The Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world, comprising of acclaimed resorts such as Meribél, Courchevel, Brides-les-Bains, St Martin de Bellville, Les Menuires, Val Thoren and Orelle.
With lots of exciting developments coming up for the 2018/2019 ski season, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained on the slopes and beyond.
So, what’s new in the Three Valleys? Let’s take a closer look…
New and Improved Lifts
It’s all go with lift renovation in the Three Valleys this coming season. In Courchevel, the 4-seater Grangettes gondolas are being replaced by 10-seater cabins to whisk skiers to the top in just 4 minutes 40 seconds. Skiers can travel in comfort and safety with heated seats and a protective shield.
Not to be outdone, Meribél has injected €15 million into improving lifts in the area, including the new Legends lift, a luxurious replacement for the Plan de l’Homme and Roc de Fer lifts. Set to accommodate six people, with pull-down weather shields and thermally regulated seats, this upscale lift is guaranteed to provide a pleasant setting to take in the view.
Chair lifts are charging their way into the 21st century in Meribél. Inbuilt selfie cameras are being incorporated into the Combes and Legends chairlifts to allow riders to capture magical moments.
Say cheese, click a button and collect your memento at the big screen at the top. No more fumbling with icy fingers and dropped phones!
New Pistes in Meribél
Meribél is developing an impressive improvements programme to maximise runs for skiers of all abilities. Two new pistes are being created, including a red run starting from below the top of Choucas and connecting to the Roc de Fer blue run, and another running from the Face black run to the Raffort piste.
For nature lovers, the green ‘Ours’ nature piste is being expanded to allow skiers and snowboarders to spot wild hares and golden eagles whilst gliding through ancient pines.
Beginners haven’t been forgotten; a new covered magic carpet at le Rond-Point allows learners to reach the slopes in safety.
To make the most of the lively expansion happening in Meribél, you’ll be in need of a luxury chalet to rest weary limbs at the end of a long day skiing.
Let it Snow
The Three Valleys have 2,300 snow makers, with around half the ski area supplemented with artificial snow.
Courchevel is infusing €1 million into new generation snow makers to ensure skiers have perfect snow coverage throughout the season, whatever the weather.
Booking a family holiday and keeping the kids entertained can be a logistical nightmare. Luckily, bucket loads of new activities for families are being revamped in Meribél. ‘Elements park’ and ‘The Inuit’ fun zones are being expanded and reinvented and gaining a host of entertainers to provide Inuit fishing, challenges, treasure hunts and games to keep boisterous children entertained while adults kick back in the surrounding hammocks.
Toboggan enthusiasts can now take advantage of Meribél’s popular ‘Mission Black Forest’ run every day of the week. Courchevel Moriond, at the east of the Three Valleys is also developing a new 3km toboggan run for thrill seekers looking for a day of racing down the mountain.
Another offering for adrenaline junkies is the new 1,600m double zip-line in Val Thorens. The zip line is divided into three sections and provides breath-taking panoramic views across the valley.
When lunchtime calls, a new picnic spot, ‘Trappers Cabin’ has been created at the top of Roc de Tougne in Meribél, providing the perfect, picturesque setting for lunch with a view.
For those in need of some R&R after hitting the slopes, the Grand Spa Thermal in Brides Les Baines has reopened after a €15 million facelift, offering more treatment rooms, swimming pools and indoor and outdoor hot tubs.
A few blissful hours being pampered is just what the doctor ordered.
Exciting Preparations for the 2023 World Ski Championships
Meribél and Courchevel are getting ready to host the 2023 World Ski Championships, starting with the Le Praz Gondola building which is getting a €27 million upgrade. The new complex will boast sports facilities, a tourist office, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas, a medical centre, terrace and extensive underground parking. Work is expected to be completed by December 2019, just in time for the coming ski season!
The opening dates for this 2018/19 ski season start from 17th November at Val Thorens, through to 15th December at Courchevel Moriond, Courchevel La Tania and Saint Martin de Belleville.
But, it’s not just skiing the Three Valleys has to offer, there are plenty of events coming up this 2018/19 ski season. The only problem is fitting them all in!
• The 7th-9th December 2018 sees the Ski Cross World Cup in Val Thorens, a celebration of freestyle skiing and death-defying skills.
• For those searching for a party on the slopes, 24H des Menuires has you covered. The slopes will open from 9 AM till midnight on the 8th December with entertainment all weekend.
• From 21st-22nd of December 2018 the Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup is taking place in Courchevel. Watch world-class professionals show the crowd how it’s done.
• A new Health and Gourmet week in Brides-les-Bains from 22-26 January 2019 is the perfect place to discover delicious, guilt-free food and drink.
• Take in some culture in Courchevel at the International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art between 14th February – 7th March 2019 and the 10th anniversary of the exhibition L’Art au Sommet, exhibiting monumental statues around the ski areas and villages all winter.
• Les Menuires is hosting the 3rd Yogi Ski week from 6th-13th April, 2019, a holistic gathering of yogis on the slopes.
Feeling inspired by these new developments? Why not book a luxury chalet in Courchevel or Meribél today? Our luxury catered chalets are equipped with on-hand chefs to replenish skiers and get them ready for the slopes.