Three Valleys Favourite Karen Anderson, Ski Specialist

"Les Menuires is located at the same height as Courchevel 1850 and so has a fantastic snow record. It is a great value alternative to Val Thorens, to which there is easy access. A top tip is to visit the La Masse area, here you'll find very good snow cover, and quieter slopes, especially in the morning."

Les Menuires Ski Holidays

The purpose-built resort of Les Menuires is situated just down the valley from Val Thorens in the vast Three Valleys ski area.

Les Menuires offers something a little different to its neighbours in the Three Valleys. Lacking the fur jackets you may find in the other resorts, it is usually the best value place to stay on the giant Three Valleys circuit. However, the resort offers everything from excellent facilities for first timer skiers and boarders, to access to some of the toughest mountain terrain you’ll find anywhere in Europe.

The resort is split over several levels and has distinct 'quartiers,' many of which are practically self-contained with their own local amenities. Newer developments such as Reberty 2000, the highest part of the resort, offer a more upmarket chalet-style of architecture in contrast to the original 1960s buildings towards the resort centre at La Croisette. 

Skiing in Les Menuires

Les Menuires is an integral part of the Three Valleys, one of the world’s largest ski areas, with more than 600km (over 370 miles) of linked trails served by over 165 lifts, all available on one ticket. The ski slopes run from east to west so you can follow the sun through the day. All levels of skier are well catered for, from beginner to expert.

Beginners have a dedicated area in Les Menuires to learn in and can easily progress onto the nearby blue runs when ready. Intermediates will be spoilt for choice with a huge network of blue and red slopes above the resort and with easy access to the pistes of the neighbouring resorts of Méribel or Val Thorens too.

For more advanced skiers and boarders, check out the runs of La Masse for some of the toughest trails, often with bumps and the deepest powder. Trails of particular note include the Covili, formerly known as Longet, which is an exciting red run on La Masse. The David Douillet run, also a red run, starts in the Mont de la Chambre sector and is well worth a visit; and yet another great red run, also in the Mont de la Chambre sector, is the Lac des Combes.

From the top of La Masse, you can join several legendary off-piste itineraries in the direction of Lac du Lou, Le Teurre, the Col de la Fenêtre or the Vallée des Encombres. From the summit you get breathtaking panoramas over La Vanoise, Les Ecrins and even Mont Blanc - these all offer unforgettable descents in infinite open space.

Les Menuires' board park can be good too, with a few jumps, a spine and one or sometimes two pipes, which have been well designed. Further parks are easily accessible in the Méribel sector.

There is a variety of lift passes on offer in Les Menuires, the two main ones being the local Les Menuires/St Martin pass which covers these ski areas only and the full 3 Valleys lift pass which allows unlimited access to all the resorts in the entire linked ski area, including Val Thorens, Méribel and Courchevel in addition to Les Menuires.

Important information
Ski Area Three Valleys: 600km
Green Runs 55
Blue Runs 131
Red Runs 109
Black Runs 34
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Snow report
Cloud 3°C
Weather
Cloudy today, rain/snow possible
5cm Last snowfall
Piste conditions
The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes
31/34 Lifts open
Piste:
Spring snow
Off-piste:
Spring snow
Runs to resort:
Spring snow
54/166cm Lower/upper snow depth
Last snowed:
22nd Mar
Report date:
24th Mar
Distance from airports
Geneva 2hr40mins
Chambery 1hr40mins
Calais (ski drive) 581 miles