About Les 3 Vallees
As the collective name of the resort suggests, there are 3 valleys-Belleville, Courchevel and Meribel. These 3 valleys are a home to 8 resorts amongst which are Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides Les Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. A truly magical place and the biggest winter sports resort in the world. There are around 600kms of slopes and 4 snow parks. In terms of the actual slopes there is a bit of everything- 33 black routes, 125 red, 129 blue and 43 green.
The resort offers excellent infrastructure with more than 180 ski lifts and it is extremely easy to move from valley to valley, which is a great way of maximising your time on the slopes. As a matter of fact it is possible to spend some time in all 3 valleys in just a day.
All routes are clearly marked and if you are planning a visit, then downloading the “Les 3 Vallees” app is a must. The app is free and extremely useful. It contains a clear trail map; there are live webcams, lift and trail reports. Additionally, you can explore example itineraries that can be personalised to your starting point, desired end point and profile (i.e. beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced or expert).
More about my experience in a second, but before I jump into that below are a couple of words that outline the best way of reaching the 3 valleys as it took me a while to figure this out.
How to get there?
I personally, chose to fly London-Geneva as Geneva’s airport is not too far away from the resort. It was a morning flight from City airport and I was able to spend a day in Geneva, which was a fantastic experience.
So it happens that a friend of mine posted a picture on Instagram from Geneva the night before, so we were able to grab a quick coffee before I took my Ben’s Bus Transfer from Geneva’s airport to Les Menuires, which was the resort I was staying in. The transfer took around 2 hours and it was a very pleasant journey.
The price for my return bus transfer ticket was £76.00, which added to my British Airways plane ticket required a total budget of £180.00. The actual shuttle bus that took me from the bus station of Les Menuires to my chalet was free. I won’t share the exact details around the price of my accommodation and ski pass as I do believe that it will be misleading, since we got a fantastic deal as it was booked through a travel community club named Tripsy, which by the way we like a lot!
Other airports located in close proximity are located in Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble. I would say that it is best to visit the official web site available at: http://www.les3vallees.com/en/ and explore all available plane, train and road options.
The skiing conditions were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed every second on the slopes. I spent a week at the resort and was able to explore most parts of all 3 valleys. Hence, I would would recommend that you take a ski pass that covers the whole resort, so you have full freedom.
Further, I enjoyed a snow jet ski ride and that did raise my adrenaline levels. Also, I elected to take a traditional sleigh ride, which was a lot of fun and reminded me of my childhood days. There are plenty of other options, so you can choose whatever "floats your boat".
When it comes to partying, La Folie Douce is the place to be! The party starts in the early afternoon and finishes around the time the lifts close for the day. It really is mad and a must if you are visiting the 3 Valleys. There is one in Val Thorens and one in Meriblel/Courchevel, I’ve visited the former 4 times and am looking forward for some more action again this coming March!