The Perfect Gateway to Les Trois Vallées

No skiing enthusiast is truly a connoisseur until they have taken a trip to Les Trois Vallées!  There are enough slopes, bars and restaurants in the world’s largest ski area to keep you entertained for far longer than whatever the duration of your stay. Furthermore, for those looking for a bit of advanced skiing, the Val Thorens glaciers and winding reds off Mont Vallon (plus all of the off-piste in between) are second to none.

Situated at the heart of this skiing mecca is Méribel-Mottaret which, at 1700m, promises excellent snow coverage all season, a wealth of convenient ski-in/ski-out accommodation options and direct access to the 600km worth of piste across Les Trois Vallées.

Where to Ski

Méribel-Mottaret is perfectly situated in the middle of Les Trois Vallées, giving you unparalleled quick and convenient access to Courchevel, Val Thorens and the wider Méribel valley. (It is in fact quicker to get to the Courchevel valley pistes from Méribel-Mottaret than it is from the Courcheval resorts themselves!)

Close to home, don’t miss the idyllic Combe de Vallon that winds down from the top of Mont Vallon, a perfect place for a race to the bottom. Next up, take a trip to the high-altitude conditions of Val Thorens and journey up the Funitel Péclet to access Christine, where you can really put your parallel turns to the test on the sharp bends. Lastly, for some of the most advanced skiing that Les Trois Vallées has to offer, make your way to the Grand Couloir, a treacherously bumpy black run accessible from both the Courchevel and Méribel valleys that offers the added bonus of incredible vistas from its summit.

Après Ski

Within the Méribel-Mottaret valley, La Folie Douce has more or less become an institution on the après scene and is a must visit at least once during your trip. Expect pumping live music, free flowing drinks and dancing on tables. Similarly rowdy is The Ronnie at the Méribel Rond Point while, if you have the appetite to continue into the night, O’Sullivans in Méribel centre will offer up cocktails, clubbing and DJ events.

Summer School in Geneva

If you’re looking to get away in the summer, but are feeling guilty for taking time off from studies and want to build up more experience, why not try taking up an international summer school course? See another country, meet great people, learn new things, and come away not just with amazing memories but a valuable qualification to boot!

One of the best places for this is Geneva, which not only offers high-quality courses – it’s ranked as one of the top 20 universities in Europe – but also has brilliant opportunities to get out among its dramatic Alpine landscapes and lakes. This is the home of skiing, water-sports and woodland hiking, and that’s not to mention the local nightlife, which, like the mountains, is on top of the world. Interested? Here’s why you should be!

The Study Part

First you need to find your course. There are plenty of short courses available in a variety of fields, all taught in English, and offering an international perspective on interdisciplinary subjects. Geneva offers a particularly strong range of modules on law, such as International Humanitarian Law, Global Health and Human Rights, and in Sustainable Development. Study doesn’t just consist of attending academic lectures, but also round table discussions and debates with experts from leading worldwide institutions based in the city.

It’s not just the lecturers, however, who are worth hearing from, but your fellow course-mates. Geneva is a great melting pot of cultures and an international hub, of which the university is a central part. Taking up a summer school course means you’re perfectly placed for meeting new like-minded people and building friendships not just for a month, but for life.