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  • Laura 3.3.14

    Husky Hellos

     

    Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks –

    On our way up the mountain this week we heard a real racket coming from under

    the chairlift – the unmistakable sound of howling huskies having fun on the

    mountain. Having missed my own dog for the last few months, the chance to say

    hello to a new canine friend was too much to resist!

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    There were several huskies out to welcome us, all very friendly and inquisitive.

    Their coats were extremely thick and you could tell how strong they are,

    perfectly built for the winter here.

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    A quick look online tells me the name husky originated from the word Eskimo,

    as they were bred by Inuit people to pull sleds. Here in Meribel, they’re upholding

    this tradition with lots of places offering husky sled rides, and even the chance

    to control your own sled on an organised trip.

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    What with sled-pulling and howling to get on with, it’s hard work being a

    husky, and in their down-time the pack we met were just like my dog at home.

    Lounging on the snow and rolling over for a belly-rub, they looked as soppy

    as your average pet!

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  • Laura 26.2.14

     Winter Walking

     

    Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks –

     

    The Three Valleys have some of the most extensive pistes in the world, and it’s

    not just skiing and boarding enthusiasts who have the opportunity to enjoy them.

    There are vast arrays of winter walking trails in the area, which along with the

    pedestrian lift pass give non-skiers the chance to take in the views and mountain

    air too.

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    In Meribel, the Altiport area is a great place for walkers to start. There are plenty

    of signs around showing you the way to maintained trails – along with signs

    suggesting skiers and boarders are best to stick to their own routes, making it nice

    and peaceful for a stroll!

    Woven into the trees the trails have a real fairytale feel, and you can wend you way

    around for hours without encountering anyone except perhaps the odd squirrel

    or mountain hare.

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    If it’s height and majestic views you’re after, then the pedestrian lift pass gives

    access to lots of cable cars and chair lifts to take you to where the scenery is at.

    Available from 1 day to 7, you can pick the best of the weather and visit some of the

    cosy restaurants high up in the mountains before taking a stroll.

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    Those planning a walk can take a look at the free Winter Walking Trails map available

    from the Tourist Office in town or to download here. Merinet website’s walking page

    also has lots of useful information to get you started.

     

     

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  • Laura 25.2.14

     Kidding Around – Part II

     

    Watch for more from the Three Valleys over the coming weeks –

     

    In addition to the animals of ‘Moon Wild’, the Altiport area is home to another set

    of inhabitants. The arctic dwellers of the ‘Piste des Inuits’ seem to be rather shyer

    than the Moon Wild crew however, giving little skiers a host of challenges to

    overcome before finding their camp!

    Visible from high up on the Altiport chair, the Inuit camp looks very intriguing.

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    Hidden in the trees though, arctic explorers need to start from the

    beginning in order to discover the fun.

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    Obstacles include icy archways to ski through, and pillars of rock to avoid.

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    Little skiers will enjoy testing their ski skills as they make their way down. Round

    the next corner, you meet the ultimate slalom course, as emperor penguins

    stand tall amongst another set of boulders.

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    Weave your way in and out and the penguins soon seem less scary – they

    might even let you give them a hug!

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    Just when you think you’ve made it, there’s one final Inuit defence in the form

    of a great blue whale, looming out of the snow ready to swallow you up!

    Mr Whale’s big wide mouth is his downfall though, and explorers can pass

    safely through his smile to the other side…and straight into the Inuit camp!

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    The reward, snuggle up in a cosy igloo and feel like a real Inuit hiding out

    from the arctic weather.

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  • Len 14.2.14
    LAST BLOG FROM LEN IN LA PLAGNE
    Final blog from me this season as I go back to UK on Sunday.  Loads of
    excellent ski-ing on some of the best prepared pistes I have ever enjoyed.
    A very big snowfall last night and continuing today kept me in the chalet instead
    of on my skis. Forecast is better for Saturday and I expect to have a great day
    to round off my Winter…then it’s up bright and early for the flight home
    Sunday morning.
    Len’s Ski Tips:
    Just to round off….a reminder of Len’s 3 Golden rules….
    1. Ski on the balls of your feet….
    2. Ski on one ski at a time…
    3. Keep your hands where you can see them……..
    you’ll become an expert in no time!
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  • Len 12.2.14
    LEN SILVER REPORTING FROM LA PLAGNE
    On the piste early with Speedway World Champion, Tai Woffinden, to find
    2 inches of fresh snow on the overnight prepared surface… perfect Magic and
    our whole crew including my new French Speedway rider, Mathieu, had a ball.
    He turns out to be a very good skier…but a bit on the wild side for me! Tai had
    his new off-piste very wide skis and he loved them…but I know that on piste
    they are quite hard to handle.
    Len’s Ski Tips: 
    If you are a holiday skier (as opposed to an all-winter saisonairre)
    you need an all round ski, wide at the tip and tail, on the soft side for sweet
    turning power, easy on the piste and happy in the powder, about
    eyebrow height is fine.
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