Why Les Menuires In Les 3 Vallées?
- Fantastic position within Les 3 Vallées ski area - quick access to Val Thorens and to the best of the Meribel skiing
- Great mixture of terrain for all abilities
- Best value - one of the more affordable ski resorts within Les 3 Vallées
- Welcoming resort, good for families.
Winner 'Family Resort of the Year' - World Snow Awards 2015
Les Menuires (3 Vallees) Information
The purpose-built ski resort of Les Menuires is situated at 1850m in the Belleville Valley within the Les 3 Vallées ski area - in complete contrast with the old stone farming village of Saint Martin de Belleville (featured by our sister company Peak Retreats) below and the snow-sure resort of Val Thorens perched above. Sitting on the west-facing slope of the valley, Les Menuires is lucky enough to get the sun all day long. The resort is the best value for money in Les 3 Vallées, with a huge choice of accommodation and services for every kind of holiday and budget.
Once known for its controversial urban style, the architecture of Les Menuires has undergone extensive renewal in recent years to make it a recommended place for keen skiers and snowboarders as well as for families. The original high-rise feel to the La Croisette, Preyerand and Brelin areas has been softened by the development of the Les Bruyères and Reberty areas with more chalets and quality ski residences made from local wood and stone, creating a true Savoyard feel.
Thanks to the quality of the welcome guests receive and its open-arms policy to children and families as well as the attention to detail and the resort’s traditional French atmosphere, Les Menuires has definitely built itself a solid reputation of friendliness and hospitality.
Les Menuires has been awarded the ‘Family Plus’ label for many years now – guaranteeing successful family ski holidays. The resort boasts the largest ski kindergarten in France and welcomes babies from age 3 months and up.
The overall resort of Les Menuires is quite long and spread out (3km), slowly winding itself up the mountainside with different areas along the way:
- Preyerand - on the down valley side
- La Croisette - around the main lift bases
- Grand Reberty - across the hillside
- Les Fontanettes - in the middle
- Les Bruyères - on the up valley side
All of which are linked by free resort shuttle buses or by the slopes.
LES MENUIRES SKI AREA
Les Menuires is part of the large ‘Les 3 Vallées’ ski area (the largest ski area in the world), which many skiers rightly regard as the greatest intermediate ski-playground in the world! This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 8 ski resorts:
- Val Thorens
- Les Menuires
- Saint Martin de Belleville
- La Tania
Les 3 Vallées offers you a total of 600km of high altitude and snow-sure ski slopes - every ski enthusiast’s dream! Amazing skiing can be had right from the beginning of the winter season in the Les 3 Vallées ski area and there is something for everyone - no matter what your style or ability.
The 3 Valleys benefit from excellent snow coverage - the minimum altitude level for skiing is 1300m and the maximum is 3230m. This means that a huge 85% of the ski area is located above 1800m. Some 2000 snowmaking machines cover a third of the ski area as well. The 3 Valleys offer wide ski runs that are maintained nightly by 80 piste grooming machines.
Les Menuires probably holds the best position within the Les 3 Vallées ski area - is set above the treeline and has almost entirely open, very wide slopes. The majority of the slopes are spread across the west-facing mountainside between Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville. One side will take you down into Meribel, which then allows you quick access into Courchevel. Alternatively, you can drop down into nearby Saint-Martin de Belleville or head much higher towards Val Thorens.
Les Menuires offers an efficient and fast lift system for the most.
- For Orelle, Saint Martin de Belleville, Brides les Bains, La Tania, see details with our sister company Peak Retreats
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Belleville only (Val Thorens, Orelle, Les Menuires, St Martin) - 300km of pistes, 62 lifts (6 cable cars, 10 gondola, 28 chairlifts, 6 draglifts, 11 moving carpets), 167 slopes:
Green slopes: 23
Blue slopes: 75
Red slopes: 55
Black slopes: 14
1010 snow cannons (48% of ski area)
Les Menuires/Saint Martin only - 160km of pistes, 33 lifts (1 cable car, 6 gondola, 13 chairlifts, 6 draglifts, 6 moving carpets, 1 bucket), 82 slopes:
Green slopes: 12
Blue slopes: 40
Red slopes: 22
Black slopes: 8
459 snow cannons (covers 51% of the area) in 3 Valleys
LES MENUIRES SKIING
LES MENUIRES BEGINNERS
If you thought beginners would be best suited to the lower slopes, think again! In Les Menuires, the Easy Rider 3 Vallées label promises wide descents and gentle slopes, even way up high - accessible to experienced skiers, improvers and total beginners.
Novices are well catered for in Les Menuires, making it an ideal choice for families with young children and beginners. The nursery area is wide, with a specific lift pass called the ‘Mini Ski Pass’ available to beginners to help keep the costs down. This lift pass gives the user unlimited access to 10 extra ski lifts, serving gentle ski slopes. 5 of these chairlifts are equipped with a special safety system on the safety bar for children, making them even safer and giving you peace of mind.
There are 2 beginner areas where you can learn and improve in complete safety. 5 free magic carpets (1 of which is covered at Les Bruyeres) and 1 free drag lift, both allow completely free and easy access to the slopes for beginners and novices.
Other elements that make Les Menuires great for beginners, novices, children and families are: The Bruyères, Saint Martin and 3 Marches gondolas have been given easier access thanks to the installation of ramps instead of stairs. Itineraries have been created around the ski area especially adapted for family fun.
Once you feel more confident, you can ski from Les Menuires down to Saint Martin de Belleville (featured by our sister company Peak Retreats) on blue slopes the whole way.
Progression is generally very easy from green to blue slopes throughout the area.
LES MENUIRES FAMILY ZONES
On the Masse 1 gondola, Walibi Gliss is a fun zone for families that has a slalom course and boardercross.
LES MENUIRES INTERMEDIATES
The terrain on the Les Menuires side of the valley is gentler, making it perfect for intermediates. The ski areas above Les Menuires and Val Thorens offer great skiing for intermediates with a good selection of wide, open and cruising slopes. There is a great long red/blue run towards Saint Martin de Belleville (featured by our sister company Peak Retreats) called Jerusalem which is very enjoyable.
Although the Pointe de la Masse sector at 2804m is a little steep and does have a couple of blacks, it is still good for intermediates and the views from the top of the gondola are certainly not to be missed.
Don’t forget to watch out for the impressive 3.5m high ‘Le Bouquetin’ wooden goat sculpture on the red Fred Covili slope! From this run you have the option to take the red Crêtes but beware that this does feed onto the black Lac Noir. Alternatively, you can continue and opt for the large network of blues further down.
If you take the Roc des Trois Marches gondola then ski over to take the Mont de la Chambre chairlift this will take you right up to 2850m. From here, you have the option to head straight into Méribel, or choose from a great selection of reds and blues back towards the village – perfect for practising those parallel turns!
LES MENUIRES EXPERTS
Les Menuires has great terrain for experts. The La Masse sector of Les Menuires at 2804m offers advanced skiers some excellent long and technical blacks as well as off-piste runs, which all tend to be less crowded. The snow coverage here is amazing. Three Liberty Ride zones - located on the Sunny Express, St Martin Express and Masse 2 gondola - are left ungroomed.
LES MENUIRES OFF-PISTE
You can enjoy safe powder skiing on non-groomed pistes in Les Menuires thanks to the various ‘Liberty Rides’ created around the ski area:
- La Masse: accessible via the La Masse 2 gondola.
- Ariondaz near Saint Martin: accessible via the Saint Martin 2 chairlift.
- Pylônes: accessible via the Sunny Express chairlift.
At the top of the Roc des 3 Marches gondola you will find the DVA Park (Avalanche Victim Detector), where off-piste enthusiasts can practice their skills at searching for avalanche victims (Open 09:00 – 16:30).
Pointe de la Masse and nearby Cîme de Caron offer exceptional off-piste skiing, probably the best in the 3 Valleys ski area.
As always we highly recommend hiring a mountain guide or instructor to find the best possible off-piste skiing that Les Menuires and Les 3 Vallées have to offer, ensuring your safety along the way.
LES MENUIRES SNOWBOARDERS
There is huge amount of terrain for free riders in Les Menuires. ‘Le BK Park’ is located in the Becca area which is accessible via the Becca chairlift. There are 2 boarder-cross (1 blue and 1 red) for the racers as well as bump and rail zones. It has three different area to suit different levels and it had a makeover in 2018.
The ‘Big Air Bag’ is located at the bottom of the slalom stadium in the La Croisette area of Les Menuires and is perfect for trying out your tricks and jumps in complete safety. Helmets are compulsory and are available on site.
Three Liberty Ride zones - located on the Sunny Express, St Martin Express and Masse 2 gondola - are left ungroomed.
LES MENUIRES CROSS-COUNTRY
There are 28km/17 miles of prepared trails along the valley floor between Saint Martin de Belleville (featured by our sister company Peak Retreats) and Val Thorens. From Les Menuires you can start from Plan de l’Eau along the Doron River and head towards the villages of Saint Martin de Belleville (featured by our sister company Peak Retreats) and Châtelard.
Les Menuires Ski Hire
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Les Menuires Lift Passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Les Menuires at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Half day and day passes available to buy locally (in €):
These short duration passes are available to book in resort on your arrival, in euros.
3 Valleys ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €43.60 children, €54.50 adults
Day - €48.80 children, €61 adults
Belleville ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €38 children, €47 adults
Day - €46.10 children, €57 adults
Les Menuires Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 4 years to 12 years in Les Menuires with Ski Collection. 4-5 year olds will go into Club Piou Piou. Children can learn to snowboard from 8 years+.
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Les Menuires Private Lessons (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.
From 3 years old.
From €50-56 for 1 hour for 1-2 pers
From €75-84 for 1.5 hours for 1-2 pers
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
ESF LES MENUIRES
TEL: 00 33 4 79 00 61 43
Les Menuires Childcare
Les Menuires is a great ski resort for children and families are made very welcome here. Thanks to the resorts facilities, activities, entertainment, commitment and hospitality, it is no surprise that Les Menuires has been awarded the ‘Family Plus’ label for many years now – guaranteeing successful family ski holidays.
A complete family guide is available free of charge from the Les Menuires Tourist Office.
Top winter activities to experience in Les Menuires!
Please note Ski Collection do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
My first torch-lit descent
Children already have 3 Piou-Piou learn-to-ski villages and a nursery for ages 3 months and over, and now they can also do their first-ever torchlit descent with Les Menuires French ski school. From age 3 years and up. Available during the school holidays, booking required at the ESF French ski school.
Price: €5 per child, including torch and hot chocolate. Contact: ESF Les Menuires - esf-lesmenuires.fr
A really unusual toboggan run on rails, landscaped from beginning to end for a real change of scenery, excitement and breathtaking souvenirs!
On individual sledges, children and adults take on Boukty, the resort’s mascot, over a 1000 m long run on the twists, descents and raised bends... and all in a sumptuous setting. The run is landscaped (little stone house, tree trunk...) and has about ten Boukty challenge themed signboards: the aim is to beat his record! Thanks to 3 control points, the tobogganist knows how he is getting on: as prudent as a snail or a marmot, fast and agile like a hare or an ibex. Open to children from 5 years old sharing a toboggan with an adult.
Beat your speed record and see who’s the fastest thanks to the new amateur Speed skiing piste in Les Menuires. Access with the Sunny express Chairlift, and Bruyères 2 Gondola.
This dedicated zone allows everyone, from beginners to experts, to measure their top speed in complete safety! Access is via the Sunny Express chairlift, the zone is located near the blue slope of Les Pâturages. Minimum age is 6 years old.
Roc'n Bike - fat bike
Come down the first track of the Roc'n bike in Fat bike, an unforgettable and guaranteed glide sensation two runs of 4 km of the track!! Accessible to all, this initiation allows you to learn braking, the passage of turns and achieve beautiful slides on a snow-covered track, dedicated and secured.
Further information and booking at the checkout of the Roc'n bob office, no later than the day before. The lift pass, the FAT, the full-face helmet and protections are included in the service. From 12 years old.
So that off-piste enthusiasts can practice searching for avalanche victims, a DVA park is installed at the top of the Roc des 3 Marches gondola. The DVA (an Avalanche Victim Detector) is a vital security tool for all those who leave the marked ski area, and it is essential to know how to use it effectively with a shovel and probe.
Roc'n Bob toboggan run
Roc'n Bob is 4km of tobogganing on a snow-covered run. A magical moment to be shared with the family. Enjoy the pleasure of steering your way down a long series of bends "the Roc rapids" and quickly into the "Neverending Canyon" with smaller turns. From 7 years old. Accessible via the Roc des 3 Marches gondola.
You can also do the toboggan run on a scooter! With all the proper kit, you can now race down the 4km snow run with its 22 banked turns, including the ‘Roc rapids’ and 450-metre vertical descent. Fantastic fun in the safe hands of a qualified activity organiser. Price for 2 descents (includes: pass, scooter, helmet and protection) From age 14 and up.
Contact: Shops Ski Top and Dress Code on La Croisette - 0033 631 09 30 58
For experts at amazing tricks and thrill-seekers! Les Menuires snowpark has been reinvented for winter 2018-2019. A new snowsports zone with moguls, rails and kicks.
Not forgetting the new boardercross, where you’ll be able to see how you measure up to other skiers and snowboarders. Less experienced freestylers can enjoy the equipped blue level area.
Numerous added bonuses:
The new chill zone will be kitted out so you can sit comfortably and enjoy the show. The video spot films skiers from their descent, to their jump and their landing. The souvenir video is then sent by SMS. Access: 4-seater La Becca chair lift or 6-seater Sunny Express chair lift.
Discovery of the environment and rich heritage of the "La Vallée des Belleville" Different outings each day every afternoon, from Sunday to Friday.
Full day snowshoe outing one day per week. Transport and loan of snowshoes included. Information at the French Ski School. From 12 years old.
Cross-country skiing Les Menuires/Saint Martin de Belleville
Everyone can discover the joys of cross country skiing on the 28km of marked-out pistes. Starting from the Plan de l'Eau in Les Menuires along the Doron river, to the villages Châtelard and Saint Martin de Belleville.
Map of cross-country pistes available at the Tourist Offices of Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville. Free.
Dany and his dogs invite you for a dog sledge ride in the heart of the winter countryside.
Easy Trott - Electric Scooters
100% Electric Snow Scooters. Accompanied by cycling instructor, Gérald, in groups of 5 people, come and explore our beautiful snowy mountain paths on an electric scooter.
The scooters are 2 wheel drive, have wide snow tyres (3"), powerful suspension and hydraulic brakes for a unique and alternative way to get down the mountain.
First Tracks - Magic Morning
Enjoy before the opening of the ski area with a nice breakfast on top of the Mountain. Take your ¨First-tracks-ticket¨ appointment at the Ski ticket office or the lift pass website.
Meeting at the bottom of the Gondola Masse-1 for an unforgettable experience supervised by mountain's professionals.
Gondola or chairlift outings
Certain lifts are open to pedestrian or snowshoe users, giving access to the altitude paths or simply to the exceptional views of the mountain peaks.
Pedestrian path on a piste basher
The ‘services des pistes’ in Les Menuires are offering you the opportunity to get behind the scenes and find out how the footpaths are groomed and prepared each night. After an hour on a piste basher, you will be dropped off for a Savoyard aperitif breathtaking Alpine sitting. From 6 years old.
Scoot'Evasion skidoo outings
Accompanied outings every evening when the pistes are closed. These new generation snow scooters cannot be beaten for their lack of noise and low CO2 pollution. From 10 years old.
Ski touring under the stars
For anyone who fancies giving ski touring a go but has never dared take the first step, Les Menuires have created the Étoilée. A relaxed evening session (272m vertical climb) takes you up to Refuge du Lac du Lou. Fully kitted out (water, helmet, AVD, shovel and probe, touring skis and special boots), participants set off from the French ski school at Les Bruyères or La Croisette at 1,760m for a climb up to 2,030m. Yannick the warden serves pre-dinner drinks on arrival and a hearty mountain meal is available. A groomed run takes you back down again. Guaranteed high-energy fun! Access possible without a ski pass. Safety kit (AVD, shovel and probe provided, touring equipment extra)
Contact: ESF Les Menuires
Electric snow scooter
Trialled last year, the all-terrain electric scooter (twin-engine, fat tyres, hydraulic brakes, suspension) is back in Les Menuires for adventures on the trails around the Plan de l’Eau – as a family, with friends or solo. It’s only available to try out at three resorts in the whole of France.
90-minute accompanied session (includes pass, scooter, helmet and protection).
From age 14 and up. Groups of 2 to 5 people.
Scooters are available from 2 stores on La Croisette.
Contact: Ski Top stores and Dress Code on La Croisette - 0033 631 09 30 58
Snow groomer evening
If you’ve always dreamt of a different kind of mountain experience, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Christophe invites you to climb aboard a piste groomer! After reaching the top at 2,300m, everyone goes back down to enjoy the sunset, followed by a traditional Savoyard fondue or grilled prime rib. You’ll head back to the resort at night by starlight. Price includes the ride and meal, but no drinks.
Contact: Christophe Lecomte 0033 620 81 71 19
Snow maze challenge
Junctions, dead ends, false trails… you’ll have to be pretty clever to find your way out of the Snow Maze created at the top of Roc 1. Carved out of ice and measuring around 20 metres across and 2 metres high, the maze has a few surprises in store this winter. Ideal family fun, easy to get to and free of charge, even if you’re on foot. And if you get a bit chilly in there trying to find your way out, just make your way along, trailing your hand continuously on the right- or left-hand wall all the way to get straight to the exit.
Drone flying workshop for beginners/intermediate to learn the basics and taking aerial shots (video and photos), with Cyril, flying instructor and professional pilot.
Take home your best memories! Photos and videos of your best off-piste skiing (accompanied by a professional) filmed by a drone.
Discover some exceptional views by flying over the Vallée des Belleville in a two-seater microlight. Realise your dream in total security and collect some unforgettable souvenirs. From 8 years old.
Les Menuires is home to two leisure complexes dedicated to well-being, treatments and relaxation: Les Bruyères Aquafun & Wellness Centre (3,500 m2) and La Croisette Sports Centre (4,500 m2), as well as some 10 different spa areas in apartment complexes and hotels, open to all.
Aqua Cross-Training Taster
Inspired by cross fit, aqua cross-training comes to Les Menuires’ sports centre straight from the USA. It’s a lot more than just cycling in the water, using resistance bands, dumbbells and other accessories to intensify effort and make different parts of the bodywork simultaneously through a combination of exercises and techniques, aquafitness, aquagym and aquaboxing etc.
45 mins, contact: Les Menuires Sports Centre
Museum of Saint Martin, 150 years of a high valley's history
Situated in the heart of the village, in an old Bellevillois farm, the Saint Martin Museum retraces one hundred and fifty years of this high Savoyard valley's history. Headphones are available for English speaking visitors.
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All activities will be in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Les Menuires Resort News and Events 2020/21
- Yogiski week, 12/04 to 18/04/21: The 5th edition of this event. The action-packed programme includes a week of yoga and hiking, relaxation and meditation, as well as other discovery workshops. The weeks ends with a sunset walk up the 2,000m altitude summits to Lac du Lou, an outdoor yoga and breathing exercise session, followed by a meal in the Lac du Lou refuge. Free to sign up and participate via lesmenuires.com.
Les Menuires Resort News and Events 2019/20
- A piste machine experience with dinner starts this season. Each week on Wed, Thurs and Friday evenings, up to 22 guests can take a Pisten Bully snowcat up to Chalet du Sunny located at 2,300 metres. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset before enjoying a fondue or a grilled steak. Prices are €40 for children and €70 per adult [drinks not included]. Book via the Les Menuires website or by contacting Chalet du Sunny’s owner, Christophe, directly
- Fancy learning to fly a drone and take loads of aerial film or pictures? Easy Drone is running lessons using small but powerful DJI Mavic Pro or Mavic Air drones, priced from €45 per person. And you get to keep what you shoot for free! Book at the Ski Top ski shop
- 2 snow scooter experiences: Easytrott is organizing tours of the snowy paths in the Plan de L’Eau area on 2WD electric snow scooters. Picture a traditional scooter with large mountain bike tyres, hydraulic brakes and suspension and you’ll get the idea. From €55 per person for 1.5 tour. Protection provided. Roc’n Trott is also organizing downhill snow scooter rides using the 4km sledge run – a blue slope with a 450m vertical drop. Priced at €35 for two runs.
- Les Menuires: Kids torchlit descent - Children over the age of 3 can now take part in their first-ever torchlit descent! It's available throughout the school holidays. Speak to your ESF ski school to get involved. It's only €5 per child, including the torch and a hot chocolate!
- 2nd edition of Les 24 Heures des Menuires - 7th and 8th December 2019 - for the second year in a row, the resort will mark the start of the season with 24 hours of non-stop snowsports festivities! Starts with breakfast at 8.30am and an early-morning warm-up on the La Croisette snow front. Advice available from one of the Sports Centre’s fitness coaches before attacking the sporty part of the day: obstacle course on skis, L’Aiglon test, slalom, night-time skiing in aid of the AFM Téléthon and an introduction to ski touring on the ‘Menuires’ blue run to the chairlift of the same name. 269m of height gain! And the day ends with plenty of fun: Big Air Bag, laser games (9 years and up), concerts and a torch-lit descent.
- Les Menuires hosts the ‘On vous raconte des histoi’arts’ Lucas Beaufort open-air exhibition from 7th December 2019 to 26th April 2020. A journey around ‘snow’ and ‘street’ art taking you through over a half-century of history and skiing.
- In conjunction with French comedian Florent Peyre, the first edition of Les Menuires Comedy Festival made some 2,000 visitors laugh and smile in 2019. For its 2nd edition, from the 9th to the 13th of March 2020, the event will welcome many guests, including Belgian singer and comedian, Laura Laune. Price: €20 to €30, depending on the show.
- From 4th - 11th April 2020 - the resort will host the fourth edition of Yogiski week. A week of yoga, walking, relaxation and meditation, combining the joys of snowsports, kindness and good humour. In the programme, you’ll find free workshops open to all: Do In, sophrology, reflexology, yoga, shiatsu, sylvotherapy… as well as nutrition, stress management and naturotherapy conferences. Mindfulness walks by the river, outdoor pranayama yoga sessions and breathing exercises will help revitalise your body and soothe your mind. The perfect way to round off the ski season, and a few easy relaxation techniques to take home with you to fit into your daily routine.
Price: free entry – registration required.
Check out the latest news from Les Menuires and the 3 Valleys on the Tourist Office website: www.lesmenuires.com
Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
In Les Menuires, there are 61 bars and restaurants, which includes 12 mountain restaurants, plus 6 other late-night bars/nightclubs offering lively après-ski. Les Menuires restaurants include 'La Marmite de Geant' and 'Trattoria' with its French ambience.
Folie Douce Val Thorens (bar/restaurant)
The famous La Folie Douce open-air restaurant/bar/club on the ski slopes is a must! The food is amazing and the atmosphere is one of a kind. Generally, there is a show with the dancers/actors, followed by an afternoon DJ set on the sunny terrace. Dancing on tables allowed! There is a VIP area, should you wish to indulge. There are 2 restaurants plus a food van next door - the self-service (La Petite Cuisine) open noon-3pm and the fine dining experience at the famous La Fruitiere (gourmet brasserie) has two services at noon and 2pm.
La Fruitiere - Chef Damien de Valukhoff and his team perform with simplicity and finesse a seasonal French cuisine combining tradition and modernity. All the creative dishes are made with fresh local products. With its selection of refined Local cheeses from Savoy such as the génépi flavoured Tomme, Reblochon, and Beaufort La Fruitière is delighted to present you the excellence of the know-how from the producers of our country. They also have killer desserts!
Next to the Folie Douce Chalet, the Folie Food Ratrack offers a high quality snacking meals to take away or eat on site. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salmon Bagels, homemade French fries, waffles, cookies, you will find what you need to feast.
Access on skis or on foot (chairlifts LES PIONNIERS & PLEIN SUD).
Igloo Village Val Thorens (new for 19/20) (bar/restaurant)
The highest of its kind in Europe, it will offer an unforgettably cool experience - a living and fun space made from snow and ice. The amazing grotto promises to take people of all ages into a spectacular magical frozen world where they can eat, drink, sleep and play.
Set on the Combe de Thorens green run, the Igloo Village can be reached on skis or by foot. The
outdoor terrace is the perfect place to take a break between ski descents or to soak up amazing views over the resort.
Covering an area of 150m2, it houses several different zones:
- A 50m2 Ice Bar. Open every day from 10am to 5pm, guests can choose from a large selection of drinks and admire the snow and ice sculptures
- A 35m2 restaurant. Visitors can enjoy an authentic Savoyard fondue all snuggled up in warm blankets. The Igloo Village is open every Wednesday evening for dinner. The €49 set menu includes a fondue and platter of cured meat, as well as wine and dessert. Booking is required
- A specially designed area to host events and business conferences.
- Bedrooms carved from ice. Chill out for a super cool night like no other! There are two rooms
Les Menuires provides a good selection of 90 shops and services. These include banks, post office, chemists, doctor's surgery and medical centre, physiotherapist, dentist, supermarkets, grocery stores, regional product shops, bakeries, butchers, hairdressers, laundrettes, garage, petrol station, taxis, newsagents, souvenir & gift shops, sports shops and fashion shops.
There are numerous Wi-Fi internet hotspots dotted around the whole of Les Menuires. Once you are within one of the zones connect to the INTERNET-ICI network. Approximate cost: €9/day or €19.90/week.
Getting to Les Menuires, France
Driving distance from Calais: 590 miles, approximately 9 hrs.
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From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes, then A5 Motorway to Dijon, then A39 Motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier and Bourg-en-Bresse, then A40-A42 Motorway heading towards Lyon. Take exit 8, drive through Ambérieu-en-Bugey, follow N504 towards and up to Chambéry, then take A43 motorway and A430 motorway to Albertville. Continue on N90 to Moûtiers and take D117 following signs to Les Menuires.
GPS: Latitude: 45°32’.293’’ - Longitude: 6°53’.7571
Chambery to Les Menuires: 65 miles, approximately 1hr 30
Lyon to Les Menuires: 118 miles, approximately 2hrs 30
Geneva: 120 miles, approximately 2hrs 30
Private taxi transfers from airports to Les Menuires are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris). See our Train Services page for more information.
The nearest train station to Les Menuires is 27km away in Moûtiers. www.sncf.com
Private taxi transfers from Moûtiers to Les Menuires from £40.50 per person return (based on 4 people sharing) are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our Airport & Station Transfers page for more information.
Altibus offer bus lines from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genève-Cointrin (Geneva), Chambéry/Aix les Bains airports and Moûtiers SNCF train station to the ski resort of Les Menuires.
Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68
Moûtiers Bus Station: +33 (0)4 79 24 24 46
Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. 7 day rental ranges from £230-£549 (any other duration possible). See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus in Les Menuires:
The free Les Menuires resort shuttle bus links: La Croisette to Reberty 1850 and 2000, Le Hameau des Airelles, Le Hameau des Marmottes, Les Fontanettes and Les Bruyères. Preyerand and Brelin are linked by a cable car and lift.
Schedule (based on winter 13/14): From 08:00 – 20:00, the buses operate every 20 minutes. From 20:00 – 23:00: the buses operate every 40 minutes. An extra route on Saturdays runs from 06:30 – 20:30 from Les Balcons des Bruyères/bus station.
There is also a free valley shuttle bus that runs Sunday - Friday between Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens. Pedestrians & nordic skiers only between Les Menuires and Val Thorens). All users authorised between Saint Martin and Les Menuires.
Buses from Les Menuires bus station to Val Thorens Place des Arolles leave at 09:00, 09:55, 15:10 & 17:40. Returning from Val Thorens to Les Menuires at 09:25, 12:10, 13:50, 17:10 & 18:15.
Buses from Les Menuires bus station to Saint Martin de Belleville Place Mairie leave at 09:45, 12:30, 14:10, 17:30 & 18:35. Returning from Saint Martin to Les Menuires at 08:35, 09:30, 14:45 & 17:15.
When evening concerts are held in Saint Martin de Belleville, an extra bus is added at 20:30 from St Martin to Les Menuires and Val Thorens.
Other stops on request: Saint Martin Grangeraies, Saint Marcel, Les Granges, Praranger, Le Levassaix, Le Hameau des Airelles, Preyerand, Chalet-Hôtel Le Menuires, Les Menuires bus station, Les Fontanettes, La Masse, Les Sonnailles, La Chasse, P4 accès Caron/UCPA and Val Thorens.
There is also a shuttle bus service between Saint Martin de Belleville and Villarabout, Sunday – Friday 4 times per day.
Les Menuires bus station: Tel +33 (0)4 79 00 73 99.
Val Thorens bus station: Tel +33 (0)4 79 00 06 83.
Resort Parking in Les Menuires:
There are public underground car parks located in La Croisette and Les Bruyères areas of Les Menuires. Approximate cost: €50/car/week. Booking and payment on site.
There are also free outdoor car parks in all areas of Les Menuires.
Les Menuires Opening Dates
Les Menuires ski area is open: 07/12/19 - 26/04/20