Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by Brett Hanme » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Please help as i am stuck.  Where can i go?


Thanks Brett

 
 
 

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by LJ » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?
> Please help as i am stuck.  Where can i go?

Well, I would suggest somewhere high.  I usually go to Meribel-Mottaret
in Les Trois Vallees at Christmas.  95/96 was a bit patchy but OK with
some snow falls (and fabulous on 1 Jan), and everywhere was excellent in
96/97 - cold but sunny.

Note that there was only reasonable skiable snow above 1800 m Xmas '95 -
you really needed the height.  That's one of the advantages of a really
big area - there is still a reasonable range when low runs are closed.

LJ

 
 
 

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by Brian McIlwra » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00

: Note that there was only reasonable skiable snow above 1800 m Xmas '95 -
: you really needed the height.  That's one of the advantages of a really
: big area - there is still a reasonable range when low runs are closed.

It also helps to be in the right place!! Xmas '95 I was in Alpe D'Huez and
it (and all the southern resorts) were reported to have far better (but
NOT perfect) snow than the resorts furher north.

 
 
 

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by Raphael Chambero » Sat, 11 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Meribel is quite nice but you have an outstanding place very close to
Meribel (also in Les Trois Vallees) called Val-Thorens. It is the highest
village in Europe with part of the best snow in the world!!
Val-Thorens is connected to Meribel, Courchevel and les Menuires, which is
the biggest ski area in the World!!
If you want to go there and need accomodation, answer this message: you
will not regret it!

Raphael

 
 
 

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by Mike Dunba » Sun, 12 Oct 1997 04:00:00

It is true that Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe with
commensurate snow record.  It is also true that Val Thorens is a hideous
monstrosity of a place which encourages you to ski entirely with your eyes
closed to avoid looking at it.

Quote:

>Meribel is quite nice but you have an outstanding place very close to
>Meribel (also in Les Trois Vallees) called Val-Thorens. It is the highest
>village in Europe with part of the best snow in the world!!
>Val-Thorens is connected to Meribel, Courchevel and les Menuires, which is
>the biggest ski area in the World!!
>If you want to go there and need accomodation, answer this message: you
>will not regret it!

>Raphael

 
 
 

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by Rob Nichols » Sun, 12 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>Meribel (also in Les Trois Vallees) called Val-Thorens. It is the highest
>village in Europe with part of the best snow in the world!!

True but pretty it's a pretty drab place.

Rob.

 
 
 

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by Tom Pee » Mon, 13 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Meribel is quite nice but you have an outstanding place very close to
> Meribel (also in Les Trois Vallees) called Val-Thorens. It is the highest
> village in Europe with part of the best snow in the world!!
> Val-Thorens is connected to Meribel, Courchevel and les Menuires, which is
> the biggest ski area in the World!!
> If you want to go there and need accomodation, answer this message: you
> will not regret it!

> RaphaelVal Thorens is not a pretty place, and weather wise I had my poorest

weeks skiing there - it's v. high and snow sure, but the winds are never
far away, and I've been stuck up there while a few hundred feet down
they've been skiing in the sunshine.
HOWEVER, I also enjoyed one of my best ever days skiing there. Ski the
4th valley in the sun for a couple of hours (a bowl of sun - and a bit of
a hike), and finish the afternoon on that big ***y black. You'll enjoy
your first beer like never before.
Tom
 
 
 

Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by David Twelve » Wed, 15 Oct 1997 04:00:00

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> It is true that Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe with
> commensurate snow record.  It is also true that Val Thorens is a hideous
> monstrosity of a place which encourages you to ski entirely with your eyes
> closed to avoid looking at it.


> >Meribel is quite nice but you have an outstanding place very close to
> >Meribel (also in Les Trois Vallees) called Val-Thorens. It is the highest
> >village in Europe with part of the best snow in the world!!
> >Val-Thorens is connected to Meribel, Courchevel and les Menuires, which is
> >the biggest ski area in the World!!
> >If you want to go there and need accomodation, answer this message: you
> >will not regret it!

> >Raphael

 That goes pretty much for Tignes as well, which is also a high resort
but not the most attractive of places.  A compromise would be to
stay in Meribel (for Val Thorens) or Val D'Isere (for Tignes) as
the lift connections are so good it should not be a problem travelling
from one valley to another.  These places are much better for other amenities
and night life in general.

--
Dave

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Where am i going to get good snow over Xmas in Europe?

Post by Rob Nichols » Thu, 16 Oct 1997 04:00:00

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>stay in Meribel (for Val Thorens) or Val D'Isere (for Tignes) as

Mottaret just up the road from Meribel is worth a look too. A custom
built resort but in an alpine manner - not many concrete buildings,
mainly wooden. As it's slightly higher, it doesn't get a slushy around
the lifts and hotels. Piste goes right past most of the hotels.

Rob.