Trying to narrow things down to the single best reason to pay a visit to the Three Valleys is tricky to say the least. When it comes to what is the most appealing of all about this amazing ski paradise, pretty much every fan and follower you ask will give you a different explanation. Some favour the presence of so many prominent chalet companies, others come to meet new people and then there are those who are all about death-defying feats on the slopes.
But how about those who both live and work in the Three Valleys on a permanent basis? If you were to ask the true connoisseurs of the place about what makes it such a diamond, what would they highlight?
1 – Stress-Free Skiing
Well, first of all there’s the way in which even in the busiest peak periods of the year, many Three Valleys resorts continue to feel uncrowned and unusually orderly. This is turn makes for one of the most stress-free skiing environments imaginable – especially when compared to some of the ultra-crowded haunts that can be nothing short of nightmarish during the season.
2 – It’s Perfect for Beginners
Book yourself into the finest luxury chalets the Three Valleys have to offer and settle in for the most outstanding introduction to the world of winter sports. It’s often assumed that as this is a genuinely world-class ski hotspot, it must only be of any real value to the pros. In reality, there are more than 16 exceptional ski schools located between Meribel, Courchevel, and Val Thorens, staffed by quite simply the industry’s finest tutors.
3 – Family Friendliness
So many tour operators from all over Europe choose the Three Valleys as their most highly recommended ski spot for families. As such, the place tends to be a haven of family fun throughout the year, making it the ideal place to head with kids of all ages.
4 – The Largest Ski Area on Earth
As for the ski opportunities on offer, the only thing you really have to know about the Three Valleys is that it is nothing less than the biggest ski area in the entire world. There are more than 180 lifts providing access to an incredible 600km of marked runs, with a brilliant split between beginner, intermediate an expert pistes. Suffice to say, you could spend months here and barely scratch service.
5 – Fabulous Food
This also happens to be a region famous the world over for its absolutely outstanding dining opportunities. No less than 12 Michelin Stars have been awarded to restaurants across the Three Valleys, where the most mind blowing Savoyard cuisine is served up by some of the world’s most iconic and well respected chefs.
6 – The Pure Luxury
Last but not least, if your primary reason for heading out on a ski break is to simply lap up the luxury, you really will not go far wrong in this neck of the woods. Check out the most opulent of catered Courchevel and Meribel luxury ski chalets on the market for the most ultra-exclusive and totally all-inclusive ski trips that could be brought to life.
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