Snowboard Freeride Explorer


1 week Meribel Catered

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Overview

Shred the 3 Valleys’ awesome array of freeride terrain, trees, steeps and open powder fields!

The 3 Valleys offers fantastic freeriding opportunities and during this week we’ll explore and experience some of the best the area has to offer. Led by Cab9 Head Coach and Meribel local Jono Stevens, the course includes 5 full days guiding and coaching, focusing on exploring new areas while at the same time working on the techniques required for riding and accessing off piste terrain and varied snow conditions.

We will also pay particular attention to safety, practicing transceiver techniques and learning how to read terrain and choose the safest lines with the best snow.

This course is aimed at advanced level riders with some freeride/off piste experience. A reasonable fitness level is required as there may be some hiking during the week.

What to Expect

 

The Coach - Jono Stevens

A well-known face in Meribel having lived there year-round for several years, Jono is known for creating a relaxed atmosphere in his teaching sessions. There's no doubt that he will put the most nervous first-timer at ease, but with the experience and knowledge to ensure that even a technical minded freestyle rider will come away having learned something new.

With his vast knowledge of the 3 Valleys terrain, there's no better coach to guide you safely into the backcountry. Co-Founder of Cab 9 Snowboarding, rest assured his technical pointers and friendly coaching style will push your riding to new levels.

The Chalet

Chalet L'Arclusaz is our beautiful flagship chalet, offering incredible views down the valley either from it's spacious. The comfortable 5 bedroom building will be your lovely home for the week. Rest assured your Chalet Chef and Host will ensure an exciting menu catered to your needs, and the French wine keeps flowing. With warm comforts of a sauna and hot tub, kick back and relax in style after a big day on the hill.

Standard Rate: ALL SOLD OUT

4 spots available in our Twin Share Room

Single Supplement: ALL SOLD OUT

2 spot available in our Premium En Suite Double Rooms

First come first serve - enquire upon booking what spaces are available

Food and Drink

What you eat is important! You'll be riding hard for 6 days, and it's important that your body stays fuelled. We'll be serving up hot cooked breakfasts each morning, spreading up afternoon tea for your return, and then presenting a 4-course meal of energy filled healthy dinners. Wine will be served with the evening meals. We give the chalet staff one night off (Wednesday) so you can hit the town to sample one of the many great local restaurants. Dietary requirements are not a problem, we only ask for this information to be highlighted during the booking stage.

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights in our Luxury Chalet in Meribel Mottaret with hot tub and sauna
  • 6 Days of Cooked breakfast, Afternoon Tea and 4 course dinner with wine. Wednesday is the staff day off, with self-service breakfast and a chance for you to sample the tasty local restaurants in the evening.
  • 6 Day 3 Valleys lift pass
  • 5 Full days of snowboard coaching and guiding from Jono at Cab 9
  • On piste technical development, building a strong foundation into Off piste exploration.
  • 1:6 Instructor Ratio for optimum personal development and safety
  • Off-piste safety equipment provided
  • Splitboarding & Off Piste Avalanche Training *

* Subject to snow and weather conditions

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TimeLine

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Arrival Day 1 Day

    Make your own way to the chalet before 7pm to get settled into your rooms and have some canapes and prosecco before dinner at 7:30pm. Jono will be around to introduce the week and schedule planned for you.  

  • Three Valleys Exploration 1 Day

    First day of coaching with your Cab 9 backcountry guide. Explore the far reaches of the Three Valleys and start to pick up some techniques which will help when you venture further afield. Learn to use your tranceivers and avalanche gear in a mock-rescue situation and learn about the snowpack and what triggers avalanches. 

  • Off-piste Technique Progression 2 Days

    Further coaching and guiding in off-piste riding. Hopefully the conditions are good and we can start investigating some backcountry runs around Meribel. 

  • Rest Day 1 Day

    A well-deserved rest day from coaching, but feel free to head out riding as a group. Or head to the spa in Meribel Centre, relax in the chalet hot tub or try out Meribel's famous apres-ski!

  • Further Backcountry Guiding 2 Days

    Put your new skills to use exploring areas off the beaten track and escaping the crowds in the Three Valleys. 

  • Departure Day 1 Day

    Check out time from the chalet is 10am, but we are able to store luggage if required for your transfer time back to the airport and home!

FAQs

Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

This trip is aimed at advanced riders looking to push themselves in new areas. It doesn't matter if you don't have prior off-piste experience as long as you are a confident snowboarder and keen to give it a go! If you are unsure as to the level of the group or whether it is for you, give us a call in the office on 0208 7888 668 and we would be happy to help. 

You will be staying in our flagship chalet, Chalet L'Arclusaz for the duration of the trip. It is close to the pistes and town amenities and benefits from a hot tub, sauna and large open living area and balcony with amazing views down the valley. You will be hosted by our wonderful Ticket To Ride Chalet Staff, who are experienced cooks and great skiers themselves. 

There are limited single room upgrades available to individuals on this trip for an additional fee. Contact us for price and availability information. 

Wholesome, healthy and nutritious. We are aiming to start the revolution against stodgy and overly-filling, full-of-cream-and-butter chalet food. Instead we love fresh healthy food, influenced by flavours from around the globe, with still a good dose of chocolate desserts and cake in the afternoon! We have developed a menu that aims to sustain throughout a day of skiing but not make you feel like you have put on weight over your holiday! Let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will cater for them. 

There will be a maximum of 6 only on this course.

We get a mixture of people on our camps. The majority are solo travellers and generally people are very keen riders who are looking to progress and do something different with their time in the mountains! We live for snowboarding and adventure so I think our customers often have similar outlooks! All ages are welcome, just have a positive attitude and the confidence to try new things and you'll fit in well. 

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An all-mountain board should be fine but a powder specific snowboard will be welcome if the snow is as good as it was this year! 

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