Being conveniently located is what sets Les Menuires Ski Resort apart from the rest of the 3 Valleys resorts. In some situations, all you have to do is catch one Gondola like the Bruyeres 2. Then from there ski (mix of red and blue runs) to the next resort. With connecting chairlifts and blue runs, skiing and snowboarding to the other resorts is easy for all abilities. not just confident skiers. I think this is also great for families who could be at different skiing levels and want to explore together.
Table of Contents
- Les Menuires in the winter
- About Les Menuires Ski Resort
- Quick overview of Les Menuires Ski Resort Area
- Skiing Les Menuires Ski Area
- Les Menuire Ski Passes
- Upload the Les Menuire App
- Dog Sledding in St Martin de Belleville
- Roc’n Bob – Toboggan
- Where to eat Les Menuires
- Getting to Les Menuires
- Top Tip for Les Menuires Ski Resort
- Would I Recommend Les Menuires Ski Resort
- Other French Resorts
Les Menuires in the winter
Les Menuires Ski Resort France forms part of the 3 Valleys (or also known as Les 3 Vallées ) ski area, interlinking resorts across France giving you access to over 600kms of ski runs. It is considered to be one of the biggest ski areas in the world, meaning there is something for everyone from a complete beginner to seasoned skiers.
Unlike Val Thorens and Courchevel that also form part of the 3 Valleys, Les Menuires Ski Resort used to be considered the ugly duckling of the 3 Valleys due to the era of construction in the 1960’s. However, after having been to these other ski resorts before, I was more than keen to head to Les Menuires to explore the ski slopes and see what else this underrated Ski Resort had to offer. Then I could make up my own mind.
About Les Menuires Ski Resort
There are 5 resort district areas that form Les Menuires Ski Resort, Preyerand, La Croisette, Les Fontanettes, Les Bruyeres and Grand Reberty. The original being La Croisette which is where the older outdated building is situated. However, in recent years these have slowly started to restore and revamped the building making them easier on the eye.
I stayed in the more modern and stylish Reberty area, which are more traditional chalet buildings that are ski-in/ski-out.
Up until the last couple of years, Les Menuires Ski Resort was always overshadowed by the other resorts in the 3 Valleys, trendy Meribel, posh Courchevel and high altitude resort of Val Thorens. These days, Les Menuires is definitely catching up with its famous connecting neighbors and reminds me of fine French wine, it is only getting better with age.
Quick overview of Les Menuires Ski Resort Area
- As it is a high altitude resort the slopes are mostly big and open without many trees around.
- This also means there is plenty of off-piste skiing available but remember this is at your own risk.
- 86 Piste slopes (12 green / 44 blue / 22 red / 8 blacks )
- 34 Ski lifts
- 1 SnowPark Area
- 125 kms of runs
- Mini Kilometre Lance (A mini speed run for children)
Top to when skiing
- On a clear day, head up to Col De La Chambre to take advantage of the 360 panoramic views. There are both blue and red slopes back to the resort. If you are not skiing you can catch the gondola.
Skiing Les Menuires Ski Area
With over 125 kms of ski slopes just in Les Menuires, that is plenty of ski fields to explore. Our first day of skiing was a complete whiteout and it felt like you were skiing off piste due to all the snow. Even without any visibility, our ESF guide Jerome was able to take us around. He showed us what Les Menuires ski slopes had to offer and took us to the snowpark. Where there was a little speed area “Mini Kilometre Lance” with the snow up to our knees.
The second day skiing
The second day could not have been more different, freshly groomed slopes, beautiful clear blue skies. We wanted to take advantage of this so the lovely Francesca, the owner of Powder N Shine Luxury Chalet company (Where we stayed), kindly offered to take us to some great places for photos.
We headed up to the Mont de la Chambre which had stunning 360 panoramic views of the 3 Valleys and Mont Blanc. Before making our way taking pictures and skiing.
Les Menuire Ski Passes
Ski passes are available for Les Menuires (and St Martin) Ski Area or for the 3 Valleys Area (Les Menuires, Saint Martin, Meribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens, La Tania, Orelle, Brides Les Bains).
Apart from your usual single day, 2 days or 6 consecutive days, you can also get different types of group passes.
Types of Ski Passes
Duo (2people) – The duo ski pass offers a reduced price for two people, who are staying the same length of days of 6 days and over.
Tribu (3 People & more) The tribu ski pass offers a reduced price for 3 people or more, who are staying the same length of days of 6 days and over.
Family Pass ( 2 adults + 2 children (5 to 17 years old)) – The family ski pass offer proposes a reduced price for all purchases of 4 ski passes, who are staying the same length of days of 6 days and over.
- If you get a ski Pass for Les Menuires and then decided that you want to ski in the 3 Valleys then you can get an add-on to your pass for an additional cost.
- Free ski pass for children under the age of 5 years old.
Upload the Les Menuire App
Upload the Les Menuires App to keep you up to date with everything happening in the Les Menuires ski resort. You can even find where you are on the piste map, check the forecast and see what other activities you can do.
You can even recharge your ski pass without going to a ski ticket office.
Dog Sledding in St Martin de Belleville
Dog sledding through the snowy forest is on most people’s bucketlist when they think of winter wonderland adventures. I am no different and I am a huge fan of dog sledding, so much so that I have been lucky enough to do it in some amazing places like on a frozen lake next to the Ice Hotel in Sweden. I love being able to pet them before, during a break, and after the Dog Sled ride.
Dany and Bernard (the owners) with their dogs invite you for a dog sledge ride through the heart of the winter countryside in St Martin de Belleville. Spend a fun and exciting time being pulled in a husky sledge with the dogs side by side in pairs. While at the same time, taking a break so you can learn about each of your dogs and why they are so important in the position that they hold in the group.
I did ask why they bark so much when he stops and he explained that they just want to go, go, go, all the time, and stopping gives them a break. If they don’t have a break they will exhaust themselves out. Whether you are with family or a group of friends, dog sledding is something for everyone to enjoy.
Information about the dog sledding
- From – Late Dec to End of March, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Held Between – 10 AM and 4.30 PM.
- Duration – 30mins
- Price – 39 € Per Adult and 29 € Per Child (6-12 y.o. free under 3 years old)
- Start and End Point – Sentier du Doron Saint Martin de Belleville, 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Depending on snow conditions. The activity can be stopped in case of high temperatures or bad snow conditions on the track.
- Reservations only in the Tourist Offices in Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville from Saturday morning for the following week. Telephone bookings not possible.
Feel like you are Dog sledding with me through the heart of the winter countryside
Roc’n Bob – Toboggan
If you want a break from skiing/boarding or want to try something different that is fun, then why don’t you try the Roc’n Bob. A 4km of tobogganing run that has a series of long bends “the Roc rapids” and small bends “Never ending Canyon”.
Roc’n Bob is situated at the top of the Roc 1 gondola which you can catch from La Croisette but don’t worry you don’t have to have a lift pass to get up there. When you purchase your toboggan ticket it will include your lift pass and sledge to the top of the Roc 1 gondola. All you need to do is turn up with warm waterproof clothes.
This activity is not only for kids but for adults as well, who will have just as much fun.
- From: – Late Dec to End of March, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
- Held Between: – 2 PM and 6.45 PM
- Prices: – 1 descent : 11 € / 2 descents : 20 € / 5 descents : 44 € or Family (1 descent for 4 persons) : 40 €
- Where to Purchase your ticket: from the sledge office located at the base of Roc 1.
- Start Point: – Top of Roc 1 gondola
- If you want to try something different there is also a toboggan on rails called the ‘Speed Mountain’
Where to eat Les Menuires
As I was in a catered chalet, a delicious dinner was provided for us every night during our stay. We did, however, stop off at some great places for a drink and lunch. Here are a couple of recommendations you may like for lunch or drink :
Bouchea Oreille – On the Mountain
There is a saying ‘Room with a view’ well this is a ‘Restaurant with a View’. Arguably Bouchea Oreille mountain restaurant on Mont de la Chambre has one of the best 360 views in Les Menuires and on a clear day, you can see over the 3 Valles, as well as Mont Blanc.
Don’t worry though if you don’t ski or snowboard because as you can reach Bouchea Oreille via chairlifts and gondola. Then from there, it is only a small walk from the top of one lift to the other.
I never ate here, instead, I had a coffee and a couple of cheeky glasses of wine to get out of the freezing cold (it was -10). However, I hear that the food is pretty good and I would expect that considering the restaurant run by the same family as the Michelin starred restaurant La Bouitte in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.
Restaurant-Pub La Ferme de Reberty
It serves traditional cuisine and mountain specialties, like cheese dishes and pasta. We ate here for lunch with the tourism board and the food was excellent. The portions are really big too which is great after a heavy session on the slopes.
- Open early in the morning for a coffee before you hit the slopes.
With a wide range of accommodation types spread across the 5 resort district areas Preyerand, La Croisette, Les Fontanettes, Les Bruyeres and Grand Reberty there is something for everyone. From 4-star hotels, catered chalets to serviced apartments, it really does depend on what you are looking for. I
If you are on a budget then there is a hostel called ‘Hostel HO36’. All the areas are connected via a bus during the day, so it is not a problem getting around.
Powder N Shine
I stayed at Neve Chalet with Powder N Shine a luxury ski-in and ski-out catered chalet, situated in Grand Reberty on the piste and 5minutes from the ESF ski school. Neve Chalet was definitely charming and luxurious and probably one of the nicest ones that I have stayed in before. Not only this but the service and the owner Francesca were nothing but hospitable and made our stay, so much more enjoyable.
The Chalet Rooms
My room was spacious and decorated in a typical alpine chalet style with opened beams and looked out onto the slopes. The chalet had everything you want from a winter holiday. A la carte chef, private jacuzzi, indoor sauna, a ski /board equipment area. As well as a log burning stove that you could sit around and a children’s game area.
Neve Chalet Free-Wifi worked well in all areas, which is a bonus. I loved nothing more than coming back and sitting in front of the fire with a glass of wine and relaxing before dinner.
Getting to Les Menuires
The closest international airports to Les Menuires Ski Resort are Geneva International Airport, Chambery or Grenoble. The best way to get there is either via transfer, bus or car hire as there are no direct trains, it all depends on your budget.
Geneva has two arrivals areas, there is both a Swiss side and a French side to the airport.
Tip for taking your skies on the plane
- Check with the airline as some of them allow you to check your skis on the plane for free.
Transfer from Geneva to Les Menuires
It is expensive to organise your own transfer to Les Menuires Ski Resort when you are not in a group. If you have booked a package deal check to make sure the company has organised a transfer for you.
Catching a bus from Geneva to Les Menuires
You can take a public bus from the Geneva airport departure area to Les Menuires called the Altibus. It takes around 3 and a half hrs including the stop over to change and runs a couple of times a day.
Beware though if you take the Altibus for your return on a Saturday or Sunday, you will need to confirm your return ticket 48 hours in advance. You can do this via phone or at the ticket counter located at the bus station.
Top Tip for Les Menuires Ski Resort
- Les Menuires ski resort is situated at 1850 m, so best to make sure that you have Snow Chains and know how to put them on. Even though the road will be cleared, it can still be covered in snow.
- If your smartphone is getting flat from taking all those ski video’s, there is a phone charging point near the Les Menuires sign
- There are 4 Bus Routes (Red, Blue,Yellow & Green) that service Les Menuires Ski Resort
- We cannot seem to live without social media these days, so Les Menuires has 10 Free wifi areas. Which you can find on your piste map.
- If you don’t feel like skiing there is a Bus that goes between Les Menuires Ski Resort and Val Thorens Ski Resort and another Bus that goes from Les Menuires to Saint Martin De Belleville
Would I Recommend Les Menuires Ski Resort
There is a British TV show called ‘Location Location’ which helps people find their perfect house in the right location. Well, that is the first thing I think of when Les Menuires Ski Resort France comes to mind in regards to skiing in the 3 Vallees. If you are wanting to enjoy activities on and off the slopes, Les Menuires Ski Resort France is your place.
If you are wanting convenience and affordability in one of the worlds largest interconnect ski areas, the 3 Valleys. Then Les Menuires Ski Resort is definitely the right place for you. I really liked it and would not hesitate to go back there especially for a week to ski.
It has great ski slopes that everyone can enjoy, most of the accommodation is ski-in and ski-out. There is also a large range of activities to do on and off the mountain. As well as a nice variety of restaurants and bars to choose from.
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Admiring the ski slopes on a clear day – Les Menuires Ski Resort France
Other French Resorts
If you are interested in discovering other French Ski Resorts you can check out my posts on Val Thorens, Morzine and Les Gets Ski Resorts. All are great options for a ski trip with friends or with family.
Thank you for reading this article ‘Enjoying Activities on and of the slopes Les Menuires Ski Resort France’, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next Ski Trip. Les Menuires Ski Resort is truly a charming resort.
Have you been to Les Menuires Ski Resort France before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
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Disclaimer: Even though I was there as a guest of the Les Menuires tourist office. All views are my own and based on my own experience.