10 ‘Must Try’ Experiences in The Three Valleys

Nestled amidst the stunning French Alps, the Trois Vallées, or Three Valleys, is a winter wonderland. The ski area promises an unforgettable vacation for snow enthusiasts. With its world-class ski resorts, breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary private luxury chalets and a plethora of winter activities that stretch beyond day-to-day skiing, this region offers something for everyone. 

This mountain range comprises three primary resorts: Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens, alongside smaller villages below Courchevel 1850 and lower than Meribel Centre. Also, the small quaint, picturesque hamlet of St Martin de Belleville.

Trois Vallées is a winter paradise that offers much more than just skiing. From thrilling adventures like dog sledding and toboggan runs to the serene beauty of first tracks at the summit of the Meribel valley (La Saulire) and the vibrant après-ski scene in Meribel and Courchevel. This region has it all.

Make your winter getaway truly unforgettable, there is so much to do beyond just skiing and relaxing in your private chalet, immersing yourself in the magic of Trois Vallées, where snow-capped mountains and unforgettable experiences await. 


Here’s The Chalet Edits pick of 10 ‘Must Try’ Experiences in The Three Valleys

Dog Sledding in St. Martin  Start your Trois Vallées adventure with a dash of excitement by embarking on a thrilling dog sled ride in St. Martin. Picture this: you’re bundled up in warm clothing, gliding through pristine snowscapes as a team of eager huskies pulls you along. The crisp mountain air and the serenity of the surroundings make this an unforgettable experience.

Le Cap Horn Restaurant, Courchevel 1850 – Le Cap Horn Restaurant in Courchevel 1850 is a pinnacle of fine dining in the Alps offering everything from Asian inspired dishes to delicious Italian pastas and traditional French fair. It is famous for its huge terrace where you can watch private aircraft come and go from the Altiport. The restaurant offers a culinary experience that combines gourmet cuisine with a cozy alpine ambiance and lively apres ski music. With its exquisite menu, world-class wine selection, and stunning mountain views, it’s a must-visit destination for those seeking the finest dining in the heart of the ski resort.

First Tracks at La Saulire – If you’re an early riser, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the sunrise from 2,738 meters above sea level. The restaurant Les Pierres Plates, located at the top of La Saulire, opens its doors to lucky skiers. This breathtaking experience lets you watch the first light of day paint the mountains in a glorious palette of colours – a truly magical start to your day.

La Cave des Creux, Courchevel – La Cave des Creux is a delightful restaurant nestled beside Courchevel’s private airport. It offers a fantastic spot for a sunny lunch. Indulge in the delectable alpine cuisine at one of the region’s most charming mountain restaurants. Try classics like fondue and raclette, or sample local Savoyard dishes. These hearty meals are the perfect way to refuel after a day on the slopes. While indulging in delicious local cuisine, you might be fortunate enough to witness a small aircraft taking off. Adding an unforgettable touch to your dining experience.

Apres-Ski at La Folie Douce in Meribel – After an exhilarating day on the slopes, it’s time to unwind and experience the legendary après-ski scene in Meribel. La Folie Douce is the place to be. This lively mountain restaurant transforms into an open-air nightclub during après-ski hours. It has live music, DJs, and dancers. Sip on mulled wine or hot chocolate, dance to the beats, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Toboggan Runs in Courchevel 1850 – For a dose of pure adrenaline, head to Courchevel 1850 and take on its thrilling toboggan runs. The run departs from the edge of the Tovets ski run in Courchevel (1850) and finishes in Courchevel Village (1550). These exhilarating descents twist and turn through the snow-covered forests, offering an adrenaline rush like no other. Access to the sled run from Courchevel 1550 is provided by the Grangettes gondola in Courchevel Village (1550). Open daily from : from 9am to 7:30pm. Simply hire a sledge from the local ski hire shop next to the top of the run.

Hot Air Balloon Over Courchevel: – Picture gliding over mesmerizing vistas of the 3 valleys in your private hot air balloon spotting mountain deer and other animals normally hidden from view. One of the most popular Courchevel activities and perfect for the whole family. Flights take off from the Altiport in 1850 and last approximately 60 minutes. This activity is always in the morning (approximately 9:00 to 12:00).

The Beeline Zipwire, Val Thorens – One of the most exciting activities to try in Val Thorens is the Bee Line 1800m double zipline. Soar through the mountainous landscape as you zip along this exhilarating zipline, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views and an adrenaline rush like no other. Pedestrians or skiers can easily access the zipwire at the top of the Moutière chairlift!

Snow Tubing in Val Thorens – Val Thorens offers this exciting winter activity – snow tubing. Climb aboard your inflatable tube and glide down specially designed snow tracks. It’s a delightful adventure for the whole family, combining speed and laughter in equal measure. 

Aquamotion, Courchevel 1650 – Aquamotion is the ultimate winter oasis, a sprawling aquatic center nestled in the heart of the Alps. This aquatic wonderland offers visitors a rejuvenating escape with its luxurious spa, thrilling water slides, and relaxing pools, making it the perfect après-ski retreat for those seeking relaxation and recreation.

We have a whole host of gorgeous Luxury Ski Chalets in Courchevel, Meribel, and St. Martin alongside a whole host of exclusive chalets and self-catered luxury apartments in the smaller villages around the region; so get in touch to plan your ultimate ski trip of a lifetime to the 3 valleys, we are always delighted to help.
Call:  +44 (0) 208 133 1130 
Written by Naomi Parfoot – Sales and Concierge Specialist at The Chalet Edit.
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