The 3 Valleys – the LARGEST Linked Ski Area in THE WORLD – Video

Meribel - © Paul Skinner / Top Snow Travel

Photo: Meribel – © Paul Skinner / Top Snow Travel

The 3 Valleys is an incredibly beautiful ski area located in the the Tarentaise valley of the French Alps. It is the World’s Largest Linked Ski Area with over 600km of fantastic terrain for all ski levels.

In this video, we give you a little taste of what the 3 Valleys ski area looks like, both on groomed slopes and off-piste.

Check out the video and start dreaming about your next ski holidays to the 3 Valleys. Next step is planning it with the ski France experts at Top Snow Travel.

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About The 3 Valleys

There are 7 ski resorts which are part of the 3 Valleys system which include: Courchevel, Meribel, Bride-les-Bains, Les Menuires, St Martin de Bellevile, Val Thorens and Orelle.

The 3 Valleys stats

  • 600km of pistes accessible on skis
  • 328 downhill skiing pistes
  • 1,512 hectares of maintained pistes
  • 62,000 total difference in height
  • 166 ski lifts
  • More than 2,100 snow canons
  • 35,000 hectares of nature 105km2 (or 10,500 hectares) of skiable area

Where to stay

For the best places to stay in the 3 Valleys and to choose a ski resort: click here

The 3 Valleys Ski Area Opening Dates – Winter 2021-22

Next winter, the ski resorts in the 3 valleys are scheduled to open from December 4th 2021 to April 22nd 2022 except for Val Thorens from 24th Nov 2021 until 7th May 2022.

Meribel Ski Resort (60)
Méribel - © Sylvain Aymoz – Méribel Tourisme

When is the best time to go skiing in the 3 valleys?

January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).

For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!

Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.

So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!

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