Saturday, 7 July 2012

Video of how things are in the winter..................

We love hearing from guests from a quick "thanks we had a great time" as their car leaves Les Allues to the repeat bookings which are starting to appear in our in-box. We shared a couple of weeks last season with a pair of Australians and although they are now back living the beach lifestyle in Sydney they sent us this video, thanks guys come back soon.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Summer and Meribel is already getting ready for next winter

Fishing and more energetic activities available now in Meribel!

One of the great attractions of being based in Meribel is that every summer season improvements are made to the infrastructure of the resort giving us even more to look forward to each December. Visitors last season will have experienced the Saulire Express 2 which provided super fast access to Courchevel and the opportunity to ski back into Meribel or Mottaret on almost untouched pistes each morning. This summer the Saulire Express 1 lift will be built which includes a new lower lift station. The completed Saulire Express will reach the summit of Saulire in just 12 minutes, compared with a previous journey time of over 20 minutes. The cost of this work alone is in the region of 20 million Euro.

At a cost of just a few million Euros less a new Plattières lift is being built which will replace the existing Plattières 1 and 2 gondolas. This lift will be the first ten-seat gondola in the 3 Vallées. With a journey time of nine minutes, compared with a previous journey time of 22 minutes it all means more time on the slopes for everyone. The existing Plattières 3 Gondola will remain providing a sneaky way to reach Les Menuires or start a zig zag journey into Val Thorens avoiding the often freezing cold Cote Brune chairlift.
There are improvements being made to piste layouts as well which we will post about at another time, there is so much to look forward to. So as construction is taking place on the slopes summer has arrived and there is a buzz around Meribel with a Mountain Bike event which covers the whole of the 3 valley area being held on the 7th and 8th of July. The event covers Meribel Courchevel, la Tania, les Menuires and Brides-les-Bains, this year is the 13th time the event has been held and it gets bigger every year. Of course there is also that other cycling event – The Tour de France which passes through our area soon, see the previous post for more information.