What’s it like?
The largest linked ski area in the world, the Three Valleys offers 335 ski runs of varying difficulty and at differing altitudes. With four glaciers to choose from, snow conditions are good all season long.
The Three Valleys, as the name suggests, consists of the three parallel valleys of Courchevel, Meribel and Belleville. With 600 kms of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts you are spoilt for choice. And with eight different resorts to choose from there is a vast array of accommodation, ranging from low cost options to luxury 5 star hotels.
When it comes to après, the Three Valleys are in a league of their own. Party lovers head to Meribel and Val Thorens where there are a large number of bars to choose from, including the well-known piste-side après venues of the Rond Point in Meribel and the Folie Douce in Val Thorens. For something a little quieter, head to the typical French villages of St Martin de Belleville or Les Allues, where you'll find pretty bars and restaurants.
Courchevel is a world renowned, elegant resort comprising four main villages: Le Praz 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850. With a great paste-side location, Le Praz 1300 is a pretty quiet village with direct access to 1850. In Courchevel 1650 and 1850 there is a lively atmosphere with a good selection of shops and restaurants. In addition you’ll find luxury hotels, chic boutiques and great choice of restaurants. Courchevel 1550 has a slightly quieter atmosphere, but is a cheaper alternative to the higher villages and is a good option for families.
Meribel & Mottaret
Sat in the middle of the Three Valleys, the Meribel valley is split into four distinct areas: Meribel-Mottaret, Meribel, Meribel Village and Les Allues.
Meribel itself is at the heart of the action in terms of both skiing and nightlife. As well as being home to the piste-side après venue, the Rond Point, there are numerous other bars, restaurants and shops. For a more peaceful setting, Meribel Village lies just a couple of miles away with its own chairlift to Meribel Alitport as well as a bus link to the centre of Meribel.
If it’s slope-side convenience you’re after then Mottaret is spot on. Sitting above the resort centre of Meribel at 1750m, Mottaret has a small village centre with a few bars and restaurants.
The highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens sits at the head of the Belleville valley and offers a great range of skiing. In addition to endless blue and red runs, many of which run back to the resort, Val Thorens is home to the mogul fields of Cime de Caron and La Masse as well as many off-piste opportunities on the Chavière and Péclet glaciers. The resort has a great village feel, set around a small but lively resort centre, with accommodation and facilities for all tastes.
Set neatly between Courchevel and Meribel, at an altitude of 1400m, La Tania is a family friendly ski-in ski-out resort surrounded by pine forest. Red, blue and green runs return to the resort, giving access to other ski areas via ski lifts and local buses. Although quieter than its neighbouring resorts, La Tania’s fully pedestrianised resort centre has enough bars and restaurants to give you variety during your stay.
Brides Les Bains
Linked to Meribel by gondola, the spa town of Brides les Bains is a favourite with budget conscious skiers who want to ski the Three Valleys. This quiet, traditionally French resort has a good choice of shops and restaurants as well as a specialist spa – perfect for relaxing in after a full days skiing.
Set between Val Thorens and St Martin de Belleville, not only is Les Menuires a great skiing choice for beginners, it also has great après activities for all ages. As well as a fantastic sports centre with a swimming pool, there is also a 4km long toboggan run.
St Martin de Belleville
The family-friendly resort of St Martin de Belleville is a quieter, inexpensive base for exploring the Three Valleys. Keeping in line with the more traditional feel of this village, après tends to revolve more around local bars than larger cosmopolitan venues. From the village, a gondola takes you up to Meribel and Les Menuires and at the end of the day you can return home via a gentle blue run or a more adventurous red.