The 3 Valleys in France is probably the most famous ski area in the world and skiers from all around the globe flock to Europe year after year to take their ski holidays in the 3 Valleys. It is the biggest fully linked ski area in the world with 600km of piste covered on the full area 3 Valleys lift pass. It is made up of four major resorts as well as a few other little satellite village.
The four main resorts in the 3 Valleys are Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires. Courchevel is the valley on the left hand side of the piste map. Meribel is the valley in the middle of the piste map. Val Thorens and Les Menuires are in same valley, with Val Thorens traditonally appearing at the top of the piste map and Les Menuires appearing below it and off to the right hand side. Other popular places to stay in the 3 valleys are La Tania, a hamlet in the right in between Meribel and Courchevel (but technically in the Courchevel valley), Reberty, a hamlet which is often thought of as being part of Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville, located lower down the valley from Val Thorens and Les Menuites.
There huge selection of accommodation available in the 3 Valleys with a good choice of chalets, hotels and apartments. Courchevel 1850 is traditionally thought of as the home to the rich and famous and there are plenty of luxury hotels and chalets to choose from. The rest of the Courchevel valley offers much better value for money. Meribel has a few nice hotels but the majority for the accommodation in Meribel is chalets. Val Thorens is made up of a mixture of hotels, apartments and chalets but they are all in big buildings and complexes. It is a purpose built resort and although it is not pretty it is very practical. Les Menuires is also a good mixture but all the chalets in Les Menuires are technically in Reberty.
There is so much choice in the 3 valleys that it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. On the other hand many skiers who regularly ski in the 3 Valleys will already know exactly what they want. No matter which category you fall into just get in touch and we will do everything that we can to help. From coming up with ideas to simply just getting you the best price on the accommodation that you already know about. You can either give us a call or contact us with the enquiry link below.
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Beginners skiers are extraordinarily looked after throughout the 3 Valleys. There is a huge selection of ski schools to choose from in all four of the major resorts, including many independent and British run ski schools. There are also plenty of beginner slopes throughout the area which are all easy access and in some cases you will not have to purchase a lift pasa as a beginners until at least half way through your holiday because there is a good selection of beginner lifts that can be used for free.
Intermediate skiers will have a seemingly endless amount of skiing to explore. If you are trying to keep costs down then you may well be able to get away with a local lift pass for whichever valley it is that you are staying in, as each valley has about 200km of piste on offer. However, if cost is not an issue then go for the full 3 Valleys lift pass. You will be able to ski all day every day and you will hardly ever have to ski the same run twice!
Advanced skiers could not ask for a better ski area then the 3 Valleys. With 600km of interlinked piste you will be able to ski all day without every having to take off your skis (apart from lunch and getting on and off the odd gondola). There is a great choice of snowparks on offer for any freetsyle skiers and there is also a huge amount of off piste skiing to test yourself on, which is all on top of the 600km of marked pistes.
The 3 Valleys is not only great for skiers but it is also brilliant for those looking for a now boarding holiday as well. Snowboarding holidays in the 3 Valleys offer snowboarders a huge selection of snowparks and well as loads of off piste to explore. Meribel alone offers two of France's best snowparks. The Moon Park is very well looked after with well shaped kickers and the DC park has a well groomed half pipe. Val Thorens also has a very good snowpark which is extremely popular with snowboarders.
Off piste skiers out there will love off piste ski routes that are on offer in the 3 Valleys. The Grand Couloir in Courchevel has a seriously challenging mogul section at the top and then opens out into a huge powder field. Be careful to stick to either the right side of the left side of the field as there is a cliff drop in the middle. Unless of course you fancy dropping it, in which case you will want to stick to the middle. However, it is a big drop so unless you are a very experience off piste skier we would advise caution. There is also a great selection of tree skiing in the 3 Valleys and Meribel is full of enough tree runs to keep keep anyone happy.
Not only does the 3 Valleys offer some of the best skiing in the Alps but it also offers some of the best apres ski in the world. Meribel has always been known for apres ski and the Rond Point has been one of the best apres ski venues for a long time. They also now have a Folie Douce franchise which has added to Meribels reputation as an apres ski hot pot. Val Thorens also has a Folie Douce as well as plenty of other popular apres ski bars, whilst in Courchevel the placeto head for apres ski is La Ku De Ta (formerly Le Kalico)
As you might expect from an area that has great apres ski bars the nightlife is equally as good. In Meribel has a the a famous Dick Tea Bar (a well know nightclub brand in the Alps) while in Val Thorens Malaysia and Summit are extremely popular clubs. In Courchevel La Ku De Ta carries on the apres ski and is a nightclub in the evening while Le Cave is the club that the the rich and famous head too. Expect to pay a lot for a round of drink even if you are used to London prices!