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.
New on slopes
As customer comfort is a priority for Les 3 Vallées, snow machines have been added to the top of the Plateaux (Val Thorens) blue piste, a very busy zone as it leads to the Snow Park, the Family Park and the Grand Fond cable car. In an effort to constantly boost skiing quality, improvement works have been carried out on the Pelozet, Jérusalem and Gros Tougne pistes in Saint Martin.
In Orelle, the new ski cross slope is accessible via the Peyron chairlift, and enables less-experienced skiers to discover the excitement of this impressive discipline! Located near the professional snow park in the Grand Fond area of Val Thorens, the family snow park has become more accessible to beginners as it is now connected to the Junior space and the Fun Slope.
For the organisation of the FIS Alpine World Ski championships 2023, Roc de Fer in Méribel is continuing its transformation with two new red pistes, La Gypaète and La Daguet. In Courchevel, the «Freeride Lab» in the Creux Noirs area has been revamped. The new site boasts a renovated ski lift for faster, easier access to the top, along with three ungroomed but marked-out pistes (two red, one black) for an unforgettable off-piste experience. The Native Indians are back in the canyon in Courchevel Moriond, with a section of piste under the chief’s giant headdress, a slalom through nature spirits, a photo with Kaya and her little silver fox, and a game for all the senses at the Shaman’s camp.