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Les Trois Vallées Travel Guide

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.


About Les Trois Vallées

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. 

The Valleys

Each of the valleys in this remarkable resort area offer their own character and advantages.

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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.

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. 

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 in Les Trois Vallées

La Ferme de Villeranger

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 come spring, 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 in Les Trois Vallées

What better way to relax in the mountain air and recover from a long day skiing, than indulging in a spa treatment!

Cheval Blanc Spa

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.

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

Spa des Neiges by Clarins

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.

Hotel Allodis, 1143 le Belvédère, 73550 Méribel

Nuxe Spa

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.

Le Kalia, 124 Rue des Jeux Olympiques, 73550 Méribel

Where to stay in Les Trois Vallées

Le Chalet

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.

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

L’Hotel La Bouitte

Hotel, restaurant and spa at the foot of the St Marcel ski slopes.  In an idyllic setting in the heart of the ski region of Trois Vallées, La Bouitte has opened its doors to their guests since 1976. René and Maxime Meilleur, father and son, have built with their hands a unique chalet, an ode to Savoy living. Comforting and pure, their cuisine is the perfect balance between simplicity and elegance.   

Hameau De Saint Marcel St Martin de Belleville 73440

Hotel La Sivelière

Enjoy a ski-in, ski-out hotel, with open fires and the gourmet cuisine of the restaurant Le 1850, rest in the well being area, appreciate your home away from home…

Located a 10-minute walk from Courchevel 1850,  it offers an indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a spa with a hammam and sauna.  Only 600m from a central ski lift.

444, route des Chenus 73120 Courchevel

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Chalet de l'Etang

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.

71 Rue du Lac, 73120, Courchevel


Le Coucou

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.

464 Route du Belvédère, Les Allues, 73550 Méribel


Le 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.

Place de l’Église, 73440, Val Thorens

Where to eat in Les Trois Vallées

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Le resto

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. 

Hotel Savoy

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

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La Cave des Creux

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.

73120 Courchevel 

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Chez Pépé Nicolas

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.

Piste de la Chasse, 73440, Val Thorens

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Simple et Meilleur

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. 

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

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La Pause de Pierrette

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.

Place Péclet, 73440, Val Thorens

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Restaurant Le Cèpe

Be sure to make a reservation for this popular and highly acclaimed restaurant in Meribel.  A refined and elegant cuisine, in a charming setting.  Friendly service.

Immeuble Les Merisiers 73550 Le Plateau, Méribel,

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