All the latest news for summer 2022

July, 2, 2022

All the latest news for summer 2022

This summer, a breath of fresh air is blowing over Les 3 Vallées!

Whether you’re sports fan, or are the more contemplative type, in search of new experiences, or simply a nature lover, Les 3 Vallées is the perfect playground.

Boasting an ever-expanding range of activities, its resorts are continually updating their offering, much to the delight of their visitors.

The summer season is the perfect time to discover a different side to Les 3 Vallées.

Make the most of the ski lifts to reach stunning beauty spots, or devour the trails and routes on two-wheels, a scooter or even a kart!

And you can be sure that Les 3 Vallées will always have something new to make your experience even more incredible, wherever you are in this exceptional destination.

Discover this summer’s unmissable new additions and developments: Infinite Mountain Experiences!

The Col de la Loze by bike located between Méribel and Courchevel in Les 3 Vallées, a greenway dedicated to bikes
The mythical Col de la Loze with family

REACH NEW HEIGHTS ON TWO-WHEELS

NEW - For cyclists only, up to Col de Tougnète

A new cycling path now links Les Menuires and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville to the Col de Tougnète mountain pass.

Boasting an effortless 7km descent for all to enjoy, more experienced cyclists will be keen to give the 627-metre vertical climb a go, taking in an 8% gradient along the way.

Another option is to hop on an E-bike. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed: criss-cross the mountains of Les 3 Vallées and soak up stunning views from behind the handlebars in total safety, on a route reserved exclusively to cyclists, away from pedestrian footpaths.

The unmissable and already legendary Col de la Loze, located between Méribel and Courchevel

Over in Méribel, starting off at an altitude of 1,673 metres and culminating at 2,304 metres, the cycle path that leads up to the Col de la Loze has already become an iconic cycle route in Les 3 Vallées.

At 7 kilometres long, and reserved exclusively to cyclists, it starts off in the forest and winds through alpine pastures, taking in stunning views of:

Mont Blanc,

the Méribel valley,

and Grande Casse.

Particularly steep, with a 23% gradient just before the end, the route has already made a name for itself as one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the Tour de France.

Here too, electronically assisted bikes can make this unique ascent accessible to all.

On the Courchevel side, the ride up is gentler, but every bit as worthwhile, as you embark on an 8 km climb from Courchevel 1850, over a gradient of 18% in the steepest section.

And you’ll be rewarded with the same stunning views upon arrival!

Climbing the Col de la Loze by road bike with friends in the 3 Valleys
The Col de la Loze

NEW – Electrically assisted bikes: available to hire for a fun family ride!

The joy of cycling in the mountains is no longer reserved solely to adults.

In Méribel, the French brand of E-bikes, Moustache, is available to hire so that all the family can have a go.

You’ll find semi-rigid models for adults and children (must be over 150 cm tall), and there are even kid’s trailers available to hire for your little ones.

Prices:

from 49€ per half day (3 hours),

66€ per full day,

52€ per extra day,

if you hire 3 mountain bikes for the day, you’ll get the 4th one free of charge.

Trailer hire:

10€ per half day (3 hours),

15€ per full day,

and 12 € per extra day.

Where can you hire them?

At La Chaudanne Lounge, at the foot of the Saulire Express gondola lift.

Open 7 days a week, from 9am to 6pm from July 2nd to August 26th.

More information

Mountain biking in Les 3 Vallées in Méribel on the many itineraries with electric assistance
Mountain bike itineraries, Méribel

2 NEW ADDITIONS TO PERFECT YOUR CYCLING TECHNIQUE

In Les Menuires

children reign when it comes to cycling.

La Croisette has had a makeover and is now home to a beginner’s mini Bike Park comprising 4 routes of varying levels of difficulty (green, blue, red and black):

descents,

banked turns on natural terrain or over wood,

bumps,

archways,

little jumps...

Whether on your own on with an instructor, it’s the perfect place to practice before venturing out onto the valley’s trails!

Knee-high to a grasshopper? No worries, a balance bike area with a mini obstacle course welcomes budding cyclists.

In Méribel

The Oxygène mountain biking guides and instructors are on hand to introduce you to the joys of E-mountain biking with:

On the program:

group lessons,

courses,

private and themed sessions.

The 3-hour «alpine pasture» session will take you to a mountain farm where you can see how cheese is made and taste it too!

Book your course:

+33 (0)4 79 08 53 36

Contact Oxygène

Mountain biking in the 3 Valleys at Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
St-Martin
Rail sledding in Les Menuires in summer in the 3 Valleys
Speed Mountain in Les Menuires

NEW THRILLS AND SPILLS!

NEW – Downhill scooters: so much fun

An experience everyone will love, whatever their age! Also in Méribel, give downhill scooters a go; an original and highly-addictive way of getting down the slopes in summer!

You choose how long you want to ride. 24'' scooters are available for adults and 20'' for children. This new activity is accessible to anyone who is a minimum of 130 cms tall.

Prices:

25€ per half day (3 hours),

45€ per day.

Info:

you will also need to buy an MTB lift pass.

Where can you hire them?

at La Chaudanne Lounge, at the foot of the Saulire Express gondola lift,

open 7 days a week, from 9am to 6pm from July 2nd to August 26th.

More information

La BEE zip line: as free as a bird

Fly like an eagle through the air on Val Thorens’ double zip line over a distance of 1,800 metres, with a maximum height of 65 metres.

Fly like an eagle through the air on Val Thorens’ double zip line over a distance of 1,800 metres, with a maximum height of 65 metres. aInstalled in your harness, legs and feet hanging below you, soak up your surroundings and let the giddy thrill of the experience begin.

The descent takes place in three sections, with the final section taking you back down to the resort at speeds of up to 80km/hr.

Conditions:

from the age of 14, and for children who are a minimum of 140 cms tall,

trousers and gloves must be worn (gloves available on loan if necessary).

Prices:

from 20€, depending on the day and the time.

Access:

from the top of Moutière chairlift,

tickets available from the Caron gondola departure station.

More information: +33 (0)4 79 00 07 08

The Bee Zip line in Val Thorens in Les 3 Vallées
The Bee, Val Thorens

Mountain Kart: Hold on tight Mario!

New for summer 2021, the Mountain Kart has many loyal fans already! And how can you resist the unique thrills you experience behind the wheel of this little mountain kart!

Head up the hill in the Roc 1, then it’s over to the Roc'N Bob toboggan run for 4kms of twists and turns over a 500-metre vertical drop. Go at your own pace. Young toboganners and anyone feeling a bit nervous can take their time.

Conditions & equipments:

must be a minimum of 140 cms tall and at least 10 years old,

closed footwear and sunglasses,

helmets must be worn (available on loan).

Prices:

1 descent 29€,

10 descents 180€,

5 and 20 descents also available.

Opening times:

open every day from 9.30am to 12.45pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Access:

la Croisette district, admission and information available from the Maison de la Montagne.

More information: +33 (0)4 79 00 62 75

Speed Mountain toboggan run on rails: a hair-raising descent

Located in Les Bruyères district in Les Menuires, the Speed Mountain toboggan run is always a big hit, especially with families and children.

Embark on a series of twists and banked turns at your own speed, thanks to the brakes on the side of the toboggan.

Conditions:

accessible to children from the age of 5 when sharing a toboggan with their parents,

minimum height – 110 cm.

Prices:

1 descent 9€,

10 descents 57€,

5 and 20 descents also available.

Opening times:

open 7 days a week,

from 10am to 12:45pm and from 1:30pm to 7pm.

More information: +33 (0)4 79 00 62 75

Panorama from the Cime Caron in Val Thorens in summer at 3200m altitude
Cime Caron panorama, 3200m

ADMIRE EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS EFFORTLESSLY

NEW - Orelle and Orelle-Caron, two gondola lifts offering a whole host of new opportunities

Opened last winter, the Orelle gondola lift and the Orelle-Caron gondola lift, which follow on from each other, now offer fast access to the legendary Cime Caron summit at an altitude of 3,195 metres.

And when you arrive, you’ll enjoy 360° views over the Alps. From there, you can continue on to Val Thorens in less than 40 minutes.

As well as the leisure and discovery aspects, it also opens the way to a more respectful mountain tourism. It’s a practical and environmentally-friendly solution, because you don’t need to use your car to get from Orelle to Val Thorens, or vice-versa, in the same day... It also opens the way to doing things differently. Holidaymakers coming from Italy and the rest of Europe can park in Orelle’s free car park before taking the gondola lift to Val Thorens, remaining pedestrians for the duration of the trip.

Conditions:

Orelle gondola lift is accessible to pedestrians and mountain bikes,

whilst the Orelle-Caron gondola lift is only accessible to pedestrians.

Prices:

Orelle gondola lift 1 day adult 22€ and 1 day child (5-12 years) 17.60€.

Orelle and Orelle-Caron gondola lifts 1 day adult 25€ and 20€ for children.

Val Thorens via Cime Caron and all of Val Thorens’ pedestrian lifts 1 day adult 37€ and 29€ for children.

More information: +33 (0)4 79 00 07 08

NEW - Welcome aboard the «Pointe de la Masse» gondola lift

It used to take 25 minutes to reach this iconic summit, but now it only takes 8 minutes!

The Pointe de la Masse gondola lift revealed its new-look last winter. This ultra-modern technological gem covers 3,318 metres over a vertical incline of 1,050 metres, at a speed of 25km/hr.

The journey is an experience in itself, aboard one of the longest gondola lifts in the Belleville Valley. Head off on a hike from the summit at 2,804 metres, or simply soak up the beautiful views.

Added bonus:

fly over the mountains in one of the 5 glass-bottomed cabins, so you can admire the views on the way up and down.

Prices:

22€ per adult and 17.60€ per child for a return pedestrian ticket,

27€ per adult and 21.60€ per child for the fly over the mountain experience return pedestrian ticket.

More information: +33 (0)4 79 00 62 75


Visit Cime Caron from Val Thorens, an experience in itself

Without having to go over to the other side of the valley, experiencing the ascent up to Cime Caron from Val Thorens is a truly unique moment.

And it only takes 4 minutes to get to the top, at an altitude of 3,200 metres. When it was built, back in 1982, Cime Caron was the biggest cable car in the world.

Prices:

Cime Caron pass on sale at the Caron gondola lift ticket office,

adults 22€,

children 17.60€.

Conditions:

from Monday to Friday, from 10.15am to 3.30pm,

pedestrian access only.

Access:

from the resort of Val Thorens, step onto the Cairn gondola lift (free this summer), which will take you up to the departure station of the Caron gondola lift.

More information: +33 (0)4 79 00 07 08

Hiking with friends or family in the French Alps in Les 3 Vallées
Belleville valley

3 NEW HIKING PATHS

In little steps or big strides, slowly or at speed, through the hollow of a little valley or along a crest, the mountains are here to explore step by step.

And because there are countless ways to put one foot in front of the other, new itineraries and trails have been created to ensure your steps fall in time with your own personal wishes:

For families
3 hours long, the Sentier du Creux de l’Ours starting at Lac de la Rosière in Courchevel Moriond is perfect for families.
It’s a beautiful route that takes walkers through wooded, rocky, and pastoral atmospheres.

Roaming with a bowman!
Brides-les-Bains’ newest innovation is a few hours’ walk followed by an introduction to archery in the company of qualified, trained sports instructor Sylvain Renard, a bronze medallist in the archery world championships.

Challenge yourself
The Via Cavo del Mey high-altitude hike in Courchevel will top up your adrenalin levels.
This elevated itinerary is reserved for sporty thrill-seekers, and is accessible from the age of 13. After a 3 and a half hour climb through the secluded Avals valley, you’ll arrive at the entrance to the unspoilt Vanoise National Park. Then it’s down to La Brèche de la Portetta, before passing by some impressive peaks, and ending up at the start of the Tour de l’Aiguille de Mey at an altitude of 2,845 metres. Allow 6 hours to get there and back.

Hiking with friends in the Vallon de la Sauce in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in Les 3 Vallées
Vallon de la Sauce, St-Martin
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3 NEW ACTIVITIES TO DISCOVER WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS 

An open-air geography lesson

Against the magical setting of Lac de la Rosière’s turquoise waters, where large blocks of rock from the Alpine Range have been installed so visitors can appreciate the variety of the mountain landscapes.

Enrich your understanding with the information booklet and timeline frieze at Chalet de la Rosière.

Escape Game in Val Thorens

Sticking together, using logic and keeping your cool - all skills required to complete your mission.

You have one hour to find a safe containing what you’ll need to save the rest of humanity as climate change reaches the point of no-return, putting life on earth in danger. A family adventure.

More information about the Escape Game in Val Thorens

Activities and snack time in Méribel

At the heart of the Altiport forest, Clos Bernard restaurant offers a combination of discovery with delicious treats.

Cookery and medicinal plant workshops, orienteering races and treasure hunts, discover the local European dark bee… activities to give you an appetite before you sit down to enjoy a gourmet afternoon snack among the farm animals.

Clos Bernard restaurant in Méribel

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All summer passes

Why not make the most of our ski lifts to discover Les 3 Vallées in summer, whether on foot or on mountain bike?

A whole host of different pedestrian and MTB passes are available to fulfil your need to get away from it all!

Discover all pedestrian and MTB passes

OPENING OF LES 3 VALLÉES SKI LIFTS FOR THE SUMMER 2022 SEASON

The ski lifts are open from Saturday 2nd of July to Friday 26th of August 2022

COURCHEVEL VALLEY

Ski lifts open 7 days a week

Vizelle gondola lift: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Verdons gondola lift: 9.30am – 4.40pm

Praz gondola lift: 9.30am – 4.45pm

Tania gondola lift (free): 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.45pm

MÉRIBEL VALLEY

Ski lifts open 7 days a week, except Pas du Lac 1 and 2 which are closed on Saturdays

Tougnète 1 gondola lift: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Tougnète 2 chairlift: 9.40am – 4.30pm

Pas du Lac 1 gondola lift: 9.30am – 4.40pm

Pas du Lac 2 gondola lift: 9.30am – 4.30pm

BRIDES-LES-BAINS

Exceptional opening on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 7th August - Free ski lift to access to Méribel

Olympe gondola: 9.30am - 4.30pm

LES MENUIRES and SAINT-MARTIN-DE-BELLEVILLE

Ski lifts are open from 9.30am to 12.45pm and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Saint Martin 1 gondola lift: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Saint Martin Express chairlift: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Roc 1 gondola lift: 7 days a week

Bruyères 1 gondola lift: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Pointe de la Masse Masse gondola lift: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday

The Speed Mountain toboggan run on rails is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 12.45pm and from 1.30pm to 7pm

VAL THORENS

Ski lifts are open from Monday to Friday, but are closed at the weekends

Cairn gondola lift: 10am – 3.10pm

Caron gondola lift: 10am – 3.20pm

Moutière chairlift: 10am – 4pm

Caron cable car: 10.15am – 3.30pm

La Bee zip line is open from Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm

ORELLE

Every Tuesday from 12th July to 23rd August

Orelle gondola: 10am - 3.10pm

Orelle-Caron gondola: 10.15am - 3.30pm

Les 3 Vallées

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Events, highlights, new developments - what’s going on in Les 3 Vallées? Keep your finger on the pulse of all that’s going on in this lively area at the heart of pastures, forests and peaks. On this page, find all the news from the 3 Valleys, this lively territory and its passionate players.