3,2,1 - 3 Valleys, 2 Peaks, 1 night in a Mountain Refuge : Meribel & Les Trois Vallees
21-28 Mar 2020 (Sat-Sat) £Contact Us
This course will be run by Marmalade Ski School, our Alpine partner in Les Trois Vallees. They will take advantage of their local knowledge to explore the Three Valleys and take you on some classic ski touring routes.

Looking for the best snow and runs in each of the Three Valleys we will be ski touring most days and attempt some classic summits that will take 2-3 hours of skinning to reach. To cap off the week we will arrange for an overnight stay in a mountain refuge after skinning up. 5 full days of coaching with a flexible day off so we have the adjust for adverse weather or tired legs.

This holiday is suitable for level 9 and higher skiers who are confidently able to ski steeper slopes (red+) off-piste in all types of snow including breakable crust and deep snow in areas which may have obstacles. A basic understanding of snow stability, mountain craft, search & rescue techniques and the fundamentals of how to ski safely in mountain terrain. Will probably have some experience of touring. Flat light may not pose too much of a problem for this skier. Has the fitness to ski off piste all day, would be happy to skin uphill for a few hours on terrain that would require kick turns and is able get up unassisted after a fall in deep snow on steep terrain. Please contact us with any questions.

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).

There is a minimum of four to confirm this course so please hit the Book Now button to register your interest.
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Price

Accommodation package: £Contact Us
Club coaching fee: £539 (including refuge accommodation)
What's included
• Transfers to/from Geneva airport
• 7 nights accommodation on a room share basis
• Breakfast and Afternoon Tea
• 3 course dinner with wine (on 5 nights, chalet staff now have 2 nights off due to French Employment laws)
• 5 full-day coaching sessions
• Hire of avalanche safety equipment
• Refuge accommodation for one night
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.

Skiing

Meribel, France (The Three Valleys ski domain)
Around two and a half hours from Geneva Airport, Meribel 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.

Click to download Meribel piste map
Click to download Trois Vallees piste map
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Coaching

The coaching will comprise 5 all-day coaching sessions during the course with a day off at the end or we can take a day off midweek if weather is adverse.

This holiday is suitable for level 9 or higher skiers who are confidently able to ski steeper slopes (red+) off-piste in all types of snow including breakable crust and deep snow in areas which may have obstacles. A basic understanding of snow stability, mountain craft, search & rescue techniques and the fundamentals of how to ski safely in mountain terrain. Will probably have some experience of touring. Flat light may not pose too much of a problem for this skier. Has the fitness to ski off piste all day, would be happy to skin uphill for a few hours on terrain that would require kick turns and is able get up unassisted after a fall in deep snow on steep terrain.

We will seek out classic day tours around the Three Valleys and on one day skin to a mountain refuge and overnight there.

This holiday will is be organised by Derek Chandler from our Alpine partner ski school Marmalade. Derek is the founder of Marmalade 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 for your scrapbook.
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Accommodation

Our accommodation partner for this coaching holiday is Ski Hame, an independent chalet operator that operates a number of chalets in the Trois Vallees. Chalet Grange á Charlotte is a lovely chalet located in the traditional hamlet of Meribel Les Allues. It sleeps up to 15 people in great comfort, featuring seven en-suite bedrooms (all with full size baths except one which has a shower).

It is a very comfortable and spacious chalet, with an open plan lounge/dining area, log fireplace and underfloor heating throughout. There is a TV and DVD player, CD player & iPod docking station. There are hair dryers in every bedroom, and a boot room with full size boot dryer/warmer for comfortable boots every day! There is free wifi internet access throughout the chalet. The highlight of the apres-ski facilities is a full size indoor hot tub.

Meribel Les Allues is a short journey from the centre of Meribel itself. Chalet staff will take you each morning to the main lifts in Meribel by private minibus, where you will met the Inside Out Skiing coaches. At the end of the day we will agree a time and location for collection by the chalet staff, which could be Meribel or Meribel village, allowing for a different venue for apres-ski drinks before being taken back to the chalet. Alternatively the free resort shuttle bus can be used to travel around the Meribel valley.
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Travel

Transfers to the resort
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. Transfer to the resort will be by private minibus service. Please contact complete our booking form or contact Ski Hame to confirm transfer timings before you book your flights. As a rough guide look at flights arriving Geneva airport between 9am and 5pm on arrival day, and scheduled after 9am on departure day. There may be a wait for others on different flights as Ski Hame shares the transfer with other chalet operators and the service is very reliable and well coordinated.
Travel within the resort
The village of Meribel Les Allues is approximately 10 minutes from the main Meribel lift complex. Ski Hame's chalet staff are extremely helpful and use a private minibus to take you to the slopes each day where you will meet the Inside Out Skiing 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 Ski Hame's 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.