10 unique experiences to live in Les 3 Vallées
Les 3 Vallées is not only about skiing, it’s also a multitude of activities to practice alone, with family or friends: zip line, ice diving, snow groomer or themed luge piste, there is something for everyone!
Fly for 1,300 metres at almost 62mph and experience pure pleasure for 1min45 while you admire the breathtaking panoramic view! Start at the top of the Bouchet ski lift in the Orelle ski area at 3,230 metres of altitude, and finish at the top of the Thorens funitel.
Born to slalom
Downhill enthusiasts and novices all meet on the Courchevel slalom run to take part in the BMW xDrive CUP. This giant slalom is free, and skiers are even filmed as their ski pass triggers a camera on the starting blocks. Visit www.bmw-mountains.com to watch the videos of your performance.
Skiers can play at being slalom professionals on a filmed and timed circuit just next to the Méribel Altiport!
A timeless experience under the ice of the Lac du Lou, in a magical world of air bubbles and dancing sunlight.
Our tip: The ice is thinner and there is less of it on the surface during the spring. This creates a certain transparency that lets you see the mountain’s reflection for a totally different experience…
The restaurant Les Pierres Plates at the top of La Saulire welcomes lucky skiers every Wednesday morning to watch the beautiful sunrise at 2,738 metres of altitude. This magical event is then followed by a hearty breakfast and a run down the freshly-groomed piste.
Les 3 Vallées seen from the skies!
The highest resorts in Les 3 Vallées, such as Val Thorens, are perched at more than 2,300 metres of altitude, and their ski slopes let you get up close and personal with the peaks. But why not venture a little higher? With hang-gliding, paragliding, hot air balloons, and rides in planes and helicopters, you can admire this snowy paradise from the air. Information on the flights is available at your local tourist information centre.
And those looking for an experience filled with pure air and wild nature, Air Mauss Parachutisme has been organising tandem skydiving jumps in Courchevel for more than 20 years. Expect 45 seconds of freefall at 125mph with impressive views over the Alps and the Vanoise National Park!
In Saint Martin de Belleville, Dany and his pack of snow dogs offer trips and initiations into the heart of winter. There are even night excursions lit by headlamps!