Families and those on a budget looking to experience a French Alps ski vacation will love Les Menuires’ convenience, family-friendliness and affordability. This ski area consists of eight villages connected by ski runs and chairlifts. Les Menuires enjoys a central location right in the middle of the Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) ski area—the largest ski area in the world. This ski area has been in operation for about forty years, so guests have a varied gamut of lodging and off-mountain activity options. Visitors can enjoy both traditional, chalet-style village architecture and modern, luxury digs. Off the mountain activities abound, including snowshoeing, snowmobiling and tobogganing. Culture vultures and history buffs will appreciate the quaint Belleville Valley and the live, classic music performances.
The Trois Vallees ski area is comprised of 373 miles of ski terrain (600 kilometers) and 180 chairlifts that connect Brides les Bains, Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel and Val Thorens ski areas. Families with young children will particularly appreciate Piou Piou Village in the Plagne Soleil village area—which provides young children with incredible ski instructors, fun mascots and kid-friendly facilities. Beginners have several “nursery slopes” or “learn-to-ski” zones accessed via five free chairlifts, making a Les Menuires ski vacation an excellent choice for skiers and snowboarders just starting out. Intermediates will love cruising down high-alpine Mont de la Chambre, which features a nice variety of red and blue runs. Experts will most appreciate La Masse area, thanks to a several technical, steep black runs sure to give challenge-seekers a thrill. Park skiers and snowboarders will find La Becca to be a great place to enjoy boxes, rails, features and jumps.