Three Valleys Ski area
France’s 3 Valleys ski area is the largest in the world, combining the world-class resorts of Méribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Tania, Saint Martin de Belleville, Brides les Bains and Orelle.With over 600km of varying pistes and over 200 efficient lifts, the 3 Valleys area boasts some of the best skiing in the world and is a playground for all abilities.
An estimated 260,000 skiers are transported hourly, all of which get to enjoy the breathtaking backdrops of mountains whilst whizzing around the well-kept slopes. The rather appropriately named 3 Valleys ski area consists of, obviously, three valleys. Méribel is situated in the middle valley, surrounded by Courchevel and Val Thorens, with other smaller villages scattered around.
The 3 Valleys ski area is a perfect location for beginners and advanced skiers alike, with a wide range of comfortable and challenging slopes. And for any thrill-seeking skiers, the Grand Couloir run in Courchevel is known to be one of the scariest in Europe.
Ski Resorts in The Three ValleysAll of the resorts are easily accessible via efficient lift systems, making the 3 Valleys an even more attractive place.
Meribel is our bestselling resort in the 3 Valleys, with its large range of chalets and hotels in the prime location at the centre of the domain. This is one of the prettiest ski resorts in France with a bustling town and fantastic après venues. It's a favourite amongst many due to its lively and picturesque charm and one that many return to year on year.
Courchevel is often referred to as the playground of the rich, with its two 6-star hotels and 7 Michelin-starred restaurants; there are plenty of luxurious things to do there away from the skiing. However, it is possible to experience a holiday in Courchevel on a lesser budget with our selection of affordable chalet hotels in prime locations.
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe sitting at 2300m giving it incomparable snow quality and a long season. Most ski accommodation are ski in – ski out which makes a week’s holiday easier for beginners and gives intermediates and experts the joy of maximum ski time.
If you are looking for a peaceful family holiday La Tania may be the resort for you. After being purpose-built for the 1992 Winter Olympics, the small resort has developed into a cosy atmosphere in the heart of a magnificent village. Stay in a range of chalets and apartments here with easy access to explore the whole of the ski domain.
Although Les Menuires is seen as the ugly resort of the ski area, its fantastic array of intermediate local ski runs and close proximity to Val Thorens and efficient lift systems to access Meribel and beyond make it a great base to stay. Plus much of its accommodation enjoy a slope side location for ski convenience.
The low altitude village of Saint Martin de Belleville offers a quaint and relaxed feel compared to its neighbours. Unspoiled, traditional, quiet and quick access to the rest of the ski area, it is the perfect resort if you are looking for mileage but be based in a relaxed and small resort.
Brides les Bains lies below Meribel resort, connected by a 20 minute gondola into Meribel La Chaudanne where you can access the whole of The Three Valleys. If you're looking to go to The Three Valleys but don't want to pay its prices, then Brides les Bains is an ideal budget option for a week or a short break.
Skiing in The Three Valleys
The Three Valleys really is the ideal ski area for all abilities with a huge variety of choice, you'll never be skiing the same runs twice! From 330 downhill pistes, 120km of cross country tracks, 183 lifts, off-piste terrain and a number of snowparks there so much to explore for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Ski holidays in The Three Valleys
There are a whole number of accommodation options to choose from in the area's resorts including self catering apartments, hotels and chalets.
Meribel accommodation is situated further out from the nursery slopes and lifts and may require getting a bus to get to La Chaudanne where the lifts are located. Some chalets have their own complimentary minibus service to take you to the slopes in the morning and pick you up at the end of the day, whilst others are a short walk to a nearby chairlift.
For ultimate ski in ski out convenience, then Val Thorens is the best bet as the resort is purpose built and the majority of its accommodation is either ski in ski out or a few minutes walk to the side of a piste.
Best of The Three Valleys
Best bars -
- La Folie Douce, Meribel and Val Thorens
- 360 Bar, Val Thorens
- Cafe Snesko, Val Thorens
- The Frog & Roastbeef, Val Thorens
- The Shamrock, Val Thorens
- Saloon Bar, Val Thorens
- Malaysia Club, Val Thorens
- Le Rond Point Bar, Meribel
- Meribar, Meribel
- La Taverne Bar & Restaurant, Meribel
- Ski Lodge, La Tania
- La Boulotte, Courchevel Moriond
- Ku-de-ta, Courchevel
- Le Challenge, Les Menuires
- Chez Pépé Nicolas, Val Thorens
- Restaurant Le Chamois d'Or, Val Thorens
- Steakhouse Club 72, Val Thorens
- La Pizzeria des Chalets du Thorens, Val Thorens
- Restaurant La Galette, Meribel
- Le Refuge, Meribel
- Aux Petits Oignons, Meribel
- Le Bouc Blanc, La Tania
- Restaurant Le Bistrot du Praz, Courchevel Le Praz
- La Table de mon Grand Père, Courchevel Le Praz
- Restaurant Le K, Les Menuires
- Le Portetta, Courchevel 1650
- Le Floor Restaurant, Courchevel
- Les Ducs de Savoie Restaurant, Courchevel
- Le Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Courchevel 1850
Best ski runs -
- Grand Coulior, Meribel/Courchevel
- Tetras, Les Menuires
- Creux, Courchevel
- Mont Vallon, Meribel
- Combe de Caron, Val Thorens
- Boismint & Plan de l'Eau, Val Thorens
- Folyeres, La Tania
- La Face, Roc de Fer, Meribel
- Jerusalem, St Martin de Belleville
See our blogpost on our top 5 runs in The Three Valleys for more!
The Three Valleys Piste Map