Velvety ski slopes
The grooming of Les 3 Vallées slopes : a superior craftsmanship
After fresh snow has fallen, or been produced by snowmakers, the piste groomers, or night owls jump into action while the rest of the resort sleeps. Les 3 Vallées boasts 70 piste grooming machines, driven by a total of 160 piste groomers who work in shifts throughout the night: the first team work from 5pm to midnight and the second from midnight to 7am.
The slopes are maintained every night, with priority given to green, blue and red runs and Les 3 Vallées connecting routes; the black runs aren’t maintained systematically in a bid to provide more enjoyment to fans of moguls and walls.
Thanks to the nature of the domain and the numerous placement of snow canons (2383 snow canons covering more than 50% of the ski area), Les 3 Vallées area is able to guarantee snow cover on its ski area which is also maintained by 73 grooming machines each night.
Les 3 Vallées pistes are situated between 1100m and 3230m of altitude and 85% of the ski area is above 1800m. The capacity of snowmaking as well as the high altitude and topography of the whole ski area and the connexions between the valleys (Always above 2000 m of altitude) guarantee snow throughout the winter.
News for the season 18-19
Luge track: The mission black forest gathers momentum
In its first complete season, Méribel’s new toboggan run attracted even more clients: more than 6,400 experienced it as against only 2,279 in 2017! To meet the needs of more sledders, the run will now open 7 days per week. That means even more chances to race down its 3.4km and 470m vertical drop, around 28 bends, acknowledged by all to be thrilling and enormous fun.
This is no ordinary toboggan run. Sledders embark on an extraordinary adventure, charged by the wizard Galdwick to save the forest people. The challenge is to warn of an imminent goblin attack by playing with the bells, gongs and other foam targets which line the track.
The adventure starts at Tougnète, as before. The price is 9€ per person for four people or four descents, or 12€ for a single descent. The price includes the ascent by lift, sled and helmet rental.
The Elements Terrain Park offers you a world that’s more colourful and fun. This year, the focus is on different themes to offer skiers courses they’ll want to enjoy again and again.
The four different worlds – fire, water, earth and wind – can be discovered in turn, so you can try all the different types of obstacles. The Boardercross will inspire you to challenge your friends and family to a race. The line of Whoops is ideal for novice thrills. The Mini-zone has become a hit with beginner skiers who want to learn the joys of freestyle in peace and safety.
And the Fun Slope is sure to be the hit of the 2018-19 season: this wide piste will please everybody with lots of fun elements: corners, whoops, arches, bumps and figures to set spinning…
Les Menuires / Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Bruyères sector: Second central point of Les Menuires
- Improvement of easy skiing near the Bruyères sector: connection of the Plan du Bouquet slope from the middle of the Bruyères gondola
Mass sector: unavoidable slope for its snow and its panorama
- Bouquetin slope: widening of the lower part of the track. Versant accessible even at a small level!
- Improvement of the access to the Lac Noir slope from the top of La Masse for the most experienced!
Pixel area: a new snowpark completely reinvented and full of colour!
- A new area of gliding completely reinvented with bumps, rails, kicks … for fans of figures and jumps and fans of sensations! There is something for everyone and for all tastes!
- An enlarged area with a lower course laid out as a fun track.
2 new slopes
- A blue slope have been built at the top of the Cime Caron. It will ease the access for all ski levels to the legendary summit of Val Thorens and offer a whole new area to explore.
- A new slope have been created in the Boismint sector.
Also, the unloading area at the top of the Col chairlift is redesigned and widened for skiers’comfort.
In order to propose a brand new customer experience, SETAM completely rethought the universe of the luge track, The Toboggan who became Cosmojet.
Luge riders will be immersed into a story from the moment they get their sledge and all along the way down. Composed with modules, light and sound, the experience will call upon simple and pure feelings for customers to enjoy with friends and family.
The resort offers 5 ski touring routes accessible to all. It only remains to choose the climb facing the majestic needles of Péclet or facing the Cime Caron to get away from it all and rediscover the area of Val Thorens (The return to the station is done by the tracks).
Are proposed courses of 2 to 6 km to allow an evolution and a smooth discovery of the practice of ski touring.