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Resort guide to Les Menuires - France

High snow-sure resort offering good value ski in ski out accommodation

Les Menuires resort guide - a general overview

Ski holidays in Les Menuires offer some of the best prices for slope side accommodation in the Three Valleys but the resort is generally regarded as one of the ugliest in the Alps. However, the newer outposts of Reberty and Les Bruyeres are considerably better and feature in many UK operators programmes. With the Trois Vallees on your door step there is ample skiing for everyone and no real need for beginners to venture beyond the local area. For experts La Masse has some of the steepest and quietest pistes in the Trois Vallees and for intermediates Meribel can be accessed by no less than five different peaks on the ridge. The resort has very little to do off the slopes with a limited apres ski scene but a surprising selection of good restaurants.

Airports

Chambery
2 hours
Lyon
2hr 45mins
Geneva
2hr 45mins

Resort stats

600km

1,850m - 3,200m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • If you are looking to stay in the Three Valleys on a budget
  • A lot of the accommodation is ski in / out
  • New outlying parts of the resort are much more aesthetically pleasing than the resort centre
  • Good local slopes on La masse, relatively crowd free and quick links to Val Thorens
  • A few excellent mountain restaurants

Cons

  • Centre of the resort is domoninated by big, dreary apartment blocks
  • Lower slopes get dangerously crowded and are over exposed to the sun
  • Not much to do off the slopes
  • A lot of the bars lack any atmopshere and have a real British feel

Les Menuires Resort Restaurants

In Reberty the piste side Ferme is very popular for its food, atmosphere and good-value meals should you want a night away from your ski chalet. Les Menuires also has The K (Hotel Kaya) which is a fabulous gourmet option. Other excellent options include the Trattoria and the Perdrix Blanche for pizza and the friendly Couchette and hugely popular Vieux Grenier in Les Bruyeres.

Les Menuires Mountain Restaurants

There are some excellent mountain restaurants which you can explore as an alternative to your ski chalet. Les Menuires' current favourite is the Grand Lac - a big chalet in a fine spot at the bottom of the Granges chair, half way to St-Martin which offers huge portions, great value and friendly service. There are also plenty of piste-side places which are hugely popular on the upper fringes of the village.

Les Menuires Apres Ski

Chouette at Les Bruyeres is a particular favourite for close-of-play beers before returning to your ski chalet. Les Menuires also has plenty to offer in terms of Apres ski in some of its smaller resorts - The Medz'ery at Preyerand is extremely friendly and later on does after dinner cabaret which is enjoyed by many.

Les Menuires Nightlife

The Chouette at Les Bruyeres is a good place to go for apres-ski beers or vin-chaud and sometimes has live music. Alternatively you could just go for a drink at one of the chalets. Les Menuires is not renowned for nightlife so you need to seek it out.

Les Menuires Resort Map

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