St Martin de Belleville Resort Guide

St Martin de Belleville Resort Guide

The picturesque resort of St Martin is based in the Belleville Valley within the expansive Three Valleys ski area. With Méribel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires all within easy reach, and Courchevel little over an hour away, there are endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Situated at an altitude of 1450m, St Martin de Belleville and the surrounding areas offer something for skiers or boarders of all levels and abilities. At the foot of the slopes is a dedicated beginner slope, then just above are a couple of scenic blue runs offering a gentle return to the village. Once you’ve got your ski legs back a must do is the hugely popular (and justifiably so!) Jerusalem with its famous rollers, and the lesser known, but equally enjoyable Pramint. And for the more advanced there’s the patrolled off piste section ‘Liberty Ride’ above St Martin de Belleville or some challenging routes around Pointe de la Masse. And beyond the amazing skiing, St Martin has been shortlisted for the ‘2016 World Snow Awards’ as ‘Gastronomic Resort of the Year’.

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Resort Information

Key Facts

  • St Martin de Belleville is situated in the Belleville Valley along with Les Menuires and Val Thorens
  • It’s part of the Three Valleys with easy links to neighbouring Méribel and Courchevel
  • 160km pistes in the St Martin de Belleville & Les Menuires ski area
  • 300km of pistes in the Belleville Valley
  • 28km of cross-country skiing locally
  • 12 green runs
  • 43 blue runs
  • 24 red runs
  • 8 black runs

St Martin Piste Map

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3 Valleys Piste Map

3 Valleys Piste Map

Click on the images for high res downloadable piste maps of St Martin and The Three Valleys.

Skiing in St Martin de Belleville

St Martin de Belleville is a small resort with just a handful of lifts in the immediate area. This makes it a tranquil corner of the enormous Three Valleys. The team love being the first to get fresh tracks on the local terrain before our neighbours hunt it out.

Best Ski Runs in St Martin de Belleville – our pick of the bunch

For Beginners: 

It is a fantastic place to learn because it’s a quiet resort. For the 2016/17 winter season, there is a new area just above the village with upgraded & extended magic carpets offering a more extensive area to learn.

For Intermediates:

Intermediates are spoilt with a newly graded blue run. St Martin de Belleville’s legendary piste, Jerusalem (previously graded red), will include an alternative blue run for intermediate skiers & boarders. The St Martin Express chairlift (replaced the old St Martin 2 lift in 2014) also transports more people, faster & in greater comfort than ever before meaning those on first lifts reach the Tougnete Ridge before our Meribel neighbours. The 2016/17 season will also bring an upgrade to the snowmaking system which will include more efficient, ‘low pressure’ snow cannons to better equip the lower slopes, ensuring people can return to the village on skis until the end of the season.

For Advanced:

Advanced skiers & boarders have a vast area to explore with a knowledgeable guide from the New Generation team. There is a DVA Park created for off-piste enthusiasts to practice transceiver searching for avalanche victims located at the top of the Roc 1 gondola.

Liberty Ride are local areas designed for skiers & boarders to enjoy safe powder skiing on managed but un-groomed pistes.

  • Liberty Ride La Masse: access from the La Masse 2 gondola.
  • Liberty Ride Riondaz near Saint Martin: access from the Saint Martin Express chairlift.
  • Liberty Ride Pylônes: access from the Sunny Express chairlift.

A Bit of History

St Martin de Belleville is known as the village of the Three Valleys with stone farm houses, winding streets and a Baroque church steeped in history. As the ‘chef lieu’ of the commune, St Martin de Belleville has taken centre stage with regards to preserving & respecting the local heritage. St Martin de Belleville village evolved as a tourist destination slowly, only being allowed to develop as a ski resort in 1983! With a long agricultural past, development has been carefully managed to be sympathetic to the traditional & authentic Savoyard atmosphere of the village & surrounding hamlets. Unlike many purpose built ski resorts, St Martin de Belleville has a year round community.

St Martin Village Map

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St Martin FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?

Fly

If you’re arriving by air then the following transfer companies offer airport transfers, either private or sometimes shared:

3 Valley Transfers

Sky2ski
A reasonably priced, efficient and friendly transfer service

Snowlinx
Premier private transfer solution!

Snow White Transfers
A reliable, professional service offering private and shared transfers to Courchevel, Meribel, St Martin and Val Thorens.

There are buses from the airport but you will need to change at Moutiers and they’re not cheap so if they is a few of you it often cheaper to share a transfer.

The train is the cheapest option but again this will involve several changes and the trains are somewhat infrequent.

Where can I stay in resort?

Here’s a list of some of our favourite tour operators in St Martin de Belleville:

The Alpine Club
Providing indulgent winter holidays in St Martin de Belleville since 2004.

Chalet Alice Velut
Self-catering Chalet Apartments in the centre of the village.

Chalet Pascale
An alpine retreat in the heart of the village.

Maison de Saucisse
Adorable self-catered chalet for small groups in the neighbouring village of Le Châtelard.

Le Cochet Apartment
Stunning self catered chalet right next to the St Martin 1 bubble.

Le Petit Chalet en Pierre
Newly renovated chalet for the 2014 season in the neighbouring village of St Marcel.

Mountain Action
Luxury catered chalet in the heart of the village.

Mountain Lodge Adventures
Luxury ski chalet in the heart of St Martin de Belleville NEW for the 2014 winter.

Peak Pursuits
Perfect family holidays with exceptional service in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Peak Retreats
Self catering chalets & apartments, Peak Retreats are honoured to have been awarded for the third year running the ‘Best Ski Company’ at Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2011.

Ski Floralie
As featured in Condé Nast Traveller 10 Great Ski Chalets. Need we say more?!

Ski Talini
Divine holidays in one of two fabulous chalets in the heart of St Martin de Belleville.

Snowtrippin
A new venture providing a luxurious catered chalet in the lovely village of St Martin.

White Mountain Chalets
NEW luxury chalet for the 2014 winter.

And some agents with whom you can book stays in St Martin:

Alpenglow Ski
A specialist chalet agent with a wide range of catered chalets to suit all budgets.

Alpine Answers
Ski Holidays – from weekend to luxury chalets

Camel Snow
A unique and personal service, going the extra mile to ensure your bespoke ski holiday is perfect.

Carrier
Luxury tour operator

Firefly Collection
Firefly Collection offers a cherry-picked selection of the finest luxury ski chalets, together with expert, impartial advice and a complimentary concierge service.

Luxury Chalet Book
The Luxury Chalet Book specialises in offering the most luxurious chalets in the finest ski resorts in Europe.

Move Mountains Limited
Hand picked ski holidays

Oxford Ski Company
Luxury ski breaks

Powder Beds
Ski Holidays – from weekend to luxury chalets

Simply Your Holidays
Agent who will search for good quality, affordable holidays for you, your family and your friends.

Ski Boutique
Luxury ski holiday agent offering the finest chalets and hotels with a VIP service from start to finish.

Ski Independence
Travel agent specialising in Ski vacations

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski resort travel and accommodation

Skiline
Ski holidays run by skiers for skiers!

SNO
Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in St Martin de Belleville.

St Martin Solutions
Chalets and apartments for weekly rental, short breaks or longer stays. Self-catering and serviced accommodation with flexible dates and extra options like delivered gourmet meals, concierge, maid or chef service.

How easy is it to park in the village?

For easy access to the lift & ski pass office facilities, park in the Cochet Parking area over the road from the St Martin 1 gondola. Parking throughout the village is free, although there is a time limit to parking spaces in the centre of the village. Parking is also free in the neighbouring resort of Les Menuires (under a 10 minute drive up the valley).

How can I reach other villages in the Belleville valley?

There is a regular free bus service which links the Belleville Valley. Timetables are published on the tourist office website, alternatively paper versions are available from the tourist office itself.

Getting around the small village of St Martin de Belleville is easy by foot. Most catered chalets locally offer a chauffeur service to & from your accommodation to the slopes.

Alternatively, there are several local taxi options. Try Taxi Alfred Jay +336 88 64 78 90 or Taxi Belleville +336 18 71 84 23.

Where can I get my ski and snowboard equipment?

We recommend the following ski hire service in St Martin de Belleville:

Skimium
Really helpful and friendly and located in the centre of St Martin on Rue Saint Martin.

What is the snow like? St Martin de Belleville webcams

These can be accessed on the St Martin de Belleville website.

Where can I find out more information about St Martin de Belleville?

If you’re looking for more information about resort including where to eat, what’s on during your stay and general hints and tips then try one of the following websites:

St Martin de Belleville Tourist Website

What shopping is available?

Food Shopping

  • Boucherie Christophe – On Rue Saint François is a high quality traditional butchers & deli also offering traditional local products such as cheese, cured meats, honey & wine.
  • Patisserie La Rissole – Offers delicious cakes, pastries and various different breads. We are addicted to the ‘Floriment’ loaf. You can also enjoy a tea or coffee inside (or to takeaway). Located on Rue Saint Martin.
  • Au Coin des Producteurs – Sells regional Savoyard products such as mountain charcuterie, cheeses, award winning wines, hand-made liqueurs, high quality chocolates and home-made jams.
  • Supérette 8 à Huit – A mini supermarket on Place de la Mairie.
  • Supérette Proxi des Grangeraies – A basic mini market on Rue Notre Dame below Le Dahlia Restaurant.
  • Laurent Traiteur – Situated on Rue Saint François, they offer starters, main courses and desserts to take away, as well as local produce including cold meats, cheese, wine, jam, honey and liqueurs.

Clothing and Ski Shops

  • Skimium say hello to us at the New Generation desk inside!
  • Twinner Sport L’Azalée, Les Grangeraies – Provides a locker service to store belongings during the day or ski equipment overnight.
  • Sport 2000 Jean Sports provides a great ski & boot fitting service.
  • Intersport, Skiset and 3 Vallées Ski-Loc are also located in resort.
  • Côté Montagne – Sells post cards, souvenirs & gifts.

What services are available in St Martin?

Doctor’s – In La Croisette in Les Menuires you will find the Centre Médical with Dr Guilleot or the doctor’s office of Dr Lemaire Odile is also located there.

Pharmacy – Pharmacie des Belleville is located on Rue Saint Martin.

Post Office – Located on Rue Saint Martin.

Tabac – On Rue Saint François selling tobacco, newspapers, magazines, post cards & a small selection of wooden toys & games.

Cash Point – Crédit Agricole Bank on Rue Saint François offering basic counter services (mornings only & closed on Sundays & Mondays) & an ATM which is accessible round the clock.

Hairdresser – Salon d’Hiver hairdresser for men, women & children on Rue de Château Feuillet.

Tourist Office – Located on Place de l’Eglise in the main square have a very helpful & friendly team available to offer visitors information & advice.

Laundrette – Au Lavoir linen rental and laundrette on Rue St Martin.

Spa & Beatuty Treatments – La Béla Vya Mountain Spa at La Bouitte Hotel in Saint Marcel offering sauna, jacuzzi, pool & mountain inspired treatments. Or Ô des Cîmes Spa in Chalets du Gypse on Rue des Choumettes offering a pool, massages and treatments.

What non-skiing activities are there in Belleville valley?

There are a variety of non-skiing activities available in the valley.

For some more relaxing activities, yoga is offered on Tuesdays in the village hall ‘Salle des Fêtes’. There are a number of lovely winter walks & snowshoe outings. Maps & guides can be booked through the tourist office & pedestrian lift passes are available at the ski pass office. Or relax with a massage or spa treatment at Ô des Cîmes Spa in Chalets du Gypse.

Head out on a dog sledge ride on the Doron path between the forest and the river if that’s your cup of tea. Or for something a bit different there is a museum in St Martin de Belleville. Located behind the church on Place de l’église is in a refurbished Bellevillois farm house. Guided tours are available to explain 150 years of local history from agriculture & tourism to the way local life has evolved across the Valley. Headphones are also available for English speaking visitors.

If you want something for the kids to do there are two different toboggan runs. The Roc’n Bob 4km toboggan run is accessible via the Roc 1 gondola in La Croisette area of Les Menuires. Minimum age – 7 years old. Open everyday except Saturday 14 – 18.45 PM. Or try out Speed Mountain. This toboggan run on rails in Les Bruyères district of Les Menuires. Minimum age – 5 years old. Open everyday except Saturday 13 – 20.00 PM

If you’re looking for a bit more adventure, why not mountain bike on snow? Yes really! Roc’n Bike is open everyday except Saturday 9am – 16.45pm. Minimum age – 12 years old. Or skidoo in the evening after the pistes are closed with Scoot’Evasion skidoo. Minimum age – 10 years old. Book in the Brasserie de l’Oisans, La Croisette, Les Menuires.

The Centre Sportif also offers a number of activities in La Croisette Les Menuires. Swimming pools, spa area, table tennis, badminton courts, squash courts, basketball & Fun Park, as well as a soft play zone for kids under 12 years old.

Find even more info at the tourist office.

Any recommendations for places to eat?

Best Cheap Eats

O P’tit Snack on Rue Saint Martin offers fresh homemade pizzas, burgers, paninis, savoury crèpes, kebabs and nuggets to eat in or takeaway.

Mid Range

Ferme Auberge Le Chantacouocu, Le Châtelard. Farm restaurant serving their own produce open daily for evening service only.

Ferme de la Choumette, St Martin de Belleville. Fabulous terrace overlooking the Biolley blue piste just above St Martin de Belleville village. The dining room has a glass wall allowing you to watch the animals in the barn next door. Shuttle service available in the evening.

La Voute, Place de la Mairie, St Martin de Belleville with a great terrace for sunny days serving some great Savoyard dishes & pizzas. Very popular so booking recommended.

Le Lachenal Rue du Nant du Four, St Martin de Belleville serving Savoyard dishes.   Try to get a table near the roaring fire!

L’eterlou, Rue St Martin, St Martin de Belleville at the bottom of the Village drag lift in the main square. Great plat du jour!

Le Montagnard, Rue des Places, St Martin de Belleville with traditional décor & Savoyard inspired dishes. Booking recommended!

Le Jardin de Joséphine, Rue des Places, St Martin de Belleville is a small bistro style restaurant serving home grown vegetables, fresh herbs and local produce.

Fine Dining

La Bouitte, Saint Marcel. With 3 Michelin stars the restaurant needs no introduction! Chefs René and Maxime Meilleur create modern and inventive cuisine inspired by nature.

What is the après and nightlife like?

Although a small resort, St Martin de Belleville still offers some great spots for après and drinks.

Restaurant Le Dahlia is a great après ski bar right on the piste opposite the St Martin 1 gondola & next to the New Generation meet point. We recommend the nachos after the cruise down the Biolley blue run into the village! Or head to the Belgian bar, Le Zabonneige below the Alp Hotel has a great south facing terrace and possibly the best hot chocolate in the valley.

For both après and nightlife, we recommend Le Pourquoi Pas Piano Bar (affectionately known as the P Bar). A cosy bar behind the church serving a great selection of wines for civilized après through to midnight! Live music twice a week! Le Billig on Passage du Mélèze provide a distraction with darts board, foosball table ‘baby foot’, pool table & free wifi with tapas & après from 16pm until 2am. The staff are happy to show sports matches on the TV in the snug sofa area. Or check out Le Joker Bar on Rue St François. A small street level bar (near Huit a Huit) with a downstairs bar with pool table as well (entrance on Passage du Mélèze) that can get lively from 22pm – 2am.

How about childcare?

There are no agencies for qualified nannies based in the village, but there are a number of companies based in the Three Valleys that might be able to provide a nanny. Alpine Childcare, t4 Nanny, Snowbugs, Jelly & Ice Cream are all good starting points.

Le Club des Piou Piou is a non-ski nursery that accepts children from 18 months to 5 years old. The Club is run by ESF St Martin & the centre is approved by the DDASS and the Departmental for Youth and Sport. Toilet facilities, play areas and a restaurant are available on site for children.

For private babysitters, seasonnaires are often happy to help & earn some extra pocket money – ask locally for recommendations.

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