by Fiona Bell | 4th February 2024
Our Top 10 Ski Runs in the Three Valleys
by Fiona Bell | 10th March 2023
Les Trois Vallées, home to our catered chalets in La Tania and Le Praz, is a vast ski area with over 600km of piste and 339 downhill ski runs, making it the largest linked ski area in the world. The whopping 163 ski lifts gives you access to so much varied terrain, that the area is perfect for anyone from complete beginners, to distance-covering speed lovers and ski-touring powder hounds looking to get off the beaten track. It turns out it’s not easy to pick out just 10 of the best ski runs, there’s really too many to choose from, but here’s a shortlist of our many favourites!
1. Folyeres, La Tania (Blue)
Our favourite home run back to La Tania. Although some would consider it on the tricky end of the scale for a blue run, if you can catch the run first thing in the morning, it’s incredible. Tree-lined and undulating, Folyeres runs all the way down into the centre of La Tania. For those preferring an easier route back to your chalet, do not fear, Plan Fontaine is a more sedate green run which winds through the trees.
2. Cave de Creux, Courchevel (Red)
The hidden Courchevel gem! Usually missed by most, this run requires a quick turn off just above the altiport. The top half of the run is carving heaven with its more gentle gradient; the bottom section is a little steeper with sometimes trickier terrain, but for those who don’t fancy the challenge, there is the option to turn off onto the Altipole run which is a more gentle track through the trees.
3. Jerusalem, St Martin de Belleville (Blue)
Everyone’s favourite cruisy blue – a perfect choice for intermediate skiers! At over 2km long, Jerusalem is complete with natural rollers and spectacular views down the valley. At the bottom of the run, you have a choice of jumping on the St Martin Express to whisk you back to the top, or continue down towards the traditional village of St Martin. Don’t miss the turn off to La Loy, one of our favourite lunch spots – great food, cold beer and a terrace with beautiful views, perfect on a sunny day!
4. Suisse, Courchevel (Black)
Frequent grooming and a nice wide piste makes Suisse a great entry level black run for both skiers and boarders. Generally faced-paced and exhilarating, but flattens off towards the bottom to allow you to catch your breath. There’s some great terrain off the side of Suisse for those looking for something more technical; make sure you are properly prepared if you head off-piste, and always be aware of the avalanche risk.
5. Moraine, Val Thorens (Blue)
A long and wide open piste, with the perfect gradient for practising those sweeping carving turns. For those with the patience of a saint, take the painstakingly slow Col chair above the Moraine gondola to the top of the glacier for an even longer run down.
6. Combe du Vallon, Meribel Mottaret (Red)
Combe du Vallon is a spectacular run leading from the highest point in the Meribel Valley, at the peak of Mont Vallon standing at 2952m. It’s worth the trip to the top of the gondola just for the views! Combe du Vallon is considered the more challenging of the two runs down from Mont Vallon; the top section can often be moguled by midday but perfect for anyone looking for something more demanding. Great powder skiing is also never too far away; the north facing slope keeps the snow powdery for longer, especially when the warm sun hits later in the season.
7. Bouquetin, Les Menuires (Blue)
We couldn’t not include one of the long runs down from the top of Pointe de La Masse, one of the peaks towering above Les Menuires. Although somewhat exposed and often feels the wind, this is our favourite view in the whole of the Three Valleys. Bouquetins is the more leisurely descent option, but there’s plenty more on offer including the Covili red run, and Masse black if you so desire.
8. Chapelets, Courchevel (Red)
An often quieter run on the far side of Courchevel which heads down towards Moriond 1650. Offering uninterrupted views over towards Dent du Villard and the Vanoise glacier. Can be slightly technical in places when not freshly groomed, but these sections are short and nicely broken up for recovery time!
9. JN’Bee, Meribel (Blue)
A short but sweet run above Meribel Mottaret; a great option for a bit of excitement en route back to Courchevel from the other valleys. Built to mimic a mini boardercross, it undulates, twists and turns but without the steepness of the banks of the neighbouring boardercross – kids love it!
10. Jockeys, Courchevel (Black)
10. L’Eclipse, Courchevel (Black)
Jockeys was a long-standing favourite in Courchevel for those looking for a challenging run; particularly steep in parts, it was the perfect run for adrenaline seekers. Courchevel’s successful bid to host the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships however meant that a new and even more technical run was to be created, ready for the fastest race of them all: the Men’s Downhill. The new run was designed around the existing Jockeys run, and two years of re-landscaping later we were introduced to ‘L’Eclipse’, an official fixture for the Winter 2022/23 piste map. Starting just below the top of the Col de la Loze, at over 3km in length and with almost 1000m vertical descent, I think we can safely say this one is not recommended for the faint hearted…!
The run finishes in Le Praz, so why not stop at Les Peupliers for our favourite vin chaud whilst you’re there? Last one down is paying…
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There’s not much that Fiona doesn’t know about ski holidays. A catered chalet guest since the tender age of 3, she’s also done just about every job in resort. A mine of useful information, you can count on Fiona for recommendations, top tips and straightforward, no-nonsense advice.