French ski resorts, three valleys skiing holidays in France

Three Valleys ski area

St Martin de Belleville forms part of the 3 Valleys ski area, which also includes the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle.

Together these French resorts form the largest ski area in the world, linked together by ski runs and ski lifts, with 600kms of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts.

St Martin de Belleville sits at an altitude of 1450m and the top of the Belleville valley reaches 3300m; coupled with the fact that there are approximately 2090 snow cannons in the 3 Valleys ski area (covering roughly 1/3 of the pistes) it is safe to say that the resort is fairly snow-sure.

A resort great for beginners

Unlike some resorts in France, St Martin de Belleville is good for beginners but it also has amazingly quick access to some fantastic runs to suit all abilities – in just two lifts you can access the top of Meribel or drop down into Les Menuires and the “Itineraire du Soleil” into Val Thorens.

Intermediate and advanced ski

In our opinion, one of the best runs in the whole of the 3 Valleys ski area is the superb (and often quite deserted) Jerusalem on which you can meander down from the top of Meribel to St Martin mid station, before heading into the resort.

For the more adventurous intermediates there are some great off-piste fields just above the village on which to practice your technique while the black runs and off-piste at the nearby La Masse in Les Menuires should keep the most advanced skiers happy.

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