Trying to narrow things down to the very best 3 Valleys ski runs is tricky to say the least… with hundreds of kilometres of world-class runs for all tastes and skill levels. Nevertheless, those heading out for just a brief luxury ski holiday in Meribel are always well-advised to do their homework, in order to ensure they don’t pass up the very best the region has to offer.
Meribel’s Combe de Vallon
What’s truly remarkable about this particular run is the way in which you’d actually be more than happy to check it out even if you have never actually carved your way down the piste itself. The peak measures in at just under 3000 m, which suffice to say serves up some of the most spectacular views imaginable over the surrounding terrain. Expect high speeds, ultra-fast acceleration and a distinct lack of traffic as it tends to be a run that for some reason goes largely overlooked.
Undoubtedly, a firm contender for the single most enjoyable blue piste you’ll come across anywhere in the Alps…quite literally. Exquisitely groomed pretty much every day, beautifully long, spectacularly wide and blessed with genuinely gorgeous scenery from top to bottom, it’s hardly surprising it’s also one of the most popular 3 Valleys ski runs. But then again, being as wide as it is, it tends to feel reasonably quiet and uncrowded even at the busiest times during peak season.
St. Martin’s Jerusalem
Another example of an absolutely spectacular red run with a privileged spot right above St. Martin is Jerusalem. There are tons of natural rollers along the way, along with plenty of opportunity for dropping in at high speed and really hitting the rollers hard before negotiating the corner at the bottom. It’s also highly recommended to continue straight onto the blue Biolley piste and keep the action up until you enter St. Martin at the valley’s bottom.
Val Thorens’ Christine
Take the Funitel Peclet in Val Thorens right to the top, get yourself across the cat track on the right-hand side and throw yourself into the action over the piste’s left hand turn. Those who know Christine will know this is not the kind of run that is ever going to amaze and astound for the kind of speed you’re likely to build along the way. Nevertheless, the tight turns and chicanes make for a brilliantly enjoyable experience in general – it’s also meticulously well cared for and groomed.
Last but not least, Blanchot is the very definition of the kind of place that proves you don’t have to be a seasoned professional to enjoy the best slopes the region has to offer. Heading out to The Three Valleys is enormously popular among newcomers too, who’ll no doubt have the time of their life right here. Wonderfully wide, generously gentle and absolutely fantastic for chilling out, relaxing and taking in the spectacular vista all around.
So now you know which runs to do, get your skis on and get out there!
If we’ve tempted you to book your flights and try out these amazing 3 Valleys ski runs for yourself then make sure you check out the availability of our luxurious chalets in Courchevel and Meribel.
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