Get the lowdown on the peaks, pistes and après opportunities in the Les Menuires ski resort with our handy guide.
In a Nutshell
- Superb snow-sure skiing perfect for mixed abilities
- “Family Plus” accreditation for its excellent child-friendly facilities
- Access to the Three Valleys without the hefty price tag
Tell Me More about Les Menuires Ski Resort
The French ski resort of Les Menuires nestles in the largest of the famed Three Valleys. Its location is key to its popularity: the resort sits at an impressive 1450m, while its 2850m summit, the Mont de la Chambre, provides the link between Val Thorens and Méribel. However, accommodation in Les Menuires can cost up to a third less than a similar option in its glamorous neighbouring resorts – why, you may ask?
Well, it doesn’t win many hearts with its architecture, which tends towards the 1960s’ vogue for stark concrete brutalism. In recent years there has been a drive for more traditional chalet-style accommodation options, which has somewhat softened the aesthetic and offers plenty of choice for those seeking both self-catered apartments and catered chalets.
There is another big draw to Les Menuires: ski authorities have given the resort a “Family Plus” award to recognise its excellent facilities for parents with young children, both on and off the piste. Time and again we receive feedback from families who appreciate Les Menuires’ ski-in, ski-out accommodation for ease of access to the slopes, its excellent ski school provision for even the littlest powder hounds, and the fun park, toboggan run and ski zones created with kids in mind. If you are heading on a family ski holiday, check out our tips and tricks for skiing with the family.
On the Slopes
In the Resort
The resort offers 160km of groomed pistes, 45% of which have snow-making facilities to ensure great coverage throughout the season. Just over half the runs in the resort are aimed at intermediates, with a smattering of both beginner and advanced routes too.
There are plenty of blue and red runs down the Mont de la Chambre: it’s the ideal place for those who are new to the slopes to perfect their technique and for casual skiers to take in the amazing high-altitude views. Those with a little more experience will enjoy the La Masse area, which offers uncrowded black slopes to rival those in nearby Méribel.
There’s plenty of family fun to be had on the slopes in Les Menuires. Skiers of all ages will love Walibi Gliss, which offers a boardercross course and a blue slalom run to foster some healthy family rivalry.
While Les Menuires’ ski opportunities are great for intermediates, those seeking a challenge tend to pick the resort as a base from which they can explore the vast opportunities of the Three Valleys. With efficient lifts that directly link it to this colossal area of 600km of pistes and 180 lifts, the Alps are your oyster.
“We would highly recommend getting a full area lift pass – for just a few more Euros you have access to the largest ski area in the world.”
Here are just a few of our favourite runs in the Three Valleys:
- Creux in Courchevel
- Combe de Vallon in Méribel
- Christine in Val Thorens
- Jerusalem in St. Martin’s
Off the Slopes
Les Menuires – skiing aside – is not the ideal base for those looking to sink pints and storm the dance floor all night after shredding the pistes all day; late night revellers will be much better accommodated in nearby Val Thorens. The resort is very well suited to parents who want some off-piste entertainment for themselves and their little ones.
Out on the Snow
One of the most popular family-friendly attractions is Speed Mountain, a railed toboggan run that extends for a kilometre through the centre of town and is suitable for five-year-olds upwards. If your little ones still haven’t got their tobogganing fix, take them to Roc’n Bob in La Croisette for another 4km of snow-covered runs.
Bad Weather Options
The pool complex in Les Bruyères is popular with adults and children alike. The youngsters will have a whale of a time splashing about in the aquafun pool and exploring the waterslides, ice cave and various games on offer. For some adult-only pampering, make sure to visit the wellness centre with its hammam, balnéo baths and various massage treatments to knead away the stresses of the slopes.
Where to Stay
We have some fantastic accommodation options in Les Menuires: ski-in ski-out catered chalets are a popular choice for families who want proximity to the pistes and the ski school, while our two premium service chalets just outside the main centre of town offer a touch of luxury for those seeking a peaceful break.
Chalets de Bruyères
These five large and airy chalets are the definition of doorstep skiing. Estelle, Flora and Gabrielle can sleep up to 12 adults and 4 children, providing plenty of space for the whole family (and then some!); Haley and Delfina also accommodate 12 adults in a slightly different configuration. The Bruyères gondola departs from right outside the back door, which will take you straight up the Mont de la Chambre.
Other features include:
- Sun terrace and hot tub
- Hosted by welcoming and friendly chalet staff
- Within walking distance of the resort centre
Chalets de Bettaix
These four catered chalets are in a quieter location with astounding views towards Val Thorens. For a taste of the Alpine good life we would recommend booking a stay in Irene or Jasmine, both of which offer a premium service: make the most of the luxurious bed linen, giant bath towels and robes and Elsyl toiletries. Could there be a better way to soothe your ski muscles after you’ve used the chalet’s sauna and hot tub?
Other features include:
- Booking by the room, exclusive occupancy or multiple chalets for large groups
- Live-in professional staff
- Driver service
“Looking for a bargain in Les Menuires? Ski deals can be found on our Special Offers page.”
How to Get There
We usually recommend that guests fly into Geneva Airport (2.5 hours away) or Chambéry Airport (1.5 hours away). Both are well connected to the UK, with regular flights put on by established carriers such as easyJet, SWISS and British Airways. Once you land we can whisk you away to Les Menuires, skis and all, via our minibus transfer service.
Don’t rule out a cross-country car trip – the resort is around 975km from Calais, and the whole route up until the final 30km makes use of motorways or duel carriageways. If you’re interested in a self-drive trip, we can provide you with Eurotunnel or ferry crossings and detailed travel directions to make the journey a cinch.
You’ve had the lowdown on Les Menuires: ski haven for families who want access to the vast opportunities of the Three Valleys without the considerable price tag of its expensive neighbours. If you’re ready to book your winter break in Les Menuires, Ski Amis is your number one choice. Choose your catered or self-catered accommodation and leave the rest of the planning up to us – our expert team will take care of all the logistics to have you shredding the pistes in no time.