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Les Ménuires (3 Vallées)
High altitude resort

Resort description


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The purpose-built resort of Les Menuires is situated in the Belleville Valley within Les 3 Vallées ski area, in complete contrast with the below old stone farming village of Saint Martin de Belleville and the above perched snow-sure resort of Val Thorens. Once known for its controversial style, the architecture of Les Menuires is now under extensive renewal to make it a recommended place for sport enthusiasts as well as for families.


Les Menuires in Les 3 Vallées

 

For the winter 2012/13 season we are welcoming the new easy access 6 seater chairlift from La Masse to Rebertyas a replacement of the old bucket chair lift. The new lift will carry up to 2600 people per hour.

 

Les Menuires is split into 3 main levels.

 

The highest level is Reberty, at the centre there is Croisette and at the lowest part of the resort is Preyerand. All have a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

 

The village has been created to keep cars out of the way and offers one of the best family spots in the 3 Vallées ski area.

 

La Croisette is where the lift leaves for Val Thorens and Meribel.

 

There is a free shuttle bus that runs though out Les Menuires, which operates from 8am to 11pm.

 

A bus runs between Moutiers, Saint Martin, Les Menuires and Val Thorens everyday.

 

Skiing in Les 3 Vallées (Les Menuires)

       

Some of the best off-piste can be found in the Belleville Valley.

 

For intermediates and experts there is a great run from Mont-Vallon down to Meribel a vertical drop of 1450m.

 

For the last rays of the day the Saint- Bon Valley is the best place.

 

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Skiing in Les Menuires (Les 3 Vallées)

 

Les Menuires is set above tree line and has almost entirely open slopes.

 

The majority of the slopes are spread across the west-facing mountainside between Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville.

 

Les Menuires / Saint Martin offer a large ski area with three ski areas:

 

The Mont de la Chambre area, offers many lifts and long trails above the resort.

The Masse area, is well exposed, and is toward the resort offering the best snow.

The Grangerais and Saint Martin area offers wide-open spaces and a slope to the alpine village of Saint Martin.

 

Les Menuires provides a great range of skiing for all abilities, with particular mention going to La Masse, which offers advanced skiers some excellent blacks and off-piste runs.

 

Novices are treated with equity. The nursery area is wide and a specific lift pass is available to beginners to help keep the costs down.

 

Snowboarding in Les Menuires, Les 3 Vallées

 

In the Combes-Bacca sector there is a new terrain park with slides, pyramids, tables and snowcross.

 

There is huge amount of terrain for free riders in Les Menuires.

 

Cross country skiing in Les Menuires, Les 3 Vallées

 

There are 28km/17 miles of prepared trails along the valley floor between Saint Martin de Belleville and Val Thornes.

 

Ski School in Les Menuires, Les 3 Vallées

 

The ESF ski school dominates Les Menuires.

 

They have a variety of lessons on offer from skiing and snowboarding to snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

 

For children aged 3 months to 6 years old there is the children’s village with a nursery, mini club and ski lessons.

 

For more information about pre-booking Ski School in Les Menuires pleaseselect here

 

Lift Passes in Les Menuires, Les 3 Vallées

 

Lift passes give you access to Les Menuires and the whole of the 3 Vallees ski area.

 

 

For more information about Les Menuires lift pass, please

select here

 

 

 

Les Menuires photos supplied are by Les Menuires tourist office taken by Agence Nuts, Denis Rabate, Pierre Exandier, Pierre Jacques/Foc, Photos & Co, P. Royer, Photos Castel, JM Gouedard, Interaview Production, Office du Tourisme.

The Skiing
Les Menuires is part of Les 3 Vallées ski area that many skiers quite rightly regard as the greatest of intermediate ski playgrounds in the world. This massive lift-linked ski area is formed with the neighbouring resorts of Val Thorens, Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania. The 3 Vallées ski area has slopes of all extremes. On the edge of the traditional wide ski runs, the eastern side of the 3 Vallées ski area is waiting to be discovered: in the Saint-Bon Valley and on the borders of the Courchevel ski area you will find sunny Moriond. The Saint Bon Valley offers some of the most beautiful wooded sectors of the 3 Vallées. The western side of the 3 Vallées is represented by the Belleville Valley and at the top of the valley sits the imposing resort of Val Thorens and its circle of glaciers and peaks that reach over 3000m. Great skiing can be had from the very beginning of the season in the 3 Vallées and there is something for everyone no matter your style or ability.

Clients booking for pre or late season dates should be aware that not all facilities in your chosen resort may be open - including some ski lifts. We would advise you to check the resort tourist office website or our Resort Opening Dates page for details before making a booking.
Après Ski
In Les Menuires there are 34 restaurants, 7 bars and 2 nightclubs. Les Menuires restaurants include La Marmite de Geant and Trattoria with its French ambience. You can also enjoy a concert in the evening at the Maurice Romanet Hall.
Amenities
Les Menuires provides a good selection of shops and services. These include banks, chemists, a doctor's surgery, grocery shops, hairdressers, laundrettes, sport shops and fashion shops. There is also a cinema in Les Menuires.
Activities
In Les Menuires you can try ice skating, night skiing, snow shoeing, snow scooters, paragliding, dog sled rides and enjoy two outdoor heated swimming pools. There is also "Lugeland" in Les Menuires - which is a toboggan descent on inflatable rubber rings.
Getting there
Driving distance: From Calais: 590 miles, approximately 9 hrs.
Airport access: Chambery: 65 miles, approximately 1hr 30. Lyon: 118 miles, approximately 2hrs 30. Geneva: 120 miles, approximately 2hrs 30.

Ski Facts
Village height:
1850m (6,070ft)
Slope range:
1260m (4,130ft) - 3230m (10,600ft)
Ski area:
Les 3 Vallées

Piste coverage
600
Ski lifts
180
Ski runs
300
Green
40
Blue
124
Red
106
Black
30
Snow cannons
2091

Beginners
***
Intermediates
****
Experts
****
Boarders
***

Local Ski Area
Les Menuires has 160km of slopes, 40 ski lifts, 4 green runs, 24 blue runs, 26 red runs and 7 black runs.

Tourist Office
+ 33 (0)4 79 00 73 00
Click to Les Ménuires (3 Vallées) website
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