Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 1st February 2021

Igloo Building In France!

Famed for its Gallic cuisine and all things culinary, France may have the upper hand when it comes to food but one hotel is preparing to offer something completely different……..igloo building, ski tours and snow yoga!

Maisons Pariente’s Hotel Le Coucou in Méribel has just introduced a selection of new experiences offering families and friends the chance to learn a new skill this winter season.

From igloo building and ski touring to snow yoga and boxing, Le Coucou can now arrange a varied selection of experiences for both ski enthusiasts and non-skiers looking to try something new.
The 5-star hotel boasts 55 spacious suites and rooms, two private chalets, two restaurants, a Tata Harper Spa, two swimming pools and two kids’ clubs. It is also located in the prime position of Méribel, the central resort of the Three Valleys, the largest ski-area in the world.

Igloo Building
Embrace the snow with this testing experience where following a construction plan is essential to success! A mountain guide shares invaluable advice and imparts the skills needed to build an igloo effortlessly. A snack point provides tea, coffee, mulled wine and delicacies throughout the activity ensuring an enjoyable and one-of-a-kind experience.
Prices start from 500 Euros for a group of minimum 4 people

Ski Touring
More adventurous guests can enjoy ski touring with experienced guides to explore the off-piste areas of The Three Valleys. Although ski touring will require a little more effort than downhill skiing, it is certainly the best way to access remote, unseen areas of the resort.
Guests can book half or full days, depending on physical and technical capabilities.
Prices start from 240 Euros per person including a personal guide


Guests can enjoy yoga in the mountains alongside breath-taking views. Open to novice or experienced yogi, the courses promise many benefits including fatigue and stress relief as well as improved sleep. Rates on request according to the number of participants.

Philippe de Laurentis, the three times kickboxing World Champion and three times French boxing European Champion is on hand to organise private coaching sessions for guests looking to improve, or learn, the art of boxing this year. Philippe has been working in Méribel since 1998 and works closely with Hotel Le Coucou. A 1-hour private session is 140 Euros for a maximum of 3 people.

Nightly rates at Le Coucou start from 460 Euros on a half board basis. For reservations and information email