A legendary ski area in the French Alps, Les 3 Vallées is the largest ski area in the world. With 600km of ski slopes to be explored and fresh snow for most of the year, the entire region is open for the Winter season from early December until late April, with the highest altitude resort Val Thorens remaining open until the beginning of May.
Despite its name, the ski area is in fact made up of four valleys. Originally consisting of the Saint-Bon, Allues, and Belleville valleys, the fourth, Maurienne valley, was incorporated more recently.
The sheer size and vast expanses of high-altitude mountains (85% of the ski area is above 1800m) allows for phenomenal views, many snow sure ski resorts and some of the best sunset viewpoints that the Alps has to offer.
Set in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie region of France, Les 3 Vallées is known for its chic and well-established infrastructure. This includes a wide variety of high-quality accommodation options, excellent restaurants (from family-run establishments serving local dishes to Michelin-starred bistros), 2383 snow cannons, 73 piste grooming machines, 166 ski lifts and the excellent transport technology.
Made up of acclaimed ski resorts Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville and Orelle, Les 3 Vallées has 339 maintained slopes which span over and 18.5 km². Ideal for families and thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies alike, the ski area has 51 green slopes, 132 blue slopes, 106 red slopes and 32 black slopes.
Val Thorens breaks more records as highest ski town in Europe at 2300m, with slopes that go up to the lofty heights of 3230m above sea level. The legendary Glacier de Péclet allows skiers access to ski runs even during the summer.
Known as a family friendly resort, Courchevel has many activities and facilities for little ones. This includes a babypool, a small water entertainment area, a toboggan run, an ice skating rink and a ‘Western-style’ ski park for children. This ensures that kids will have just as much fun as their parents in Courchevel!
An excellent resort for beginners and intermediate skiers, Méribel has two nursery areas, 8 green slopes, 26 blue slopes, 26 red slopes and 7 black slopes. This makes it an ideal ski resort for families with slightly older children, perhaps who are taking ski lessons or are starting to take on the slopes with their parents.
At the heart of the Les 3 Vallées ski region, Méribel boasts 15 summits above 2,500 meters, with 6 glaciers.
At 1400m above sea level, La Tania was developed for the Albertville Olympics of 1992. As such, the young ski station boasts a much more modern village centre, with fully pedestrianised streets, and all the amenities that you could ever need on your ski trip. La Tania has easy access to both the Courchevel and Meribel ski areas, and of course, the rest of Les 3 Vallées.
Saint Martin de Belleville
A very photogenic ski resort, Saint Martin de Belleville has a stunning skyline, with its beautiful church spire which is typical of the region. Saint Martin de Belleville has a very authentic Savoyarde village feel, with charming architecture, surrounded by evergreen trees and stunning nature.
At 1450m above sea level and well-serviced by ski lifts, the village enjoys an advantageous location within the Les 3 Vallées ski area.
In the Belleville valley, Les Menuires is not far from Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Val Thorens. The ski resort is very well-connected, with 39 ski lifts and 62 slopes just waiting to be explored. Known as an excellent choice for mixed-ability groups, the resort caters seamlessly for beginners, intermediates and expert skiers alike.
For those just as passionate about relaxation as they are about skiing, Brides-les-Bains is the resort for you. A hub of natural thermal activity, the region is one of the best locations in France to visit a natural thermal spa.
This ski resort allows you easy access to the highest point of Les 3 Vallées along the highest zip line in Europe: ‘Le Bouchet’ at 3230m altitude.
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