The Three Valleys ski area (in French: Les Trois Valleés) in the Savoy region of the French Alps is even better than it sounds, having now expanded to four valleys with a combined total of 600km of runs and more off-piste than you can shake a ski pole at – all accessible on a single ski pass.
One of the world’s greatest ski areas, the Three Valleys is equally good for beginners in ski school as for experienced skiers who want to put in some serious distances – and for everyone in-between. This world-class skiing terrain is also fully linked by slopes and lifts, meaning you don’t need buses to finish a circuit.
Mark Warner has cosy chalet-hotels and a boutique chalet retreat in two world-class ski resorts here, making ideal bases for unforgettable Three Valleys skiing holidays. The first resort is glamorous Courchevel, home to seven Michelin-starred restaurants but also renowned for its excellent queue-free lift system, and with a wealth of activities and entertainment including an Olympic-sized ice rink and an indoor climbing wall. For experienced skiers, Courchevel is the starting point for the end-to-end tour to the Maurienne valley and back – feasible in a single day.
The second resort is family-friendly Méribel at the heart of the Three Valleys, with its excellent Altiport area for beginners, several terrain parks (some designed for children) and its vibrant apres-ski scene. Other lures include an indoor swimming pool, ice rink and Turkish baths.
The Three Valleys has a long ski season (mid December to mid April) – its high altitude ensures good snow cover into spring.
Find out more on skiing in Meribel and Courchevel.