Les Trois Vallees Travel Guide

by Natalie Becci
Text by Alice White Walker

When it comes to skiing, few places in Europe can match Les 3 Vallées. From glistening slopes, to forests littered with snow-capped branches, to traditional villages filled with log cabins – the slope style here is nothing short of picturesque. Read on for our guide to some of the best resorts Les 3 Vallées has to offer.

Divided into three separate valleys – Courchevel, Méribel and Les Belleville – Les 3 Vallées is the world’s largest ski area, with 373 miles of ski-accessible pistes, 166 ski lifts and more than 86,400 acres of nature to explore. Days without snow and velvety-smooth slopes are unheard of; its snow grooming craftsmanship is second to none, boasting a 160-strong team and 2,383 snow cannons covering over 50% of the ski area. Skiers and snowboarders have their pick of terrains to tackle, and there are plentiful options for non-skiers to have fun, too. Hiking, dog sledding, paraponting and other outdoor adventures await thrill-seekers, while luxury shopping, indulgent massages and gourmet meals are fitting indulgences for relaxing off-piste. 

This year, Les 3 Vallées is set to open from December 10, 2022, to April 28, 2023. Click here for more information.

Saint Martin de Belleville

Nestled into the mountain valley, Saint Martin de Belleville rolls at a more laid-back pace and is the ideal setting to wind down and reboot. This authentic Savoyard village is picture-perfect, with its bell tower, winding streets, and stone farms. There are 22 little hamlets in the village, each with traditional, cozy chalets. 

If you need lessons – be it a quick refresher or a week-long introduction to the sport – Saint Martin de Belleville is a great place to enjoy a private or group class. 


Courchevel, near the Lac Bleu, has changed since its beginnings as a small resort in 1908. Today, it comprises six separate villages that are easy to travel in between, thanks to free shuttle buses and connecting ski routes. 

Each village has its own distinct ambiance, which is partly the reason why Courchevel appeals to so many. The biggies? Le Praz – a skier’s paradise – home to France’s only Olympic ski jumps; Courchevel Village, which has an informal atmosphere that is great for families; and Courchevel 1850, with the highest altitude and an equally elevated reputation for luxury. Here, you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants and chic, high-fashion boutiques aplenty.


Charming stone and wood chalets surrounded by a lush blanket of forest and stunning panoramic views of the Alps and Mont-Blanc, Méribel unites the serenity of nature with the elegant comforts of 5-star service. 

Beautiful, private chalets and state-of-the-art hotels ensure a refined stay for all guests. If you want to go all out with catering, spas, and made-to-measure additions, Méribel is where to do it! Families also benefit from countless options for fun winter activities, such as tobogganing, mountaineering, ice skating, and much more.

Val Thorens

The highest point in Les 3 Vallées, Val Thorens, is famous for its unrivaled skiing options and lively après ski scene, with bustling on-piste bars and tons of trendy restaurants (there are over 60!). The resort has been semi-pedestrianized, so you can walk everywhere you want and ski straight from your doorstep. 

Val Thorens is also classified as a “Family Plus Mountain,” offering great options for children of all ages, such as ski lessons, activities, care services, and other entertainment.

Things To Do

Chèvrerie de Villarenger

Run by the Martin family, Villarenger is an adorable goat farm that produces wonderful dairy products. Visit the artisanal factory, enjoy cheese and yogurt tastings, take part in an atelier on local flora and fauna, and take in the surrounding nature on horseback. An idyllic place to experience the true Saint Martin de Belleville culture.

Dog Sledding

A great way to see a different side of the Valleys. Book a dog sled ride and traverse through forests, up and down hills and around winter lakes. A thrilling ride for the whole family.


With or without snowshoes, hiking is a good option for those looking for physical activity at a more relaxed pace. Some guides are also yoga teachers and practice gentle exercises to soothe the mind at 1,000 plus feet high!


High speed doesn’t only mean skis and boards! In Courchevel, you can brave nearly two miles at Formula 1 speed on the Moriond Racing track. Or try the 1850 route – a trail just over a mile through the heart of the forest that takes you between Courchevel 1850 and Courchevel Village.

Cross-Country Skiing

From night-time excursions that start at dusk and finish with a glass of vin chaud, to intrepidly exploring the breathtaking glacier landscape, to cruising through verdant woodland trails, cross-country skiing caters to all levels and tastes. Outings are always accompanied by a professional to ensure you’ll be safely led by those that know the mountains the best!

Luxury Shopping

From the crème de la crème of high-end fashion – Valentino, Chanel, Louis Vuitton – to concept stores, deluxe ski equipment shops and more, Courchevel 1850 has made a name for itself as a shopping destination. The optimal way to treat yourself to some retail therapy in the mountains.

Spa Guide

Cheval Blanc Spa

Cheval Blanc Courchevel, Le Jardin Alpin , 73120, Courchevel 1850

Cheval Blanc, the famous chain of boutique hotels, has its own spa tucked inside its luxury Courchevel hotel. A mix of the sauna or hammam, indoor jacuzzi and outdoor Russian banya is the perfect way to cure ski-fatigued muscles. The spa’s Guerlain beauty experts will assure that you leave looking as radiant as you feel.

Spa des Neiges by Clarins

Hotel Allodis, 1143 le Belvédère, 73550 Méribel

Part of the 4-star Hotel Allodis, Spa des Neiges by Clarins is a peaceful mountain haven where a skilled team is ready to ease away the inevitable aches and pains from a day of skiing. Facials, massages and makeup sessions are just part of the pampering that awaits.

Nuxe Spa

Le Kalia, 124 Rue des Jeux Olympiques, 73550 Méribel

The 5-star Le Kalia hotel in Méribel has welcomed the iconic French beauty brand Nuxe to head its beautiful spa. There are six consultation rooms – three of which are doubles, so you can enjoy treatments as a couple or as a family. The menu’s deep tissue and detox massages are just the things to soothe the mind and body.

Where To Stay

le chalet

91 Route du Châtelard, Quartier La Villette, 73440 Saint Martin de Belleville

A stunning property with five bedrooms, Le Chalet sleeps up to 10 people in the lap of luxury. It has a log fire, authentic wooden furniture and an open plan dining room and kitchen where you can watch the French chefs create your meals. There’s no better place to relax after a hard day of skiing than a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room or outdoor jacuzzi — just for you.

Le Val Thorens

Place de l’Église, 73440, Val Thorens

Traditional alpine design married with modern touches, Le Val Thorens Hotel has everything you could need, with 80 rooms and family suites, stunning panoramic views, a large swimming pool, a spa and a design-led bar area. The best bit? It has ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes, so you won’t waste time traveling to the pistes.

le coucou

464 Route du Belvédère, Les Allues, 73550 Méribel

Opened in late 2019 – and seen on the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2020 – Le Coucou is young but making big waves. No detail has been spared for this 5-star boutique hotel, where classic alpine style has been wonderfully reimagined by legendary French designer Pierre Yovanovitch. The Tata Harper spa and heated pools (indoor and outdoor!) are just a few of the fine extras you can expect.

Chalet l'Etagne

71 Rue du Lac, 73120, Courchevel

A charming bed and breakfast chalet situated in the village of Le Praz, not far from the ski lifts. The owners — Jacky and Beatrice — offer a warm welcome with personalized rooms (there are three bedrooms and two suites to cater to couples and families) and a hearty breakfast to start the day right. A sauna and jacuzzi will soothe aching muscles, and appointments for massage, facials and manicures can be arranged.

Where To Eat

Simple et Meilleur

Place Notre Dame, Quartier de Caseblanche, 73440, Saint Martin de Belleville

Situated in the Savoyard village of Saint Martin de Belleville, Simple et Meilleur is a favorite amongst locals and visitors for its unfussy yet delicious food. Try the Reblochon fondue (baked inside a loaf of bread for dipping), cow or goat cheese raclette, and the tapas bar for lunch or light bites. 

La Pause de Pierrette

Place Péclet, 73440, Val Thorens

The restaurant of Le Portillo Hotel, La Pause de Pierrette is open to guests and non-guests alike. Fresh produce, fine gastronomic skills and an adorable setting merge to form one of Val Thorens’s most charming eateries. Its south-facing terrasse with spectacular views over the mountains is the cherry on top.

Chez Pépé Nicolas

Piste de la Chasse, 73440, Val Thorens

An eatery known for its Savoyard specialties, you’ll find Chez Pépé Nicolas just above Ménuires, Val Thorens, on the piste itself. Uniting the traditional with the contemporary, the team prides itself by working with local producers to create a menu of dishes that go beyond the staple raclette and tartiflette.

La Cave des Creux

73120 Courchevel 

Run by two local ski instructor brothers, Boris and Florian Glise understand exactly what visitors want from a piste-side restaurant. La Cave des Creux offers quality, nutritious food to energize you for the rest of the day’s activities. The restaurant’s wonderful terrace boasts an outside fire with sweeping panoramas over Mont Blanc.

Le Resto

Hotel Savoy

435 Rue des Jeux Olympiques, Les Allues, 73550, Méribel

Le Resto, the esteemed Hotel Savoy’s restaurant, is the ideal spot for a serene evening with gourmet food. Set across two floors, the space is a reworking of classic alpine style with large, convivial tables, an impressive fireplace and an elegant, cozy atmosphere. The menu champions meat and fish dishes cooked with flair. 

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