THE 3 VALLÉES

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The 3 Vallées ski region in France is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Located in the French Alps, the area is comprised of the three valleys of Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens and offers some of the most stunning vistas and challenging terrain in the world. Whether you’re an experienced skier or a complete beginner, 3 Vallées has something to offer everyone. The area boasts an impressive 600km of pistes, the largest interconnected ski area in the world. With such a vast choice of trails, it’s easy to find something to suit the whole family. Beginners can take advantage of the gentle nursery slopes, while more experienced skiers can explore the more challenging black runs. There are also a number of world-class parks and freestyle areas for snowboarders to enjoy. The resort also offers a range of activities for non-skiers, from snowshoeing to husky sledding, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

With its picturesque villages and lively après-ski scene, 3 Vallées is the perfect destination for an unforgettable winter holiday. The area is also home to a number of luxurious five-star hotels, many of which feature spa facilities, fine dining restaurants, and other amenities. You can also opt for more traditional accommodation such as mountain chalets and apartments. No matter what you’re looking for, 3 Vallées is sure to have something to offer. From its world-class ski terrain to its vibrant après-ski scene, this French ski resort is the perfect destination for a winter getaway.

Courchevel is spread over four levels from Le Parz at 1300m through 1500 and 1650 up to the largest resort of 1850m. Courchevel is best if wanting luxury hotels.

Méribel lies in the very centre of the 3 Vallées and is arguably one of France’s most attractive ski resorts. Meribel consists of several different areas, that will offer different experiences. Meribel Les Allues is the main town and a popular choice. About 2 miles out of town is Meribel Village, this village is very small and up market with luxury apartments and ski chalets, served by its own chairlift to Meribel Altiport. Mottaret, is a satellite resort higher up the mountain that appeals more to the serious skier with a good choice of ski in, ski out accommodation and lots of restaurants and several bars.

Val Thorens, although not the prettiest resort in France, is compact and purpose-built and is Europe’s highest village. It is set in a huge ski bowl, with runs fanning out in all directions providing excellent snow conditions throughout the season. Ski down the valley the wonderful La Masse area and then pop over to nearby Courchevel or Meribel on the massive 3 Valleys circuit. The apres ski is lively and varied, with the popular bars and restaurants close to the centre of the resort. There is also a sports centre featuring a swimming pool and squash courts.

Mountain Terrain:

Beginner

57%

Intermediate

36%

Advanced

   7%   

Skiing Hours:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Summit elevation:

2,740 m 

Vertical Drop:

1,640 m

Skiable area:

150 km

Average Snowfall:

5 – 7 m

Snowboarders:

Snowboarder friendly

Lift Information:

  • 11 Gondolas/Cable cars
  • 20 Chairlifts

Trails:

150 km of runs. Longest run: 7 km. 

Notes:

Terrain Parks: The Family Park – small, medium and large kickers and jumps, airbag

Mountain Terrain:

Beginner

58%

Intermediate

28%

Advanced

   14%   

Skiing Hours:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Summit elevation:

2,952 m 

Vertical Drop:

1,552 m

Skiable area:

150 km

Average Snowfall:

5 – 7 m 

Snowboarders:

Snowboarder friendly

Lift Information:

  • 16 Gondolas
  • 18 Chairlifts
  • 17 surface lifts

Trails:

150 km of runs. Longest run: 7 km. 

Notes:

Terrain Parks: Plattières Park (known as DC Area 43) – Rollers, jumps, halfpipe and large features. Elements Park – boxes, rails, boardercross and jumps.

Mountain Terrain:

Beginner

13%

Intermediate

45%

Advanced

   42%   

Skiing Hours:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Summit elevation:

3,230 m

Vertical Drop:

930 m

Skiable area:

150 km

Average Snowfall:

5 – 7 m

Snowboarders:

Snowboarder friendly

Lift Information:

  • 10 Gondolas/Trams
  • 11 High-speed sixes
  • 2 High-speed quads
  • 7 surface lifts

Trails:

150 km of runs. Longest run: 3.5 km.

Notes:

Terrain parks: Val Thorens Snowpark – small, medium and large tables, rails, boxes, Jump’Air, and an airbag. 

Photo Credit: Val Thorens Ski Resort