If, like me, you’ve been inspired by the high-octane excitement of the Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang then why not become part of the action at the Three Valley’s Enduro race day. Anyone skiing in Les Menuires, or any of the other major Three Valley resorts, on April 1st is welcome to enrol in the activities which span the entire 600km ski area. |
Discover Les Menuires
The friendly, reasonably-priced resort of Les Menuires is a great base for exploring the extensive Les Trois Vallées region with its excellent skiing. Set at 1850m (higher than Méribel and at the same level as Courchevel 1850) the skiing in Les Menuires is excellent throughout the season thanks to the altitude. Sharing a valley with Val Thorens, the resort has a fantastic range of skiing on its doorstep including exhilarating off piste and no fewer than six black runs. But if you really love a challenge then the Three Valleys is waiting for you, right on your doorstep.
Join in the Fun
On 1st April the resorts of Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Orelle, Méribel and Courchevel come together to put on the Enduro: a range of races, challenges and festivities which stretch across the Trois Vallées. From Boardercross events in the snowpark at Méribel to a Family Schuss in Val Thorens and a Slalom event in Les Menuires, amateur skiers can compete for victory (or fun) throughout the day. And, of course, this is France so the day is not only rounded off with award ceremonies in all the resorts, but a giant Savoyard buffet as well.
Whether you see yourself as a budding slalom skier like Dave Ryding, a freestyle skier like Katie Summerhayes or a Big Air daredevil like medal-winner Billy Morgan, there’ll be an event for you. The day is divided into categories: pros, amateur, family. And each team must have three skiers in it. Once you’ve registered you can choose which events you’d like to take part in and then you simply pick up your bib from the Club de Sports in the resort and head off to whichever race takes your fancy. Teams are given points for each race which are then added up at the end of the day to pick a winner from each category.
Schedule of Events
There is so much going on it might be hard for you and your team to decide where to go so here is a rundown of the events.
• Freeride • Géant Freestyle • Big Air Bag • Boardercross • Triplette des Belleville • Fight Ski Club • Family Schuss • Slalom
Instructions for the day for those skiing in Les Menuires:
• 7.30 am – pick up your team’s bibs at Club des Sports • 8.00 am – coffee and croissants and a briefing about the day’s events at La Croisette • 9.00 am – Event begins • 11.00 - 3.00pm – Savoyard Buffet in Méribel & BBQ in Val Thorens • 4.45pm – last race • 6.00pm – prize ceremony at La Croisette
The perfect challenge for a group of friends skiing in Les Menuires this spring, the Enduro will create memories for a lifetime as you team up with your mates and take on the mountains of the Three Valleys.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best ski chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, and tips on skiing in Les Menuires or anywhere else in the region, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the experience of a lifetime.
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