Les Menuires is a purpose-built town divided into five separate tiers - La Croisette, Preyerand, Les Fontanettes, Grand Reberty and Les Bruyères - with facilities and accommodation at each level. At the heart of the village is La Croisette where you will find most of the apartment blocks which have given Les Menuires its reputation for not being as pretty as Meribel. However, the village has grown over the years and newer properties have improved its appearance. There are now several hamlets that are more pleasing on the eye and you can’t beat the access to the ski area. Nearly all the accommodation gives you almost instant access to the slopes with very little traffic to get in the way.
Much of the accommodation is ski in/ski out, making a holiday to Les Menuires perfect for families, groups and beginners, who will be able to roll out of bed and straight into their lesson. Queuing also tends not to be a problem in Les Menuires with the lift system being fast and efficient.
There are free buses that connect all the parts of the resort, running every 20 minutes until 8 pm after which they run less frequently up until midnight. The resort is relatively quiet in the evenings but there are some excellent local restaurants to try (including the K, the Cocon des Neiges, the Ferme, Maison des Neiges and Ours Blanc).
SKI AREA OVERVIEW
Les Menuires is an excellent destination for serious skiers with relatively queue-free lifts giving you excellent access to Val Thorens further up the valley or to the next valley of Méribel and Mottaret.
On one side of the valley is La Masse which can be reached by a gondola from just below the village. The views from La Masse are excellent and given its height and northerly orientation the snow here is also amongst the best in the Trois Vallées. The runs from the top are mostly reds or fairly easy blacks but the skiing here is best-suited to intermediates and more advanced skiers. As this area is at one extreme of the 3 Valleys it does tend to be one of the quieter areas to ski.
To get to the Méribel valley there is a gondola and fast chair from La Croisette and the same from Bruyères. This will give you access to almost endless skiing and within an hour and a half, you can be in Courchevel.
Access to Val Thorens is either by a blue from the top of the Montaulever draglift or from the top of the Bruyères gondola. There are several parks and areas for snowboarders across the valley.
- Why not spend a night at the Refuge du Lac du Lou – a rustic refuge located by the largest lake in the Vallee des Belleville, which is hidden away from ski lifts and slopes in a little valley.
- Enjoy the fun zones in Les Menuires and discover, with family or friends, new snow sport excitement! (sledging slope and Boardercross with banked turns and whoops).
- Visit Chez Pepe Nicolas for local and rustic food – perfect ski stop for lunch, this family restaurant is full of charm and one of the best on piste restaurants in the 3 Valley.
- La Vallée des Belleville offers a protected environment for those eager to hike and snowshoe. Use the marked paths to discover the valley and its natural beauties.