LES MENUIRES, FRANCE
Ski Holidays in Les Menuires, France
Les Menuires is situated in the beautiful Belleville valley a few miles up the valley from St Martin de Belleville. Ski holidays in Les Menuires offer a quiet, inexpensive base from which you can explore the 600km of pistes in the Three Valleys, linking to the ski resorts of Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel. Based in the picturesque French Alps, Les Menuires continues to impress skiers from across the world, who flock to the resort in order to enjoy amazing terrain and fantastic customer service.
Families and individual skiers alike are well served in this wonderful part of the Savoy region, where outstanding landscapes and magnificent winter weather awaits. While some places may be intimidating for those new to the sport, Les Menuires has everything you need to try the slopes, gain confidence and become a better skier.
It is well-connected, too, with a sophisticated lift system connecting visitors to all of the different runs across the region. Therefore, it’s easy to develop your skills and take on new challenges without feeling overwhelmed.
- Off piste
|Directions of Slopes||N, E, S/E, W|
Les Menuires ski resort
Even though it is a crucial factor, Les Menuires is not all about the ski terrain, as visitors have plenty of facilities and entertainment to enjoy alongside the slopes. The resort is designed to make your stay as straightforward as possible, with a range of accommodation based close to the resort’s ski lifts that allow skiers and snowboarders to get from their room to the slopes as quickly as possible.
While some ski areas can be daunting due to their large size, Les Menuires is much easier to explore as all of the runs are easy to reach and helpful teachers are at hand to provide visitors with any help they may need to improve their skills.
After you’ve spent some time in the snow, you can then relax in one of the resorts many excellent bars or restaurants, which are the perfect places to mingle with other visitors and marvel at the breathtaking scenery.
Snow conditions in Les Menuires
The ski season takes place from November to April and all of the runs are immaculately maintained to guarantee the smoothest surface possible for visitors. 85% of the ski area is above 1800m and there are 2189 snow cannons covering 49% of the ski area to guarantee snow cover.
Skiing in Les Menuires
It can be difficult to find resorts with an even spread of slopes for all kinds of abilities, but Les Menuires does not disappoint thanks to its magnificent variety of runs. Coverage for beginners, intermediates and experts are all available for skiers to choose from across 600km of groomed runs in the 3 Valleys ski area, along with dedicated areas for freestyle and boardercross at the BK Park.
The resort also holds the Family Plus label, offering Piou-Piou villages with one accessible to children from the age of three months and free ski passes for the under 5s. What’s more, if you purchase a pass to the Les Vallees ski area, you will be welcomed to the biggest ski area in the world.
Based across the four valleys of Saint-Bon, Allues, Maurienne and Belleville, visitors can look forward to several excellent runs. The Mont de la Chambre run could be particularly appealing thanks to its wide area suitable for practicing turns and is measured at 1,304m all the way down to St Martin de Belleville.
For advanced skiers, there are plenty of excellent runs based in between the pistes, providing a tough challenge that is rewarded with majestic scenery.
Apres ski, restaurants and other activities in Les Menuires
For the best food in the resort, look no further than the amazing Le Chalet du Cairn. This incredible eatery is full of dishes from across the world and offers spectacular views out into the La Masse valley.
Les Roches Blanches is another fantastic option, serving up delicious portions of pizza and spaghetti close to the La Masse region. If you want to relax after a long day on your skis, the Les Menuires health centre could be a fantastic place to recover, boasting a large swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis.
As well as this, if you’re feeling especially daring, there is a 4km toboggan run, featuring 22 bends and a vertical drop of 450m.
Activities to do in Les Menuires include:
- Dog sledging
- Cross country skiing
- DVA park avalanche practice
- Off piste guiding
- Fat biking
- Biathlon courses with ESF
- Speed mountain tobogganing
Transfer time to Les Menuires
There are 4 airports that join to Les Menuires: Chambery is 100km away (1h30 mins drive), Geneva is 143 km (2h30-3h drive), Lyon is 183 km (3h – 3h30 drive) and Grenoble (3h – 3h30 drive).
Ski Hire in Les Menuires
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Les Menuires. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Les Menuires:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£79||£55|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£109||£71|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£129|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£139|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Les Menuires here
Les Menuires Reviews
Both us adults and our daughter had the best holiday ever. The staff could not do enough for you and went full out to make everything fun and meet our needs. Their welcome and organisation of activities made the holiday extra special. For us all the ski in and ski out of the hotel and great instructors really made the whole experience easier. Both the instructors taking the beginners class and those more experienced were able to get the right balance of what we all wanted from our holiday.The food was well presented and in abundance. There was variety and it met for any diet needs we had. There was great entertainment both for children and adults the staff making so much effort to ensure we enjoyed ourselves. We met some great people who we still keep in touch with now. The whole family would agree this was the best skiing holiday ever. I would choose club med again and have recommended it to all my friends.
Apres Ski: 4/5