Les Menuires, France

The ultimate guide to Les Menuires ski holidays in 2015 & 2016.

Ski holidays in Les Menuires

Couples, groups and families alike have a brilliant time here as one of the cheaper destinations in the 3 Valleys with efficient access to the different resorts. Convenience is key in this village with doorstep skiing and excellent facilities to cater for all types and tastes. Wonderful powder awaits – vive Les Menuires!


At a glance:
Value 3 Valleys resort Outstanding skiing opportunities Loads for non-skiers

Great for:
Families Groups Non-skiers

Les Menuires Ski Resort

Together with Saint Martin De Belleville and Val Thorens, Les Menuires (say it Lay-Men-Weer) is part of the Vallée des Belleville and probably the cheapest base for the glorious skiing of the 3 Valleys.

It’s true, this purpose-built resort’s more focussed on the practical than the aesthetic… but it’s made a valiant effort to shrug off the ‘ugly duckling’ rep - fitting a bit of a facelift in time for the Albertville Olympics.

Split into various ‘quarters’ (linked by walking paths, ski runs, shuttle buses and lifts), Les Bruyères or Reberty have the sloping roofs and wood-cladding the Alps are famed for, while the original centre of town, La Croisette’s huddled round a wooden steeple that’s magnificent when lit up at night. Wherever you end up: slopes weave in and out all over the shop, so you don’t have to go through hell and high water to get out on the piste!

Les Men‘s been knighted by the tourist board with a shining Family Plus label because it has terrific offerings for sprogs, including clubs, ski schools, snowparks tobogganing, husky rides and, the pièce, the “Boules de Notes” children’s festival.

You’ve a tough choice ahead at the lift office: with a local ski pass, you’ll gain entry to 160km of piste, featuring some of the finest runs in the 3 Valleys. Beginners may want hold their horses - six free lifts serve a clique of greens to get you warmed up, plus there are often cheaper beginner passes. Those looking to expand their horizons should invest in a Belleville Valley pass and make their way to the hulking, snow-sure slopes of Val Thorens for a massive 300km. Once you’ve gone that far, you might want to go the whole hog with 3 Valleys pass. Wielding one of those, 600km of piste’s all yours, extending all the way to Courchevel and Meribel.

stats & faq

Where:French Alps
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Geneva150mins, 191km
Chambery90mins, 112km
Ski Season: December - April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 98km 53%

  • 50km 36%

  • 7km 9%

Resort Altitude:1850m
Top Altitude:2850m
Bottom Altitude:1450m
Downhill Ski Runs:160km
Longest run:8km
Slope Orientation:SE E N W
Vertical Drop:1400m
Beginner slopes:53%
Advanced slopes:9%
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:in Val Thorens
St Martin & Les Menuires Ski pass:€217 (Adult 6-day)

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View our detailed Les Menuires snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Les Menuires snow history.

Nearby resorts: Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Meribel, Courchevel, La Tania, Brides les Bains, Three Valleys

Skiing in Les Menuires

The resort has aimed to provide a wide variety for all abilities – and the proof is in the pudding! The opportunities are outstanding for skiers and snowboarders, but you would expect no less considering it is a part of the largest ski area in the world.

Novices will find five free lifts either end of the resort for getting to grips on gentle little green runs, and longer greens such as La Violette at the top of the gondola from La Croisette.

With a healthy mix of reds and blue runs covering the vast majority of the slopes across the valleys, the skiing and snowboarding is absolutely brilliant for flourishing beginners and intermediates. Long cruising runs up to 8km in length reach right across the mountains for some spectacular sights and carving action. Perhaps the best options are the descents from the Col De La Chambre, such as the long and winding Alpage.

Experts will appreciate the steep black runs down from the Pointe De La Masse for their technical challenge and north facing nature, meaning great snow conditions throughout the season. The Dame Blanche is a real challenge, arguably the toughest slope on resort, or the Lac Noir and Masse are known for developing some serious moguls. Off-piste opportunities are naturally vast considering the expansive nature of the valleys, and cross country fans can find 28km worth of marked trails to cover.

There are two excellent snowparks for all ages – the BK Park features boarder-cross, rails, tables and a quarter pipe, separated into different difficulties for novices to pros. The Walibi Gliss is a cartoon themed fun park with timed slalom runs, more boardercross racing tracks and original musical challenges – great for youngsters! Go crazy and try out your skills without worrying about your landing on the big air bag at the bottom of La Croisette.

Les Menuires après Ski

End a day of skiing on the large sun terrace in L’Oisans and sit down in the sunshine with a jug of beer. Kick back with a cocktail or shoot some pool in the cosy Piano Bar Le Kube. Sports games are known to be aired on the TVs in venues like L’Original Café. If you ski over to Val Thorens be sure to go for some drinks at the famous Folie Douce. Those looking for some late night action have two night clubs to choose between; Le New Pop in La Croisette or Le Leeberty in Les Bruyères - an intimate underground bar with seats fashioned like ski lifts! Stop for lunch at classic mountain restaurant Les Sonnailles. La Ferme is also popular for serving a good mix of tasty meals. You’ll find lots of pizzerias such as La Perdrix Blanche in La Croisette or L' Igloo in Reberty. Gourmet food and Savoyard specialties can be found in Le K - great for special occasions.

Non-skiers are certainly not short of things to do here! There are four toboggan runs– the Roc’n Bob is a 4km long run down the slopes, for a vertical descent of 450m back down to town. Mountain bikers needn’t wait for summer as they get stuck into the snow down an 8km long reserved piste for an extreme alternative to the skis! Other potentials include snow shoeing, paragliding and skidooing. Indoor entertainment is found in the modern health centres at La Croisette and Les Bruyères, well kitted out with swimming pools, wellness facilities, gym, sports courts and a bouncy fun park for kids. There is also a cinema in Les Bruyères.

When is the best time to ski Les Menuires?

Les Menuires has a fair share of lovely sunny slopes, and the best conditions can usually be found earlier in the season during January and February when snow is aided by lower temperatures. However, with top altitudes at soaring peaks of 2850m, the tourist office has been confident enough to offer their own ‘Snow Guarantee’ all season. For late season skiing get the lifts up the Col de la Chambre and ski over to the snow-sure glacial areas of Val Thorens to find the very best snow in Europe’s highest resort. A direct link to the huge 3 Valleys and slopes facing all directions means there is never really a bad time to make your way over. 411 snow cannons heavily cover the slopes above the resort which will keep things together in case there are delayed deliveries of fresh powder.

Peak dates

Santa and his elves make a torchlight descent at Christmas in Les Menuires. Traditional festivities are put on and Christmas trees adorned with tinsel decorate the villages. Browse Les Menuires Christmas ski holidays ‣

A giant concert is usually arranged for New Year in Les Menuires and whizzing fireworks light up the skies. Grab a mulled wine or hot chocolate and enjoy the show as the local ski instructors participate in their torchlight display. Browse Les Menuires New Year ski holidays ‣

There is so much to do during February Half Term in Les Menuires, with fantastic facilities for all ages. Families get the chance to ski the amazing 3 Valleys minus the steeper price-tags found in other areas. Browse Les Menuires Half Term ski holidays ‣

Things get really sunny and some skiers ditch their jackets for t-shirts at Easter in Les Menuires. Enjoy the radiant views and sunbathe by the slopes on a deckchair after a fantastic morning skiing the 3 Valleys. Browse Les Menuires Easter ski holidays ‣

top Les Menuires accom

Menuire Chalet Hotel and Spa

Menuire Chalet Hotel and Spa

Chalet Maurienne

Chalet Maurienne

Chalet Annabelle

Chalet Annabelle

Chalet St. Michel

Chalet St. Michel

Chalet Brigitte

Chalet Brigitte

Hotel Club Belambra Neige et Ciel

Hotel Club Belambra Neige et Ciel

Chanteneige La Croisette

Chanteneige La Croisette



Les Alpages de Reberty

Les Alpages de Reberty

Aravis 2

Aravis 2

Les Origanes 7

Les Origanes 7

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