrated all over France on the 21st June. It will also be arriving to Méribel!

While its name suggests that the event is solely a music festival, it is in fact much more than that.

Complete with a variety of music, from classical to pop, food stalls and family-friendly activities, the Fete de la Musique is an exciting event that should not be missed!

Make sure you add this one to your summer calendar!

 

Horse Fair, 7th July, Courchevel

The Three Valleys is the place to be in summer to take part in some exciting outdoor activities. Courchevel is no exception!

This year, on 7th July, Courchevel will be home to the Horse Fair. The event celebrates all things equestrian!

Particularly well-suited to children, the event will feature bouncy castles, horse riding lessons and pony rentals. It’s sure to be an action-packed day for the whole family!

While the day is centred around horses, there’s plenty of other activities on offer also. You won’t be short of things to do!

 

Three Valleys Addict Tour, 7th-8th July, Various Towns

Is there a better way to celebrate summer than with a giant playground for cyclists? The Three Valleys Addict Tour doesn’t seem to think so!

As the temperature rises, the Three Valleys transform. As the area is no longer a place for keen skiers to attack the pistes, sports-lovers’ take to their wheels.

There’s no better backdrop to cycle against than the Alps! Home to many winding trails of varying difficulty, the Three Valleys is the perfect place for cyclists to explore.

Whether you’re an expert, or just getting your balance on two wheels, the tour welcomes all abilities! So, if your taste for adrenaline is unsatisfied in the summer months, why not put your skills to the test?

 

Fireworks & Village Dance, 13th July, Courchevel

Festivities don’t finish when the sun goes away!

In fact, in Courchevel on the 13th July, quite the opposite happens.

The night sky gets brought to life with an exciting firework display on the lakeside. Afterwards, a dance takes place in the village from 11pm.

While the event goes on until late, kids and adults alike can enjoy the celebrations!

 

Bastille Day, 14th July, Méribel

Bastille Day is one of the biggest events in the French calendar! The festivities take place all over France, so it’s no surprise that it’s celebrated in Méribel.

The event quite literally starts with a bang, as fireworks are always a central part of the celebrations.

Méribel’s residents and visitors alike throw themselves into the celebrations, and Bastille Day is always surrounded by a real feeling of community spirit.

The event is steeped in history, commemorating the storming of Bastille on the 14th July 1789. Today, this history is not forgotten, but used to bring France together for a day of festivities.

 

Coupe de France de VTT Trial, 14th-15th July, Méribel

Cycling is popular sport that takes place in the French Alps! Summer in Méribel welcomes a biking competition known as the Coupe de France de VTT Trial.

The resort is famed for its snowy slopes that have made it one of the most popular skiing destinations in the Alps. But, this doesn’t mean winter sports are all that’s on offer!

Even after the snow disappears, Méribel’s taste for adventure remains.

Thanks to the challenging terrain and stunning scenery, it’s easy to see why the sport is so popular with those visiting the Alps.

 

Red Bull 400, 21st July, Courchevel

If you need more proof that the Three Valleys’ is an annual retreat for sports’-lovers and adrenaline junkies, Red Bull 400 will be returning to Courchevel on 21st July.

400m might not sound too challenging, but this distance needs to be travelled at a steep incline! So, participants need both speed and endurance.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Put it to the test!

 

La Madelon Fair, 21st-22nd July, Courchevel

Village fairs are synonymous with summer!

Complete with stalls, a craft market and a funfair, Courchevel’s La Madelon Fair is one you don’t want to miss! There’s something for people of all ages to do, plus a lively and infectious atmosphere.

From crafts’ exhibitions to wood workshops, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do first!

 

Plum KV, 4th August, Courchevel

Courchevel doesn’t allow its challenging terrain to go to waste in the summer months!

Starting at Courchevel Le Praz, Plum KV is a 5km race complete with a 1000m vertical drop. Suitable for amateurs and experts, the race is sure to put all participants through their paces.

Starting at 7pm, those who take part will be grateful of the cooler temperature. But, this doesn’t mean it will be easy!

 

Festival Baroque de Tarentaise, 4th August, Courchevel

The Festival Baroque de Tarentaise celebrates the music of 17th century England. While baroque music isn’t famed for its popularity among a modern audience, this event makes it appealing to all.

Complete with actors, live music and dramatic performances, this festival is undeniably entertaining. Why not educate your taste in music?

 

Fishing Contest, 5th August, Courchevel

Love fishing? Why not try and win prizes for your abilities?

Fishing is an entertaining and family-friendly summer activity, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by organisers of the Fishing Contest in Courchevel.

Taking place on the lake of Courchevel Le Praz, this event is a great chance to get competitive for those who fancy a low-intensity sport!

 

Méribel Trail, 11th-12th August, Méribel

Take advantage of Méribel’s breath-taking scenery and winding paths during the Méribel Trail!

The event features two days of running competitions and awards at the end. Méribel is home to some of the best views in the Three Valleys, which make the perfect backdrop for a race.

The Méribel Trail welcomes runners of all abilities, thanks to the variety of terrain in the resort. From 2.5km to 45km, there’s something for everyone!

If running isn’t your sport of choice, why not cheer along the participants? There’s bound to be an infectious atmosphere you don’t want to miss!

 

Tour de l’Avenir, 23rd August, Meribel

Dedicated to young cyclists between the ages of 19-22, the Tour de l’Avenir is an international cycling race.

In summer, the Alps become home to many different cycling events, and the Tour de l’Avenir is just one of them. It’s easy to see why they’re so popular, with a stunning backdrop and terrain that suits all abilities.

The race makes a stop in Méribel, where spectators can cheer the racers as they go by. It’s up to you to create an atmosphere that encourages the participants to keep going!

So, if you love watching sports, or want to see the Alps transform into a cyclist’s haven, make sure you don’t miss this event.

 

Since the Alps aren’t just for winter, neither are our luxury chalets! If you’re heading to the Three Valleys this summer, make sure you make your holiday an unforgettable one. Check the summer availability of our luxury chalets in Méribel here.

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End of Season Ski Maintenance: A How-to Guide

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If you love your skis, you need to know how to look after them properly.

Anyone who owns their own equipment knows that ski maintenance goes hand in hand with getting the most out of the slopes.

Looking after your skis is particularly important at the end of the season!

Before putting away your skis for the year, there are a few maintenance steps to remember. If you’re not sure how it’s done, here’s our how-to guide.

How to Look After Your Skis

There’s an art to taking care of your skis!

While it can sound like a mundane task, it will see you performing better on the slopes next season.

Not sure how it’s done? Here’s a handy guide:

Clean All Equipment Thoroughly

Before taking any other action, ensure all equipment is clean and dry.

Skis can be washed using a cloth, but for more stubborn dirt, try using a hose. Ensure you’ve left them out to dry overnight!

How to Tune Skis

What is ski tuning?

Ski tuning another way of saying ‘sharpening’.

It’s as simple as that!

If you’re keen to improve your performance on the slopes, don’t skip the ski tuning process.  The Three Valleys is home to some exhilarating ski runs, so for those who want to make the most of them, ensure your skis have been sharpened.

It’s possible to sharpen skis at home! Here’s how it’s done:

Use ski securing vices to make the process easier
To remove dents from the edges with a gummy stone, as leaving them over summer can cause long-term damage to your skis
Avoid going back and forth, instead, go from one end to the other in a smooth motion
When it comes to the sides of your skis, masking tape is useful for preventing dust from getting in to the bindings
Using the gummy stone at an angle can help you get a better finish!

For the best results, do this as often as possible!

How to Wax Skis

Waxing skis is another necessary part of the end of season maintenance process.

For those who want to go faster on the pistes, this step is an important one. You can wax your skis as often as you like, but it’s particularly important at the end of the season!

White ‘scratches’ on your skis are clear signs that you need to wax them. While the process requires some ski waxing tools, it’s easy enough to do at home. Here’s how:

Remove old ski wax, using a ski wax brush
Apply a new layer of ski wax. Hold a piece of wax to the iron, letting it drip onto the base. Use more than may seem necessary, as your skis aren’t going to be used for a long time! They will absorb the wax over time
Iron the wax. Keep the iron moving, avoiding going back and forth as with ski tuning
Let your skis rest for two hours

The Benefits of Taking Care of Your Skis

Ski maintenance has many benefits.

Tuning and waxing your skis help give you a greater speed and the ability to tackle hard-packed snow. So, particularly if you’re a fan of going off-piste, make sure maintain your skis regularly.

But, more importantly, maintaining your skis makes you safer for others around you. The process gives you more control, making falls less likely and stopping much easier.

If this wasn’t enough, ski maintenance also helps your skis last longer! Taking care of them properly is essential for ensuring their longevity.

So, if you want to become a better skier, don’t forget to look after your equipment. The process will seem worth it when you’re performing better on the slopes!

Looking After Your Ski Boots

Ski boots are often a forgotten part of the ski maintenance process. But, it’s important to look after them also!

Before storing them away, ensure they are clean and dry. Also, make sure you close all bindings. If not, they can be more difficult to close next time you want to wear them.

Ski Storage Tips

When it comes to storing skis, there are a few important tips to remember:

Close all bindings
Put them together base to base
Cover them with a cloth or ski bag

Even when the snow melts and you’ve packed away your skis for the year, the Three Valleys has a lot to offer. In fact, it makes the perfect summer holiday destination, boasting a range of exciting activities and a family-friendly atmosphere. Tempted? Find out more about Méribel in summer here.

 

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What’s Happening in Méribel this April?

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Heading to Méribel’s slopes this month?

You might be wondering what will keep you entertained once you’ve finished skiing for the day.

Méribel will be finishing the ski season in style! From fantastic après-ski events to fine dining experiences, April is an exciting time to be in one of France’s most well-loved resorts.

Here’s what’s happening in Méribel this April.

 

3 Valleys Charity Day (11th April)

Fancy raising money for a good cause while having fun?

With activities that include live music, face-painting and a BBQ – the entire family will be entertained here!

Méribel is proud to host this annual event, so make sure you don’t miss out!

 

Piste de L’Himalaya by Night (12th and 19th April)

A night luge, marshmallows and hot chocolate – the Piste de L’Himalaya by Night is an unforgettable event. Adults and children alike can participate!

In Méribel, the slopes don’t have to close at night! No matter your age, you’re bound to be entertained by this event.

It’s your last chance to enjoy this event before the ski season is over! Is there a better way to make the most of the slopes while you can?

 

Zen Altitude Week (Until 13th April)

With the ski season winding down, Méribel will host a series of events to help you unwind.

There’s something for all the family here! From snowshoeing to Nordic walking, ‘Zen Altitude’ offers a variety of events every day. You’ll find something that the whole family can enjoy!

Make the end of the ski season an unforgettable one!

 

The Final Après at Jack’s Bar & Evolution (18th April)

If you’re looking to end the ski season with a bang, head to Jack’s Bar or Evolution on the 18th April.

These two legendary bars combine to ensure this ski season is the most memorable one yet!

Complete with special guests, local bands and two bars – you don’t want to be left out!

 

Evolution’s End of Winter Party (20th April)

Say goodbye to the ski season properly!

Evolution’s final party of the season is sure to be an unmissable event. You’re sure to make plenty of great memories to carry you over until the slopes reopen!

 

Après-Ski at Jack’s Bar (Every Tuesday)

Jack’s Bar is one of Méribel’s most famous bars, and a hugely popular choice for those looking to unwind after a day on the slopes.

Complete with a delicious menu and a vast selection of cocktails, Jack’s Bar is the perfect après-ski destination.

From homemade pizza to live music, you’re sure to find something to entertain you here!

 

Take-Over Tuesdays at O’Sullivans (Every Tuesday)

Renowned for its exciting events, O’Sullivans is a well-loved bar in Méribel.

If you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it at O’Sullivans! As it gets darker, the bar opens up to an underground club that stays open until 4am. Well-known DJs can often be found there, which only adds to the bar’s popularity.

For any party lovers – this one’s for you!

 

Street Market (Every Tuesday and Friday)

Fancy browsing and sampling some delicious local produce?

Méribel hosts a street market every Tuesday and Friday, on the Route de la Montee, between La Chaudanne and the town centre.

Here you can stock up on everything from charcuterie to cheese!

 

Thursday Après at Lodge du Village (Every Thursday)

Something about having to wait another year until heading back to the slopes means that at the end of the season, the après-ski is at its best!

If you want to put this theory to the test, head to the Lodge du Village, one of Méribel’s most popular bars, on a Thursday evening.

Celebrate the end of the ski season with a bang!

 

Mountain Mover Takeover, O’Sullivans (Every Thursday)

If Tuesdays weren’t enough, head to O’Sullivans on a Thursday night.

This bar is a staple when it comes to nightlife in Méribel. So, it won’t let you down if you’re fix for partying is still unsatisfied!

 

Après-Ski at the Ronnie (Every Day)

At the end of the ski season, you’ll find the après-ski only gets better!

With a regular line-up of some great musicians who perform every day, the Ronnie is the place to be when you’ve finished your day on the slopes.

With the ski season winding down, people are keener to let their hair down at the end of the day. This atmosphere is infectious!

 

Sunday Roast at Evolution (Every Sunday)

Fancy a more relaxing event? Head to Evolution bar on a Sunday afternoon. This bar is renowned for its mouth-watering menu!

If you enjoy a traditional Sunday roast, you won’t be disappointed here!

 

Now you know what’s happening in Méribel this April, you just need to choose your accommodation. Make your trip an unforgettable one by staying in a luxury ski chalet. Check our availability and book today!

 

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What’s Happening in Courchevel this April?

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With the ski season coming to a close, Courchevel has seized this opportunity as an excuse to celebrate in style.

Nestled in the heart of the Three Valleys, Courchevel is one of France’s best-loved ski resorts.

The resort is staying open until the third week of April this year, giving you plenty of time to take advantage of its great slopes. But what about off the slopes?

You’d be forgiven for thinking there won’t be much happening in April in Courchevel. But, in fact, the reality is quite the opposite.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what’s happening in Courchevel this April.

 

Digital Detox (1st-15th April)

Need some encouragement to help you put down your phone?

Everyone could benefit from a little detox from their screens. Luckily, Courchevel is making this easier with a series of events to help you disconnect.

Including yoga, nature walks and meditation – this digital detox is the perfect excuse to take some time for yourself.

If you love to relax, this event is for you!

 

Human Curling (5th April)

In an effort to put an entertaining spin on curling, Courchevel will be home to a ‘Human Curling’ event.

Taking place on Le Forum ice rink, the game is guaranteed to be fun for all the family, and a great way to unwind after a day on the pistes.

It’s sure to be a refreshing change from the slopes!

 

Dance on Ice (8th April)

The Winter Olympics might be over, but there’s still the chance to watch some figure skating!

The French figure skating team will be showcasing their talent on the 8th April. So, if your fix for Winter Olympic events is still unsatisfied, be sure not to miss out!

This stunning event will take place in the indoor ice skating rink in the heart of Courchevel 1850.

It’s for one day only – but’s sure to be an unforgettable display!

 

La Tania Charity Family Fete (9th April)

Fancy a fun-filled day complete with plenty of activities for all the family? You’re in luck!

With everything from bouncy castles to tombola, you’ll find something to keep every member of the family entertained.

It’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of the ski season!

 

Blue Monkey Concert (12th April)

Love music? Make sure you don’t miss the Blue Monkey Concert taking place in Courchevel village on 12th April.

If you’re a lover of vintage songs, you’re in luck. However, there’s still plenty of modern pop songs also. It’s the best of both worlds!

 

Moriond Racing/ Flood Racing (Every Tuesday and Thursday)

If you’ve got a competitive streak, this event is for you!

If you’re taste for adrenaline still isn’t satisfied after a day on the slopes, put your driving skills to the test!

Alternatively, try tobogganing at night. See the pistes as you’ve never seen them before!

 

Chamallow Party (17th April)

From 4pm onwards, head to the Place du Tremplin for a party around the camp fire!

It’s fun for all the family and a great way to mark the end of the ski season!

 

Live Music at Bar Joe (Every Day)

Love to let your hair down after a day on the slopes? Head to Bar Joe, one of Courchevel’s most popular places for après-ski.

There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the ski season!

 

If you can’t wait to enjoy Courchevel both on and off the slopes, you just need to decide where you’re staying. Check the availability of our luxury chalets in Courchevel and book your stay today. Make your holiday an unforgettable one!

 

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What’s on in Courchevel this March?

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Lucky enough to be heading to Courchevel this month for some spring skiing? You’ll find plenty to do even when you’re off the slopes.

We might be nearing the end of the ski season, but this doesn’t mean Courchevel is winding down. In fact, it means quite the opposite. This infamous resort will close the season in style!

Here’s what’s on in Courchevel this March.

 

Millet Ski Touring Competition (14th and 21st March)

Fancy trying some ski touring?

Amateurs and professionals alike put their skills to the test every Wednesday evening with the Millet Ski Touring Competition.

The finale of this event will be on the 21st, where a share of €8000 worth of prize money can be won.

If you think you’re up to the challenge, just don’t forget a head torch!

 

Comedy Night at Le Montana Hotel (15th March)

What’s the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes? Watching live comedy!

‘Taking the Piste’ will be at Le Montana Hotel on the 15th March.

Don’t miss out on a night of non-stop laughter!

 

Festival Ski et Toiles (15th – 17th March)

If you have a joint love for skiing and cinema, this film festival is for you.

For three whole days, as the slopes close, the films begin.

With a range of screenings to please all cinematic tastes, you won’t be disappointed by the selection.

Another bonus? It’s free!

 

Guided Tour of ‘L’Art au Sommet’ Exhibition (15th, 22nd and 29th March)

Combine your love of skiing with your love of art at the ‘L’Art au Sommet’ Exhibition.

Not only is the tour free of charge, but it’s a chance to admire some of the best graffiti and street art in the world.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see something new!

 

Guided Tour of Courchevel Le Praz (22nd March)

Fancy seeing a different side of Courchevel? Take the free guided tour around Courchevel Le Praz.

You’ll get the chance to see the church, the lakeside, and experience the way of life in the village from the Middle Ages to the present day.

 

Derby du Roc Merlet (31st March)

Fancy having a go at some light-hearted racing?

With the Derby du Roc Merlet, there’s only one rule: first to the bottom wins!

Complete with an after party at the Funky Fox, this event is the perfect way to let your hair down. No one takes it too seriously, which only adds to the fun.

 

Easter Festivities (31st March)

Easter is the perfect time to be on the slopes! Skiing in the sun is an unforgettable experience, and the slopes are quieter than in the winter months.

Not only that, but Courchevel will also be hosting plenty of Easter celebrations. From egg hunts in the snow to parties, there’s something to entertain every member of the family!

 

Night Luge (Every Tuesday and Thursday)

Every Tuesday and Thursday night, take on the floodlit night luge track at Courchevel 1650.

Experience the slopes in a completely different way!

It’s fun for all the family that carries on even when the day comes to a close.

Plus, no one will blame you for getting a little competitive.

 

Verdons By Night (Every Wednesday)

Fancy having a go at night skiing? You’re in luck!

Every Wednesday, head over to Courchevel 1850 for a taste of the slopes after dark.

With music and floodlit pistes, this one is a must-try for anyone who’s fill of skiing is still unsatisfied at the end of the day.

 

Torchlight Descent (Every Friday)

Every Friday evening, the slopes of Courchevel 1850 host a torchlight descent. You’ll enjoy a sumptuous meal of fondue and wine at Le Pilatus restaurant, before skiing down the mountain with a burning torch.

A First Tracks ski school instructor will be by your side to ensure your safety!

If you can ski on a blue or green slope, you’ll be welcome here.

If you’ve ever wanted to see the slopes at night, this one’s for you. It’s an exciting après-ski event with a twist!

 

So, now you know what’s happening in Courchevel this month, you need to work out where you’re staying. Make your holiday unforgettable by staying in one of the most luxurious chalets in the Three Valleys. Find your luxury chalet here.

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