Les Menuires is an extremely convenient, family-friendly ski resort, just down the valley from Val Thorens and over the hill from Méribel and Courchevel. It's a great choice for anyone looking to access the vast 3 Vallées ski area - the biggest linked ski area on the planet - but doesn't fancy the glitz, glamour our cost of its more famous neighbours.
The middle of the three resorts in the Belleville Valley, Les Menuires can sometimes be overlooked. Above is the lofty Val Thorens sitting at 2,300m, and below is the beautiful Saint Martin de Belleville. So where does that leave Les Menuires? Right in the middle, with the best of both.
While Les Menuires isn’t as pretty as the Savoyard Saint Martin below, or as well placed as Val Thorens above, it is one of the most affordable resorts in the Three Valleys. The main body of the village isn't what you'd call chic in terms of architecture, but it is almost entirely ski-in-ski-out, which makes it a triumph for families with small children. The more recent hamlet of Reberty is prettier, comprising as it does mostly rustic wooden chalets. On the hill, Les Menuires boasts some of the very best skiing in the whole 3 Vallées area.
The resort has been divided into ‘quarters’, though there aren’t four. The main facilities are found in La Croisette, which was the original centre. You can also find lots to do in Les Bruyeres just next to it. Reberty 1850 and 2000 are above, alongside Brelin, and below you’ll find Fontanettes and Preyerand.
Because of the shape of the resort — long and stretched along the valley — there’s much to do throughout it. And no matter where you stay, there’ll be food and apres options nearby. Because of this focus on functionality, however, the town isn’t very pretty. But then again, neither is Val Thorens. Luckily though, there’s been some demolition work going on and some of the older, uglier buildings have been torn down in favour of putting up more stylish accommodation — chalets and chalet-style apartment blocks clad with wood — to make things feel more alpine.
Les Menuires highlights: Les Menuires has great facilities, a mix of bars and restaurants, and some of the best skiable terrain in the Three Valleys. Oh, and did we mention it’s also the best value for money?
Les Menuires is best for: Those looking for an extended break to conquer the entirety of the Three Valleys, where value for money becomes a priority. Not the prettiest, but it’s ideally situated, and has a lot of accommodation options at very reasonable prices.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Les Menuires:
Les Menuires is part of the huge Three Valleys, but individually shares its slopes with Saint Martin de Belleville below. Its top lift shoots up to 2,850m atop the Col de la Chambre, and gives access to a lot of long reds and blues, as well as linking over to Meribel if you have the Three Valleys pass. Though you may not need to fork out for the full area lift pass as Les Menuires has a very respectable 160km of pistes on offer on its own.
The slopes immediately above town are a riot of rolling reds and blues, one of which - Jerusalem - is a real gem. Across the valley La Masse is home to some really challenging stuff, both on and off piste. For kids there is no shortage of fun areas and dedicated learning zones. at 1850m altitude, Les Menuires is pretty snow-sure, and just a couple of lifts take you further up the valley to Val Thorens- the highest resort in Europe.
A little further down on the same ridgeline, you’ll find 3 Marches, Mont de la Challe, and Tougnete, Cheferie, and Roc de Fer, five peaks which all offer a great mix of reds and blues. From 3 Marches, you’ll also be able to access the Pixel Area park, and the Pylones freeride area. Tougnete will serve up the Riondaz freeride area, and give you access down to Saint Martin, which should be visited just to see the prettiness of the town if nothing else.
Across the other side you’ll see the epic Pointe de la Masse. It’s 50m shorter than Col de la Chambre, but has the best freeride and advanced terrain in the resort. The Masse freeride area is right below the Masse 2 gondola, and should be sampled by any hungry powder hounds seeking fresh lines. Either side, you’ll find some great reds and blacks. The Lac Noir and Dame Blanche are the best blacks on this side, though the reds are nothing to be sniffed at. And make sure you catch the Rocher Noir as you’re heading down, too, if it’s steep you want.
Beginners will stay around the lower slopes, enjoying the long greens and blues, as well as the beginner areas around the town. The La Violette green is long and cruisey, and the Grand Lac blue down from 3 Marches is excellent fun.
First-time and beginner skiers: Taking the Roc 1 gondola will give beginners access to La Violette as well as Petits Creux, which links up to Montagnette and some other friendly blues. This side of the valley will offer the most for beginners.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will have fun in the snow parks as well as the freeride areas towards the Col de la Chambre ridgeline. Higher up you’ll find more challenging terrain but still a mixture of blues and reds, while lower down things become gentler.
Expert skiers: Experts can have fun all over this mountain playground. From the Col de la Chambre, you’ll find some excellent reds and a great black called Leo Lacroix. This is one of the best runs on this side of the mountain and is easily accessed off the Bruyeres gondolas. Otherwise, head for Pointe de la Masse and strap in for the ride.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Les Menuires
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Les Menuires:
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Les Menuires
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Les Menuires (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Les Menuires
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Les Menuires
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Les Menuires can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Les Menuires
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Les Menuires. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Les Menuires
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Les Menuires designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!