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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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How to Make the Most of Your Travels

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Traveling is a very liberating and fun experience. Not only do you get to see some incredible sights, taste some amazing foods, and hear sounds you might never have heard before, but you also get to know the people who live in such exotic places. There are 7.6 billion people in the world, and we have created a complex, fascinating collection of cultures that truly need to be experienced to be understood. There is so much potential when you travel, but you need to make the most of your time abroad in order to appreciate it truly. Staying at a hotel the whole time won’t let you learn about places like Egypt, Israel and Peru, it will only give you a taste of what another resort is like. To truly make the most of your travels, you need to:

  1. Get Out There: Taking Tours

If you aren’t comfortable jetting off on your own, that’s okay! There are tours and packages available that will ensure you have a safe and comfortable trip. For instance, you can extend your South Africa trip and take all-inclusive tours to Israel. This means you get a return flight, your hotel rooms booked, and your food covered all on top of great guides to show you around the most ancient of cities. These kinds of tours allow you to experience the world with the comfort and peace of mind that comes when an experienced travel agency has arranged everything.

  1. Explore at Your Own Pace: Going Off on Your Own

When you’re experienced enough with traveling the area, you can then go off on your own. When you do, opt for slow travel. This means that instead of trying to see all the top sights in a week, you stay for a longer period of time and explore a smaller area at greater length. Not only is this slower travel better for the environment, but it’s also better for your health, and you’ll gain more insight from your trip.

  1. Do Your Research

Many activities will have to be booked in advance. Therefore, you’ll need to read up on the activities in advance, so you know the scams you should avoid and the best offers available to you. You should also read up on common dos and don’ts. For instance, you shouldn’t take cabs that aren’t arranged for you through your hotel.

  1. Document It!

Memories only last so long before they begin to fade, which is why you need to document your travels. Take photos, video, and most of all, keep a journal. This can be on paper or on your phone, but write down everything that you have done that day. Write down what you’ve done and what you felt. This will be the best souvenir that you can take home with you.

Traveling is an amazing experience, but you need to do your research so that you can find the best tours, key information, and safety tips. The more prepared you are and the more you know, the more you’ll get out of your journey.

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Travel Photography – Most Photogenic Places in New Zealand

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If there is a place in the world no nature enthusiast should miss no doubt the South Island of New Zealand it is. The landscapes there are simply breathtaking, so diverse you can’t imagine such a small country has it all. Throughout this wonderful island are stunning beaches and thrilling waterfalls, turquoise lakes and snow-capped mountains; the list is literally endless. Although so small you only need a few hours to traverse, you a likely to spend days in the blissful amazement of this country.

Take your camera with you. This is a place to remember through the rest of your lifetime. In that regard, below are the most photogenic places on The South Island of New Zealand.

Moeraki Boulders

Found on Koekohe Beach, these strange-looking, large spherical concretions rank among nature’s oddest and astonishing sights. Eroded from the shoreline, some of these boulders are up to 2 meters in diameter. The best time to view these natural wonders is at sunset, and some visitors say they look like dragon eggs waiting to hatch.

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

At the top end of the South Island, you’ll find an amazing geological occurrence. The Marlborough Sounds are a collection of sunken river valleys, where the ocean has reclaimed the land. The stunning contrast of thick forested hills sinking steeply into the ocean creates some wonderful opportunities for photography.

Church of the Good Shepherd

One of the most visited historical sites in New Zealand, the Church of the Good Shepherd is located in Mackenzie Country area. Located right within the international dark sky reserve in, the placement of the church means you can capture some of the most amazing astrophotographical shots imaginable. Any astrophotography enthusiast visiting must see this little chapel, located in the famous Tekapo region.

St Clair’s Beach – Dunedin

St. Clair’s is a stunningly beautiful sandy beach, one of the many sweeping along Dunedin’s eastern suburbs. As well as being a highly popular surfing spot, St. Clair’s Beach is home to tourist’s bars, café’s and relaxing saltwater outdoor heated swimming pools. At the end of the beach stand old wooden poles, and there is most photographers’ favourite spot.

Purakaunui Waterfalls

The Caitlins region is an absolute delight for nature photographers, with countless beautiful locations to visit. One of the best in the region is the Purakaunui Waterfalls. Found at the southern tip of the country, the crystal cascade of water contrasts beautifully with the mossy green rock and lush vegetation it cuts through.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki, with its amazingly ice blue 180 square kilometer water expanse provides breathtaking colour combinations across a backdrop of snowy mountain ranges. You could be forgiven for thinking you’d suddenly ended up in the Canadian ranges as the scenery is very similar.

 

Lupin Flowers in Tekapo

On December, during the summer’s peak, pretty beautiful lupin flowers buoyantly bloom for up to six weeks, offering a very fantastic view for nature kids. Each summer these flowers turn into startling bright colours, calling masses of photographers and tourists. Mostly found at the beautiful shores of Lake Tekapo as well as the nearing zones, these wonder flowers flourish best in the first two weeks of the month.

Mount Roy

Hikers have a reason to smile whenever they visit the Southern Island of New Zealand. Mount Roy is the place that, besides offering an iconic viewpoint of the Lake Wanaka, stands out as a wonderful area for exciting day hikes. Up there, you get amazing views to the landscape below, which savvy photographers cannot miss.

Hooker Glacier Lake

At the foot of Mount Cook is the Hooker Glacier Lake, an all-year-round stunner you cannot afford to miss while visiting this incredible country. However, most experts recommend winter as the most suitable time for photo taking.

Lake Matheson

Planted at the centre of Glacier Country and Westland National Park, this lake provides a pretty sight. It was formed 14,000 years ago through glaciations. Its surrounding is rich in ancient native forests that are also a favourite phenomenon for photographers. Lake Matheson mirrors Mount Tasman and Mount Cook—two of the highest peaks in New Zealand.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound receives quite much rainfall. The annual estimates are up to an amazing 6.8 meters, making it among the very wettest spots of New Zealand. Due to such high rains, the area is adorned with pretty spectacular waterfalls, many of them cascading into the photo famous fjord on wet days. Milford Sound is found in the Fiordland National Park.

Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall

Anyone would be excited to see and photograph the Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall. It is the largest waterfall in the land, standing at 131 meters. It is surely worthy visiting, but remember to take rain jacket. You likely will get wet.

The Remarkables

As suggests the name, this is a truly remarkable place. Featuring a rare scene of mountain range, the Remarkables are located next to Queenstown. Moreover, around this top photogenic zone is one of the finest ski fields the island boasts of.

Bennett’s Bluff, Glenorchy Road

Bennett’s Bluff is a popular viewpoint along one of the impressive drives through New Zealand. Glenorchy Road runs from Queenstown to Glenorchy. This particular viewpoint impressively overlooks the Pig and Pigeon Islands, as well as Lake Wakatipu.

The Wanaka Tree

The Wanaka is a symbolic willow tree located off Lake Wanaka shore line. It is claimed to be among the most photographed trees the world over, making it one of the most photogenic places in The Southern Island of New Zealand.

Franz Josef Glacier Valley

This is one of the major attractions on the island’s west coast, an ice glacier descending 12 kilometres. It starts in the high peaks coming down through rainforest to a mere 300 meters above the sea level.

Despite being a small country, New Zealand is one of the most exciting places to visit in the world. You cannot finish in a day or even two, for every corner you go, you will want to take a photo.

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Summer Events to check out in Surfers Paradise

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The weather is already heating up on the Gold Coast and everyone is getting ready for some hot days on the beach. Christmas is just around the corner and with it all the big summer events and festivals that happen at this time of year. Surfers Paradise is at the centre of it all and makes a great base for exploring the Gold Coast and attending the events on the Gold Coast’s summer schedule. There is plenty of places to stay in Surfers Paradise, so book yourself a room and check out some of these fantastic summer events.

Australian PGA Championship

Pacific Pines Resort is one of the premier golf courses in Australia. The country’s biggest golf tournament will make its way here from the 30th of November until the 3rd of December, where the best golfers from Australia and overseas will compete for the title. This is a must attend event for golfers, and there will be plenty of food and entertainment on offer across the four days.

Beachfront Markets

The foreshore in Surfers Paradise comes alive every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, with over 100 market stalls filling up the esplanade. The iconic Beachfront Markets will continue throughout the summer and provides the perfect opportunity to get out and about on those warm summer nights, browse the stalls for some unique buys, and then head out on the town for dinner.

Christmas in Surfers Paradise

Experience Christmas in true Aussie style by attending the popular Christmas in Surfers Paradise event that fills up Cavill Mall from the 13th – 24th of December. The entire mall is transformed into a festive wonderland, Surfers style. Even Santa himself will be wearing boardies and travelling in a surf boat sleigh. The kids will love getting to visit Santa in the mall, and the whole event ends with the popular Carols on the Beach on the 23rd of December. Where else in the world can you experience Christmas Carols on the beach on a hot summer’s night?

New Year’s Carnival

Surfers Paradise is one of the best places to celebrate the New Year in the country. The New Year’s Carnival happens on the foreshore of Surfers Paradise across five days from the 27th of December until the 1st of January. It will be one big celebration with lots of rides and fun filled activities, music and more. On New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy massive fireworks displays over the water, with three different displays lighting up the skies above the Gold Coast. There will even be an earlier fireworks display for the little ones. This is definitely the place to be to bring in the New Year.

Magic Millions Carnival

One of the first big events to check out in 2018 will be the extravagant Magic Millions Carnival. On from the 7th until the 13th of January, the Magic Millions Carnival is the premier event of the summer horse racing season. This is a $10 Million horse race and it is sure to be a huge event, with all the glitz and glamour and socialising that goes with it. On the 9th of January, head to the Surfers Paradise Foreshore for the Barrier Draw, where you can watch the horses on the sand and enjoy food and beverages from the stalls. The big race day will be held on the 13th of January.

Burleigh Pro

Surfing is huge on the Gold Coast and one of the best surf spots is at Burleigh Heads. The Burleigh Pro has grown to become one of the biggest surfing competitions in Australia and will see some of the world’s top surfers compete for the title. Local surfers and visitors should definitely attend this one. The Burleigh Pro will be held from the 25th – 28th of January.

Sand Safari

One of the more unique and interesting events to check out this summer will be the 2018 Sand Safari. This arts festival focuses on Australia’s talented sand sculptors, who will compete in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. These sand artists carve out incredible, often life sized sculptures entirely of sand, and you will often be truly awed by what they are able to create. The main sculpture competition takes place on the beach along the Surfers Paradise foreshore, however this is a big event from the 2nd to the 25th of February, and you will be able to find special sand sculpture exhibits all over Surfers Paradise.

Summer of Surf

The Summer of Surf is a massive event which will see the country’s best Ironmen and Ironwomen compete in a gruelling six discipline event across six rounds, including the highlighted IronMan and IronWoman competitions. These athletes are the epitome of endurance, and the competition will hit Surfers Paradise for round five of the competition on the 3rd and 4th of February.

The Village Markets

Burleigh Heads is one of the most picturesque and laid back places on the Gold Coast and well worth heading to for a few hours. A good time to visit is during the twice monthly Village Markets which have become an integral part of the Burleigh atmosphere. This popular and laid back market has a beachy, artsy feel to it, and you will find all kinds of unique buys here from the many stalls on offer. Street food stalls are also a big thing here so you can sample some delicious delicacies while browsing the stalls. Finish the day by relaxing on the beach, or sit down for a drink at the Burleigh Surf Club.

Whether you’re looking for a destination for a family holiday or just wanting a quick getaway to unwind this summer, Surfers Paradise is a great choice. With so much happening from cultural night markets to world class sporting events, you are sure to find something of interest in this iconic Gold Coast location.

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