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The Three Valleys in France: Photo Essay

A photo essay from the stunning Three Valleys Ski Resort high in the Savoie region in France.

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Skiing the Three Valleys in France

The Three Valleys are located in the Savoie region of France high in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Since it is so beautiful we wanted to share with you a handful of some of our photos from our recent skiing and snowboarding trip to the Three Valleys.

Enjoy!

Three Valleys Relaxing

When we grabbed our snowboards for our recent trip to the Three Valleys we knew that the ski area would be huge. We just didn’t realise how big it was actually going to be! I guess when you combine 8 ski fields into one it is going be GIGANTIC.

For example, we took the photo below from the far “skiers left” of Courcheval looking back over a small portion of Meribel. You can only see about half of Meribel. Now think of 8 of those and you have a very rough idea of the immense scale of the Three Valleys Ski Resort. All those peaks in the background are actually part of the ski area.

Three Valleys Sunset

At the base of all of the 8 ski fields within the Three Valleys they also have these gorgeous ski-in/ski-out villages. You can drive to the base of most of them but a handful were accessible only by chairlift. Especially the condos higher up the slopes. We even saw people skiing with bags full of washing!

Meribel Village

While we were snowboarding in the Three Valleys we were fortunate to not only have bluebird days like this but we also we received a small dusting of fresh powder on two  of the mornings. There is nothing like having fresh tracks during Spring as it is just so warm!

Three Valleys View

Just one of the many panoramic Three Valleys shots we took!

Ski Three Valleys

Looking from the peak of Courcheval down to the valley floor over 2 kms below our snowboards! One crazy, exhausting and leg numbing run!

Courcheval Three Valleys

With over 600 km’s of ski slopes we had to take a lot of breaks for delicious hot chocolates. It’s a pity that everything on the slopes is so expensive!

Hot Chocolate Three Valleys

Adjusting our gear before dropping into the next bowl of fresh powder…

Skiing 3 Valleys

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Have you been to the Three Valleys? Did you love it as much as us?

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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32 Comments

  1. EurotripTips

    March 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Wow, so beautiful 🙂 I particularly love the second one!

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Thanks! Have you ever been before?

  2. Laurence

    March 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Great photos – I love this ski resort. Love the hot chocolate and the shot looking at your skis! Only one thing (hope you don’t mind!).. the photo of Adele seems a touch dark, not sure what’s happened there 🙂

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Yea couldn’t lighten up the photo without degrading it too much. Not sure what went wrong with the settings there 🙂

  3. Ali

    March 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    That looks GORGEOUS!! Although I don’t think I’d ever actually attempt skiing there. And people skiing with their laundry? Hilarious!

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      It was crazy that they were skiing around just holding onto their clothes in a big basket in front of them! Very impressive.

  4. Andrea

    March 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Wow – this takes my breath away. I’ve never been snowboarding (a bit afraid – I’m a little unco) but I would love to get out there in this scenery somehow.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      They have lots of snow shoeing and other activities there! And if you go to the snow then I would try skiing over snowboarding. It is WAY easier to get started with 🙂

  5. Laura

    March 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I love the third photo. Great effect.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Thanks Laura 🙂

  6. Stefania May

    March 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    The photo of the ski village is so lovely,it makes you want to wrap sit and watch the people go by with a mulled wine

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Totally Stef! It was so nice just chilling in the sun but with our hot chocolates rather than mulled wine.

  7. Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush

    March 31, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    I’m no skier but that second photo may have convinced me to give it a try! Gorgeous! Vive la France!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Just do it for the hot chocolates! 🙂

  8. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    March 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    It’s funny, I think I may have a slight prejudice against France (despite the fact that I’m like 25% French Canadian). For some reason, I always think of the country as offering little more than Parisian cafes (and snootiness) and the pastoral countryside of South France. Anyway, cool photos!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I have never understood how people cannot love France. We absolutely love everything (including the small Parisian cafes) and are planning a cycle trip around some of the areas. I guess we are just suckers haha.

  9. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    March 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Maybe it’s an American thing. I’ve heard first-hand stories from many Americans who visited France and found the hospitality there to be less than welcoming. Not sure if they fit the “ugly American” stereotype or what, but it has certainly colored my perception of the place. Europe in general doesn’t come up on my travel radar all that often anyway (Spain and Iceland are the only two countries in our Top 10 destinations list), and from what I’ve read France doesn’t offer a lot of ecotourism opportunities… But the mountains look amazing!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Totally get where you are coming from in terms of Ecotourism. Trying not to offend anyone now but we have found that a lot of tourists, not just American’s, don’t even make an effort to learn a little bit of French or learn the local customs. It doesn’t take much to make a little bit of effort (this goes for every culture and country) and we have always found that by doing that we are welcomed in with open arms.
      We are off to Spain in July!! Can’t wait.

  10. Angela

    April 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Wonderful pictures! The snow scares me a bit, maybe because I come from the seaside, but it certainly gives beautiful views.

    • Cole

      April 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Well really it is only frozen water so it is just like being near the seaside 🙂

  11. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    April 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    What a gorgeous place to hit the slopes!

    • Cole

      April 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Thanks Stephanie! Are you a skier or snowboarder? Do you recommend anywhere else to go?

      • Stephanie - The Travel Chica

        April 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        I am a snowboarder, but I didn’t learn until about 4 years ago. So I’ve never actually snowboarded anywhere great. I went to Lake Tahoe several years ago, and that was the first time I skied on real mountains and real powder. Plus, it’s gorgeous!

        • Cole

          April 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

          Lake Tahoe is amazing and gorgeous! I have only driven through and haven’t snowboarded there unfortunately. Did spend a season at Mammoth Mountain though!

  12. D.J. - The World of Deej

    April 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Love the hot chocolate pic…looks like an awesome place:)

    • Cole

      April 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Cheers D.J. They were super expensive though I think like 6 Euros for 1!

  13. Courtney Mroch

    April 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Oh man, that hot cocoa looks SO yummy! THE perfect thing after hitting the slopes. Or to recharge while taking a break before going at them some more. Your photos are stunning, by the way. Thanks for letting me jaunt on your ski trip virtually like this!

    • Cole

      April 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      It was a shame that particular cafe on the mountain was so damn expensive! 6 euros per hot chocolate! Glad you enjoyed the photos and hope you can visit in real soon Courtney 🙂

  14. cheryl

    May 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Wow, such stunning scenery! I need to make my way to France as soon as possible. I’m not sure I’d ski or board but would love o walk or snowshoe. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Definitely get yourself to France Cheryl. If not for the scenery then just for the food 🙂

  15. Karin@yumandmore

    October 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Yup but only in the summer!
    Great hiking there and great cheese!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      We might be there this summer as we are moving to France for a year 😉

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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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Hammock vs Tent Camping

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Camping with a hammock is slowly but surely becoming more popular in recent years with new and improved hammock designs being preferred by some campers, compared to the traditional tent.

In this article we will discuss some of the key benefits and drawbacks of sleeping without a tent, and analyze key criteria so that you can choose your preferred shelter choice!

Weatherproof

Most tents work well in the rain; however, you’ll need to bring a tarp if you’re using a hammock. Traditional hammocks are not waterproof, and are generally open at the top, allowing water to find itself inside if you don’t have an adequate tarp. Moreover, a decent under quilt is also a good idea so that you can stay warm and cozy during cold and stormy nights.

Packing up your hammock after a long night of rain isn’t too bad, whereas packing up a soaking wet tent is always annoying. You almost always get wet in the process.

Setup

For first time campers, pop-up tents are the simplest to setup. All you need to do is find flat ground, and bam, your setup is complete! The beauty of pop-up tents is that you don’t need to worry about figuring out where to insert the poles and erect the tent. Although, traditional tents are usually more robust, and have a longer life span.

Essentially, a tent is simple, but a hammock can become a little more complicated for first timers. You’ll need to find 2 trees facing a good direction and tie each end of the hammock to them. If your hammock setup is too tight, you will generally wake up with sore ancles, but if it’s too loose, you run the risk of the hammock touching the floor, and insects crawling in with you.

If your campground doesn’t have many trees, or if the trees are dead (they could break and injure you), hammock stands come to the rescue! Basically, hammock stands allow you to pitch a hammock if there are no trees nearby. They are portable, adjustable, and are easy to setup. The only drawback is that the ground should be relatively flat, whereas if you were to hang a hammock between 2 trees, there won’t be any stands touching the ground, so a rocky floor wouldn’t be a problem.

Comfort

One of the main reasons for choosing a hammock is the comfort that it provides you! It has a basically has in-built seat which is arguably more comfortable than a standard blow up mattress. You need to pick your tree’s wisely though! You don’t want a pinecone falling on your face mid-sleep.

If you have constant back pain and find it hard to sleep inside tents, you should give hammocks a try as they cause you to sleep sideways, similar to a banana shape, which a lot people find much more comfortable.

Price

Hammocks are usually lighter and don’t include a wealth of poles and gear that tents do. Depending on the type of hammock that you purchase, they are usually quite similar to tents. You can however, find very cheap tents <$60, but they most likely won’t last long.

A good tent or hammock can cost between $200-500 without accessories. If you need a hammock stand, that will add to your cost, just like a mattress and other tent necessities will to its cost.

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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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