Up in the Savoy region in the French Alpes, the Three Valleys ski area offers over 600km of ski slopes shared by 8 ski resorts: Courchevel, La Tania, Brides Les Bains, Méribel, Orelle, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Saint Martin De Belleville! Such a versatile offer is hard to find elsewhere in the Alps. The Three Valleys ski area has more than 200 ski lifts and over 1200 snow canons and you can ski on the powdery snow in the skiing paradise of the Three Valleys until May. From every ski resort, lifts will take you up to high altitudes and some fantastic skiing and snowboarding in no time at all.
Snow is pretty much guaranteed in the vast Three Valleys ski area due to the high altitudes. However, the best snow can be found on the slopes of Courchevel as most of the slopes are north facing. The ski slopes in the Three Valleys ski area are always immaculately groomed even after heavy snowfalls. The lift system is ultra modern and long queues at the ski lifts are rare - only to be seen during the highest peaks of the ski season. The Three Valleys ski area is so vast that you sometimes have the impression you are skiing on private ski slopes as there seems to be no-one else around! There are some fantastic facilities for snowboarders with some world-class snow parks in all the different parts of the Three Valleys area too.
In the high altitude, sporty ski resort of Val Thorens in Les Trois Vallées, events move at high speed just like the skiers on the slopes with events such as the Rock On Snowboard Tour, the Andros Trophy and World Championship of Ski Cross, to mention just a few! In the chic resort of Courchevel, the Festival des Saveurs (Festival of Flavors) brings together chefs, many of which have been awarded Michelin stars, to celebrate fine food in the mountains. In the ski resort of Les Menuires, off-piste fanatics of all levels can discover the Liberty Ride area, an area of ungroomed which has been secured for a 100% off-piste ski experience in the safest possible conditions in the heart of Les Trois Vallées. Those looking for a real adrenalin rush should try the giant zip wire located at 3000 meters of altitude with spectacular views over the Trois Vallées area – not for the faint-hearted!
The apres-ski activities are numerous and varied in the Three Valleys and there’s something for all tastes. Whether you’re looking to dance the afternoon away on a sun-drenched terrace on the slopes in Méribel, pamper yourself in a relaxing natural spa in Brides Les Bains or try out something different like dog sledding in Tania, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding which ski resort in Les Trois Vallées to choose for your next ski holidays.
In Les Trois Vallées, in the former Olympic village of La Tania, children are on cloud 9 during their ski holidays as they have so many spaces just for them, such as the Indian camp with its tipis, the Fée Carabosse ski slope and the special Grangettes tobogganing area, open until 7.30pm with free entry at nightfall. Although ski holidays are all about fun for the kids, safety is another very important issue, the ski resorts Courchevel, Méribel and La Tania have invested in the widespread use of the Magnestick-Bar (safety bar lock) on all chair lifts in their ski areas as well as the Security patrols on the slopes of Les Trois Vallées.
|Families & Children|
“Superb ski resort with modern facilities. There is always loads of snow so we are never disappointed.„
|Green slopes96 km||Drag lifts42||Start of the season8 December|
|Blue slopes240 km||Chair lifts61||End of the season12 April|
|Red slopes204 km||Gondola lifts42||Glacier|
|Black slopes60 km||Train0||Min. altitude1300 m|
|Total600 km||Capacity26276 Pers./Hour||Max. altitude3200 m|
Off-piste & freestyle in Les Trois Vallées
|Snow parks 5||Tables|
Ski pass prices (low season)
|Low season 6-day ski pass||Children||Adults||Free up to|
|Les Trois Valleés||EUR 195.80||EUR 244.80||5 Years old|
|Val Thorens - Orelle||EUR 163.80||EUR 204.80||5 Years old|
|Courchevel - La Tania||EUR 195.80||EUR 244.80||5 Years old|
|Les Menuires - St. Martin de Belleville||EUR 160.00||EUR 200.00||5 Years old|
Ski pass prices (high season)
|High season 6-day ski pass||Children||Adults||Free up to|
|Les Trois Valleés||EUR 244.80||EUR 306.00||5 Years old|
|Val Thorens - Orelle||EUR 204.80||EUR 256.00||5 Years old|
|Courchevel - La Tania||EUR 244.80||EUR 306.00||5 Years old|
|Les Menuires - St. Martin de Belleville||EUR 200.00||EUR 250.00||5 Years old|
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The information applies for the ski area of Les Trois Vallées. During the ski season information is updated daily.
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|Toboggan run open||open|
|20 Mar||4 tobogganing tracks in the Skicircus|
|15 Mar||Skiing and the environment: The impact of a ski holiday|
|14 Mar||Skiing technique: How to control your speed|