About the Three Valleys Ski Areas
Val Thorens is part of the 3 Valleys ski area and is one of the largest linked ski areas in the world. With it's modern lift system and wide range of pistes, it is a ski destination that will suit everyone.
The area consists of eight resorts - Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Orelle & St Martin de Belleville (see the piste maps). 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. There are 51 green pistes, 132 blues, 106 reds and 32 black pistes, with 11 links to the neighbouring resorts and 169 ski lifts. 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.
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. With several beginner areas, some more advanced skiing on the glacier and a great snowpark, this is a resort that suits all ages and abilities. 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 enjoyed. As and when the snow is falling in real-time, there's still fun to be had.
Read more in our guide to the Val Thorens Ski Area.
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 superpipe, and everything in between.
Read more in our guide to the Meribel Ski Area.
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.
Read more in our guide to the Courchevel Ski Area.
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.
Location: Val Thorens Valley / Belleville Region