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Off-Piste Skiing in the 3 Valleys

Upgrade your ski plans, with 2-days exploration of the limitless 3 Valleys.

Ski places you’d only looked at from the lifts before, with 2 full days of guided off-piste skiing. With opportunities to ski fresh lines, the classic Col du Fruit, the challenging Mont Vallon K1, or descend a maze of crevasses, the 3 Valleys is sure to fulfil your wildest skiing dreams. Your off-piste ski package includes:

  • 2 full days of guided off-piste skiing
  • Professional, English-speaking, IFMGA-certified guide
  • Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe)
  • Rucksack with first aid kid
  • Avalanche awareness briefing

Book individually on to our pre-set dates. Customised dates and itineraries from 1 to 7 days available for private groups.

Perfect for?
This trip is perfect for good skiers that can handle black piste without problems. You need to be confident with speed, able to link turns and stop on steep slopes. Prior off-piste skiing experience is preferred, and you should be able to handle non-groomed and deeper snow conditions. You need to be in good physical conditions - fit enough to handle 5 to 6 hours activity.

  • Accommodation not provided
  • Meribel —Méribel Centre
  • Activity Type
    • Day tours, returning to a base
  • Groups up to 6

Service

Day 1: Guided Off-Piste Skiing

You’ll meet your guide in the morning, weather and snow conditions will let him make a decision on where it’s likely to find the best snow and what area will be skied that day.

You might be heading towards Val Thorens and the summit of the 3200m high Cime de Caron, and while you ski over there you’ll be able to hit a few powder runs already. After the tram ride to the top of Cime de Caron you are led to its north side, to face a long off-piste run in virgin snow, all the way down to the Lac du Lou Les Menuires.

This could be linked with a ride up to the top of La Masse and over to Lac Noir. From here, a few steps up, and then north again towards La Gratte, where the group shoulders their skis for a 10 min hike to access the beautiful long run to Bettex.

Ski back to your accommodation each day. On the way home is more freeride terrain waiting for you! Take the evening to relax, enjoy a good meal, a few glasses of wine and swap ever more heroic stories of the days skiing as you look ahead to the next day.

Day 2: More off-piste skiing!

Your guide is already waiting with new ideas! On day 1 you only skied a small section of the 3 Valleys available off-piste terrain. The first option for today could be a sweet tree run back down into the Meribel valley. Take two chairlifts, just a short slide along the ridge of Roc de Fer and the fun begins. With some luck, you’ll be the first one to ski on the unspoiled terrain, something which you won’t forget.

Depending on the snow conditions, your guide may lead you towards Aiguille du Fruit.Some lift rides further on and you are standing on a jagged ridge enjoying a majestic view over the Nature Reserve de la Vanoise, the Mt. Vallon and the Glacier du Gebrolaz beyond. Not to mention the stunning Aiguille du Fruit right in front of you, towering above a seemingly endless slope you are about to engage into. Don’t even start counting your turns….your thighs will tell you anyway when to stop!

At the end of the day, you’ll find yourself back in Meribel again, with a whole new perspective on the possibilities available to you in the area.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included, browse Meribel chalets here.

Location

With its 600km of groomed runs and an off-piste area not accounted for, the 3 Valleys is the largest ski area in the world. The way the ski resorts of the area are connected gives access to an endless off-piste so that you can venture into terrain with untracked snow as far as you can see and still come back to a spot where a lift takes you back into the system. The lift system has been made so efficient since the creation of the 3 Valleys in 1971 that you spend most time in the snow and not on a chair.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you in Méribel centre. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Each day will end in Méribel centre. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

F.A.Q.

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Transportation to and from 3 Valleys
  • Accommodation in the 3 Valleys (book here)
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance that includes off-piste skiing
  • Mountain rescue insurance
  • Lift passes
  • Ski equipment

How fit do I need to be?

To join an open group on a pre-set date you need to be good skiers that can handle black piste without problems. You need to be confident with speed, able to link turns and stop on steep slopes. Prior off-piste skiing experience is required. You need to be in good physical conditions - fit enough to handle 5 to 6 hours activity.

If you want to organise a private group with your mates the skiing can be designed around your ability. Keep in mind this is off-piste skiing so you need to be a good skier to enjoy. All the skiing is accessible by lift.

What are the guides like?

All the guides are English speaking, fully qualified professional guides, with the best local knowledge. And as part of a guided group you’ll have lift-priority access on each lift.

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How big will the group be?

Groups tours will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 6. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip can run as a private trip for an extra cost or be canceled.

When can I do this?

The winter season in 3 Valleys runs from the end of November to mid-April. Best time for freeride skiing is mid/late Jan to April.

What impact do conditions have?

Conditions will vary from day to day throughout the winter, and you should be prepared for anything. As part of the largest ski area in Europe, the opportunities here are endless, and your guide will always plan an itinerary that best matches the conditions of the day. He wants to ski fresh, untracked powder as much as you do, and knows where to find it.

What do I need to bring with me?

For maximum enjoyment and comfort whilst ski touring, bring the outdoor winter clothing in three layers:

  • layer 1 – thermal underwear (synthetic, dry wick is the most comfortable, not cotton)
  • layer 2 – insulation layer (synthetic primaloft is best for touring, down also fine)
  • layer 3 – shell layer (wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers – ideally not padded)
  • Ski socks (synthetic, not cotton)
  • Gloves and hat
  • Goggles, sunglasses, suncream

The following technical equipment is needed and available to rent in the 3 Valleys:

  • freeride skis have a waist wider than the skate ski track. Generally referred to as dedicated to freeride skis starting at 90-95 mm waist
  • ski poles, ideally telescopic one
  • helmet
  • rucksacks
  • avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe, can be rented for 10€/kit/day)