Springtime Touring : Meribel & Les Trois Vallees
10-11 Apr 2021 (Sat-Sat) £TDB
Coaching on this course will be provided by Marmalade Ski School, our Alpine partner in Les Trois Vallees by Del Chandler, one of our associate coaches with extensive local knowledge of the Three Valleys ski domain. Our aim is to find some fun and easy off piste routes that are lift assisted and accessible with short uphill ski tours typically under an hour in length. We will introduce you to the basics of ski touring showing you how to use the specialised skis & bindings, applying skins and the use of avalanche safety equipment. If you have done a bit of touring we will show you some more advanced touring skills like kick turns and crampon usage to develop your touring capability.

The course will include on piste skiing to get you familiar with all the gear so we can enjoy the peace and tranquility that easy ski tours can provide. Springtime conditions should allow for skinning each day but if we have adverse weather we will work with you to improve your off piste skillset through drills and exercises on piste. Touring in wintertime can be tough and sometimes makes you feel like a rubbish skier… Skiing in spring makes you feel like a hero!

If you have touring skis and boots great, if not we can arrange for hire at a local shop. Backpacks with avalanche rescue equipment will be required every day. If you have your own please bring it along, if not we will issue you with all the relevant equipment (backpack, shovel, probe and transceiver) free of charge.

This holiday is suitable for level 8 and higher skiers who relate as off-piste Improvers or off-piste Developers who are keen to learn or develop their ski touring skills.
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Piste Map

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Price Details
Accommodation package: £519
Club coaching fee: £469
What's included
• 4 full-day & 1 half day coaching sessions
• Transfers to/from Geneva airport
• 7 nights accommodation on a room share basis
• 6 cooked breakfasts with 1 day self served, Afternoon Tea each day
• 3 course dinner with wine (on 5 nights, chalet staff now have 2 nights off due to French Employment laws)
• Hire of avalanche safety equipment
What isn't included
• Flights
• Insurance
• Lift pass
• Lunch
• Hire of ski touring equipment
Price supplements and additional costs
Single occupancy supplement £279
Single room occupancy is very limited and if you are joining the coaching holiday as a single traveller Ski Hame can co-ordinate room sharing to avoid the single supplement. Please contact Ski Hame for details.

Lift pass €297 (prebooked group rate)
Although we will be based in the Meribel valley we may ski in the other two of the Three valleys on one or more days to take advantage of the terrain. A six day full Three Valleys pass is required for this course and will be delivered to the chalet if you take advantage of our pre booking service. Please contact Ski Hame for details.

Piste rescue insurance (Carre Neige) €2.80 per day
We highly recommend you add the piste rescue insurance offered by the lift company when you buy your lift pass. Please contact Ski Hame if you would like to add this to your lift pass order.

Equipment hire (approximately £180 for the week)
We have two sources for renting ski touring equipment, please let us know if you need touring skis and skins as there is limited availability.
Minimum Numbers
Should the holiday have only one person booked on it we will run the course as an extended private session consisting of three 3 hour mornings, with two people five 3 hour mornings, with three people we will run five half days, and with four or more the scheduled course hours will apply.
Ski Area
Meribel, France is about two and a half hours from Geneva Airport and is at the heart of the Three Valleys, the worlds largest ski area. A scenic town popular with the British, Meribel offers a vast range of skiing for all levels. As it is well linked with its sister resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens you will be able to ski new runs every day during your holiday, and never be bored with the endless terrain available.
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The coaching will comprise 4 full-day and one half day coaching sessions during the course with a day off. This is a typical schedule and is highly dependent on weather and snow conditions and we may need to rearrange as the week progresses.

This week is to get away from the crowds and will have several short tours, if you are less keen on the up and more the down please consider our Off Piste Fundamentals or Off Piste Development holidays.

This holiday is suitable for level 8 and higher skiers who confidently enjoy skiing off piste on steeper slopes (red+) away from pistes and relate as off-piste Improvers or off-piste Developers. Will have several weeks spent skiing off piste terrain and some knowledge of mountain craft. Possibly skied with guides and may have ski toured. Skis confidently and enjoys powder, able to ski with consistent speed and turn shape in all but the most challenging conditions. Able to handle a variety of conditions including lightly crusted and wind affected snow. Has the fitness to ski off piste all day and would be happy to skin uphill on easy gradients for up to an hour at a time and can get up unassisted after a fall in deep snow.

Coaching will be provided by Derek Chandler who is the founder of SkiMarmalade and has over 20 seasons of skiing in Les Trois Vallees and knows the area extremely well. Video review will be minimal as we will be focussing on getting mileage in but we will endeavour to obtain some footage and photographs of you skiing over the course of the week.
Our accommodation partner is TBD
Travel and Transfers
A free transfer to and from Geneva Airport is included in the cost of the coaching holiday. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever flight and departure airport is most convenient for you.
Travel within the resort
Our chalet staff are extremely helpful and use a private minibus to take you to the slopes each day where you will meet your coaches. A time and pickup point is agreed each day for collection after skiing, allowing you the choice of apres-ski venues.

In addition to private service there is also a free resort shuttle bus service to get you anywhere within the Meribel valley and taxis are plentiful if you desire a late night out.
Springtime Touring Taster Video