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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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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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