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5th February 2022 | Tashie Cove - LesMenuires, France.

Last modified on February 6th, 2022

It is one of the best locations to access the mighty 3 Valleys ski area and comes in at good value too. We look at the area, day by day, as our reporter hit the slopes earlier this winter for the first time since Covid-19 struck. See here for the latest from Day Two. UPDATED

Sunday, Day Two

Our excitement for the day ahead woke us up at 6:30, from our Pierre et Vaccance apartment.

We could see the most beautiful pink sky outside our window.

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

It had finally stopped snowing; a beautiful blue sky powder day was ahead of us.

We couldn’t ask for better conditions to commence our return to skiing as the Covid-19 pandemic eased.

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

After gobbling down some breakfast we quickly jumped onto our skis.

The apartment is ski in/ski out so we were on the piste in no time.

The first few turns were immense.

We got to the bottom of the chairlift and realised, under our masks, we were smiling from ear to ear, so happy to finally be back on the slopes.

Covid-19 checks were made, but it was no hassle.

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

After a few runs to ease us back into it, we went up La Masse, the new chairlift in Les Menuires.

SnowWise s

It takes 7 minutes from bottom to top.

We had a quick hot chocolate stop to give our legs a short break.

We then  eaded over to the other side of Les Menuires to explore that area before lunch.

PlanetSKI in the powder. Image © PlanetSKI

PlanetSKI in the powder. Image © PlanetSKI

The snow conditions were incredible, switching between on and off-piste.

After a quick scenic picnic lunch for refreshment, we kept enjoying the snow.

And the food.

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

And some mid-afternoon refreshment.

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

We had both opted for all mountain skis from Intersport, which proved pretty perfect for the conditions.

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

After a full day of skiing, our legs had had enough by about 4pm so we skid back to our apartment, sitting just off the piste and relaxed.

The apartment was just opposite a Sherpa shop so we bought some supplies to make a tuna pasta and  headed to bed.

Tomorrow we are going skiing with an ESF instructor who will be showing us his favourite spots – we need to be at our best.

The first day back on the slopes was nothing short of perfect.

Saturday: Day One

After a very early start from home (03:15am), we landed in Geneva at 9:30 am local time.

When I say ‘we’ that’s me and my boyfriend, Jack.

That’s him lugging the luggage on arrival in Les Menuires.

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

We first met when we were working as ski instructors in Verbier a few years back.

We had the usual worries and stresses about travelling in these Covid-19 times, but we sped through border control at Geneva with our entry forms and Covid-19 test results to hand.

At time of visiting we needed them to enter Switzerland – at time of posting this article they are not now needed.

Phew!

Our transfer journey took us the scenic route to Les Menuires, passing Lake Annecy and the steep uphill incline to Val Thorens – quite beautiful.

The mountains looked the same as the last time we were in them almost 2 years ago.

We’d missed them.

Massively.

It had been snowing in the days before we arrived, so we were greeted by snowy trees and snow capped bus stops.

The snow was still falling making us very excited for what was in store.

As we arrived in Les Menuires we were met by no better sight when arriving in a ski resort.

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

We headed to the tourist office to check out what was on offer for the week.

They were very helpful and ran us through potential activities and adventures.

We left with many leaflets and topics of conversation as we ate lunch.

An evening ride in a piste basher to a mountain restaurant looked fun, but more of that later.

We took the local shuttle up to Reberty and found our Pierre et Vacances accommodation.

We quickly checked in to a two-bedroom apartment with spacious living area overlooking the stunning mountains of Val Thorens and Les Menuires.

Pierre et Vacances, Les Menuieres. Image © PlanetSKI

Pierre et Vacances, Les Menuieres. Image © PlanetSKI

Pierre et Vacances, Les Menuieres. Image © PlanetSKI

Pierre et Vacances, Les Menuieres. Image © PlanetSKI

Pierre et Vacances, Les Menuieres. Image © PlanetSKI

Pierre et Vacances, Les Menuieres. Image © PlanetSKI

The apartment also overlooked a Sherpa shop – little did we know how useful this would be for the rest of the week.

After unpacking and settling in, we headed back to town to rent ski equipment for the week.

We rented from the Intersport in La Croissette, an effortless experience with extremely helpful and friendly staff.

Intersport, Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Intersport, Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Intersport, Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Intersport, Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

We chatted to the Intersport staff and given the snow conditions decided all mountain skis would be the best decision for the first few days.

“You can always come back and change them to a piste ski for free later in the week if you wish,” the Intersport ski tech told us.

We were keen to make the most of the powder while also reminding our muscles what piste-skiing was – it has been two long years since we had skied.

I walked away with a set of Volkl all mountain skis.

Intersport, Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Intersport, Les Menuires. Image © PlanetSKI

Jack went for Atomics.

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

As dusk began to settle, we eagerly made our way back to the apartment wishing tomorrow would come quickly and we could finally ski after two long long, long  years away.

It has been hard getting up in the middle of the night (that already seemed a lifetime ago) to get here but it was so good to sort out skis, lift passes and settling into our accommodation without any time stress.

The next few days should be rather special.

I’ll be updating daily from Les Menuires, so do check back…

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Menuires, France. Image © PlanetSKI

What you Need to Know:

For more information about Pierre Vacances call 0870 0267 145 or visit www.pierreetvacances.com

Accommodation sample price

Seven nights’ self-catering accommodation at the Premium residence Les Alpages de Reberty in Les Menuires, in a standard one-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to four, is priced from £672 during the 2021/22 ski season. Flights and transfers extra. Pierre Vacances (0870 0267 145, www.pierreevacances.co.uk)

Ski Information  

Lift pass pass prices 2021/2022 season  

Les 3 Vallées ski area six-day adult lift pass is priced from 330€ (£282).

Les Menuires / Saint-Martin-de-Belleville ski area six-day adult lift pass is priced from 267€ (£228) Price list here

Intersport Fact Box  for winter 2021/22: 

Intersport has over 750 across the alps, renting award-winning skis and snowboards.

Why rent in resort?

Because you can save money on the airline baggage fee, have less to carry to resort, have up-to-date equipment that’s serviced every rental by qualified professionals.

Swap and change your skis and equipment as conditions demand, and get your feet accurately measured with the Boot Doctor scanning machine – guaranteed comfy, new boots.

Average rental is €8 per day including skis, helmet, poles and boots.

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