Meribel Apres Ski ReportAaannnnd....relax
8th March 2012
This week, DJ Yoda proved a point; the force is certainly with him. A questionably packed out Dick’s Tea Bar was treated to a stellar set from London’s DJ Yoda aka Duncan Beiny. It was as good a night as any this season in Dick's and it was clear Yoda felt at home having played here many times before. A personal highlight of the evening was his incredible Jedi trick at the beginning of the set. After his intro he went into some heavy scratching. The sheer speed and precision with which Yoda manipulated his decks was such a sight that it caused the whole of Dick’s Tea Bar to stop and stare at the spectacle before them.
Flipping the script and heading over to the other side of the musical spectrum now. You may have noticed that Meribel is currently covered in posters for a concert at the Auditorium. For those of you that don’t know where this is you’ll find it next to the Tourist Office... no? It’s next to ‘Le Pub’. Glad we’re on the same page. The concert in question is for the one and only ‘Susheela Raman’. I was unaware of Miss Raman’s existence until I came across this poster and all I could gather from the picture was that she was a dark skinned, wild haired lady in a robe who may or may not be in a bad mood. On further digging however, I learned that she is in fact a former winner of the BBC World Music Newcomer award and Mercury Prize nominated artist. Raman’s music is a rich blend of western music with traditional oriental and Indian folk music and rock, blues and raga. If world music is a little too ‘out there’ for you, do not fear, Raman brings things back to earth with covers of classics by Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and even Nirvana. Susheela Raman plays Meribel Auditorium on the 20th March. Tickets are available now from the Tourism Office (next to Le Pub, remember?).
All you freestyle skiers/boarders out there looking for some inspiration, look no further than the ‘DC Shred Days 2012’. For 4 days between the 17th and 20th of March, DC’s finest boarders, skiers and skaters will take to the DC Area 43 Park in Mottaret to show us how it’s really done. This is a unique chance to check out some of the world’s best freeriders in one of Europe’s most cutting edge snow parks. Chuck in a half pipe for skaters (they already did!) and you have got yourself some serious adrenaline junky fuel!
Isn’t it nice out there now that the English half term and the busiest part of the French holidays are over? It is as if half of the people on the slopes have realised that DJ Yoda’s tour of the alps is over and decided it is just not worth sticking around. As quiet as the slopes are in comparison, I know that there are some of you out there just wishing you could have the slopes to yourselves. Well for a small fee that dream can be made a reality. For €18 you can board the Tougnete bubble lift a full hour before opening, enjoy breakfast, provided for you at the top of the summit and ski down quiet, peaceful slopes with a full stomach, ready to face the day. Booking is essential and must be done before midday on Monday at any of the ski pass offices.
If the soothing music of Susheela Raman or the prospect of a peaceful ski down empty slopes before they are officially open isn’t enough to leave you in a zen like state of relaxation well shout ‘Gouranga!’ and be happy, I have the solution for you! This Tuesday (and regularly until the end of the season) you have the opportunity to take part in a relaxation workshop in the Olympic Centre. Learn how to correctly use mantras, meditate and take part in breathing exercises, some of which involve didgeridoos and Tibetan pipes. Running from 10am and throughout the day for minimum groups of 2, workshops last 1 hour and are €20 per person. Expensive? Slightly. But you can’t put a price on inner peace!