Skiing Holidays in Les Menuires
Les Menuires ski resort lies in the heart of Les Trois Vallées and although not the most aesthetically pleasing, it is an efficient and friendly resort. Split in to two centres, La Croisette and Reberty/Les Bruyères, each with their own shops and restaurants and some newer more traditional style buildings.
Les Menuires is nestled in the stunning Belleville Valley – it’s a stone’s throw from St Martin de Belleville and in a great location to enjoy the renowned Les Trois Vallées ski area.
This is a quiet, family-friendly ski resort which is a brilliant base for exploring the 600km of pistes for skiers of all abilities in the wider Trois Vallées, which includes iconic destinations like Val Thorens, Méribel and Courchevel and is arguably the most famous ski area in the world.
Les Menuires is an inclusive, efficient and friendly French ski resort which is split into two centres, Reberty/Les Bruyères and La Croisette, each of which has its own unique ambience, with shops, restaurants and attractive traditional style buildings.
Skiing in Les Menuires
For families and solo skiers who want a manageable introduction to skiing and snowboarding, the nursery slopes and green runs of Les Menuires are perfect, while an expansive network of blue, red and black runs (plus off-piste skiing) awaits more adventurous intermediate and advanced snowsports enthusiasts.
A sophisticated lift system connects Les Menuires to a vast network of pistes and nearby resorts, and you’ll find comfy accommodation options to suit groups of all sizes and requirements – much of which is ski-to-door and boast features like in-house spas and pools.
Although it’s more laid-back than party towns like Val Thorens, the resort’s après-ski still has much to recommend it, with two nightclubs and a clutch of cool bars, there’s a bustling market twice a week, and plenty of childcare options and fun off-piste Alpine activities for kids.
As you can see, Les Menuires suits all types of skiers and in many ways offers the best of both worlds. Its excellent customer care reputation means it’s a favourite for families who don’t come to admire the 70s architecture but because of the service they receive. It is also a good pick for individual skiers, couples and groups of friends who want a chilled-out accommodation base that offers doorstep skiing amidst mind-blowing scenery, with the option of slightly more lively soirees, a taxi ride away in nearby resorts.
Les Menuires a great gateway to the Three Valleys and French Alps snowsports culture in general – give it a whirl and you’ll soon understand why visitors keep coming back for more.
Snowboarding in Les Menuires
There are plenty of opportunities for snowboarders to carve up the slopes is Les Menuires too – here are a few highlights for boarders:
Freeriders will love the secure but unpisted ‘liberty ride’ marked areas where you can find fresh powder and ride safely. There are three such zones – one at La Masse which you reach via the Masse 2 cable car, another at La Riondaz accessed by the St Martin 2 ski lift, and the final at Les Pylones, which you reach by the Sunny Express ski lift. Meanwhile, an excellent alternative freeride option is the gnarly off-piste run from Lac du Lou to Vallée des Encombres.
The BK Park is awesome fun and aimed at snowboarders of all ages and aptitudes and you reach it by the Becca stairlift. The park has three zones – Roller Coaster, The Slide and Mini Rodeo. Rollercoaster is aimed at novice and intermediate boarders and includes runs with gentle jumps and four rails, plus an area for boardercross and freestyle. The Slide features a second boardercross course for medium-level boarders, while Mini Rodeo throws everything but the kitchen sink at you – with jumps, rails, tabletops and another brilliant boardercross course that’s suitable for everyone from the most rugged advanced riders to family groups.
Snow Conditions in Les Menuires
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Les Menuires is at an altitude of 1850m and enjoys a ski season that runs from December through to April. It has expertly maintained pistes and a great geographical position – so you’ll find superb snow conditions here and the surrounding Three Valleys. Here’s the lowdown:
85% of the ski area in Les Menuires is above 1800m and the ski area has 418 snow cannons along 65km of pistes that equate to around 40% of the terrain and ensure great snow cover.
The pistes in Les Menuires cascade down from Val Thorens and the Peclet, Bouchet, Thorens and Pointe Renod glaciers. You’ll find some of the freshest powder and fantastic conditions on the blue Grand Lac run, the red Longet and the black Lac Noir.
In the deep midwinter months of January and February, the south facing ski areas in Les Menuires provide some much-needed light and warmth which enhance your entire experience.
In April and May, the cooler and shaded north facing trails offer the best snow preservation.
On the rare occasions snow conditions aren’t as satisfactory as expected on some slopes, you’ll find the best local snow in La Masse, and access to neighbouring Val Thorens is easy too – it’s Europe’s most snow-sure resort, with plenty of slopes above 3000m and two glaciers.
Official statistics show that in its most recent season, Les Menuires had a total snowfall of 391cm, a total of 33 snowfall days, a largest snowfall of 34cm, maximum base depth of 182cm, average base depth of 103cm maximum summit depth of 329cm and average summit depth of 209cm.
Apres-Ski in Les Menuires
Les Menuires might not quite have the same reputation for revellers as Val Thorens and Méribel, but there’s still a marvellous selection of eclectic spots to eat, drink and be merry. Here are some of the après-ski highlights in Les Menuires:
Le Tilbury is a warm and welcoming pub in La Croisette where you can unwind with locals and visitors alike after an energetic day on the slopes – the atmosphere is convivial and it’s a brilliant place to slake your thirst with a cold beer.
L’Oisans is also in La Croisette and offers a fine range of imported beers and some spectacular cocktails.
Le New Pop is situated close to the hotels in La Croisette and it’s one of the resorts two nightclubs – a soundtrack of Europop classics accompanied by ample alcoholic refreshments will help you dance like no one’s watching!
Le Leeberty is your other late night option – located in Les Bruyères, this French-run disco has fab DJs and a banging sound system that keep the dance floor packed into the wee small hours.
Le Plan B is at the bottom of the slopes in Les Bruyères and is open for business between 10:30am and 2am, serving beer, wine and cocktails on its sun-kissed terrace. With regular live music and fancy dress theme nights, partying in Le Plan B is always a night to remember.
Le Kube is a chic bar and restaurant combo where you can enjoy fine cuisine then chill out on a comfy sofa with a lip-smacking cocktail while the resident DJ spins ambient tunes on the wheels of steel.
Facilities in Les Menuires
Facilities in Les Menuires are magnificent – there are shops, pubs, clubs aplenty, a biweekly market, awesome accommodation options and a well-appointed sports centre. With a wide choice of on and off-slope activities for adults and children, you’re well taken care of in this ski resort, which prides itself on customer service and inclusive culture.
Ski Hire in Les Menuires
As you’d expect, there are several places to hire ski equipment in Les Menuires, but save yourself the hassle of making your own arrangements by allowing Erna Low to take care of it for you. We’ve been working with trusted ski equipment partners here for years so can easily recommend the best quality kit for each member of your party and reserve it from the closest outlet to your location. It’s much more convenient to pick up your gear on arrival than stand in a long, cold queue. Contact us for a chat if you would like us to include ski hire in your holiday deal.
Ski Passes in Les Menuires
Most people wait until they get to the resort before they purchase their ski passes but we will always advise that pre-booking your Les Menuires ski passes with Erna Low is also a savvy move if you want to save time, stress and cash. We’ll advise on the best passes for your skiing ability and style and we send your passes before arrival so that you can get out on the slopes without delay when your much-anticipated ski break begins. It is a quick and easy process that takes little to no time at all. Check out our Les Menuires ski pass page for additional information on how to purchase your ski pass and all the details you will need to be aware of.
Spa and Pool in Les Menuires
Information coming soon.
Shops in Les Menuires
Shopping in Les Menuires might be more practical than glamorous, but nevertheless, there are plenty of retail outlets where you can pick up everyday essentials, Alpine fashions and gifts. Take your pick from funky ski couture backpacks, hats and jackets at Extremountain in La Croisette, La Mie des Bruyères Bakery is one of the best place to pick up pastries that tantalise the taste buds and nearby Label Savoie is a delightful delicatessen where you can grab local Savoie delicacies like fine wine and cheese as gifts for friends and families back home. There’s also an indoor shopping centre in La Croisette with a range of stores and the resort is peppered with ATMs, dry cleaners, photographers, newsagents, hair salons and pharmacies.
Facilities for Children in Les Menuires
Les Menuires might be the most family-friendly ski resort in the Three Valleys and it offers bucket loads of brilliant entertainment for kids of all ages. Find out more below.
Ski Schools in Les Menuires
If you’re staying in La Croisette, Prosneige is the most conveniently located ski school in Les Menuires and it offers expert lessons for adults and older children as well as kindergarten classes for kids between 3-4 years old. Meanwhile, if you’re lodging in Reberty/Les Bruyères, ESF is the more convenient option. This is an internationally renowned ski school outfit where kids of all ages and stages benefit from quality instruction and lessons that are aligned with the French national learning and certification programme.
Entertainment in Les Menuires
There’s a popular children’s play park in La Masse, but the 4km long Roc ‘n Bob sledging course is another excellent family activity for children aged seven and over. A thrilling rail-mounted toboggan course allows children to race against the resort’s mascot Boukty, which always goes down a treat with little ones. Meanwhile, the Boukty Snow Camp Play Area in the centre of La Croisette encourages young children to embrace Alpine culture, with fun activities like igloo hide and seek, snowball fights and sledding.
Childcare in Les Menuires
In La Croisette and Les Bruyères, there are two Piou-Piou Clubs which welcome kids aged 2-6 years old and are open from 9am to 5pm daily. Younger children are catered for by the nursery in La Croisette, which accepts children between three and 30 months old.
Les Menuires Mountain Info
A super-efficient lift system and access to high-altitude skiing locally and in the surrounding Three Valleys ski area means that a Les Menuires ski holiday suits all types and levels of snowsports enthusiasts. Set at an altitude of 1850m and with access to much higher slopes above, Les Menuires offers outstanding on- and off-piste skiing opportunities for advanced skiers, its bountiful blue and red runs make it a haven for intermediates and its dedicated beginners area means its one of the best places in the world for novices to build their confidence.