Les Menuires Ski Resort Overview
Open: 09 Dec 2017 – 22 Apr 2018
Located in the Savoie region, at the heart of Les 3 Vallees, the Vallée des Belleville contains 3 of the most renowned ski resorts in Europe, all very different yet very complimentary: St Martin de Belleville (1450 m), Les Menuires (1850 m) and Val Thorens (2300 m).
This open valley faces east-west and north-south so skiers can follow the sun all day! With 5 peaks over 2400 m, the area of Les Menuires / Saint Martin de Belleville boasts excellent snow conditions from early December to late April. Equipped with 34 lifts, it offers a variety of ski runs for all types of skier, from the beginner to the experienced!
Several sectors have also been preserved in their natural state to offer off-piste skiing possibilities, accessible to all skiers in the company of an alpine professional.
Where to stay in Les Menuires
Snow in abundance at 1850 m, a vast wilderness for riding off the beaten track, one of the largest villages in France dedicated to learning how to ski, wide slopes for beginners at higher altitude, fun zones, multiple après-ski activities dedicated to small children and families, a choice of reasonably priced package deals, good quality ski in ski out accommodation, great events and entertainment throughout the season.
A Paradise for families
Les Menuires, the most accessible resort in Les 3 Vallees, boasts the coveted label ‘‘Famille plus Montagne’’ since 2006 making it an excellent destination for a family ski holiday (ski in ski out accommodation, a nursery for infants aged 3 months upwards).
A free guide book is available from Tourist Information. It contains all the necessary information on supermarkets that stock baby products, child ski rental, baby changing facilities etc.
A brand NEW Fun Park
For children looking for entertainment other than skiing, the Fun park in the Sports Centre is a great place to go. Made up of a number of interconnected zones, the giant castle is a child’s paradise!
This new play area, with a 500m² tubular structure, is made up of 3 zones: one for the under 3’s, one for 3-6 year olds and one for 6-12 year olds. Oodles of fun: mini multi-sports terrain, ball pool, slides, pyramid, rope bridge etc. Tariffs: 9 € the entrance / 31 € for 5 days
The Piou-Piou village
It is through fun-educational teaching methods and a pictorial vocabulary that smaller children memorize the right moves and acquire good reflexes. Les Menuires is a national role model for ski apprenticeship with its 3 piou-piou villages for children age 3 months to 6 years. The village at ‘‘la Croisette’’ represents one of the largest ski zones in France solely dedicated to children: a 2 hectares area for a playful approach to skiing.
• Modern equipment: 2 magic carpets, 1 mini drag lift and a choice of gentle slopes with various gradients.
• Well researched educational methods: a team of instructors specifically trained to teach small children.
• A choice of packages adapted to children of different ages and different levels and to their parents.
‘‘Le Bouche à Oreille’’, by René et Maxime Meilleur
The two Michelin star chefs from La Bouitte, René and Maxime Meilleur, take to the slopes of Les 3 Vallées and open a new gourmet bistro. Located at the top of the Roc des 3 Marches, at 2700 m altitude, the restaurant Le Bouche à Oreille recently underwent a complete transformation.
Today the alpine design dining room seats 170 people and a large terrace on 2 levels seats a further 250 and offers superb 360 ° panoramic views (site ranked 2 * in the Michelin guide).
On the menu: trout with almonds, veal shank, meat on the spit, light blueberry waffle.
‘‘Chez Pépé Nicolas’’
Located outside the resort, “Chez pépé Nicolas” is an alpage chalet which serves refined, local Savoyard food. The Suchet family has run this restaurant since 1957, concentrating on traditional values. They revisit polenta, serving it as a kind of “croque-monsieur”, whilst both the pot-au-feu stew, which is slow cooked, and the rissoles (traditional Belleville dessert) are prepared as they would have been in days gone by.
L’Ours Blanc ‘‘Maître Restaurateur’’
The Ours Blanc is an impressive 4 star hotel located in Les Menuires. Its restaurant, which is run by pascal Casali, serves a sophisticated and traditional menu: smoky plank-cooked salmon with a wasabi cream, sole meunière with caper berries, grilled lobster en blanquette, fillet of duck breast in a mulled wine, or a veal t-bone with morels… Awarded a “Maître Restaurateur” title in 2015, it is a restaurant not to be missed.
Info & Stats
Les Menuires/Saint Martin de Belleville
||8 blacks, 24 reds, 38 blues and 12 greens
|Toboggan runs, one of which runs on rails
|Snow-making machines covering 50% of the ski area
|Quiet Ski Zones
Relax at The Pool Complex and Wellness Centre in Les Menuires
This winter les Menuires has a new wellbeing and fitness area (3,500m²) which includes:
• A pool complex (with underwater seating, counter-current pools, massage jets etc.) and a children’s play pool with water games.
• An adults-only wellness area, offering peaceful relaxation (with balnéo baths, jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and herbal teas).
• ‘‘Les Sommets du bien-être’’ for some real pampering: water massages, treatment rooms etc. The new centre in les bruyères compliments the facilities available in the croisette sports centre
Mountain Biking on the SNOW
Once equipped with a back protector, shin pads and a helmet, mountain bike enthusiasts can ride the Roc des 3 Marches gondola towards two downhill MTB runs, each with a 450 metre drop.
A fully qualified instructor will help you to control your speed on the snow, take corners and simply reassure the more hesitant.
35 € for 2 descents (inclusive of: ski pass, bike, integral helmet and protections)
Open every day except Saturday
Meeting at 8:30.
A sensational toboggan run on rails! Children and adults can challenge the resort mascot on this 1000 m long downhill ride that combines twists and banked corners…
7 € per descent – 30 € for 5 descents
Open to children from 5 years old / Open from Sunday to Friday from 15:00 to 20:00
A 4km long sledging run with 22 bends and a difference in altitude of 450 m. A great opportunity for family and friends to relive childhood memories. Learn to control your sledge as you take the first corners before heading on around a series of tight bends and down a long run home!
Children from 7 to 10 years old, free on their parents’ toboggan, 1 descent = 10 € ]
Open from Sunday to Friday, from 14:00 to 18:45.