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Skiing in the incredible Three Valleys

Every skier dreams of endless pistes, the chance to ski different slopes every morning, visit a different village every day - of waking up with a giant expanse of winter wonderland spread out below them and knowing that there's no way that they could ski it all. A ski holiday in Les Trois Vallées is waking up from that dream to find it's reality. Mind-blowing is not an exaggeration. To prove our point, picture this: the six largest ski areas in America could fit inside Les Trois Vallées with plenty of room to spare.

The largest ski area in the world, The Three Valleys are home to eight ski resorts that are linked together by a network of ski lifts and runs. Nearly 200 lifts, 600 km of runs, 130 km of cross country trails, 1, 500 snow cannons, 360 ski patrollers and 1, 200 lift attendants is hard to get your head around! So let us break it down for you...

The wide range of resorts means that there is unquestionably something here for everyone. Village-wise, the areas are completely separate, and the easiest way to jump between is to ski. Calling the Three Valleys home: Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens, La Tania, Brides les Bains, Les Menûires, Saint Martin de Belleville and Grelle - each with a different personality.

The chic, stylish Courchevel is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, as is Meribel with fabulous après ski atmosphere. Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe, towers above with unbeatable powder. If you're after picturesque relaxation, try the replenishing atmosphere of spa village, Brides les Bains, or for a chilled-out, inexpensive family holiday, look to La Tania or Les Menuires. And so the list goes on...

Click below to find out more about getting to The Three Valleys: 

Flying

Genève Cointrin and Lyon Saint Exupéry airports are both approximately two hours from Courchevel. Regular flights depart from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and City airports. Flight time from London to both Lyon and Genève is around 2 hours 30 minutes. Other options include Chambery/Aix Les Bains (international airport, 110km from Courchevel) and Aeroport Grenoble (international airport, 130km). Skiing Holidays, through our flight + accommodation service, offers British Airways, easyJet, Air France and Lufthansa from throughout the United Kingdom. 

Catching the train 

By train you can head to Geneva Station then on to Moutiers Station. Moutiers is the town at the base of Les 3 Vallees. Then catch a bus or taxi directly to your village in Courchevel. It's also possible to catch the Eursotar overnight from London to Moutiers Station. Free shuttle buses operate between the different villages at Courchevel. By fast TGV train, Paris to Moûtiers-Salins takes just over four hours, followed by a 40-minute drive to Courchevel by taxi or private car. 

Driving 

Courchevel is about 2 hours 25 minutes from Lyon, and to drive there, head west from Lyon towards Chambery / Grenoble, exit towards Albertville and then again towards Brides les Bains / Meribel / Courchevel. From Grenoble, head along A41 towards Montmélian and Albertville, then onto A430. Take the D915 exit towards Brides-les-Bains / Meribel / Courchevel. The trip should take about 1 hour 30 minutes. 

three valleys resorts:

  • Brides les Bains

    skiing holidays to Brides les bains

    The relaxed, cosy spa town that has a real ‘small town' feel compared to some of the resorts in the Three Valleys 

  • Meribel

    skiing holidays to Meribel

    A British favourite, Meribel is a centrally located set of beautiful villages with a chalet style feel and lively apres ski. 

  • La Tania

    skiing holidays to La Tania

    A charming, tree nestled resort, it's good value and family friendly, though very low and somewhat remote. 

  • Les Menuires

    skiing holidays to les menuires

    Arguably the best located resort in the Three Valleys, that is improving every year. An excellent quieter family option.

  • Courchevel

    skiing holidays to Courchevel

    The cornerstone of the Three Valleys it's a ski 'must-do' with multiple villages offering a huge variety of experiences. 

  • Val Thorens

    skiing holidays to Val Thorens

    The highest & most snow-sure of the Three Valleys resorts. Val boasts excellent ski-in, ski-out & nursery slopes. 

Three Valleys quick facts:

The largest linked ski area in the world,  'Les Trois Vallées' is an absolute skiers dream

Home to eight individual ski resorts, some of which is comprised of several villages

A huge array of ski experiences to be enjoyed by skiers of all experiences and all ages