The Three Valleys in Winter

Méribel sits centre stage at the heart of The Three Valleys, the largest linked skiing area in the world.

Courchevel, La Tania, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens are all just a ski lift away, forming a vast skiers’ paradise of over 600km of groomed runs and 198 lifts. If you don’t see a certain kind of lift here, it hasn’t yet been invented.

With mountain peaks rising to 3,300 metres, the snow cover is often the envy of other resorts, even in late April. Some 550 snow canons cover more than 350 acres. From La Chaudanne, the main Méribel gateway, every lift leads into a different valley, for example, take the Burgin lift to Saulire for fashionable Courchevel or Tougnete for the high altitude skiing of Val Thorens. The domain is immense and with the best lift system to be found anywhere, all levels of skier can ski the three valleys in a day without once removing their skis. In recent years, Orelle, a fourth valley, is fast developing behind Val Thorens.

The Three Valleys, as well as some of the best skiing in the world, offers some of the best lunchtime and evening dining of its kind. From the Michelin-starred La Bouitte in St Martin de Belleville, the increasingly popular Oxalys in Vals Thorens, the über-cool Cap Horn in Courchevel to the traditional Savoyarde charms of Le Blanchot and Chez Kiki in Meribel and the Espace Confort le Plan des Mains at the foot of Mont-Vallon, visitors will have their taste buds continually delighted.