Well, where do we start? The 3 Valleys boasts 8 different resorts linked by 1 ski pass, with over 600km of pistes & some of the highest resorts in the Alps. Yep. Take in all those stats. There really is so much epic skiing in the 3 Valleys.
Whether you’re a first timer, an experienced skier or skiing with your family, there is something for everyone. In this useful colour-coded piste guide we’ll share our best kept secrets including tips for keeping everyone happy, discovering new pistes and of course finding the most epic skiing in the 3 Valleys.
If you’re not familiar with the piste difficulties, they are graded by colour. Green, blue, red and black. Green being the easiest and a black being the most challenging. Check out the 3 Valleys Piste Map
Most Epic Skiing in the 3 Valleys
Petit Bosse (Courchevel 1650) As a first timer 1650 is a fantastic resort for learning and skiing this run will make you feel like a total Boss(e)! It’s quiet, wide and makes for the ideal location to practice skills from previous lessons. Make sure the kids look out for the squeaky pig (we won’t say anymore than that!) Access: Petit Bosse drag lift.
Biollay (Courchevel 1850) Situated right in the heart of Courchevel valley, this is the definition of epic skiing. It’s long rollers with unbeatable snow conditions throughout the day make it a favourite amongst everyone from beginners to experts. Access: Biollay or Pralong chair. Discover more on cruisin the blues in Courchevel
Loze (Courchevel 1850) With the piste running parallel to the lower end of the World Cup Stade, you can really pick up some speed. The run is wide, steep and well groomed making it ideal terrain for challenging yourself. You will often find instructors here practicing their short turns or ripping some epic long turns. Access: Loze drag or Plantrey Chair.
Jockeys (La Tania 1400) Shhhhhh don’t tell anybody! It’s the place to be on a powder day. Jockeys is another favourite run which you can easily miss when skiing in La Tania. But for this reason it is un-pisted, secluded & makes for epic skiing at a lower altitude. Jockey’s rolls down between the trees meaning it is a wise idea if the visibility is poor further up the mountain. Access: Foret Chair (Le Praz) or La Tania Bubble.
Pistes des animaux & Inuits (Meribel Village) The perfect place for children to learn. The piste winds down through the trees with lots of features, making it a super fun experience. There are huskies, hammocks & unlimited hot chocolate. What more could you want? Access: Altiport Chair & Rhodos Bubble.
Lapin (Meribel Village) The piste is for cruising which makes it the ideal location for anyone nailing their plough parallel. Take it easy and enjoy yourself! Access: Golf chair
Eterlou (Meribel centre) You will often find the BASI examiners here because it’s a prime place for technical practice. It is groomed daily and is a real “feel-good” run due to the fun rollers and fantastic snow conditions all day. Keep the kids happy by alternating laps through the Elements which runs on the opposite side of the drag. Access: Arpasson drag lift.
Bartavelle (Meribel Mottaret) The initial steep slope provides challenging terrain for those who are seeking the most epic skiing in the 3 Valleys. Try not to get distracted by the incredible views of the Meribel valley & Mont Blanc on a clear day. Access: Roc de Tougne chairlift
Not sure where Village & Mottaret are in comparison to Meribel centre? Check out our Meribel Resort Guide.
Jerusalem The un-missable long piste that winds down from the Meribel Ridgeline (2251m) and returns to St Martin (1450m). Cruise this blue day after day and never get tired of the natural rollers and tranquil atmosphere. Access: St Martin 1 & St Martin Express
Pramint The only red run in St Martin, which is a steeper alternative back to the quaint village creating epic skiing in the 3 Valleys. If you fancy a challenge, why not suggest to meet your family at Le Corbeleys Restaurant where Jerusalem & Pramint meet, for a Plat du Jour at €13.90. If you’re looking for more great lunch spots, check out our guide to the Best restaurants in the 3 Valleys. Access: St Martin Express
The liberty ride area This safe off piste zone is the ideal spot for a challenge in St Martin. Only venture into this area if you have the appropriate safety equipment and be sure to always go with a guide or instructor. Access: St Martin Express or Tougnette 2
2 Lacs & Combe de Thorens are 2 separate runs that wind through the middle of Val Thorens creating some epic skiing for beginners in the 3 Valleys. Once you’ve nailed these perfect pistes maybe you could try the Flocons piste which translates as “snowflakes”. Access: 2 Lacs
Blachot & Tetras (2050m) These pistes both get the full morning sun making them enjoyable for children & adults first thing. The ski runs have endless winding turns and beautiful views across the valley making them a firm favourite for beginners and experienced riders. Access: Boismint chair.
Christine (above 3000m) Fun rolling red run that divides a hidden valley with views of the Peclet Glacier. Grab a selfie here and you’ll look like you’re in a James Bond Film! Access: Funitel Peclet
Combe de Caron (3200m) A popular choice, marking 12km of piste (longest run in the 3 Valleys) with over 900m vertical descent! Our top tip is to enjoy the stunning panoramas whilst warming up your legs at the top! Access: Cime de Caron
Well there you have it. Our top picks for epic skiing in the largest ski area in the world! New Generation Ski & Snowboard school is based in Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, St Martin de Belleville & Val Thorens so whichever resort you choose, you can ski us. Why not get organised and book your lessons now to avoid that pre-holiday stress!
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