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Les Menuires

Les Menuires Ski Resort Guide

Les Menuires, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length160km
Highest Lift3,200m
Resort Height1,850m
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Grenoble
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Les Menuires

Purpose-built altitude resort cursed by much disclaimed architecture but nicknamed 'The smile of the French Alps' by its owners. Well positioned on the Trois Vallées and livelier than many similar ski stations.

Summary

The French ski resort of Les Menuires is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,850m, with 160km of marked runs.

Les Menuires is part of the Three Valleys ski area with access to 600km of downhill skiing, with 497 marked pistes, served by a total of 180 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Les Menuires itself (160km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Three Valleys ski resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Saint Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens.

Les Menuires comprises the villages of Les Bruyères and Reberty.

Snowboarding

Les Menuires is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Les Menuires.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Les Menuires?

The next notable snow forecast is 14cm, expected on 4 December, with around 26cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Les Menuires Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 12km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2450km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
4489km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 5 9km
Downhill
Total Length
160km
Cross Country
Total Length
28km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
40

The Three Valleys Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
49
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
175
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
207
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
66
Downhill
Total Length
600km
Cross Country
Total Length
130km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
180

Altitudes

Les Menuires Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,200m
Lowest Piste1,850m
Resort Altitude (Les Menuires)1,850m
Max Vertical1,350m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Les Menuires
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Les Menuires Overview

One of three resorts in the Belleville Valley, which is itself one of the world famous 3 Vallées (Three Valleys), les Menuires has a reputation for offering the lowest prices in the area. Located above the old Savoyard village of St Martin de Belleville and below Val Thorens (Europe's highest purpose-built ski centre), les Menuires has marketed itself as 'The Smile of The Alps' because of the semi-circular arc of its main building complex and its good sunshine record.

The resort is divided in to 'quarters' - although there are more than four of them. The main facilities are in La Croisette, the original centre, and les Bruyeres. Above them are the accommodation complexes of Reberty 1850, Reberty 2000 and Brelin. Below them are les Fontanettes and Preyerand.

Much of the building is extremely functional and the emphasis has traditionally been placed on slope-side convenience rather than architectural design sympathetic to the beauty of the surrounding mountainscape. However some of the older buildings that were especially criticised by some for their unattractiveness have now been demolished and the newer developments are more tasteful - with more exterior wood and sloping roofs and gables, and less concrete rectangles.

The latest development was the opening of a four star hotel (the highest standard in France) Le Chalet Hotel Kaya and four stay residences have also opened.

Another good point for many is the fact that Les Menuires is such nice family resort - definitely lacking in the fur-coated snobs which frequent some of the other resorts nearby.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Les Menuires is 8km long and the most difficult run is the 'Leo Lacroix', which is 2km in length.

Skiing

Les Menuires skiing radiates out in all directions from the resort and it's a tough choice to decide which way to head first thing in the morning. It may depend of course on which lift ticket option you've taken: there are at least five if you include the beginner's pass.

The St Martin and les Menuires pass opens up 160km (100 miles) of trails served by more than 33 modern lifts and costs about 30% less per week than the 3 Vallées ticket. For a bigger area and access to the altitude slopes the Belleville Valley only pass still offers more skiing than most resorts in the world, 300km (187 miles) of trails between Saint Martin all the way up to Val Thorens, served by more than 60 modern lifts. However it's only about 5% cheaper than the 3 Vallées pass (600km/350 miles of trails).

Les Menuires own skiing in the Belleville Valley is at one end of the Trois Vallées with lifts linking directly and quickly to the skiing of Meribel or over le Mont de la Chambre to Val Thorens or back down to Saint Martin de Belleville on long pistes. The resort is perhaps best known for its 'own' ski area somewhat away from the various 3 Vallées routes - Le Pointe de la Masse, where north facing slopes offer some of the circuits most challenging skiing, notably the off piste run down to the Lac de Lou.

Both Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville offer a snow guarantee which enables skiers to reserve their holidays with the promise of satisfaction or your money back.

The Ecole de ski Français (ESF) at Les Menuires has done more than most European resorts to make a special effort for adult beginners, following the North American model of creating a 'beginners village' - an enclosed area of around 5000 square metres near the Preyerand area especially reserved for new skiers and designed to suit their needs. Beginners also have 6 free ski lifts around the resort alone and a special very low cost beginner's pass giving access to a reduced circuit of 11 key lifts throughout les Menuires. The Ecole de Ski Français (ESF) employs nearly 200 instructors in the resort who offer lessons for groups or private individuals in regular skiing, snowboarding, competition skiing and the new sport of skwal.

Snow shoe outings are guided by ski school instructors. For experts one day and half day off-piste tours of the Three Vallées are available and the Company of Guides, which is attached to the ski school, in the winter offers additional off piste courses and tuition, ski tours and glacier treks. The ESF has an international section especially set up to deal with foreign guests.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Location and Map

Where is Les Menuires?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in The Three Valleys, Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Les Menuires is Chambery, 80 minutes drive away.

Grenoble, Annecy, Geneva, Lyon Bron, Lyon St-Exupéry and Turin Caselle airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 40 ski lifts are able to uplift 50,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 65km of ski runs, with 418 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Les Menuires open?

 Open from : December 5, 2020.

 Closes : April 22, 2021.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Les Menuires, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Les Menuires Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Les Menuires is somewhat off the beaten track for après ski hedonists, but there are plenty of choices if you are not desperate for a wild time every night! The most popular establishments include le challenge, le naine, with the Leeberty disco the main late night spot.

Sledging and a quad bike or buggy circuit, snowmobiling and the cinemas are all available in the evening. The resort's sports centre is also available to 9pm with saunas, jacuzzi and Turkish bath.

At the top of the Roc des 3 Manches gondola, children and adults alike will also enjoy the 4km long Roc 'n' bob tobogganing slope. It has 450m of vertical descent and 22 bends providing a thrill ride at the heart of the Les Menuires!

Les Menuires