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Ski & Snow / The Three Valleys, France

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Renowned as one of the best ski resorts in Europe, The Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées) is an incomparable skiing experience; the allure and exhilaration of the world’s largest interlinked ski network awaits with access to over 600 kilometres of the snow-laden slopes of Courchevel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens. The epitome of ski chic, Courchevel exudes style and sophistication; its streets peppered with designer boutiques and top-class restaurants. The jet set crowd return each year for the ultimate luxury ski holiday with an unrivalled combination of glamorous lifestyle, glittering nightlife and wide perfectly groomed pistes. Les Menuires is well-acclaimed as a family-friendly ski resort, kids can enjoy doorstep skiing and safe learn to ski areas complimented by a toboggan castle and a fun park with trampolines and bouncy castles. Val Thorens is Europe’s highest ski resort; the ski-through village exudes a spirited vibe and boasts recent investment in high speed lifts as well as an impressive terrain park, complimentary on-piste Wifi and an ice-driving course. Skiing Proficient skiers can ride the seamless lift system and head for a different area every day; for mixed ability groups the fast lifts make easy work of meeting up for lunch. Beginners and cruising intermediates are extremely well catered for with a vast choice of well-groomed long blue runs, dedicated nursery slopes and good ski schools while expert skiers will find endless challenges from mogul fields, off-piste and couloirs to over 30 dedicated black runs.

The Three Valleys, France Essentials

Approx. Flight Times London to Chambéry: 1 hour 35 minutes, London to Geneva/Grenoble: 1 hour 45 minutes
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The Three Valleys, France Hotels & Itineraries

Introducing some of the best 5 star resorts in The Three Valleys, France.

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The Three Valleys, France /Resort Guide

Statistics

Altitude of resorts 1650m – 2300m
Highest skiing point 3230m
Total pistes length 600km
Number of lifts 173
Green runs 16%
Blue runs 40%
Red runs 34%
Black runs 10%

Snowfall

The high altitude of the ski area, along with the regular, ongoing investments in cultured snow production means The Three Valleys area is able to guarantee snow cover from the beginning of December until the end of April across the entire ski area.

Recommended for

Beginners: **** | Intermediates: ***** | Advanced: **** | Families: **** | Non-skiers: **

Top 5 things to do in The Three Valleys

  • Les Trois Vallées is the largest ski area in the world and you can ski all three valleys in one day. It's accessible by blue and green runs, making it perfect for any level of skier.
  • Après-skiers will find glamorous bars and exclusive night clubs in Courchevel; La Folie Douce in Val Thorens offers the world's highest open air dance floor.
  • Indulge at the 3 Michelin Starred restaurant La Bouitte. Recognised as one of the world' leading restaurant, Head Chef René Meilleur and his team serve creative dishes using locally sourced produce.
  • Five fun-filled snow parks are dotted across the Three Valleys to keep you entertained on the piste with fun runs, boarder crosses and timed trials. We recommend you head to Courchevel's 'Dark Park' for a great après event; attempt the jumps in the evening whilst you enjoy the on-site entertainment.
  • The Three Valleys have an extensive range of non-skiing activities. For a magical experience, try dog sledding through the bottom of the Belleville Valley or float above the peaks in your own hot-air balloon. 

 

When is the best time to visit The Three Valleys, France?

The best time to visit The Three Valleys is in the winter months. Take advantage of savings on lift passes and empty slopes before the Christmas rush. The festive season makes for a magical winter holiday and an unforgettable Christmas and New Year, whilst January offers quiet slopes, perfect snow conditions and great offers on luxury chalets. The Three Valleys snow report suggests the deepest average snow levels coincide with February half term, making this the perfect time to for your winter family holiday. Longer days in March and April offer plenty of spring sunshine; enjoy lunch or après-ski on one of the Three Valleys' many sun terraces.

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