What makes the Three Valleys ski area in France stand out? Is it the 335 varied ski runs on offer throughout the area? Or is it the fact that it’s the largest linked ski area in the world?
We think it’s a combination of stunning alpine views, thrilling on and off-piste runs for all abilities and the proximity to the luxurious ski resorts of Courchevel and Meribel.
With so many runs to choose from, it’s hard narrowing it down to the top few. However, we’ve done our best to make a list of the top five ski runs in the three valleys so you can make the most of the mountain.
Intermediates Will Love Venturon in Meribel
Commencing from the top of the Cote Brune chair lift, this red run starts off steep. But don’t let that put you off. The run eases off towards the bottom where the sharp curves turn into meandering turns down to the bottom of Mont Vallon.
Thanks to the North facing slopes, snow conditions here are excellent, meaning this run is accessible all season long.
The best thing about Venturon is the quiet slopes which will make you feel like you’re the only one on the mountain! We recommend heading out early to make the most of the wide, empty piste.
Meribel itself is a great ski resort for beginners and intermediates. Known for having one of the prettiest villages in the Three Valleys, the traditional wooden chalets and alpine setting look like something from a fairy-tale! Meribel’s central position, nestled within in the Three Valleys is also a big draw for seasoned skiers.
Take in the View At Park City in Courchevel
Another great option for intermediates, park city is a red run that starts at the Vizelle gondola. Breath-taking panoramic views of the Glaciers de la Vanoise and l’Aiguille du Fruit greet you before you glide down the steeper section.
Once you’ve reached the bottom, reward yourself with a fortifying chocolat chaud at the well-known La Cave des Creux restaurant.
The south facing terrace makes a great spot for relaxing after a vigorous run. The sweet treats are tempting too!
Ski Through the Trees At Folyéres, La Tania
The Folyéres run begins in the forests above the ski resort of La Tania, near Courchevel and Meribel village. Skiing through the trees is a great way to immerse yourself in this alpine setting. Natural rollers and fresh powder make this run particularly fun, and the sense of adventure it brings is unparalleled!
The trees lining this route also provide protection when the weather isn’t at its best and the blue rating will please beginners and intermediate skiers.
Experience the Challenge of the Grand Couloir in Courchevel
Not for the faint hearted, this black run is for experts only. Reached by the Saulire cable car, this is the widest of the three couloirs. The hardest part is getting to the top.
The narrow, bumpy ridge with steep drops either side is the scariest section! However, once you’ve made it past the entrance, you’ll be welcomed with excellent snow and wonderful mountainous views.
We advise taking safety equipment with you, and whatever you do – don’t attempt the Grand Couloir without some serious experience behind you!
Courchevel itself is a world-famous resort known for attracting the odd celebrity or two. Excellent après ski, great restaurants and the best of the Three Valleys at your feet- this is what a ski holiday is all about.
Pick up the Speed on the Jerusalem Run in Saint-Martin de Belleville
From the top of the Meribel ridge, this long run is a joy for intermediate skiers. Due to the lack of crowds, you can really work up the speed here and enjoy hurtling down this magnificent piste. When you reach the end of Jerusalem you can continue on to the blue run Biolley and down into the picturesque village of St Martin. St Martin is home to traditional buildings and has a relaxed vibe.
Explore the Three Valleys in Style
Now you know what’s on offer, you’re probably keen to get out on the slopes and experience the Three Valleys for yourself.
The ski resorts of Meribel and Courchevel are well connected to the multitude of pistes in the area and offer first class accommodation and entertainment. What’s better than returning to a fabulous ski chalet at the end of a long day on the mountain?
Guest post by Alpine Infusion