The 3 Valleys, know

Among the most extensive ski areas of France, the 3 Valleys is also among the largest ... in the world! We're talking about a real paradise for skiers: hundreds of kilometers of ski slopes, many activities and winter sports, heavy snow, the spectacular scenery of the Alps ... not to mention the stations area deemed well beyond the borders of France.

Originally designed to compete with the major Swiss and Austrian areas, the 3 Valleys have exceeded all expectations ... it is now a must for any ski enthusiast, from beginner to professional of skiing.

The 3 Valleys

In the heart of the Alps, the 3 Valleys domain is no surprise in Savoy: in other words, the birthplace of skiing in France, and destination ski n & deg; 1 for stays in winter sports. The area takes its name from the combination of three valleys of the Tarentaise, on the slopes of the Massif de la Vanoise.

The creation of the area was done over many years, but since the 50 years, Meribel and Courchevel are connected. Other portions of the domain follow: Today we walk through all of the 3 Valleys ski foot, passing easily from one station to another ... But Three Valleys dimensions have what dizzy: 35 000 hectares of nature, more than 600 kilometers of trails connected to total

established between 1200 meters and 3230 meters in the Northern Alps, the 3 Valleys are a mountain range: it allows him to receive every season of generous snowfall ... with, if necessary, a good battery artificial snowmaking if necessary complement. Known for its exceptional snow cover, the 3 Valleys opens in the month of December and this late into the season in April.

The skiing 3 Valleys

The king sport in the 3 Valleys is of course downhill skiing. This is not complicated, the possibilities are almost unlimited because it takes time before it tumbles down 600 km of ski slopes!

The estate is just as much for beginners and experienced skiers. Thus, the smaller, like adults wishing to learn the rules in skiing, may address in one of the French Ski Schools (ESF) present in each of the field stations. To get into the hike, fifty green runs all the same, and more than 130 blue runs to find his first sensations!

To raise the level is still nearly 120 red runs, and downright complicate matters, memorable 33 black runs. Examples ? Among the most challenging tracks of the 3 Valleys:

-The Grand Couloir in Courchevel, with start at 2700 meters and a vertical drop of 350 meters, reserved for those who have the heart well hung on its extremely steep ...

-The Combe de Caron in Val Thorens, a very technical track black, the arduous descent (steep slope, neck ...) requires endurance skiers foolproof.

The 3 Valleys are also attractive for all kinds of winter sports: modern equipment, snow parks, the most famous, the DC Area 43 Méribel is downright practiced by the pros, toboggan runs near 130 km of tracks dedicated to cross country skiing and Nordic skiing and activities specific to each station ...

The 3 Valleys resorts

It is not less than 8 stations that share the 3 Valleys. Each has its peculiarities, its followers and its accommodation. All are interconnected by tracks by shuttles. You choose the ambience that suits you:

- Courchevel : the most famous 3 Valleys resorts, it ranges in 5 villages at different altitudes (from Courchevel 1300 in Courchevel 1850). chic shops, restaurants, nightlife, the resort comes alive day and night.

- Méribel of the posh resort area, Méribel is distinguished by its undeniable charm. Founded in the 30s, it has retained its character, with its authentic Savoyard architecture.

- La Tania : small resort, La Tania is the newest of the 3 Valleys. Modern manners, a friendly atmosphere and intended primarily family.

- Brides-les-Bains : spa in the nineteenth, the village was converted to the ski on. The gondola can reach Meribel and the 3 Valleys in 25 minutes.

- Les Menuires : integrated ski resort feet with modern architecture, Les Menuires are composed of eight connected neighborhoods. friendly atmosphere and ski area on the doorstep.

- St Martin de Belleville : also known as the village of the 3 Valleys ... all the authenticity of a Savoyard village, calm also, the charm of Saint-Martin de Belleville has won many loyal.

- Val Thorens sports resort with various facilities for skiing, Val Thorens is set in the heart of the 3 Valleys, and has everything vacationers need on site.

- Orelle : friendly village Orelle allows you to stay a little away from the bustle of the big resorts, while residing 15min by gondola Val Thorens .