August 19, 2021
We are heading back to the French mountains to reunite with our Tribe friends! This time we are switching it up though, we are going to Val Thorens.
Unplugged adventures are all about our reunion; seeing familiar faces while taking an intentional break from work to reconnect and reminisce about the wild days of the Tribe. It's a chance to keep in touch with old friends a few times a year and stay plugged into the community, even when we're no longer fully nomadic and able to join month-long Chapters. Living our daily lives together is beyond compare, now imagine us in vacation mode.
A holiday with old friends, are you in?
Reunite with the Old Pals in the Snow
Our second snowy unplugged adventure. Let's get cozy again and spend a week in the mountains in a French Mountain Village. We'll be skiing, snowboarding, or practicing our turns for the 2nd time in the French Alps. After conquering the mountain, we'll return home to relax in our cozy apartments as we sip hot chocolates next to our fireplace.
Even if you are not into skiing or snowboarding there is a ton of other activities to do.
Slide down the mountain with the Tribe
We'll bring our sense of adventure, tie 10 Sleds to one another and slide down the mountain together. Don’t worry though as there is a guide on the front sled to make sure you are safe.
Fly over Val Thorens
From the heart of the resort or from the top of Le Bouchet on the Orelle sector, take a flight above the slopes alone or with friends! There’s nothing else quite like it – this activity has unarguably become a Val Thorens essential.
Let's be cheesy!
No holiday in the mountains would be complete without cheese! After a great ski session, there’s nothing better than a good fondue around the fireside, at a restaurant, or at home, for going over the day’s highlights!
To ski or to aprés-ski, that's the question.
Val Thorens is a resort that knows how to party! Picture going out for a drink with your friends, watching the sunset, and singing a rock classic at the top of your voice!
Diving is one thing, ever tried Ice Diving?
The thrilling underwater activity is done in a drysuit, waterproof gloves, and masks to protect you from the icy water. After snowshoeing to the Lac du Lou Lake, you will be completely equipped and given a safety briefing before the 45minutes under the ice.
Ice climb a frozen waterfall
What better way to get up close and personal with the icy slopes than to try your hands at ice climbing? This sport is sure to get your heart racing as professionals will teach you how to use ice axes and crampons for your climbing experience.
Our Home in Val Thorens
Snow-capped roofs and mountains make up the backdrop of this magical wonderland, Val Thorens. It’s a charming ski resort located in the French Savoie region of the French Alps. Surrounded by six mountain peaks offering excellent skiing in France, it’s no surprise the area draws in many beginner and pro-skiers from around the globe.
It is the highest resort in Europe and the largest ski area in the world with over 600 kilometers of runs. You can find more information about the ski resort on the official resort website as well as popular on the snow webpage.
Our home is a ski-in/ski-out residence located at the foot of the ski slopes in Val Thorens.
Each chalet inside of the Village has en suite facilities and a living room with cable TV and free Wi-Fi access. They also have a kitchenette equipped with a dishwasher and microwave.
Resort passes cost from €61 pp for a 1-day pass (or €300 for 6 days) and can be purchased ahead of time online.
Good to Know
Unplugged adventures are a time to take time off from work, the focus is on connecting rather than staying productive. The residence mentioned to us that WiFi is available, but we can't guarantee stability.
We are going to be in France so the main language is French. It's definitely going to help to learn a few words and download Google Translate for Restaurant Menus.
Join Us in Val Thorens
Unplugged adventures are about reuniting with old friends. It's a week-long intentional break from the day-to-day to disconnect from work and reconnect with the Tribe. Members who have joined Chapters before and intimately understand what being a Triber is all about will thrive most on Unplugged adventures.
Booking priority will be given to Veterans, Citizens, and Nomads – find out which one you are here.
Jan 14 - Jan 21, 2023
2-Person Shared: $690
Open to current WiFi Tribe members only.
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Find answers about Unplugged below:
Secure your Unplugged Ski week booking with a deposit, full payments are due 12 weeks before the Unplugged Adventure begins.
Unplugged Adventure payments (please be aware this policy is effective as of the start of 2023):
- Booking requests are secured with a $300 deposit and will receive a link to finalize your booking to pay the full Unplugged Adventure fee
- The final full payment is due 12 weeks prior to the Unplugged Adventure starting. (Note: this means you’ll have from the time of booking until 12 weeks out to submit the full Unplugged Adventure payment)
- If your full payment is not received 12 weeks before the Unplugged Adventure start date, your spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist
- Bookings made less than 12 weeks before the Unplugged Adventure start date will pay the full Unplugged Adventure price at booking
Unplugged Adventure cancellations (please be aware this policy is effective as of the start of 2023):
Once the full Unplugged Adventure payment is paid, the following cancellation policy applies:
- You have a 48-hour grace period to cancel a trip booking and not forfeit your deposit. If a booking is cancelled within 48 hours, the deposit will be released for a future trip.
- Cancelling 10+ weeks before arrival: 100% refund of the trip payment. Your deposit is forfeited if you didn’t cancel within the 48-hour grace period. Otherwise, the deposit is released for a future booking.
- Cancelling 8-10 weeks before arrival: 50% refund of the trip payment. Your deposit is forfeited if you didn’t cancel within the 48-hour grace period. Otherwise, the deposit is released for a future booking.
- Cancelling less than 8 weeks before arrival: No refund and the deposit is forfeited if you didn’t cancel within the 48-hour grace period. Otherwise, the deposit is released for a future booking.
- Chambery Airport: 122 km
- Geneva Airport: 150 km
- Grenoble Airport: 187 km
- Lyon Airport: 199 km
More arrival information available on the official resort website.
In the Chapter's Slack channel before arrival, members often coordinate transportation to our homes together. You'll receive the address and other relevant information closer to the start of the ski week post completed payment.
Whether you're an experienced rider or new to the slopes, consider travel insurance that includes added protection for adventure activities. Things like:
- Trip protection against weather-related incidents that cause trip cancellations or delays
- Gear protection to protect yourself against theft, lost or damaged equipment
- Emergency medical insurance and emergency evacuation to cover any accidents on the slopes
Unplugged adventures are about reuniting with old friends. It's a week-long intentional break from the day-to-day to disconnect from work and reconnect with the Tribe.
It's a chance for us to keep in touch with old friends a few times a year and stay plugged into the community, even when we're no longer fully nomadic and able to join month-long Chapters.
That's why, for these adventure weeks, we're looking for members who have joined Chapters before and intimately understand what being a Triber is all about.
We're a group that loves to ski and snowboard, members have self organized their own ski weeks with fellow Tribers, so we want to help take it a step further. There's magic to renting out an entire chalet for cozy community hangs and bonding over a shared passion with people with whom we already feel close.
Chapters have a focus on productivity with the expectation that everyone will log on to work Monday-Friday. Unplugged is a time to... well, unplug.
Set up an out of office message and take off days from work, these week-long adventures are a holiday as a Tribe. We won't be working during the week, instead all of our focus will be on the adventure and the intention of getting even closer by sharing an epic experience.
Since this is a chance to unplug from our daily work schedules, we aren't specifically sourcing accommodations for their wifi reliability and speeds. We also won't have the backup MiFi devices on the ground or other supportive tech gear.
During Unplugged adventures, our accommodations might have wifi but it's not a given!
Find answers about the resort and Val Thorens below:
Val Thorens (France) is the highest altitude resort in Europe and the highest point in the 3 Vallées ski area, the largest ski area in the world with over 600 kilometres of runs.
Situated in a vast natural cirque overlooked by 6 glaciers, the Val Thorens ski area offers a multitude of itineraries so you can ski in the sunshine all day long.
Val Thorens has always had quite a good offer for beginners simply because its high altitude means that all season long it’s very convenient for first-timers to get on the nursery slopes without the hassle that can be the case at older, lower altitude resorts.
However, the resort moved its services for beginners up another notch a few years ago when it spent 1.5 million Euros on what it describes as a 40 hectare ‘cocoon’ for beginners complete with the latest state-of-the-art roof-covered conveyor lifts, providing very easy uplift on the slopes with the luxury of weather protection if it’s snowing. The conveyors also make the Cascades chairlift more accessible, getting first timers to their first green and blue slopes more easily.
The numbers speak for themselves really – more than 200 blue and red runs from your slopeside ski accommodation. Some 600km of piste. 180 lifts to get you back up the slopes. More than 1,900m of vertical between the top and the bottom of the ski lifts in the 3 Valleys. Runs up to 12km long. There’s simply no bigger lift-served area on earth and no-one better suited to enjoy it all than a regular recreational skier like you and I.
You will want to explore the full region of course and the high speed lift network and piste layout is so good you can cross from one side of this vast area to another in a few hours in each direction, but you are likely to get distracted by the dozens and dozens of great runs along the way.
The local slopes around Val Thorens are predominantly easy and intermediate standard terrain, although there are eight black runs, the toughest arguably the 3km long Caron run down from the Cime de Caron lift. Of course, travel a little further afield and the choice quadruples with more than 32 blacks in the wider Trois Vallees.
There is also the option to head off piste with a guide or in a special ski school class. The resort is famous for its powder once you get off the beaten piste – the quality of the snow typically better and longer lasting than in most resorts because of the altitude, the glacier and the often north facing slopes. There are runs for all ability levels from complete beginners to the seriously obsessed, with the Lac du Lou run one of the best known, involving a 1400m vertical descent.
Other popular areas include the glacial zones of La Vanoise, one of the most beautiful off piste tours in the 3 Vallees, or the huge Maurienne flank on the backside of Val Thorens. Day-long excursions and multi-day tours are available on demand from the resort’s High Mountain Guides (+33 (0)6 89 29 23 36).
A major resort for boarders, Val Thorens has recently added a new snow park on the Plateau sector which is easy to reach using several different ski lifts. The park has five zones (beginners, intermediates, experts, an 800m long boardercross and a ‘Jump Air’), altogether covering 70 hectares and filled with a huge range of modules including bumps, whoops, rails, boxes, a table top, wall ride and a big air jump where riders land on a huge inflated mattress after getting airborne.
For beginners, the snowpark contains six jumps and six rails providing an easy learning area for all. The intermediate snowpark has bigger features including three rails, three boxes and six jumps while the expert’s snowpark, used for training by some of Europe’s best riders, has six big rails and a wall ride as well as some huge kickers. The boardercross course is 800m long, a fun area with raised bumps, whoops and jumps.
A ski pass is not included in the trip price because everyone will likely have a different agenda in the French Alps. Some will take the first lift up the mountain and be the last ones down, while others indulge in the many other winter activities on offer here.
Resort passes cost from €61 pp for a 1-day pass (or €300 for 6 days) and can be purchased ahead of time online.
Of course! Val Thorens offers a variety of winter activities and a bustling small village to fill your time. Try dog sledding, skijoering, toboggan trails, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or tubing to experience the French Alps without hitting the slopes.
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