What's new in Les 3 Vallees for 2017/18
Our roundup of the latest developments in the world's largest ski area
View of Le Saulire from Courchevel
Regarded by many as the best ski area in the world, there are already many reasons why Les Trois Vallées is an area that every skier should visit at least once; however, one of the things that makes it such a great destination is their commitment to constant improvement and innovation through continued investment and development. This season is no exception, so we've put together a quick round up of what's new in Les Trois Vallées for winter 2017/18.
The Moraine chair has been replaced with a new gondola, making the access to the Moraine sector much more comfortable, both for beginners wishing to build their confidence on the Moraine and Genepi runs and more experienced skiers and riders looking to access the challenging terrain off the Col chair.
The welcome addition of the Roc de Tougne Chairlift in Méribel Mottaret replaces two harder to use drag lifts with a modern, detachable 6-person chair lift and provides yet another high speed link between Méribel and Les Menuires. Serving the Mont de La Challe sector, this cutting edge equipment is designed to function in high winds and gives much improved access to the area renowned for its high quality snow and legendary Lagopède and Bartavelle runs.
A new gondola replaces the original Ariondaz lift, dating back to 1974. The new lift doubles the capacity, reducing the ascent time from 10½ to just 7 minutes, and is bound to further boost the Courchevel-Moriond (more familiarly known as Courchevel 1650) sector's growing popularity.
There is a new tobogganing run in Courchevel Moriond - 'Moriond Racing'. The run is 3 km long and has 450m of vertical descent, which will make it one of the best in the Alps.
Brides Les Bains
Le Grand Spa Thermal Aquafun area in Brides Les Bains has always been a huge draw to this pretty spa town, both in summer and winter. The thermal spa already offers 2,100m2 of treatment and well-being facilities and from 12th March 2018 will be opening an additional 600m2 aquafun area, including a lap pool, aquafitness pool and fun pool. Visitors can enjoy massages inspired by traditions from around the world, as well as Biologique Recherche and Sothys-branded beauty rituals.
La Croix d’Antide is a new blue slope off the Bouchet chair. The run is 1,822m long and joins the Gentianes slope.
In December 2017, in partnership with Nespresso, the first official café for Les 3 Vallées opened opposite the Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains SNCF train station. Aimed at tourists as well as locals, Les 3 Vallées Café is totally in keeping with the image of a welcoming, healthy mountain destination offering quality facilities.
Les 3 Vallées App 2.0
Fully updated for winter 2017/18, this useful (and free!) app lets you discover, prepare for, and explore the world’s largest ski area.
Easily find your way around this huge ski area with the most detailed 3D digital piste map in the world, ultra-precise geolocation and a real-time overview of the ski area.
With optimised download times you can quickly display the information that’s most useful to you and the accurate geolocation automatically updates the map, weather and webcams based on your current location. The offline mode button also lets you download the map to use when you’re not online. Also available is real-time information: ski lift and ski run status and opening times, piste grooming, toilet facilities, first aid points and more. 3 Vallées itineraries, categorised by difficulty level, are available to view on the map in real-time, while an SOS button on every page lets users contact nearby first aiders too.
The app is available for both iOS and Android - Search 'LES 3 VALLEES' in app stores now to download.
New 4 hour ski pass
The best way to get your weekly 3 Vallées ski pass is to pre-book through Erna Low - we send your ski pass to you before you travel, meaning you'll spend less times queuing in resort and more time on the slopes. However, if you have anyone in your group that likes to take it day by day, or you fancy getting a few extra runs in on your arrival or departure day, the new 4 hour pass is a great option.
For more flexibility and freedom, morning and afternoon 3 Vallées ski passes have now been replaced by the 3 Vallées 4-hour skipass. You can now explore the 3 Vallées at a time to suit you and thanks to the ultra-convenient 3 Vallées lift connections, you'll be able to spend your 4 hours having nothing but fun.
Don't miss the 16th 3 Vallées Enduro on 1st April, 2018
With 40,000€ of prizes including ski breaks in neighbouring resorts up for grabs, this fun competition is well worth a go. Get together a team of three amateur skiers, snowboarders or Telemarkers to tackle a variety of unusual and fun challenges, spanning across the whole 3 Vallées ski area. The aim is simple: earn the highest number of points in each challenge to become the overall winner. Starting at Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle, teams accumulate points over around ten special challenges including the double big air bag, freeride, skicross, Family Schuss, boardercross, Liberty schuss, Giant Freestyle, 3-people descent and photocall.
Work your way through the challenges in any order and at the end of the day gather together with your fellow competitors around a huge Savoyard buffet at the heart of the ski area, before a prize-giving worthy of Christmas in April!