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
- 'Famille Plus' resort - good children’s facilities and great for families
- 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, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page (21/22):
Half the size of the 3 Valleys pass, the Belleville area covers Val Thorens, Orelle, Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville only - 300km of pistes
Les Menuires/Saint Martin local area
160km of pistes, 31 lifts (1 cable car, 6 gondola, 10 chairlift, 5 draglift + carpets), 83 slopes:
Green slopes: 12
Blue slopes: 37
Red slopes: 24
Black slopes: 8
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.
LES MENUIRES OFF-PISTE
You can enjoy the thrill of off-piste skiing in the safety of one of the three 'Liberty Ride' zones which have been created across the ski area. These non-groomed slopes are perfect for leaving your own tracks in the powder:
- La Masse which is accessible via the Masse 2 gondola
- La Riondaz which is accessible via the Saint-Martin 2 chairlift
- Les Pylônes which is 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.
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.
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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:
These short duration passes are available to book in resort on your arrival, in euros. Please note these prices are for guidance only.
3 Valleys ski pass – ½ day and daily rates
1/2 day - €45 children, €55 adults
Day - €50 children, €63 adults
Belleville ski pass – ½ day and daily rates
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 (NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.
Please note these prices are for guidance only.
From 3 years old.
From €50-60 for 1 hour for 1-2 pers
From €75-90 for 1.5 hours for 1-2 pers
ESF LES MENUIRES
TEL: 00 33 4 79 00 61 43
Les Menuires Childcare
Les Menuires has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus label.
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 was 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 21/22
- A new gondola lift built for winter 2021-22. It will leave from the bottom of the Masse and reach the summit in 8 minutes - you just need to sit back and enjoy the panoramic views! It’s a significant new addition to 3 Valleys lift system because it speeds up the ability for skiers and snowboarders to get to the far reaches of the Les Menuires and Val Thorens Valley. It is, perhaps, the fastest gondola in the world currently. There’s a huge 360° decked platform where you can view the summits, glaciers and points of interest that are visible from the top of the mountain.
- Enjoy a piste machine experience with dinner! 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 approx. €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.
- 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 around €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.
- 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 about €5 per child, including the torch and hot chocolate!
- Wine Makers Week - 3rd- 6th January 2022. For 20 years now, every winter, all the richness of our French vineyards can be found in Les Menuires: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Côtes-du-Rhône, Sancerre, Beaumes-de-Venise, Jura, Touraine, Moselle, Gard... all regions are represented by passionate winegrowers, who have come to share their knowledge and the fruit of their production.
Trophée de l'Espoir - 17th February 2022. For 25 years, Les Menuires’ calendar has been marked each winter by this important charity event. The aim of this day, sponsored by David Douillet, is to raise money for the Association Départementale des Infirmes Moteurs Cérébraux 74 (the Départemental association for Cerebral Palsy).
- Comedy Festival - 8th - 10th March 2022. Enjoy Les Menuires du Rire again, sponsored by humorist, comedian and imitator Florent Peyre - an event where you will be falling about the place, not from skiing, but from laughing so much!
- 3 Vallees Enduro - 3rd April 2022. A favourite covering the whole ski area, the aim is to allow as many skiers as possible to find out about the 3 Vallées ski area in an original, accessible and welcoming way.
- XXL Slalom - 9th April 2022. 400 participants will start from the Pointe de la Masse and ski down 4.87km with a vertical descent of 1,050m! They will have to make 150 turns! Entertainment and concerts will take place that day as well.
- Yogiski Week - 11th - 17th April 2022. The action-packed programme includes a week of yoga and hiking, relaxation and meditation, as well as other discovery workshops. The week 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
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.
Dine Under The Stars In La Marmite
Famous for its unusual meals served inside former ski lift gondolas, La Marmite is now offering holidaymakers a new and original experience in the heart of the Les Bruyères district - dining inside a sphere with panoramic views! This semi-transparent cocoon on the terrace with views of the summit of La Masse can accommodate 6 to 8 people and allows the stars to be admired in complete privacy. Enjoy a cosy atmosphere with subdued lighting, a wood stove, and the added extra of a connected speaker so that you can listen to the music of your choice.
L'Alpin Steak House
This establishment, located in Les Bruyères, has a real spit roast for cooking exceptional pieces of meat for savouring together. On the menu: roasted Bresse chicken, whole leg of lamb from Sisteron or Luberon (the signature dish), or a small suckling pig cooked for seven hours and then roasted and served to six to eight people, carved at the table.
The Trapper Experience
Dine-in one of the three cosy Alpine tents located on the upper terrace of L’Alpin. Like safari tents, they can accommodate up to eight people and are equipped with a wood-burning stove and a connected speaker. ‘Raclette à la rampe’ or old-fashioned roast pork are on the menu. The evening ends with a gourmet campfire with marshmallows roasted in the brazier.
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 (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: 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
04/12/21 - 22/04/22