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Three Valleys, France
The World's Largest Lift Linked Snow Sports Area!

FEBRUARY VACATION 2010
February 12-20

Members Price $1,295
Flights from Boston • Transfers • Hotel • Breakfasts • Dinners

  • Round trip flights from Boston (Others possible)
    • Depart Friday evening, February 12th.
    • Return: Depart on Saturday February 20th.
    • Arrive into Boston on Saturday evening February 20th. (same day)
  • Motor coach transfers to/from airport (France) / hotel
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  • Hotel Lodging at the Hotel Altis Val Vert in Brides Les Bains
    • Daily breakfast & dinner included
    • Video of the hotel (hit play)
    • Age 11 or under, with two adults, deduct $320
    • Satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, safe and free Wi-Fi
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  • Full - Golf Hotel Upgrade
    • Daily breakfast & dinner included
    • WiFi, Satellite television, Direct-dial telephone, Safe, Jacuzzi & Sauna
    • Age 11 or under, with two adults, deduct $530
    • Single supplement availible
    • Super hotel with great reviews!
  • Both hotels are in a great location within 150 meters of the high speed gondolas
  • Full - Optional Lyon trip extension $395 (LA Times article)
  • Club and resort Après Ski events including tastings
  • Long sleeve trip t-shirt, luggage tags, group escort & more!
  • Price based on double occupancy standard rooms
  • Airline taxes & surcharges additional
  • Trip insurance available and strongly recommended
  • A deposit and club membership required to reserve your spot

This is the lift map (No trails on the map, just lifts)! Select for larger version.
Google Earth

Why the Three Valleys?
Three Valleys France - The Worlds Largest Ski Area
The warmly welcoming village of Brides-les-Bains is situated at the base of the French Alps’ famous Three Valleys (Courchevel, Val Thorens and Meribel), the world's biggest snow sports area. High speed gondolas bring you directly to Méribel, the heart of Les Trois Vallées. There is a lot to do in Brides les Bains, many not only enjoy the snow sports and nature, but also enjoy Brides les Bains because it is regarded as the number one slimming centre and SPA in France! Brides-Les-Bains has retained its ambience and has plenty of bars and restaurants as well as a casino and two nightclubs. The resort has an amazing health club with solarium, sauna, spa bath, gym, whirlpool and Turkish bath. Other activities in the area include: Cross-country skiing, husky dog sledging, walking & hiking trails, paragliding, ice-skating, tobogganing, swimming, bowling and a lot more!
 
Non-Skiers/Snowboarders can purchase a pedestrian pass which enables access to the hiking trails, walks, villages and slope side restaurants using many of the gondolas. Here is a web page with information from Meribel and Courchevel 1650. There is a lot to see and this is highly recommended as a great way to explore the Three Valleys.
 
The Three Valleys area is very big, ski/ride from village to village! The “Trois Vallees” area is recognized as the biggest and best-linked ski/snowboard area in the world. With 600 kms of pistes (373 miles of runs), 200 of the most modern lifts available (Killington has 32 lifts), and tens of thousands of acres of off-piste terrain, it's sure to wear out even the heartiest, as it offers unlimited skiing an boarding for all levels in snow-sure terrain. There is more skiing and riding in this area than all the resorts of Colorado, Utah, and California combined! Snow Country magazine published that the six largest ski areas in the United States could fit inside Les Trois Vallées. That means that Killington, Vail, Heavenly, Steamboat, Squaw Valley and Park City could all fit inside the space covered by Les Trois Vallées with almost 10,000 acres left over! The expanse is breathtaking, the scenery is spectacular and the overall skiing and snowboarding is unmatched.

Check out the stats: 200 lifts, 260,000 skiers transported hourly, 1,500 snow cannons, 2,500 Hectares of groomed runs, 320 Ski patrollers, 70 groomers and 1,500 Ski instructors. 50% easy runs (green and blue) and 50% advanced runs (red and black), with virtually an unlimited amount of off piste, so something for everyone.
 
Restaurants:
For many, one of the best features of the three valleys are the restaurants! There are a great variety of restaurants, from inexpensive pizza and "take-a-ways" to high end Michelin star gourmet French restaurants. Lunch options include packing lunch and having a slope side picnic (nice), eating a sandwich on the fly in one of the gondola rides as you push for the maximum vertical, to eating a long lunch at one of the many gourmet restaurants. Slope side gastronomic/gourmet restaurants include: L'Oxalys, Val Thorens, La Bouitte, St Martin de Belleville, Le Bateau Ivre, Courchevel, Le Chabichou, Courchevel and Le Farçon, La Tania. They are amazing and expensive, so bring your appetite and your wallet!
Here are three different restaurants we enjoyed lunch at on previous trips:
  • Hotel Allodis Restaurant Meribel (Slope side - ski in/out) gastronomic/gourmet restaurant, beautifully prepared and presented French food.
  • Le Bel Air - 1650 top of Ariondez, Chic-er than average, savoie menu, fabulous views, great for a long lunch, but you must make a reservation! I believe it is possible to get to both of these restaurants with the pedestrian pass (none ski/snowboard pass).
  • La Casserole - Above 1650, bottom of Signal Chair. Large sunny terrace, great salads, omelets, pasta dishes and reasonably priced savoie fare.

 
Agenda: - More details soon.
  • Ski/Ride to the summits
  • Ski/Ride Meribel, Courchevel & Val Thorens (different days!)
  • Daily Hiking/Non-Ski Excursions (for our non-skiers)
  • Night in Brides-les-Bains (pub crawl & night club!)
  • Night in Meribel & Courchevel (Transportation/bus/taxi additional)
  • We are investigating visiting another large French resort
  • The Three Valleys Escapade - 27+ different lifts, more than 12,000 meters or 42,000 feet of vertical. This is an Everest and a half. You are eligible to receive a certificate & badge if you achieve this over the week (small fee). Some of our crazy members are going to try and do this in one day!
  • Many, many more options!
 
Après Ski:
    Monday
    Welcome to Brides with mulled wine and soft drink for children.
    Introduction to resort activities (After-ski and resort’s nightlife) on a giant screen.
    Tuesday
    Rock N'Grolle - Air Guitar Rock Contest
    Tasting: Charcuterie
    Karaoke, 9.30 pm Jack Pub Casino
    Wednesday
    Traditional Market Day with tastings, hand-made articles and regional specialties.
    Kids day games & tournaments
    Tasting: roudoudous
    Thursday
    "Miss Ragga Moon Boots" Ragganamix and music hip hop in link with snowpark vibration and atmosphere. (We have no idea what this is!)
    Ice Cube Dance Party
    Tasting: Savoyarde candies/sweets
    Friday
    Video & photo contest
 
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