Season Opener, Meribel December 2012 - Massive, Massive Snow!

Season Opener, Meribel 2012 - The best snow to open the season in a decade or more!

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Inside Out Skiing returned to Meribel for our Season Opener for the winter of 2012/13. It turned out to be one of the most memorable weeks, with more snow than most people can remember for this time of year. In fact, the snow conditions would have graced any time of the season, never mind the opening week! With a mix of sunny days and snowy days it turned out to be a wonderful week.

Inside Out coaches Rob and Scott arrived early a day early having been skiing in Tignes the previous week, so took advantage of Meribel's opening day offer of a free lift pass to check out conditions and start to plan for the week's coaching activities. What we found was snow, snow and more snow. In abundant quantities! On and off-piste conditions were simply amazing!

Rob Scott

At the pre-course meeting in our chalet we were able to report amazing conditions, empty pistes, no lift queues and huge smiles all around the resort. It really is a wonderful way to start the winter as opening week is just filled with anticipation! For day 1 of our coaching course everyone was up early and simply raring to go.

Day 1

The snow continued to fall for the first couple of days of the trip, so we had lots of softly cut up powder on piste and some wonderful snow just off to the sides. Visibility was, inevitably, a bit challenging with fairly constant snowfall and low cloud, but Meribel has lots of tree lined runs so we were able to make the most of the weather and enjoy the terrific snow. For some in our coaching groups it was the first opportunity to tackle un-pisted snow so we spent time developing strong linked turns, with good body movements to cope with the variable conditions. For the more experienced in the group it was a chance to raise their performance in deeper snow. Who knew that skiing in early December could be this good?!

snow on trees

Scott offpiste

The weather cleared and got considerably colder by the middle of the week, allowing the links to the rest of the Trois Vallees to open up (previously they had been closed because of high avalanche risks). We traveled further afield, with a lovely day in the Courchevel valley, where it was so cold that the air sparkled and the pistes were uniformly perfect corduroy snow. A day to remember! The attractions of the Val Thorens valley were not lost on us, so we also headed in that direction, finding yet more perfect snow and empty pistes. It also gave some the chance to enjoy the unique charms of La Folie Douce (think outdoor nightclub, on the side of the piste).

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Folie Douce

As with all Inside Out Skiing coaching holidays, the culinary arts are not ignored, so coffee and lunch stops were a good time to recharge the batteries, sample the local cuisine and chat about ski technique (for those who were especially keen).

Coffee Lunch Chat

The end of the week so the snow return once more, although not quite as heavily as the start of the week. It did, however, provide one perfect morning of "powder on piste" skiing around the reds of Mottaret. It really was a perfect end to perfect week! Well done to the team who relished the conditions, improved their skiing and left with the biggest smiles possible!

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For more photos from our Season Opener coaching holiday check out our slideshow of the week.