The village of St Martin has a small selection of gift shops and ski shops along with some fantastic patisseries and a small supermarket for essentials. There are only three hotels in St Martin with the main accommodation tending to be away from the resort centre with lots of self-catered and catered chalets on offer, some extending into the surrounding hamlets of Chatelard and Villarabout.
St Martin has some fantastic restaurants including the Michelin restaurant La Bouitte who have recently received their third star. There is also the well known Montagnard restaurant and right next door with similar cuisine but fresh and modern interior, Jardin de Josephine. Taking it down a notch you have La Voute with a varied and good quality menu and central location opposite the church. For a good value menu de jour and a terrace at the bottom of the slope there is the L'Eterlou. If you are just looking for take away you can visit P'tit Snack or check the dates for Pizza del Capo who visit a different hamlet of St Martin each evening.
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St Martin is often described as a French village with a ski lift, being a really picturesque destination rather than a purpose built ski resort. Being in a central location you have fantastic views towards Meribel/Courchevel to the left and Les Menuires/Val Thorens to the right, perfect on bad weather days to assess the best place to ski. In the summer areas that are out of bounds during the winter such as Valley des Encombres open up for great walks with cascades and refuges.
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St Martin is the lowest resort in the Belleville Valley at 1450m but has a great central location to access the Three Valleys ski area. Along with skiing and snowboarding there are also great cross country skiing tracks and walking paths from St Martin. If you want a more relaxing way to enjoy the snow you can hop on the dog sled which runs along the track towards Chatelard with outings from 30 minutes to 1 hour available. In the summer months St Martin has some fantastic mountain bike tracks with the lifts open two days a week to access the full Three Valleys area. There are some fantastic walking routes to explore which are easily accessible without opting for a ski lift. The detailed walking maps give a coloured grading for the level of difficulty. An area normally off limits during the winter months opens up for a great via ferrata route up to La Chochet just above St Martin. There is also a great forest adventure circuit for children and adults along with horse riding and archery.
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There are just two lifts from St Martin, easily named St Martin 1 and St Martin 2. From the St Martin 1 lift you can easily head back to resort if you wish to get the legs warmed up before exploring the rest of the area. At the top of St Martin 2 there are more choices to be made; head left towards Meribel/Courchevel with five initial different route options to choose from. Otherwise you can take a right turn to enjoy the runs of St Martin or head further afield to Les Menuires and Val Thorens. A new uprgrade for St Martin 2 is scheduled for winter 2015/16 which will speed up the ascent and give you more time to ski.
Also see: Ski Areas in Val Thorens, France
There's no beating around the bush, St Martin is a quiet ski resort with just three bars open in the evening. For apres you have La Loy on the bottom of the Billay piste to enjoy the last of the sun. In the village there is La Dahlia and Alp Hotel at the bottom of the St Martin 1 ski lift. Into the evening there is Piano Bar with live music, Joker Bar offering a real French bar feel and Le Billig with pool table, table football and sports TV.
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