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Les Menuires top tips

01 January 0001

Les Menuires in the 3 Valleys with Ski Weekends

Situated in the heart of The 3 Valleys, Les Menuires is the epitome of a purpose built ski resort offering all the ski convenience you could ever want. Divided into three separate tiers - La Croisette, Reberty and Preyerand – all with fantastic facilities, access to the piste and varied accommodation at each level. Visually, Les Menuires is a mix match of 70’s concrete resort building style and the more contemporary classical alpine design. This contrast can be seen clearly at the centre of the village in La Croisette, where you will spot plenty of the 1970’s built apartment blocks (more Only Fools and Horses than To The Manor Born) responsible for Les Menuire’s reputation as the less attractive neighbour of the pretty Meribel. However, don’t be put off by the blocky building work, because the village is growing and over the years the development of newer properties, designed in the more classical alpine style, have left Les Menuires as a more aesthetically pleasing area.

Les Menuires is often a favourite choice for keen skiers for a variety of reasons. Not only is it generally more affordable than the more up market competitors like Courcheval and Meribel, but it is also highly practical. With high altitude, ensuring good snow, and a centralised location, offering unrivalled access to Europe’s largest skiing area, Les Menuire’s superb locality is one of its key defining features. Furthermore, Les Menuire’s practicality stretches to the resorts highly efficient infrastructure. Nearly all of the accommodation in Les Menuires is ski in/ski out providing almost instant access to the slopes and due to very few roads there is very little traffic to get in the way. In fact, with one of the most modern lift systems and fast efficient lift uplift, queuing for lifts tends to be an entirely non -issue in Les Menuires.  Additionally, there are also free buses that connect all the parts of the resort, running every 20 minutes until 8pm after which they run less frequently up until midnight.

Ski schools and ski lessons in Les Menuires

There are a quite a few choices for ski schools in Les Menuires. Like many other French ski resorts, there are a multitude of English speaking instructors and most schools offer a variety of lesson types, from general improvement lessons to park sessions and off piste powder classes. From lower end beginner lessons to expert, whatever you’re after, rest assured that there will be a ski school in Les Menuires to accommodate you and your lesson requirements.  

Snow conditions in Les Menuires

Overall snow cover is good throughout the season. The main west facing slopes in Les Menuires get a lot of sunshine however there are lots of snow guns placed in this area to ensure cover is topped up. La Masses’ high altitude and northerly orientation ensures good long lasting snow, consistently.  If need be however, you are a stone throw away from Val Thorens, which is renowned for being snow sure.

For the latest snow conditions and snow forecast in Les Menuires, check out the links below.

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Les-Menuires

https://www.j2ski.com/snow_forecast/France/Les_Menuires_snow.html

Our top tips for Les Menuires

  • Les 4 Vents is an impressive mountain restaurant in Les Menuires with a mezzanine held up by tree trunks. There is a large terrace with great views over the slopes, especially good for a lunch stop when the sun is out.
  • Need an adrenaline rush? Try the 4km “Roc n Bob” toboggan run with 22 bends and a vertical drop of 450m. It is accessible via 'Le Roc des 3 Marches' gondola and open every Friday to Sunday from 2:30pm to 6:45pm.
  • Les Menuires' 17m outdoor swimming pool (Piscine des Bruyères) is heated to 29°C, great for a swim/float after skiing all day. It's open from 14:30 to 19:30. There is also a covered pool (La Piscine Aquaclub) at La Croisette, with sauna and jacuzzi.
  • The slalom stadium in Les Menuires has a big air bag where you can try out jumps in full safety. Helmets must be worn but they are available on site.
  • Weekly games of football are organised at La Croisette. These five-a-side games take place on the snow and if you're feeling competitive you can enter your own team.

  • Go to the famous Folee Douce in Val Thorens. Get the last lift up when the band finishes and ski back to the door of your chalet without another lift! Of course, drink and ski responsibly at the end of the day.


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