Les 3 vallées
Playground for skiers : 10 ways to discover them
Les 3 Vallées is the world’s largest ski area, and as well as boasting exceptional pistes for all abilities, it also offers fun, original ways to discover and enjoy them. Here are 10 of our favourites.
Play at being a Sioux chieftain as you explore the Piste des Indiens in Courchevel Moriond. This blue run snakes between trees in the centre of a canyon, and “Greywolf” is waiting to welcome little skiers in his tee-pee. There you can discover Native American traditions such as war paints, animal hides, and dancing and singing around a fire…
If the mogul skiing champion Edgar Grospiron came to Les 3 Vallées, he would definitely go to the Piste des Cascades in Val Thorens or the Piste Tétras next to Méribel to take on an incredible mogul field and work those thighs!
Much to the delight of powder enthusiasts, the resorts of Les 3 Vallées have introduced safe but ungroomed pistes that open after sufficient snowfall. “Liberty Ride” in Les Menuires and “Peuf Experience” in Courchevel and Méribel offer the perfect playground for freeriders in the making!
|4.||PLEASURE COMES WITH EXPERIENCE|
If you want to push your freeride skills a bit further and try some off-piste skiing with minimum risk, the 3 Vallées ESF ski school offers supervised freeride courses in the ski area’s best spots.
|5.||THE JUNGLE BOOK|
At the bottom of the Loze Express chairlift (Méribel) the Moon Wild piste takes you through the woods to discover the animals that inhabit the region’s forests and alpine meadows.
The Olympic victor and multiple ski cross champion has a run named after him in Val Thorens, where you can discover the spectacular discipline that combines speed, balance and a taste for risk.
Skiing in Courchevel Moriond offers a succession of different pistes and just as many ways to have fun! A number of canyons have been formed around the Combes ski lift, giving the impression of being in a theme park!
|8.||FRANCE'S FAVORITE VILLAGES|
Les 3 Vallées is not just a ski area, but also a myriad of little, typical villages accessible on skis. Visit Courchevel Saint-Bon via its eponymous piste, Méribel Village from the pretty, tree-lined Piste de Lapin, or Saint-Martin de Belleville by taking the Biolley slope.
|9.||GO EVEN HIGHER|
Next to Orelle, just below the Pointe du Bouchet (3,420m), the summit of Les 3 Vallées culminates at a staggering 3,230 metres of altitude.
Jean Pachod, Jean Blanc, Mauduit, David Douillet, Léo Lacroix, Fred Covili, Béranger and Christine. But just who are the people who have given their names to certain pistes. And why were they chosen? Start by skiing down them, then visit les3vallees.com to find out more!
THE MAGIC CARPET LIFT: A HELPING HAND FOR CHILDREN AND BEGINNERS
Magic carpet lifts are essential to children and adults who are learning to ski safely and enjoyably, and are scattered all over Les 3 Vallées in the beginners’ zones.
After all the effort put into getting down the slope, simply allow yourself to be gently taken back up without having to take off your skis or worry about “letting go”!
These lifts can be found in Courchevel in the Jardin Alpin sector, in the centre of La Tania, in Méribel-Mottaret, at the Doron and Ourson lifts at the Rond Point in Méribel, at the foot of the pistes in Saint-Martin de Belleville, in Les Menuires in the Pelvoux, Preyerand, Bruyères, Plans and Reberty 1850 sectors; and at the Musaraigne and Campagnols lifts in Val Thorens.