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Archive for November, 2009

The new Winter season 2009/10

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

As the start of the new season fast approaches, the Ski Magic UK office is preparing to move out to France. Our staff, both new and some  old hands are all packing up their skis and boards to move on over to La Tania ready to embark on their training for the coming Winter season.

The weather is turning colder and heavy snow is forecast over the coming weekend.

Lifts open in Courchevel 1850 and Meribel on 5th December and in Courchevel 1650, 1550, Le Praz and La Tania on 12th December. Our first guests arrive in La Tania on 12th December to enjoy the quiet pistes and to take advantage of the reduced price lift passes and cheap accommodation on offer for this week. Why not join them if you want to escape all the pre-Christmas hype? We still have some limited availability for this week.

Culture in Courchevel

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Courchevel Tourism’s head of marketing and promotion, Veronique Beulz, announced this week that Courchevel will host a Dali exhibition this winter.  She said “People will come to see the amazing sculptures and that Courchevel will host a number of events this winter including polo tournaments, an ice skating gala and firework displays and competitions from countries around the world. Dates of events will follow in future blogs.

New Family park for this season

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

A new family park under the Verdons gondola in Courchevel 1850 is being created for this season.  The Plantrey Snow Park is being moved to the Dunes and Canyons area between Verdons and Renards pistes and is to create a larger entertainment area for both skiers and boarders which is highly visible from the gondola.  The project is to be completed over several seasons but will include hoops, boarder, jumps, the Avalanche Park plus lots more.

Prices in Courchevel have fallen by 11% this year.

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

According to Sarah Munro, head of Travel Services for the Post Office, “Prices in Courchevel, in the Trois Vallees area of the French Alps, have fallen by 11% this year despite the strong euro, making it one of just two resorts to show a fall in prices.”

“French ski resorts have responded well to the pressures imposed by the strong euro by slashing prices, and Courchevel now rates as one of the cheapest eurozone ski destinations as a direct result.”

Skiers and boarders these days are looking for “value for money”.   Considering that the Three Valleys is one of the World’s largest and best ski areas as it is so varied, extensive and snow sure and with the price reductions must surely rate amongst the top skiing destinations this season.  La Tania, located in the Courchevel valley offers many holidays at cheaper prices that it’s neighbour, Courchevel, and yet still accesses the same ski area.

First tracks Combe des Pylones, Courchevel, 11th November 2009

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

How about this for first tracks?  Photo taken on Combe des Pylones, off Saulire at 11am on 11th November 2009.  Clear blue skies, half a metre of powder and no-one on the mountain-Heaven! It’s looking good now for the start of the season.  Why not book for week beginning 12th December and enjoy quiet pistes such as these and catered chalets at self catered prices? See our special offer page. Photo courtesy of Vincent www.les3vallees.com and www.latania.co.uk

Stay sun safe on the slopes this year

Monday, November 9th, 2009

When hitting the slopes this winter how much thought will be given to sun safety?  This winter throngs of beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders will flock to the slopes in search of adrenalin, thrills and fun in the snow.  Whilst the dangers of skiing and boarding are well documented; often the dangers of UV radiation on the slopes are overlooked.  The risk of sunburn and skin damage from UV radiation is much greater in the Alpine regions despite it being cold. UV radiation cannot be seen or felt and up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds so visitors are being warned to take at least as much care of your skin a skiing/boarding holiday as you would on a summer vacation.

UV radiation levels are more intense at higher altitudes than at sea level because the air is cleaner and there is less air to filter the harmful UV rays.  UV levels increase 10-12% for every 1000m of elevation therefore the higher skiers and boarders go, the greater their risk of sunburn.

Snow is highly reflective-on a clear sunny day, clean fresh powder can reflect as much as 85% of UV radiation.  This means that not only does the UV radiation reach you directly from above, but also indirectly from below by being reflected. Keen skiers will be exposed to these rays  6-7 hours per day in their search for the ultimate run or perfection of technique.

So make sure that you Stay safe in the sun by making sure that you follow the simple pointers below.

  • Cover up-Most ski clothing is designed to cover most of your body and keep you warm, but don’t forget the bits which are not covered.  Cover your head with a beanie, balaclava or helmet with flaps to cover your ears.
  • UV levels are highest between 11am and 3pm so remember to take a break and go indoors or in the shade.
  • Generously apply SPF15+ (UVA and UVB) water resistant sun cream to all exposed areas.  Remember to apply sun cream under your chin, under the tip of your nose and behind your ears due to the reflective nature of the sun.
  • Wear a SPF15+ or zinc based lip balm
  • Reapply sun cream every 2 hours and do not burn
  • Wear goggles or sunglasses which protect your eyes from at least 95% of UV light
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated

Mini lift pass for La Tania for beginners

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

We have heard a rumout that SP3 may announce that they are to launch a “mini pass” for La Tania for beginners to be able to use the Tania gondola instead of having to buy a full Courchevel valley lift pass if they want to ski down the green or blue run into La Tania.  Prices are still to be confirmed but should be significantly cheaper than having to buy a Courchevel pass.  Currently one trip on the gondola costs 6 euros.

It’s snowing in La Tania

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

It looks as if Winter has finally arrived in La Tania today, November 2nd,  as it is snowing and the temperature is 5 degrees.  It is forecast to snow on and off for the next few days.  Fingers crossed it carries on for the next few weeks!