The largest linked ski area in the world, the Three Valleys offers 335 ski runs of varying difficulty and at differing altitudes. The Three Valleys, consists of the three parallel valleys of Courchevel, Méribel and Belleville. With 600 kms of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts there’s plenty to keep skiers of all levels occupied.
Courchevel consists of four main villages: Le Praz 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850 and is a world renowned resort famous for its luxury hotels and lively atmosphere. Le Praz and Courchevel 1550 have slightly quieter atmospheres so are good options if you’re not looking for a lively atmosphere in contrast to say Meribel which is the epicentre of nightlife in the Three Valleys.
The Méribel valley is split into four distinct areas: Méribel-Mottaret, Méribel, Méribel Village and Les Allues. Méribel itself is at the heart of the action in terms of both skiing and nightlife so it’s a great spot if you’re looking for direct and easy access to the slopes plus excellent apres ski! Just a few miles away is Meribel Village which is a slightly quieter option for those who are looking for somewhere a little more relaxing.
The highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens offers a great range of skiing. The resort has numerous blue and red runs many of which run back into the village meaning you don’t have tough runs at the end of your days skiing but for those looking for some harder runs the resort is home to the mogul fields of Cime de Caron and La Masse. For those wanting some off-piste skiing there are options on the Chavière and Péclet glaciers.
St Martin de Belleville
For those looking for a more traditional village and somewhere slightly less expensive, St Martin de Belleville is a great family friendly option. You still have access to Meribel and Les Menuires via a gondola in the village and then you can ski back into the village via red and blue runs at the end of the day, so this village provides great access into the other ski areas as well as a more traditional alpine feel.
The Three Valleys is a great ski area whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced skier as well as it only being a short haul destination from the UK, it means you can go for a long weekend skiing or turn it into a longer trip if desired. It also appeals to both families or groups of friends with a vast range of accommodation options, restaurants and ski runs there’s something for every one and every budget!