About the Three Valleys Ski Areas
Val Thorens is part of the 3 Valleys linked ski area. To fully appreciate the skiing in Val Thorens, it's best to understand it in context of the bigger picture.
The Three Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world. Home to eight resorts all connected by a high speed, modern lift system. With a massive 319 pistes totalling 600km in length, 200 lifts and 1,500 snow cannons it's a snow lovers paradise! Each individual valley is different and it's possible to find something for everyone.
In the 3 Valleys there are 51 green pistes, 132 blues, 106 reds and 32 black pistes, with 11 links to the neighbouring resorts and 169 ski lifts.
The Val Thorens valley is made of three separate villages, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Saint Martin De Belleville. With its own glacier, and a peak elevation of 3,200m one thing you’re guaranteed is amazing snow conditions throughout the season and into late spring. For piste-lovers the ski run Jerusalem is regularly rated in the world's top ten red runs and the runs from the top of Pointe de la Masse are breath-taking. Due to its height, the Val Thorens valley receives huge snowfalls and there are acres of fresh powder to be tracked.
The Courchevel valley is made up of five villages, has a north facing profile and on a clear day stunning views of Mont Blanc. For beginners, there's a huge range of slope and it’s a piste-skiers dream, with long red runs such as Creux and Chapelets. Off piste highlights such as the Les Avals valley with over 1,000m of powder, the Saulire couloirs and the Roc Merlet face will test the most advanced skiers. On a snowy day, the lower slopes are tucked in amongst the trees, allowing for skiing in even the heaviest white-out conditions.
The Meribel valley is in the centre of all the action. At the head of the Meribel valley you'll find Mont Du Vallon, at a height of 2,952m the views are stunning and the ski down even more so. Try and ski to the bottom with no stops and your legs will be on fire! The valley contains the DC and Moon Park, two of the best snowparks in Europe. With a beginner jump line, to a super pipe, and everything in between.
Even more valleys...
The Three Valleys is actually made up of four valleys... slightly confusing, we know. The fourth valley, Orelle, is on the far side of Val Thorens and boasts the ski areas highest point at a massive 3,230m. Excellent snow conditions and stunning views make it well worth a visit and still manageable in a day, even from Courchevel Moriond.
So there is undoubtedly something for everyone in the Three Valleys. Beginner slopes, runs featuring in the world's top ten, huge powder bowls, tree skiing, glaciers and pro snow parks. All of which is connected by one of the fastest, modern lift systems around. Need we say more?
Location: Val Thorens Valley / Belleville Region