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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.

Did our video inspire you to go skiing?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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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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Most Underrated Travel Destinations

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Everyone knows about Paris and Rome and London but there are so many other beautiful travel destinations that are amazingly underrated and they are cities on our list to visit again once the Coronavirus allows. The fact that so many beautiful countries go unexplored by travelers is a tragedy and we want to change that after Coronavirus. Not only because so many people are missing out on rich cultures and picturesque views, but also because a lot of these destinations tend to be a lot cheaper to travel to than popular cities. 

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are gorgeous, underrated foreign cities one can visit for a fraction of the price of touristy European cities. Forbes recently published a collection of the ten most underrated destinations you should consider visiting. 

Here are a few of them to learn about while stuck at home due to Coronavirus:

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is known for its magnificent sights of Mount Ararat, historical monasteries, and its many striking temple ruins. Armenian cuisine is other worldly with classic dishes like rabbit stew, sautéed eggplant rolls, and lamb tartare. 

Telč, Czechia

Telč is a colorful town with Italian influences in Czechia. It boasts of Baroque-Renaissance architecture and has a castle of its own with exciting tunnels and passageways that you can explore underneath the town.

Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital of Chile and features gorgeous architecture from the neoclassical era. There are towering cathedrals and, of course, plenty of quality Chilean wine. Plus, the city of Santiago is a great place to kick off your exploration of Chile’s wine country. 

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is often ignored due to the popular neighboring city of Amsterdam, but it is a bastion of underground music and street art. The architecture is strikingly modern since the city was heavily bombed during World War II and thus had to be rebuilt from the ground up. The city is filled to the brim with amazing cuisine and museums.

Lagos, Nigeria

If you are looking for a big city destination, Lagos is a metropolis that has plenty to see and do so that you’ll never be bored. And whenever you need a break from the urban marketplaces, private beaches are just a short drive away.

Con Dao, Vietnam

Con Dao is a Southeast Asian island that makes an excellent beach destination with two resorts and tons of fascinating history. Once host to a brutal French prison, the island is also home to the tomb of the Vietnamese martyr Vo Thi Sau. 

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

This is one of the oldest cities in Uruguay dating back to the 17th century. The city has a vibrantly decorated historic quarter and a three-century-old convent. It’s also only a short trip away from the bigger city of Montevideo.

A majority of Americans, when asked about traveling abroad, will likely shake their head and say they can’t afford such trips. Many people deal with multiple monthly bills, such as mortgage or rent, student loans, and title loans, which are all stress inducing. 

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3 Tips For A Luxury Camping Experience

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If you are used to travelling in style and staying in high end hotels, camping is probably your idea of hell. Why would you spend a week sitting in a freezing cold tent, hiding from the rain when you could be relaxing around the pool in a nice hotel? But camping gives you a completely different travel experience and if you do it right, it can be very rewarding. If you invest in the right equipment, you can enjoy all of the good things about camping without any of the downsides. If you follow these simple tips, you will have a comfortable experience and fall in love with camping.

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Buy The Right Tent

The tent is the most important thing if you want a comfortable camping experience. All of those horror stories you hear about leaking tents only happen because people buy cheap tents. If you invest in a good quality tent, it should hold up to the weather and keep you dry and warm.

When you are buying a tent, you need to check the hydrostatic head rating. This gives you an indication of how much rain the tent can stand up to before leaking. The higher the rating, the less likely your tent is to leak. It is also important to consider the size of the tent and how easy it is to put up, especially if you are planning a road trip. You need to make sure that it fits into the car easily, and you also want to avoid anything that is too complicated to put up. However, be careful with pop-up tents because most of them will not stand up to the rain.

If you want the ultimate comfortable camping experience, you should consider a camper trailer instead. There are some great camper trailers that come with all of the same facilities that you would find in a basic hotel, so you can camp in comfort. If you really hate the idea of camping, this is the best option.

Get A Good Quality Sleeping Bag

If you are worried about being freezing cold at night while you are camping, you need to get a good quality sleeping bag. A cheap one will not be comfortable and it won’t keep you warm, so you need to make sure that you buy a good thermal one. Sleeping directly on the floor will be uncomfortable as well, so you should invest in a sleeping mat as well. If you are willing to spend a little more on good sleeping equipment, you will be nice and comfortable while camping.

Pack Good Food

The food is another big issue for people when they go camping, but there is no need to live on beans all week. You can get some great dehydrated camping food packs so, as long as you take a small camping stove, you can still eat proper meals. If you pack a coolbox and freeze some food before you go, it should last a while so you can have barbecues as well. As long as you plan ahead, there’s no reason why you can’t eat well while you are camping.

Camping doesn’t have to be the nightmare experience that you think it does. If you follow these simple tips, you can have a luxury camping experience and enjoy all of the benefits of the great outdoors.

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Tips for Planning Your Uluru Tour

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Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the magnificent sandstone of Ayers Rock or Uluru stands tall at 1,142 feet above ground. The natural formation is widely known for being one of the most sacred places to the indigineous peoples in Australia. At the same time, it is also popular for attracting tourists from all over the world to the land down under.

If you want to visit Uluru in order to pay tribute to this wonder of nature, then doing so through the right tour is in your best interest. It’s not only because Uluru is located at least a few hours from civilization, but it also because such a tour allows you to enjoy the picturesque sights that come along the way within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

So what sights are there to see along the way and what other general tours suggestions you should keep in mind while visiting Uluru? To help you answer these and some other important questions, here are 5 top tips to keep in mind while visiting Uluru.

Don’t Climb the Monolith

First things first, while it is legal to climb atop Uluru, it is recommended that you do not attempt such an action in order to show your respect to the indigenous peoples.

It is a pretty easy rule to follow when you pay attention to the emotions of the indigenous tribes who have recommended time and again for people to not climb Uluru.

But that doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy the natural beauty that Uluru has to offer. In fact, you are encouraged to visit the sandstone and take in its natural glory by standing right beside the formation. That’s why 4WD tour is highly recommended. The tour guides would be able to tell you what you can and can not do.

Visit During Sunset

Ask anyone who has visited Uluru about the best time to see the formation, and you will instantly get the answer as “sunset.”

It’s because Uluru is not an ordinary monolith, but one that is formed through arkosic sandstone. This allows the rock to actually change its color according to the position of the sun. As a result, you can expect the formation to sport a different color depending upon what time of day you reach it.

At sunset, Uluru projects an amber glow that is surreal to take in, especially when you are seeing the formation in person for the very first time. That’s why, it is recommended that you time your trip in a way that allows you to experience this magnificent sight.

3. Take Your Time to Plan the Trip

Perhaps the best way to visit Uluru is through the nearby town of Alice Springs, which has various amenities and accommodation options for tourists who are making their way to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The drive from Alice Springs to Uluru can take around 5 hours, which is why it is recommended that you arrive at least a day before you are planning to tour Uluru.

This way, you can reach the national park while feeling fresh and rested. This also gives you time to plan longer trips to the park in order to enjoy all that it has to offer.

4. Take in the Sight of the Rock Art

Uluru is not just a wonder to look at by itself, but it also holds several little pieces of wonderful art within it.

The caves at the bottom of the formation hold several pieces of rock art that can only be found at Uluru. If you love learning about other cultures through their art, then this will be a must visit.

Just make sure that you take the time to learn about this art through a local tour guide or via the information provided within these exhibits. This ensures that you have an immersive and informative experience which you can remember for a long time.

5. Don’t Forget the Natural Attractions Around the Rock

Enjoying the breathtaking sight of Uluru sounds rewarding enough for a trip to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. But it’s not all that you can do during a tour of Uluru.

From seeing the red kangaroos and other marsupials to spending some time with the camels, and from seeing the one of a kind formations of Kata Tjuta to taking a walk by the Valley of the Winds, there’s so much to see and do around Uluru.

That is why, it is recommended that you take your time at the park and put aside at least two days to enjoy all of the unique activities that the area has to offer. It would give you a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life while also allowing you to make the most out of your long journey to the sandstone.

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