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Ski Guide to the Three Valleys for Beginners

As the biggest linked ski area not just in France, but the world, the Three Valleys is a fantastic location for beginners to really get a taste a holiday on the slopes! The area has 600km of pistes, 180 lifts and an altitude range from 1260m to 3230m. This means that there are plenty of beginner areas and lots of opportunities to practice your skills as you improve. It is also the perfect area for mixed groups and families, as it is able to offer something for everyone!

Off the slopes, there is also a lot on offer with each of the ski resorts enjoying its own unique character. You can continue your snow adventures with dog sledding, tobogganing or ice-climbing or off the slopes you can relax in a spa, sample the local cuisine or party at the après-ski! This article will help you decide which resort is best for your needs and will give you some tips on where to stay and how to reach the area.

Val Thorens Ski

Best Resorts for Beginners

As a beginner it is important to have some great nursery slopes and gentle green runs easily available, so that you can quickly progress and explore more of what the Three Valleys have to offer!

Val Thorens

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe at 2300m and offers a great range of skiing, including some excellent beginners’ areas. The resort has 5 nursery areas, 11 green runs, 29 blue runs and is part of the Belleville Valley with a total of 20 greens and 60 blues. One of the best beginners’ areas is between the Roc, Cascades and 2 Lac lifts, where you will also find 4 magic carpet lifts that are free of charge.

Val Thorens is the perfect resort to begin your foray into the world of winter sports, as it’s gentle pistes connect the different parts of the valley. This is fantastic for beginners, as you are not confined to the same area for the whole holiday! Once you have completed your ski lessons and fancy heading out on your own, you can try out the Cairn run down to Les Menuires. It is not too steep and offers you plenty of space to practice.

La Tania

This resort in the Courchevel Valley sits between the resorts of Courchevel and Méribel and is a fantastic value, family friendly resort. La Tania is a lovely small resort with plenty of beautiful wooded runs that provide plenty of cover in case of bad weather. The main nursery slope is accessible from the lift directly from the village offering easy access for beginners. The slope is very child friendly and the lift is free of charge.

Once you have found your feet, you can explore some of the other green slopes and even make your way over to Courchevel on a nice easy green or Méribel on a straightforward blue. There are some great fun blue slopes too, especially the one down from the top of the Chenus into the village. La Tania offers excellent access to both the Courchevel and Méribel Valleys and is another great choice for those looking for a base for mixed ability groups.

Méribel

Méribel sits at the centre of the Three Valleys in the Méribel Valley giving you the opportunity to explore the best that the area has to offer for your level. You can ski into the adjoining valleys entirely on greens and blues, so once you have finished your lessons, you will have plenty to explore!

There are 2 nursery areas, 8 greens and 25 blues in Méribel itself and it is well-known for its great choice of ski schools and instructors. Of the nursery slopes Méribel Mottaret is perhaps the best as a beginner only area first opened in 2016. It has a magic carpet, a drag lift and the new Combes chairlift will take you up to the new Little Himalaya green run. It is the perfect place to learn to ski or snow board without the pressure of more advanced skiers on the busier slopes. There are also excellent facilities for children of all ages.

Courchevel Ski Resort France

Finding Accommodation

There is a great range of accommodation in the Three Valleys with the luxury chalets and 5-star hotels of the glitzy Courchevel 1850 resort to the traditional mid-range chalets of charming Méribel. Finding the perfect option for you can be daunting, but it is a good idea to do your research and decide what factors are important to you.

Firstly, choose which resort most appeals to you. Does it have the right mix of beginner level facilities for you? Is it important to be at the centre of the après-ski festivities? Do you want easy access to other activities off the slopes? Then when deciding on which accommodation is best for you, you should consider the following. Do you want to stay in an apartment, chalet, hotel or B&B? Would you prefer to ski directly in and out from your accommodation? Do you want catered or self-catered accommodation? Are there good facilities for families? Are you happy to share with other groups? Our partners below can help you answer these questions and find you the best accommodation for your winter trip.

The Oxford Ski Company

With over 20 years in the ski industry, the Oxford Ski Company knows how to provide a high-quality tailored service. The company operates luxury ski chalets and hotels across the Three Valleys and can help you create your perfect holiday with their well-informed travel consultants and concierge service.

Ski Gathering

If you are looking for singles ski holidays in the Three Valleys, then let the Ski Gathering help you create an unforgettable trip. Join a group of single skiers and snowboarders, share a chalet, share your time on the mountain and make life long friends. Groups of 2s or 3s are also welcome!

Chalet and Apartment Rentals

Chalet and Apartment Rentals specializes in giving honest and expert advice to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday, and help you organise the finer details from your transfer to your ski passes. They offer a wide-range catered and self-catered accommodation across the Three Valleys with specialised websites for Méribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens, so finding the perfect property for your stay is easy. Having lived and worked in the Three Valleys for ten years, they are the local experts and can use their expert knowledge to help you have your dream ski holiday.

Family Ski Lift

How to get there

As the world’s largest ski area, the Three Valleys is well connected by road, train and flight. Visitors from the UK can easily fly to Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble or Chambéry airports with plenty of flight options from major airports. Geneva and Chambéry are the closest airports to the resortsYou can also opt to travel by train with Eurostar ski services providing a seamless journey to the French Alps. The nearest train station to the Three Valleys is at Moutiers. Whether you travel by plane or train, there are lots of transfer services that will take you directly from the airport or train station to the resort. You can see our favourite below.

G’Taxi

Based in Méribel, this transfer service operates 22 vehicles transporting holidaymakers to the resorts from all airports and train stations serving the Three Valleys. The vehicles are high-quality and well-maintained and the service operates 24/7. You can also request a DVD player, WiFi and child seats all free of charge and refreshments can also be provided for a small fee. Enjoy a professional service and relax during your journey with G’Taxi.