Les Menuires Ski Resort

The Three Valleys’ ugliest resort looks a lot better now, thanks to some facelifts and tasteful extensions. And it’s still a good value, convenient base for exploring the world’s largest lift-linked ski area, plus it has La Masse on its doorstep.

People skiing into Les Menuires from Meribel are sometimes not impressed. They approach it on slopes that mostly face South West and receive too much sun. And below them is a resort centre that was designed in 1964 at the height of the French Alpine movement's most hideous crimes against architecture. So many of them turn back, or head left for the higher crisper snow at Val Thorens, or right towards the more quaint and cozy St Martin de Belleville.  

More fool them. Les Menuires may not be as fashionable as some of the other resorts in the 3 Valleys but that's why everything from accommodation to mountain restaurants tends to be cheaper here. The skiers from Meribel who turn away also can't crowd onto La Masse which is on the far side of Les Menuires, and is almost a private haven for its more confident skiers who enjoy the high North East facing red and black runs and plentiful off-piste in relative peace. And even those maligned South West facing pistes on the 3 Valleys side of the resort have their uses. After all, everyone prefers skiing in sunshine and their height (1850m - 2850m) plus a battery of snow-guns ensure they remain skiable late into the season.

Les Menuires’ location is also ideal for exploring the rest of the 3 Vallees. It’s in the middle of the Belleville valley, which has half of all the skiing, and both St Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens are within easy reach. So too is the Meribel valley; in fact its highest skiing is more quickly accessed from Les Menuires than from the centre of Meribel. And Courchevel is only two lifts further away.  

As for Les Menuires' looks, some of the eyesores in the centre have been demolished or at least re-clad, and new suburbs like Reberty have been built in a more pleasing, low-rise chalet-style. The resort as a whole still isn’t pretty, but it is convenient: most of the accommodation is close to a piste or lift. 

Ski & Board hire in Les Menuires

In La Croisette there is a good choice of ski rental shops. In the outer suburbs, the choice is more restricted. Prices can be high for walk-in customers though. SKISET has seven ski rental shops in Les Menuires so one should be close to your accommodation, and they will give discounts of up to 50% if you book online here.

ALPINRESORTS.com works with several shops across the resort and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book online via this link.

Les Menuires Pros & Cons

+ An affordable base in the world’s largest lift-linked ski area.
+ Well located within the 3 Valleys.
+ La Masse's steep snowsure runs
+ Convenient slope-side accommodation

- Still too many unattractive buildings
- Local SW-facing slopes get too much sun
- No tree skiing in poor visibility
- Not much for non-skiers to do

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Les Menuires Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionThe 3 Valleys
  • Resort1,850 m
  • Peak2,850 m
  • Vertical1,400 m
  • Ski Area470 ha
  • Beginner59 %
  • Intermediate33 %
  • Advanced8 %
  • Longest Run8 km
  • Ski Lifts33 
  • Riders per hour57,944 

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Catered Chalet Accommodation in Les Menuires

  • Chalets de Bettaix

    Chalets Bettaix

    Chalets de Bettaix are 150m from a ski lift to Les Menuires where the ski schools meet and where most restaurants and amenities are situated.

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  • Chalet Bruyeres

    Chalet Bruyeres

    Three of five chalets in Ski Amis Chalet de Bruyeres enjoying a superb ski-in, ski-out location in Les Menuires. right opposite the Bruyeres gondola.

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  • Chalet Delfina

    Chalet Delfina

    One of five chalets in Ski Amis Chalet de Bruyeres in the centre of Les Menuires, right opposite the Bruyeres gondola and close to all amenities.

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  • Chalet Hayley

    Chalet Hayley

    One of five chalets in Ski Amis Chalet de Bruyeres in the centre of Les Menuires right opposite the Bruyeres gondola and close to all amenities.

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  • AlpyBus

    AlpyBus Airport Transfers

    AlpyBus offer affordable and reliable transfers to your favourite Ski Resorts. Prices are highly competitive  with both shared and private transfer options available.

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