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Making The Most of Your Time in Courchevel – A Sample Spring Itinerary

A short stay in Courchevel is always fantastic, but ensuring you make the most of your time in this iconic alpine region can be difficult. Right at the heart of the largest ski area in the world and bursting with extraordinary amenities, you could easily spend several months in Courchevel and barely scratch the surface. Which is why it’s a good idea to plan your trip strategically, in accordance with a few tips from the experts. Just to illustrate how

Ultimate Guide to the Best Off-Piste Skiing In the Three Valleys

For some, the perfect ski holiday is all about lapping up the fine things in life in the most opulent luxury chalets Courchevel has to offer. To others however, nothing matters more than blazing as many ambitious trails as possible and chasing fresh powder where few dare to venture. Unsurprisingly, the world’s single largest ski area is packed with more amazing off-piste skiing opportunities than anyone could hope to cram into a dozen lifetimes. As such, it’s a good idea

Marmalade Ski School’s Tip of the Week – Stand on Outside Ski

Hello, we are Marmalade Ski School based in Meribel, France. We are a small team of instructors who simply still love to go skiing for ourselves and are continually striving to improve our own skiing performance and our coaching abilities. None of it is massively new – we are not reinventing the wheel  – but we believe that staying up to date with current skiing technique, which is forever evolving, along with ski design promotes an enthusiasm and motivation that

Take The Frozen Underground To All Your Favourite Ski Resorts: Next Stop Val d’Isère!

Frozen Underground are the creators and producers of the world-wide iconic art snow phenomenon: maps based on the classic London Underground system with a heap of snowy fun thrown in. If you like skiing, snowboarding and all things après-ski, then the Frozen Underground is the greatest imaginary subway ever, for it joins up all your favourite winter resorts. The lines of the Frozen Underground are hauntingly familiar, but yet they have been crafted into mountains complete with trees, cable cars, a skier,

Vallorcine – Chamonix’s Secret Getaway!

We love skiing in Chamonix, but sometimes the crowds and the buses can be frustrating. But only 20 minutes away is Chamonix’s secret getaway – Vallorcine, a traditional and pretty French village that links directly to Le Tour. Our friends at the Bellevue Alpine Lodge – a British owned gite and B&B in Vallorcine – bring us up to date with the skiing in the area: The closest lift to the Bellevue Alpine Lodge is the modern gondola that lifts

Affordable Family Ski Holidays During School Break

As a family, ski trips are likely to be restricted to the school holidays which can mean higher prices and busier slopes. But be flexible on where you ski and you’ll find that affordable holidays and avoiding the crowds are easily achievable. For the best value ski breaks avoid the biggest resorts and opt for lesser-known destinations, such as Åre in Sweden and Trysil in Norway. Take your time when booking and look out for half term ski deals and

How to Avoid Any Winter Holiday Disasters!

Everyone’s had at least one holiday which has turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. Whether it’s because the hotel you booked and which the travel agent assured you would be ready is still waiting for its windows to be fitted, or your neighbours are what you can only describe as the hardest party animals you’ve ever had chance to meet.  Maybe you’ve been skiing and it snowed so much all week that you couldn’t see your hand

Ready for Some Ski Adrenaline? Try Meribel’s Best Off-Piste Runs

Méribel has a lot of very good off-piste to discover, as well as the pistes that the Three Valleys is famous for. We asked Pierre-François Papet, head of Méribel’s ESI Snow Systems ski school, to pick out some of the best off-piste runs for skiers with at least some off-piste experience. *Don’t tackle them without guidance* Some of the best snow is to be found on the north-facing run accessed from the 3 Vallées 2 chair lift at Val-Thorens. Ducking

What Makes a Perfect Winter Holiday

Everyone has different ideas of what makes a fantastic winter ski holiday; whether it’s enough fresh powder on the mountain each morning to lose your skis in, or if it’s a beautiful chalet to return to after a hard day on the slopes, the French Alps offers a wide choice for everyone. Some people love the luxury of ski holidays; opting for a catered chalet with all the add ons, allowing them to relax in sumptuous luxury, whereas others prefer

Why I Love Morzine

I have lived in Morzine for three years and love everything about it.  After having travelled the World and worked in many different resorts, I eventually settled in the Portes du Soleil.  Morzine is so unique as a ski town, unlike most other French resorts.  It is a proper town with people who are resident year round and a very lively summer season as well as a busy winter season.  If you’ve never been here then you’re missing out! Why

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