Off Piste Improvers : Meribel
11-18 Jan 2020 (Sat-Sat)£TBD
Working with Marmalade Ski School, our Alpine partner in Les Trois Vallees, this week is perfect for skiers who are happy skiing easy gradient off piste terrain, variable snow conditions, icy slopes and easy bumps but are looking to gain mileage and the confidence to get further from the pistes and enjoy the powder. We will take advantage of Marmalade's local knowledge to seek out fresh snow for you so you can gain the skills and confidence to truly enjoy skiing off piste.

If you have wider off piste focused or touring skis please bring them along. Backpacks with avalanche rescue equipment will be required every day. If you have your own equipment please bring it along, if not we will issue you with a backpack, shovel, probe and transceiver.

Should weather conditions not allow for off piste skiing we will do technical skills development that will help improve your off-piste skiing. The course includes training on how to use avalanche rescue equipment and discussions on avalanche safety during coffee breaks. When out in the mountains we will point out avalanche prone areas and give you some knowledge and understanding on how to read snow pack conditions to give you some knowledge of mountain craft.

This holiday is suitable for level 8 and higher skiers with at least a weeks experience skiing moderate off-piste slopes (blue - red) confidently and comfortably. Able to link multiple turns in light, above boot height, powder snow on a uniform base. May struggle to link turns in poor lighting or variable snow conditions. Able to manage easy untracked terrain and chalky snow without obstacles. Has the fitness to ski off piste for a few hours and can get up unassisted after a fall in deep snow.
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Price

Accommodation package: £TBD
Club coaching fee: £459
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 6 nights, chalet staff have 1 night off)
• Hire of avalanche safety equipment
• 4 full-day & 1 half day coaching sessions
• Mini bus transfer to slopes
What isn't included
• Flights
• Insurance
• Lift pass
• Lunch
• Hire of ski equipment
Price supplements and additional costs
Single occupancy supplement +50%
Single room occupancy is available but a price supplement of +50% will be charged. 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 €291
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.

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
We have negotiated great rates with our preferred rental shop if you need to hire ski equipment. Contact Ski Hame directly for prices as they vary depending on the level of ski equipment you require.

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 4 all-day and 1 half day of coaching sessions during the course. You will have a day off to free ski or relax. We don't have a fixed schedule as this course is very weather and condition dependent but will strive to get as much time in off piste terrain as possible but your safety is our first priority so we may be on piste but will search out more difficult terrain.

This holiday is suitable for level 8 and higher skiers with at least a weeks experience skiing moderate off-piste slopes (blue - red) confidently and comfortably. Able to link multiple turns in light, above boot height, powder snow on a uniform base. May struggle to link turns in poor lighting or variable snow conditions. Able to manage easy untracked terrain and chalky snow without obstacles. Has the fitness to ski off piste for a few hours and can get up unassisted after a fall in deep snow.

Group size will be typically six and no more than eight per coach. Our guest coach for this holiday is 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. Scott Pleva from Inside Out will be in attendance and help with organising the day, taking photos and video while ensuring the holiday goes smoothly.

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.
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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 14 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.