Les Menuires in France Resort Guide
Les Menuires represents the best value in the 3 valleys in our opinion.
Les Trois Vallees - the Three Valleys, incorporating Courchevel, Meribel/Mottaret, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, as well as villages such as La Tania and Saint Martin de Belleville, describes itself as 'the biggest ski ares in the world', and some would say the it is the best. Ranging from sophisticated Courchevel to the, by direct comparison, more functional, cheaper and cheerful Les Menuires or the picturesque Brides les Bains and St Martin there are 615 km of prepared pistes, skiing to an elevation3200m, a coplement of over 200 lifts, well groomed and attended conditions, inspiring scenery, and basically an unrivalled choice of well set out lifts to satisfy just even the most discerning piste basher. With a greater area of local terrain and something for everyone - from good, long gently lolling greens to chutes and couloirs, Courchevel is many skiers preferred choice, if money is not too much of an object.Some prefer Meribel (1450m) for its greater choice of slightly more challenging runs. It is more a traditional, more compact, ensemble though linked to Meribel Mottaret (1700m) above, while purpose built Val Thorens (2300m) is the highest resort in Europe with two glaciers, and as such promises the best snow around. Les Menuires (1850m) wins few plaudits for its architecture, but it is cheaper, high and has plenty of ski in accomodation and good slopes. Les Menuires is almost universally slated for its appearance, heavy on the use of concrete high rise apartment complexes, but this provides plenty of good comfortable accommodation, and the payback is in great access to the slopes, and most accommodation centres are by the lifts, and are really ski to the door. The adjacent, smaller Les Bruyereres development is more low rise, provides most services and is quieter than the main centre, but still provides a good range of amenities. It has two main ski areas - the La Masse circuit to the west of the village, which has some of the more advanced skiing in the area, but also has a network of blues to progress down, and the runs here are often quiet since most follow the eastward magnetism of Meribel and the other valleys, while on the east face of the valley there is a dense sprawl of reds and blues to be skied until it integrates with the Val Thorens lifts above. Snow quality is not the best in the 3 valleys, but there is extensive snowmaking on the east flank, between the Combes, Stade and the Reberty lifts. The La Masse ski area on the other side of Les menuires is excellent for Intermediate and advance skiers and is often overlooked and relatively quiet.
Accomodation & Après Ski
The amazing Le Chalet du Cairn offers some of the best food in resort. This incredible eatery is full of dishes from across the world and offers spectacular views out into the amazing La Masse valley.
Les Roches Blanches is another fantastic option, serving up delicious portions of pizza and spaghetti close to the La Masse region. If you want to relax after a long day on your skis, the Les Menuires health centre could be a fantastic place to recover, boasting a large swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis.
As well as this, if you’re feeling especially daring, there is a 4km toboggan run, featuring 22 bends and a vertical drop of 450m.
In Les Bruyères, seasonnaires’ favourite Plan B keeps things lively, with daily happy hours and the odd fancy-dress party – there’s nowhere better in town to parade your hideous 1980s neon skiwear, and it might even earn you a free drink. The seasonnaire crowd is also keen on Le Challenge for its regular live gigs.
Lounge Bar Le Kube serves large low sofas and an extensive cocktail menu, with DJs or live music from around 10pm. And if you still have itchy feet later, you’ve two choices for a boogie – Le New Pop, shameless purveyor of bouncy Eurocheese ‘classics’, and Le Leeberty in Les Bruyères, which boasts a surprisingly good sound system.
Saint Martin is a must for lunch with a couple of top restauarants, favourite run down there is Jerusalem!
Activities to do in Les Menuires include
Cross country skiing
DVA park avalanche practice
Off piste guiding
Biathlon courses with ESF
Speed mountain tobogganing
|RESORT HEIGHT||1815||VERTICAL DESCENT||1400||OPENS||Nov - May|
|TOP STATION||3230||DRAG LIFTS||74||EXPERT RATING||8|
|BOTTOM STATION||1415||CHAIR LIFTS||69||INTERMEDIATE RATING||8|
|GONDOLAS/CABLE CARS||40||BEGINNER RATING||7|
Lift Pass Prices From
Adult One Day Pass : Belleville - €53, 3V - €63
Adult Six Day Pass : Belleville- €260, 3V - €312
Child One Day Pass : Belleville- €42.50, 3V - €50.40
Child Six Day Pass : Belleville- €209, 3V - €249.60
Senior Reductions available
Duo and Trio discounts available
Family and group discounts available
The 3 Valleys is also covered by the Epic Season Pass which covers a lot of the best resorts in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and Eure. Resorts include places like Vail, Whistler, Falls Creek, Hakuba, Skirama Dolomiti , The 3 Valleys,The 4 Vallees and The Arlberg ski area. Please contact us for details.
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