Bouquetin, the new chairlift replacing Plattières 3
Bye bye to the vintage bubbles of Plattières 3, and hello to Bouquetin, a brand new chairlift! With skis on your feet and a comfortable seat, you’ll love our new 6-person chairlift: in just 2 minutes, you’ll be at the top, admiring the view from the Mont de la Challe plateau before heading down the slopes towards Les Menuires or Saint Martin de Belleville. Also accessible to pedestrians, the descent of the Couloir du Bouquetin definitely has the ‘wow factor’!
Upgrading the Brides Les Bains > Méribel gondola
The gondola that serves Brides les Bains, Les Allues, Le Raffort and Méribel Centre has been in service since 1992 and is being upgraded. No more squishing into a back-to-back bubble: step inside easily and sit down on one of the 6 face-to-face seats.
For those who don’t know it, the Raffort trail is a hidden gem; a rarely-skied blue trail which is perfect for a forest adventure, and now with a quick and comfortable ride back to Méribel.
Orelle > Val Thorens : the new lift
Exciting news from the Maurienne side of the 3 Valleys! Inaugurated in 1995, the 3 Vallées Express in Orelle is being completely replaced by a new 10-seater lift.
This new 3 Vallées Express lift will allow you to link back to the 3 Valley pistes in under a quarter of an hour. Also accessible from the A43 road (just 6km to Orelle from the turn off), skiers will be able to enjoy the new infrastructure such as the 450-space car park, changing rooms and lockers… Destination Cime Carron - Val Thorens A new lift will also be opening in Val Thorens: leaving from Plan Bouchet, you will whizz up to the magnificent Cime Carron in just a few minutes on the 10-seater gondola. A new way to ride to the iconic summit of the 3 Valleys, at more than 3000m altitude.
La Masse in Les Menuires in 8 minutes !
Gone are the days of 25 minutes to get to the top, jumping into a moving lift and long queues... The La Masse area of Les Menuires will have a new 10 seater gondola, more than 3km long and accessible to skiers and pedestrians alike. Don’t miss this new lift on your next trip to the 3 Valleys: from the summit, the view over the Belleville Valley and the Vallon du Lou is superb. This new gondola will give access to the slopes previously served by the Lac Noir and Rocher Noir chairlifts which were removed this summer.
The Eclipse Challenge
The stage on which the Alpine Skiing World Championships will be played out in 2023: the new black run ‘Eclipse’ opens this winter for all you aspiring champions! To experience an eclipse is to become aware of the power and beauty of nature. Along the entire three kilometres of this black run, you’ll feel the same sense of marvel. On the start-line, you’ll need to steady your nerves as you contemplate the slopes which averages 30%. After launching into your descent, you’ll head straight for the forest, where, all of a sudden, the sun disappears…
A challenging few minutes of flying down the 940m vertical descent and you’ll arrive at the finish line, victorious, in the heart of the village of Courchevel Le Praz, where you’ll bask once again in the warmth of the sunshine and the feeling of pride, having conquered the Eclipse. Sharpen your skis and your senses to discover this new piste which is set to become an integral part of the history of Courchevel.
Tunnel & Footbridge
With the Roc de Fer tunnel, you can make the most of the full ski area even when there’s a race happening! Thanks to this new addition, you can ski the fabulous Roc de Fer area with its iconic pistes even when the race champions are whizzing down the competition slope! And as for the footbridge, it will help skiers on the Raffort piste who are staying in the village or returning to Brides les Bains. You won’t need to go down then up the steps to access the Olympe gondola, you can simply walk straight across from the piste! An opportunity to (re)discover the new red runs which were opened last year: Daguet and Gypaète.
Vertical Experience - The steepest runs in Les 3 Vallées
At 38.6° at the steepest and with an average of 33°... You had better have nerves of steel when you commit to launching yourself down these two black runs! If you think you are ready to handle steep slopes, then head to the top of the iconic Saulire summit to try out the Grand Couloir (towards Courchevel) or the Couloir Tournier (towards Méribel): a sensational ride guaranteed!
What's new in the Freeride Lab ?
For the freeriders among you, Courchevel’s secure freeride sector keeps on growing… This season, no excuses for not practising your transceiver training: our new avalanche park is opening at the foot of the two ungroomed Freeride Lab pistes. How does it work? Access to the Freeride Lab is 20 minutes on foot or ski touring. Snap some photos beside the wooden installation and head off into the powder for a magical descent! At the bottom, take some time to learn or practice your avalanche rescue skills. Using your transceiver, probe and shovel, you can dig to find the beacons hidden beneath the snow. To train further, you can also specify the number of ‘victims’ to search for, and give yourself a time limit. Safety remains our upmost priority and this area is a great way to keep up with the training skills that could save lives.
Your smartphone need a pause? Recharge it on the slopes! Oh, how the cold weather zaps our phone batteries! No need to worry any longer about staying in touch with your nearest and dearest, sending sweet nothings or bombarding them with photos to make them jealous… We have installed kiosks with free smartphone chargers on the slopes of Courchevel and Méribel-Mottaret. Between two sunny pistes, you can now leave your smartphone in a secure box with a code of your choice and it will charge up, ready to capture those incredible mountain panoramas!
Pausing to admire the views Whether you need time out for a quick snack, to give your legs a rest, or just a moment of calm, a new space on the pistes of Courchevel Moriond has been created just for you ! Opposite the impressive ridgeline of the Brèche de la Portetta – the unusual rocky peaks that could have been borrowed from the Dolomites – this plateau area has been designed as a perfect spot for a break: picnic tables, giant wooden deckchairs, a new giant photo frame… Admire the beauty of the mountains and inhale the fresh mountain air, you deserve it after this strange year! The 3 Vallées' others not-to-be-missed spots
Méribel The ‘Cabane des Trappeurs’ (Trappers’ Hut) at the summit of Roc de Tougne, and the ‘Chalet Détente’ above the half-way station of the Saulire Express gondola.
Les Menuires The picnic spot at the top of the Roc 1 chairlift in Les Menuires or the sunny terrace at the ‘Pixel Area’
Val Thorens The piste-side chalets, for example beside Gentianes in Orelle or at the summit of the Moutière chairlift.
In the picture: photo frames Don’t visit the 3 Valleys without having your photo taken in one of the many photo frames dotted around the ski area. What’s new this winter? Six of the 12 frames have been decorated by the work of illustrator Lauriane MIARA. Simple, pure lines give her work a real feel of the mountains. We can’t wait to see your photos on social media!
Méribel Col de la Loze, summit of Roc de Fer, summit of Mont Vallon
Val Thorens Summit of Funitel 3 Vallées
Les Menuires Roc des 3 marches
Courchevel Summit of Signal
I love Courchevel An unmissable part of any Courchevel holiday: A photo on the huge wooden sculpture at the summit of La Saulire! With a stunning background of snowy peaks, it’s time to strike a pose for an epic memory of your ski trip in the Three Valleys. A perfect insta moment!
Hey Dad, what's that mountain called ? Even though you know the 3 Valleys like the back of your hand, you can’t always have an answer for everything. So that’s why we’ve put a panoramic map at the top of Saulire, to help you name all the surrounding mountains: Barre des Ecrins towards Briançon, Aiguilles d'Arves in the Maurienne, Mont Blanc’s Italian side... You’ll be able to spot them all as you ski! Located at the summit of the Pas du Lac gondola.
New on the 'Piste des animaux"
The Piste des Animaux is a hidden gem in the forest near the Altiport, accessible to all. The interactive zones dotted along this green run will help you discover the creatures hiding in the forest using your 5 senses: identify ibex tracks, listen to a marmotte’s call or feel the soft coat of the chamois… A perfect family-friendly activity!
The 'Friendly Natural Park" Visit this fun activity area in the iconic La Masse area of Les Menuires, created in partnership with the Vanoise National Park. Through fun animal-themed activities such as parallel slalom, the Frog Tunnel and hazards to avoid on the piste and a sunny terrace with fascinating facts, you’ll discover the protected wildlife living in France’s first national park.