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RESORT OPENING TIMES LES 3 VALLÉES SKI LIFT CONNECTIONS OPENING DATE 10th December 2016 RESORT OPENING AND CLOSING DATES COURCHEVEL 10th December 2016 - 23rd April 2017 LA TANIA 10th December 2016 - 17th April 2017 MERIBEL 10th December 2016 - 23rd April 2017 BRIDES-LES-BAINS 16th December 2016 – 14th April 2017 LES MENUIRES ST MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE 10th December 2016 - 21st April 2017 VAL THORENS

26th November 2016 - 1st May 2017

ORELLE 26th November 2016 - 1st May 2017

LES 3 VALLEES SKI LIFT CONNECTIONS CLOSING DATE 23rd April 2017 SKI GUARANTEE: THE PROMISE OF SKIING ON THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF INTERCONNECTED SKI RUNS IN EUROPE Les 3 Vallées is committed to offering the best skiing conditions in Europe. More than 2,200 snowmaking machines covering 49% of the ski area guarantee you the highest number of interconnected ski runs open for your use, or your money back! With our Ski Guarantee, the ski area promises to provide you with a credit note for any unused days during the validity of your ski pass (for 6 days or more, bought online, from the Central Bookings Office, through an accommodation provider or tour operator) if any other European ski area has more ski runs open than Les 3 Vallees due to lack of snow.

















Les 3 Vallees is simply snowsports and skiing joy. With 600 kilometres of inter-connected doorstep ski runs in the Savoie region, it provides hours of non-stop snowsports in 8 different resorts, from the most prestigious to the most family friendly. There’s every kind of skiing in Les 3 Vallées! Chic skiing in Courchevel, France’s most prestigious resort and one of the most renowned in the world Fun skiing in La Tania with its mountain village atmosphere and doorstep skiing through the forest Traditional skiing in Méribel, an elegant, cosy, traditional chocolate-box resort nestling amidst fir trees Well-being skiing in Brides-les-Bains, a renowned thermal year-round resort served by a gondola lift Family skiing in Les Menuires, voted Family Resort of The Year at the 2015 World Snow Awards Intimate skiing in the authentic village of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville Passionate skiing in Val Thorens, twice voted Best Resort in the World at the World Ski Awards and the highest resort in Europe Serene skiing in Orelle, an unspoilt village resort just a stone’s throw from Italy and the Fréjus Tunnel And of course, amazing skiing throughout Les 3 Vallées! Covering a surface area similar to the size of Paris (more than 105km2), there is unquestionably plenty on offer suit both die-hard and beginner skiers. With 85% of the runs situated above 1,800 metres, and boasting 328 runs, 25 summits and 6 glaciers, Les 3 Vallées enjoys optimal snow cover throughout the season, spanning the Tarentaise and Maurienne regions, making it a truly exceptional ski area.




Les 3 Vallées ski area’s reputation comes from a number of ground-breaking new resort developments that reinforce its standing as “the best ski area in the world”. In Val Thorens, the resort slope maintenance team has created the Ski Flux system to inform skiers in real time about how busy the ski runs are. This new system, the first of its kind in France, let’s you see how many skiers there are on the runs and is a great tool to help avoid over crowded areas. Ski Flux was tested on the Grand Fond sector where six giant screens were installed at the top and bottom of the ski lifts. Specific information will also be sent out in real time including the different levels of snow on the runs, geo-located weather forecasts and itinerary advice so that skiers have all the information they could possibly need to make every day the best of the season! Courchevel and the ESF French Ski Schools are pulling out all the stops for the new season! A dedicated ‘handiski’ area has been created in the Pralong quarter, which is known for its ease of access, drag-lifts and specially adapted chair lifts. Twelve instructors have been trained to help skiers with different physical impairments learn how to ski. The ESF French Ski School is also rolling out “last-minute” sessions. You no longer need to arrive for your ski lesson at a fixed time; instructors are now available all day to fit in with your preferred slot in the timetable. Finally, the largest ski kindergarten in France has been built by Courchevel 1850’s ESF French Ski School for the coming season. 50,000m2 of cabins, fun zones and specially decorated ski runs will keep your little darlings busy all day long. In association with Les Pierres Plates restaurant situated at the La Saulire summit, Méribel is offering a brand new First Track activity. Every Wednesday morning, a small group of skiers will have the opportunity to take part in a unique experience: climbing to 2,738 metres to admire a magnificent sunrise with breath-taking panoramic views. After a good breakfast, participants will then enjoy exceptional skiing on a freshly groomed run. This must be pre-booked. Les Menuires is making life easier for skiers by reorganising its digital ski pass sales outlets (tablets & ticket machines). The process will be made easier for clients with the addition of three ticket machines stationed outside the front of La Croisette’s sales outlet, making it possible to purchase ski passes 24hrs a day. Between the 11th and the 18th of February 2017, the village of Brides-les-Bains will be going all British. It’s set to welcome special visits from a brewer to share his love of beer, a British comedian, and a tribute band specialising in classics hits from across the channel. It’s UK-style apres ski in France.




Les 3 Vallées is a record-breaking ski area! With 18 Michelin stars across 12 different gastronomic restaurants, never before has skiing been such a delight to the taste buds! Val Thorens, Courchevel, Méribel, La Tania and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville are all home to at least one Michelin star restaurant; such a high concentration of excellence has never been seen before in a ski area. Gastronomy reaches its peak at La Bouitte (Saint Marcel, a hamlet near Saint Martin de Belleville) where René and Maxime Meilleur (whose surname means ‘the best’ in French, and which has never been so fitting), achieved the height of perfection in 2015 when they were awarded their 3rd Michelin star (they are one of only two mountain restaurants in Europe to have 3 stars!). In their pretty mountain chalet, this father and son team revamp typical Savoyard dishes, adding a touch of elegance and precision. Refusing to be a slave to the latest trends, they strive to offer their own delicious gourmet cuisine. A few turns down the road, Courchevel is another hothouse for major chefs with three restaurants boasting two Michelin stars (Michel Rochedy and Stéphane Buron’s Le Chabichou, Pierre Gagnaire’s Les Airelles and Yannick Alleno’s Le 1947) and four restaurants with one Michelin star (Jean-André Charial’s Le Baumanière 1850, Jean-Rémi Caillon’s Le Kintessence, Gatien Demczyna’s Le Montgomerie and François Moureaux’s l’Azimut, a finalist in the 2015 ‘Bocuse d’Or’ chef championships). Moving back down Courchevel Valley, your taste buds will lead you to the gourmet aromas of Le Farçon (one Michelin star) in La Tania, where Julien Machet revisits traditional homecooked recipes using products made just for him by small producers – his ‘la tomme de terre’ is delicious! A delight in simplicity, the service is impeccable and friendly, leaving the stomach and the soul equally nourished. It’s affordable too: a 3-course lunch menu is 38€ and a 4 course evening menu is 62€ Still hungry? Laurent Azoulay’s L’Ekrin (one Michelin star) at the Le Kaïla hotel welcomes foodies right at the heart of Méribel. Trained under Pierre Gagnaire, Azoulay learned everything from rigour to precision in order to make dishes worthy of his cooking master. Finally, it’s only fitting that you find the top rung Michelin-starred Chefs in Europe in the highest resort in Europe! Jean Sulpice has become a master of the art of revisiting dishes by adding his own personal touch: using plants native to Savoie. A taste sensation in search of new flavours, his dishes are simple: tartiflette, soft-boiled egg… but once you try them, you realise they have nothing in common with the dish you know. You don’t just come by 2 Michelin stars by accident. A few metres away, prodigy Jérémy Gillon offers gourmet cuisine and discovery cuisine at L’Epicurien (one Michelin star). Through his travels, Jérémy Gillon has drawn on the very best culinary influences.





Les 3 Vallées ski area doesn’t neglect beginners by which we mean amateur skiers who aren’t yet skiing independently! After several “3 Vallées Easy Rider” schemes aiming to teach an entire family or snowsports class to become skiing aces in a single season topped off by taking part in the famous 3 Vallées Enduro event in April, the ski area is going even further to cater for beginner skiers. Every beginner zone can now be identified by the new Easy Rider logo. It’s a good way to avoid the risk of getting ski runs mixed up and finishing up your gentle excursion on a black run! Beginners can follow the pink signs when they get off the ski lift to take a gentle route, at their own pace before they become real skiing pros. The graphic logo will be a quality label shared across Les 3 Vallées in order to guide and help beginners according to their individual ability level. An Easy Rider ski pass will also be available in every resort in the ski area! The ski area is almost perfectly divided between beginners’ runs (50% green and blue) and runs suited to more experienced skiers (50% red and black). Beginners can even ski across the entire 3 Vallées ski area in complete safety! For the less confident, ESF French Ski School instructors in every resort will accompany beginners during their first forays on the slopes and guide them to the most beautiful parts of the mountains. Les 3 Vallées is great for beginners, with runs that are 30% wider than average, minimal waiting times at the ski lifts thanks to cutting-edge high-tech, high-comfort equipment, not to mention high quality snow and a good flow of skiers around the runs due to the sheer size of the area.

THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHAMPIONS With 10 500 hectares of runs spanning the ski area, it is a paradise for snowsports lovers. Les 3 Vallées has witnessed the rise of major ski champions, who started out in local sports clubs: Alexis Pinturault (Courchevel), Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, Olympic/World Skicross Champion (Val Thorens), Phil Lau, World Telemark Champion (Méribel) and his brothers Chris and Sven. In addition, alpine skiers Adrien Théaux (Val Thorens), Taïna Barioz (Courchevel) and Anne-Sophie Barthet (Courchevel), Chloé Trespeuch - snowboardcross (Val Thorens), Vincent Jay (Les Menuires) - biathlon and many more! They have all received medals at the World Championships, World Cups and Olympic Games.




Whether you’re an expert in freerando, downhill skiing off the beaten track or ski-touring, Les 3 Vallées remains the preferred playground for lovers of discovery and communion with nature. Ski far from the groomed slopes in search of local wildlife: chamois goats, foxes, snow hares, white partridges, ibexes, marmots and more. In Courchevel, there’s a real craze for ski touring. After launching a night-time race in 2010 in stages open to everyone and creating the first run equipped for ski touring with over 1,000 metres of vertical drop, today Courchevel continues to cater for ski tourers of all abilities. Courchevel 1850’s ESF French Ski School offers ski touring sessions at sunrise so skiers can enjoy the serenity of the runs before they officially open. The Courchevel Mountain Guides Office also offers 2-hour introductory ski touring sessions. Setting off from La Tania, clipped into ski touring skis, the crests of Rocher de la Loze await ‘free randonneurs’. The views over Méribel, Courchevel and the La Saulire massif are a just reward for the effort required before making this fantastic descent! Taking the gondola lift up from La Tania will considerably shorten the journey time for those less keen on climbing. Méribel is also establishing itself as a ski touring specialist with a number of events dedicated to the activity: *the Vertical French Cup will take place in the resort on the 11th and 12th of December, *the Individual and Sprint French Championships on the 14th and 15th of January 2017, when thigh muscles will be feeling the burn! A number of night-time sessions are also held throughout the season: *Le Refuge du Christ on the 17th of January, *L’Arpasson and Le Roc de Fer on the 31st of January, *Côte 2000 on the 21st of February, *La Nocturne de Plan des Mains on the 4th of April … Demanding itineraries open to the general public, rounded off by a meal and mulled wine before skiing back down lit by head-torches. Every Wednesday evening, Val Thorens pioneers will take you on an exploration of the resort via a ski touring session through its high-altitude area. Mulled wine and French onion soup at the Chalet de la Marine will warm you up before you ski back down beneath the stars. In Orelle, located in the “4th Valley”, Maurienne guides are shining a spotlight on “freerando”. After taking a quick assessment of skier ability levels (lessons are available one-on-one or in small groups of up to 6), guides will lead ski tourers on foot or using sealskins to unspoilt mountain spots with long, wild descents. Daring skiers can take a 300 metre altitude climb to the Gebroulaz glacier, which leads to a descent through a splendid glacial setting, before spending a night in a mountain refuge. For further information, visit Les 3 Vallées ESF French Ski School offers introductory ski touring packs in all resorts throughout the ski season.




AS WELL AS LES 3 VALLEES, YOU CAN ALSO SKI IN JAPAN, AUSTRALIA AND IN THE USA Thanks to a a reciprocal agreement, Les 3 Vallées® has partnered with the resorts of Shiga Kogen (Japan) and Mount Buller (Australia) and Vail Resorts in the USA (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City, Canyons, Heavenly, Keystone, Afton Alps, Kirkwood, Northstar, Rockresorts, Grand Teton Lodge Company, Mt Brighton and Wilmot Mountain). Skiers who purchase a Les 3 Vallées season pass can enjoy the following, totally free of ch arge: MOUNT BULLER (Australia) – 3 days SHIGA KOGEN (Japoa) – 3 days VAIL RESORTS (USA) – 3 x 2 days PARADISKI – 2 days TIGNES-VAL D’ISERE – 2 days

THE ALPINE SIGNATURE SUPERPASS For the first time ever, the 3 legendary French ski areas, Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and TignesVal d’Isère are now offering a unique ski pass. 5 glaciers, 391 ski lifts, more than 1,300 km of ski runs and an exceptional offer! This Superpass is available from all resort sales outlets at the following price: 6 days: €348 7 days: €398 8 days: €448 For more information, go to:




3 - GREAT DEALS LES 3 VALLEES PARTY, LES 3 VALLÉES IS COMING TO A PLACE NEAR YOU The 3 Vallées Party has become the ‘must go to’ get together of the autumn. In Lyon and Brussels, Les 3 Vallées celebrates skiing in grand style! Croziflette, Savoyard cheese, DJs, singers and musicians from the Folie Douce will set the stage alight. There will be snow, fir trees, photobooths, puffa jackets, goggles and lots of goodies to win all night long as stunning venues. Two wild nights in a mountain atmosphere welcome the largest ski area in the world’s biggest fans. Folie Douce lovers and clubbers can get down to the reverb of the music, close their eyes and imagine themselves in the mountains of Les 3 Vallées! In Paris, the BMW Brand Store on Avenue George V will host a snow-themed evening where 3 Vallées professionals will meet journalists and key partners to reveal their new developments for 2016-2017!

SKI IN STYLE IN LES 3 VALLEES Les 3 Vallées fans can now show who they support! Baseball caps, beanies and boxer shorts are now available from Les 3 Vallées online store. A bang on-trend limited collection for men, women and children so you can ski or just hang out, proudly wearing your Les 3 Vallées team colours! Skiers from the largest ski area in the world have now got their very own clothing range so they can hit the slopes in style! Buy the Les 3 Vallees range by visiting





A forerunner in digital technology, Les 3 Vallées has launched a new innovation: the most detailed piste map in the world - Les 3 Vallées in 3D powered by Fatmap. Les 3 Vallées is pushing the bar even higher in terms of mapping standards, with a map that allows you to discover, prepare and explore the largest ski area in the world.


A combination of high definition images and digital models of the terrain makes for breath taking browsing on your computer or smart phone allowing you to explore the mountains before you’ve even skied them. Explore the mountains before you ski them. ....






With an innovation as revolutionary at Les 3 Vallees in 3D powered by Fatmap, the main website has been redesigned to focus on the concept. Built around the digital 3D map, the new website let’s you see the position of resorts in the ski area, accompanied by descriptive information plus access live data such as ski area web cams. This will allows visitors to see the amount of snow on the slopes, the number of skiers on runs and so on. The site and this 3D .....




Geotagged photos posted on Instagram and Twitter, straight from the ski runs and using the #3Vallees hashtag, will appear in real-time on the new 3 Vallées 3D map on the website. This lets you see honest up-to-the-minute snow conditions, weather, etc. as the photos are posted by skiers themselves! #nofilter

«3 VALLEES SELFIE», SHARE YOUR BEST MEMORY ! Always at the cutting edge of innovation, Les 3 Vallées is reinventing the postcard! For this winter, six “3 Vallées Selfie” spots have been installed around the ski area. An amazing first, take an XXL selfie of yourself, close-up… and from a distance!! No need to stretch out your arm, twist your neck and press the button at the same time any more. Activate the system using your smartphone, look at the camera set up 200 metres away in the mountains, smile and have your photo taken! A few seconds later, an expandable “3 Vallées Selfie” will be sent to your phone: from a close-up portrait, the selfie expands to a stunning landscape at the heart of the summits.





This classic event is celebrating its 15th birthday this year! The 3 Vallées Enduro is the leading event for skiers in April. In teams of three, amateur skiers tackle special, unusual and fun challenges, then gather together around a huge Savoyard buffet at the heart of the ski area before a prize-giving worthy of Christmas in April! The aim is simple: earn the highest number of points in each challenge to become the overall winner. Starting at Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle, teams accumulate points over around ten special challenges including the double big air bag, freeride, skicross, Family Schuss, boardercross, Liberty schuss, Giant Freestyle, 3-people descent and photocall. Competitors can ski, snowboard or Telemark their way through the challenges in no precise order and with one sole condition: to have a great time! What better way to have a fun day with the family or friends in Les 3 Vallées on skis, snowboards or Telemark skis than an enduro event tackling the vastness of the ski area! This rally lets you discover Olympic disciplines and try out competition conditions in order to win one of a number of prizes. Ski breaks in partnering resorts are up for grabs, as well as 40,000€ of prizes! Every year, the biggest 3 Vallées champions attend the event: Alexis Pinturault, Adrien Théaux, Chloé Trespeuch, Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, Phil Lau, Taïna Barioz and many more! They support amateur skiers on the slopes, at the prize giving, during the refreshments and throughout the day in the various 3 Vallées resorts, sharing their enjoyment of skiing with competitors all the way through to the prize ceremony. It’s an opportunity for fans to come and take photos with and test themselves against the best skiers in the world. Every year 1,500 skiers assemble at the start of the 3 Vallées Enduro. The bonus? 3€ per registration fee is donated to the French League Against Multiple Sclerosis. Doing something worthwhile and having fun at the same time is the 3 Vallées way.


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In the first gentle warmth of spring, snow becomes soft and easy to glide on. From 9am in the morning, the first skiers can enjoy dreamy weather conditions in the ski area. Fabulous skiing, runs overflowing with snow and blazing sunshine - it’s the winning trio for the perfect time in the mountains. And of course, getting a sun tan is easy. Then there’s amazing entertainment... Whilst Les 3 Vallées treats you like a prince from the start of the season to the end of February, from the beginning of March to the end of the season, you’ll be treated like a king! Spring skiing is the best skiing. Les 3 Vallées resorts boast a number of offers for skiing in these conditions! Spring is also the season when nature starts to wake up. Les 3 Vallees ESF French Ski School instructors are happy to take enthusiastic students to prime locations to show them the flora and fauna. This means visitors can have a special mountain experience thanks to ski instructors who are passionate about their ski area and who are just waiting for you to ask them to show you their secret and favorite locations.



SKI PASS PRICES 1-day adult 3 Vallées ski pass (high season): €60.00 1-day child (5/12 years) 3 Vallées ski pass (high season): €48.60 6-day adult 3 Vallées ski pass (high season): €294.00 6-day child (5/12 years) 3 Vallées ski pass (high season): €238.10

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6-day FAMILY PASS (2 parents + 2 children min, under the age of 18): €238.10/ person. 6-day TRIBU PASS 6 (3 skiers or more, passes bought and paid for together): €279.00/ person. 6-day DUO PASS (2 skiers - passes bought and paid for together): €284.00/ person.

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8 resorts: Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle Some 600 km of ski-in/ski-out interconnected ski runs, from beginners’ slopes to vertiginous corridors A snowsports paradise covering 105 km2 (10 500 hectares) 166 modern high-performance ski lifts 2, 286 snowmaking machines: 1/3 of the ski area is equipped with artificial snow 70 piste groomers for 1,519 hectares of groomed runs Minimum skiing altitude: 1,300 metres Maximum skiing altitude: 3,230 metres 85% of the ski area situated above 1,800 metres 328 Alpine ski runs: 55 green, 131 blue, 107 red and 35 black 120 km of cross-country ski trails 25 accessible summits, including 10 above 2,500 metres and 6 glaciers 35 000 hectares of nature 62 000 metres of combined vertical drop 1,500 ski lift staff 2,000 ESF French Ski School instructors



GETTING TO LES 3 VALLEES 1 TGV, Thalys and Eurostar train station (40 direct trains every Saturday) 2 altiports-helipads (Courchevel, cleared of snow in winter, and Méribel) 1 helipad (Val Thorens) Numerous dropping zones (DZ) spread across the whole ski area Website: BY RAIL: High-speed trains from Paris Gare de Lyon and other French stations (Brest, Le Havre, Lille, Nantes, Versailles, Poitiers, Tours, Quimper, Rennes, Rouen...) stop at a number of local train stations including Albertville, Chambéry and Moûtiers. The train is an ideal way to get to our resorts. SNCF train information: tel. 36 35 (within France) // Eurostar: London-Moûtiers: weekly return journeys on Saturdays. Thalys: Departing from Antwerp and Brussels in Belgium and from Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Weekly return journeys on Saturdays Bus transfers to the resorts are available from Moûtiers: BY CAR: Coming from the Rhône-Alpes region, Grenoble or Chambéry, take the A41 or A43 motorway. Then head towards Albertville for the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Brides-les-Bains, Méribel, Les Menuires, Saint-Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens, and take the A430. Continue on the A43 to Orelle heading towards the Fréjus tunnel. This motorway route is on the AREA network. Non-toll dual carriageway section of the N90 between Albertville and Moûtiers before routes to the various resorts. For your information: Journey time from Chambéry - Moûtiers (76.9 km) is 55 minutes. Journey time from Grenoble - Moûtiers (107.1 km) is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Please note, these times are a guide and do not take into account congestion which may arise from busy winter traffic. To find out rates, subscription charges and driving conditions, visit the Rhône-Alpes motorway site Please note: during the winter, you are strongly advised to equip your vehicle with snow chains or winter tyres. BY AIR: Access is possible from the following airports: Lyon St Exupéry (, Geneva (, Chambéry ( and Grenoble ( Regular bus transfers to resort: (Lyon/Chambéry/Genève)



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