Les Trois Vallées is arguably one of the most magnificent ski areas in the world. Comprising of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens as well as Les Menuires, La Tania and St Martin de Belleville, France’s biggest lift-linked ski area happens to be the largest ski area in the world. Throw into the mix that most of these resorts are considered to have some of the best skiing anywhere in Europe can mean you can be jostling for a space on the chairlift in high season. We’d recommend Courchevel because of the flexibility it gives to any ski-mad traveller; consisting of four separate ski towns (Le Praz, 1550, 1650 and 1850) means the accommodation and price can vary wildly between towns. Courchevel 1850 is the main hub and with the likes of Chanel and Michelin-starred restaurants gaining ground over the last few years, it’s not for everyone, instead we recommend 1650 to most of our guests. With a fantastic array of ski terrain, including green runs for beginners and phenomenal off piste in good conditions, skiing in Courchevel really does have it all.
Ever fancied transporting Limewood or the Pig to the slopes? Handily, the team behind some of our favourite UK spots have turned their attentions to a mountainside idyll, situated in prime position at the foot of 1650 in Courchevel. This ski-in, ski-out hotel has been refurbished to the highest standard; each of their 44 rooms boast either valley or piste views along with all the mod-cons in the finest Alpine luxury, the superb Portetta Spa and their Cucina Angelina restaurant (with Angela Hartnett at the helm no less). With a lively bar that regularly hosts gigs and a stunning slope-facing terrace, this is the place to stay when in Les Trois Vallées.
RESORT HEIGHT: 1,850M
SKIING ELEVATION: 1,260 – 3,230M
GREEN: 13% / BLUE: 39% / RED: 38% / BLACK: 10%