About the surrounding area
Les Menuires was the first resort in the Belleville Valley to open in 1964 and they have just celebrated their 50th Birthday. The architecture in Les Menuires is varied with the large hotels on the mountainside of Les Menuires now looking considerably dated. Further up the resort into Reberty there are more recently renovated wood/stone Chalets. A really functional resort, Les Menuires is popular with families as an affordable ski destination.
The main shopping area of Les Menuires can be found at La Croisette with the large hotels in the same area. Chalets and further accommodation are also loated in the Reberty area of Les Menuires. The sports centre is located away from the slopes just a short stroll away, opposite the main bus station.
Les Menuires has everything from typical French cuisine, Savoie specialities with lots of melted cheese to a Chinese restaurant, Red Dragon, or even eating in a Yurt located at La Masse1.
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Les Menuires has two fantastic lakes with walks at Plan d'eau and Lac de Lou which are accessed largely in the summer with fishing in the lake and fantastic farm restaurants such as Chez Pepe Nicholas with goats, pigs and rabbits roaming freely. Lac de Lou can also be accessed in the winter as an off piste area and towards the end of the season presents a water skiing challenge to get over the melted sections of the lake.
Things to Do nearby
Les Menuires is located at an altitude of 1850m in the Belleville Valley of the Three Valleys ski area. Along with being able to ski the largest ski area in the world you can enjoy sledging, big air bag, ski cross tracks and snow parks. You can also have a go at a slightly different concept - mountain biking on snow. There is a fantastic ice castle in the base of the resort for sledging and fun for children. In the Reberty area of Les Menuires there is a toboggan on rails for both adults and children. After a short inter-season break to recover from the winter, Les Menuires comes to life again in the summer with a huge list of activities. Along with the vast range of walking and mountain bike routes in the Three Valleys there is also; a children's zip wire over Plan d'eau, weekly markets, fishing, paintball, donkey rides, mini golf, outdoor trampolines, quad biking, skateboarding, beach volleyball (yes a beach in the mountains!), a bungee swing, canyoning and rafting.
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In the main area of Les Menuires you can begin to explore the rest of the Three Valleys ski area via the Roc de 3 Marches lifts. An area away from the crowds tends to be the La Masse ski area with great off piste areas and the Walibi Gliss park. The BK Park can be accessed from the Becca lift for fun for all ages. It is worth checking the piste map for areas marked with a sun symbol for the sunny pistes of Les Menuires.
Also see: Ski Areas in Val Thorens, France
Les Menuires has many bars at the base of the resort for apres with a Happy Hour at Le Mousse and often live music at Le Skilt. Later on in the evening there is a variety of live music most evenings at Le Challenge and events throughout the season at Plan B. There is also a varied entertainment programme each week offering activities for adults and children from football on snow to music festivals.
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