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Skiing the Three Valleys in France: Adventure Travel Video

Skiing the Three Valleys in France is like no other ski resort in the world. Check out our video from when we had endless runs, no queues and fresh snow.

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Skiing the Three Valleys in France

Skiing the Three Valleys in France last year was one of our favourite travel adventures in 2012. With over 660 kms of ski runs and 180 ski lifts  in the Three Valleys, we were completely spoilt for choice.

Skiing the Three Valleys in France

Skiing the Three Valleys in France

The 3 Valleys are a snow lovers dream. We spent 6 days skiing the Three Valleys in France and it felt like we didn’t even scratch the surface. We tried to explore as much as possible but the size of the ski field blew us away.

Every new run we ventured down would lead us to a new chairlift and every chairlift led us to even more breathtaking views. It felt like the ski area just went on and on and on.

And the facilities in the Three Valleys are outstanding. We were there off-peak so the lines were non-existent and we were even lucky enough to get a few fresh inches of powder to enjoy.

Make sure you check out adventure travel video from a few of our favourite moments from skiing the Three Valleys in France.

If you want to read more about our adventures skiing the Three Valleys in France then check out these posts and photos:

Skiing the Three Valleys in France

Photo Essay from the Three Valleys

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How to get to the Three Valleys in France

There are only two feasible options to getting to the Three Valleys. You can either catch the overnight Ski train with Eurostar from London. Or you can fly into either Geneva or Grenoble, with cheap flights from Monarch, before jumping on a bus for 2 hours to the villages in the Three Valleys.

Where to stay in the Three Valleys

We stayed in the very cute town of Brides-Les-Bains. It was slightly quieter than most of the other villages in the Three Valleys as it was a 40 minute gondola from the first ski runs. This also means that Brides-Les-Bains is a lot cheaper than other options like the ridiculously expensive Val Thorens.

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23 Comments

  1. Neil (@packsandbunks)

    February 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Love the vid! What software did you use to edit? – if you dont mind me asking.

    Love the way Adela falls over at 0.36 and you just carry on skiing past her haha.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Yea, Adela was pretty annoyed I left that part in haha. And don’t mind at all mate! We just used simple old Windows Live Movie Maker. Nothing flash at all 🙂

  2. Lucy | On the Luce

    March 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Love the Three Valleys! It’s where I first learnt to ski and have been back three or four times since. Not this year though unfortunately so reliving the snow through your video is the nearest I’m going to get!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Glad to hear that we could take you back for a bit of nostalgia 😉

  3. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    March 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Exploring France on skis. Love it!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Can’t think of too many better ways to explore France 😉

  4. Kelly Brenn

    March 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Amazing video! Sounds like a great place to enjoy the great outdoors – my family love all that kind of skiing stuff

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      The 3 Valleys are an excellent place to go skiing no matter if you are a pro or a beginner!

  5. Linda

    March 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    *Sigh* I was there many years ago – was my elder son’s first ski trip, he was three and half, and he’s all grown up now! I loved it. I loved skiing but was never very brave about it, and I thoroughly enjoyed every day there. There was nothing to terrify me at all! And the weather was marvelous, just like your video. Thank you for the trip down memory lane!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      We had one day where it was slightly overcast but at least we got a few days of fresh snow! Glad we could help you relive a an awesome travel experience 😉

  6. Kristy

    March 6, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    That was very fun experience and I really love watching your video. You are very cute couple together. Hopefully you can upload more flicks from your trips!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      We have so much footage that we need to put together so you can definitely expect more videos 🙂

  7. Laurence

    March 8, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I loved skiing in the three valleys, just an epic place to get your ski on 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      March 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Wish we had more time to explore the 3 Valleys though because the ski field is IMMENSE!

  8. Jeremy Branham

    March 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Thanks for the video. I am not a big winter person and don’t ski or snowboard at all. However, it looks like a beautiful area.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      They also do have some amazing hikes in summer which I am sure you would love Jeremy 😉

  9. Alex

    March 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Hi Cole. You’ve put together a fantastic post here! I loved the video too! Three Valleys is an enormous resort but there’s some fantastic skiing to be enjoyed.

    If any of your UK readers are regular skiers, or are planning a longer journey through France, they might be interested in the Liber-T tag from Sanef Tolling. The tag enables UK motorists to use the automatic telepeage lanes, which have previously been reserved for French residents.

    Best wishes, Alex.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Skiing the 3 Valleys has been one of my highlights from Europe so far. And thanks Alex for the extra travel tips.

  10. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    April 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I’m not much of a skier, however the landscape is so beautiful I wonder if the ski resorts would mind if I rode around on the chair lifts for awhile 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      They would love you to just come and sit on the restaurant balconies and admire the view I am sure! And you can ride the chairlifts as a non-skier too 😉

  11. Kare Warne

    January 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Everything stops turning when it comes to ski in valleys, enjoy holidays in enormous resorts. Its kind of something can not express in words and the blog above very well explains most of it and video is very well executed.

  12. Andrew

    August 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Skiing the Three Valleys France is quite adventurous! Every time you visit here, you will get to explore new stuffs. Facilities offered by chalets like White Dog Chalets are quite astonishing and outstanding.

  13. Brian

    March 4, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    That video looks great and I am have to get around to skiing in the 3 valleys. We did Zermatt last year and that was pretty special, but this is in the country I live in now and only about 4 or 5 hours away. Not as close as the Pyrenees, which we really enjoy, but close enough to visit and it looks amazing.

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The Best Destinations For Sun, Splendour, And Sightseeing

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Whilst an explorer should be seeking eye-opening experiences on his or her travels, there’s no denying that a healthy dose of sun helps to make the adventure a little more enjoyable. There are heaps of cold destinations (Greenland, Russia, and even England) that are visually stunning and a lot of fun to explore, but we’re going to talk about some of the hotter places on the planet that have a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. You might as well have the perk of sunshine and warm weather whilst you’re exploring the world, right? After all, there’s no reason as to why you can’t relax during a big excursion. That being said, you need to find some destinations that meet all the criteria we’ve mentioned. If you’ve no idea where to go on such a travelling experience then you should check out these top destinations for sun, splendour, and sightseeing.

California, United States.

California fits the bill perfectly when it comes to a place that promises endless sunshine and a lot of things to do. There are many beautiful places to visit in the U.S. that promise sunshine and adventure, but this state is a common favourite for both domestic and international travellers. And there’s good reason for that – we’ll prove it to you. First of all, no tour of this gorgeous state is complete without a visit to Los Angeles. The city of L.A. is unlike anywhere else in the world. You should start by exploring Hollywood, as it’s something that everyone should do once. You’ll get an intriguing look into the world’s most famous films and actors behind the veil – and the Hollywood Hills are worth exploring for a look into the natural beauty surrounding this area. But once you’ve seen the intriguing truth of this surreal place, you should head into the heart of L.A. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered a different world. Whether you head to sunny Venice Beach or the busy downtown area, there’s so much to do. Find the Grand Central Market if you want a quirky L.A. dining experience; there’s often live music to go with the food. And this is only one city of many to explore in the sunny state of California. Make sure you had to San Francisco too.

Victoria, Australia.

If you want a real adventure in one of the sunniest places on earth then you need to visit Australia. It’s a huge and incredibly intriguing country with desolate uninhabited areas and dense cities that are heaving with people and things to do. The land down under finds the perfect balance when it comes to a destination that promises both natural beauty and lively culture. Whether you want to explore vast unexplored wilderness or a glitzy modern city, Australia has it all. The state of Victoria in the south-east is definitely the best place to start your journey, though. You should head to the Great Ocean Road for a journey that’s both scenic and historically relevant (the road is the world’s largest war memorial). You’ll get to see the Twelve Apostles along the way (ginormous limestone stacks that have become an iconic landmark in their own right) and the bewilderingly beautiful towns of Port Fairy and Portland. You’ll even have the opportunity to see whales and other fantastic sea life if you pay attention to the ocean at your side.

But the natural side of Victoria is only the very surface of what this state has to offer. You can expect sun and sweltering wherever you go and whatever you do in this massive state, but you probably want a little more than that out of your adventure. After all, you’ve travelled to such an exciting part of the world. This isn’t any ordinary beach holiday. You should head to the city of Melbourne if you want to see the vibrant and lively side of this state. The capital city boasts such a powerful modern-day and historical culture. You should visit The State Library of Victoria and head into the La Trobe Reading Room if you want to see both mesmerising architecture and a fascinating place. The Princess Theatre also boasts sublime architecture and a whole heap of wonderful performances to enjoy once you step inside. Once you’ve had your fill of culture and entertainment in Melbourne, you should definitely try some of the fantastic cuisine that the city has to offer. Check out www.vamos.net.au if you like the idea of eating at a tapas bar in Melbourne’s theatre district. This is just one example of a dining establishment that is influenced by cultures from around the world. The point is that Melbourne is one of the most fascinating places to visit in the state of Victoria. If you want a diverse and extensive experience of Australia with the perk of near-permanent sunshine then this is the place to go.

Barcelona, Spain.

You can’t explore the sunny cities of the world without visiting Barcelona. It’s not only a sunny and vibrant city – it’s a sunny and vibrant Spanish city. The culture that pours out of every building is part of what makes this city such a beautiful place to visit. As explained over at www.traveller.com.au, the work of Gaudi is part of what makes Barcelona so stunning. This famous Spanish architect designed so many of the unique aspects of the city. In fact, La Sagrada Familia is a gargantuan church that he designed and it’s still being built today (nearly a century has passed since his death). As suggested over at www.tripadvisor.com.au, you might want to take a private tour of the city if you want to get a full experience of the place.

The Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Whilst it’s not a continent that tourists explore as extensively as some other regions of the world, Africa boasts a lot of natural beauty along with sweltering heat. And the country of South Africa is definitely a fascinating place to visit if you’re looking for an enriching and educational experience combined with the chance to see some visually awe-inspiring sights. The Kruger National Park, in particular, is one of the most beautiful locations in the country. We’ve discussed it before, but it’s worth discussing again. If you want to see stunning animals in their natural habitat then this is the place to go. There’s something about seeing cheetahs, giraffes, monkeys, elephants, and many other stunning creatures in their natural habitat that fills you with a sense of elation. It’s an incredible experience.

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Tips That Will Help You Make More of Your Trip To Thailand

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Are you thinking of taking a big trip to Thailand this year? If so, you need to learn a bit more about what you should do and what you should expect when you eventually get there. There’s something for everyone in Thailand; it’s that kind of country. But making the most of it and knowing the key attractions and ways to spend your time is important, so read on to learn about this and more.

 

Remember, You’ll Get Further When You Smile 

Manners matter a lot in Thailand, and there are certain things you should never do. Pointing at people with your foot is seen as a sign of disrespect, as is touching another person’s head. So make sure you don’t do that. You will probably notice that Thai people smile a lot, so you should do the same. Being positive and smiling when you meet new people will help you go a lot further.

Explore the Markets and Don’t Forget to Haggle

Markets are a big deal in Thailand, and experiencing them for yourself is something you won’t forget. There are the conventional markets that are very loud and busy, and there are also floating markets that are navigated by boat, as you can see below. Whichever type of market you visit, soak in the atmosphere and don’t forget to haggle because it’s expected of you.

Sample the Street Food, But Do So Carefully

Street food is abundant in Thailand, and it can help you to get a taste of the real thailand by eating what the locals eat. As you walk through the streets, the smell of the street food will hit you first, but before you tuck in, make sure you take care and eat safely. Seek out food that has been cooked freshly in front of you and not the food that’s been left sitting around.

Find Time to Relax and Slow Down

Thailand can be a fast-paced and overwhelming place to visit, but you can’t let it get the best of you. If you want to experience the country to the max, you need to find time to relax and slow things down a little. The Shiva Samhita is a classic Thai text on yoga, so maybe you should take some inspiration from it and find time to do some yoga. You’ll find plenty of courses there to help you.

Don’t Miss the Nation’s Many Beautiful Temples

Thailand’s temples are not to be missed. Anyone who’s interested in religion, spiritualism or beautiful architecture can’t help but be astounded by the temples that are found throughout Thailand. No matter what point of the country you find yourself in, you’re sure to find incredibly buildings like the one you can see below. So make time to see as many of them as you can.

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Tips for Your First Caravan Adventure

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If you have decided to take your first caravan adventure, you will no doubt be excited about experiencing your first trip. Caravanning is an experience unlike any other. You will get to have a holiday that is filled with fun and freedom. However, to make sure that this is the case you need to plan for your trip effectively. With that in mind, read on for some top tips for your first caravan adventure.

Decide whether to buy or hire a caravan – The first thing you need to do is determine whether you are going to rent a caravan or whether you are going to buy one. Needless to say, there are pros and cons associated with both options. You may be wondering how much do caravans cost to buy? Of course, this all depends on the make and model you go for. Nevertheless, if you do buy a caravan, you will be putting your money into something that you get to keep. With renting, a lot of people feel like they are throwing their money down the drain because they have nothing to show for it in the end. Plus, if you buy a caravan, you will be able to go on a caravan holiday whenever you feel like it. On the flip side, renting a caravan may give you access to a luxury model that you otherwise would not be able to afford. Furthermore, this is a much more affordable route to go down. After all, not everyone may have the funds to buy a caravan outright.

Make a checklist – Once you have chosen the best caravan for your adventure, you then need to make a checklist of all of the things you are going to need for your vacation. Obviously, you are going to need a towing aid. However, you also need to make sure that this is right for your caravan. Other essential items you require for your trip include an insulation tape, a spare fan belt, extra oil and coolant, towing mirrors, a sway control device, caravan jack, wheel chocks, and a fire extinguisher.

Make sure that your caravan is secure and safe – Once you have gotten all of the essentials that you need, you will need to make sure that your caravan is safe and fully prepared for being on the open road. The best thing to do is write a checklist (yes, another one!), which states all of the things you need to do before you depart for your trip. Some of the checks that you need to carry out include checking that you have fitted the towing aid correctly, as well as ensuring that any loose items, including drawers, are secure, as well as the doors and windows being locked. You also need to remove the jockey wheel and wheel chocks, as well as raising the steps to the caravan. Finally, make certain that the tyres are properly inflated and that the lights of both your caravan and vehicle are operational.

Be prepared for confined spaces – One thing that will definitely take a bit of getting used to is confined spaces. There are two types of confined spaces. The first is dealing with parking and getting into confined spaces. This can take a little bit of getting used to, but you will soon be fine. The second is the confined space of the caravan itself. Your first caravanning trip will be very exciting, but it can be a test for you and your partner. After all, you may have never been in such a confined space before! You will need to try and give each other space (yes, easier said than done in a limited space!) whenever it is needed. Regular stops and working as a team can be the key to this.

Have a set-up routine – Another way to make everything run smoothly while caravanning with your partner is by having an established routine. One of the best ways to do this is by having a practice run. No, you don’t need to go across the country in your caravan for a practice run! You can just take a short journey to get a feel for everything. This will give you a good understanding of your vehicle so you can best prepared to navigate it and deal with any issues if something goes wrong.

Take a course – Last but not least, the final tip is to do things properly if you are serious about caravanning. While this can seem like a bit excessive, there are a number of courses out there that offer tips on caravanning for beginners. This may seem unnecessary, but the practical and theoretical advice you will gain can be especially beneficial, and it will boost your confidence. Another option is to get your caravan specialist to check your rig before you set off your journey. However, if you are going to be caravanning a lot, going for the former option is probably better advised.

As you can see, there is a lot to plan and consider when it comes to your first caravan holiday. Nevertheless, if you follow the advice that has ben provided above, you should find the whole process a lot easier and a lot of fun too. From choosing a caravan with care to making sure it is safe and secure, these are all steps that can make a massive difference in terms of the safety of your trip and the enjoyment that you have.

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