With over 600 kilometers of runs and more than 50,000 meters of vertical drop, Les Menuires is one of the unsung resorts in Les 3 Vallées. Add to that its family plus label, it’s the perfect base for adrenalin seekers and families alike. There are lots of new openings in resort this year from restaurants, chalets to special family packages. Here are some of the ones we’re most excited about.
New Event: This year is the first year of the Yeti Race, an endurance challenge comprising of 20kms of trail running on snow. On March 13, teams of two will take up the challenge, which tests competitors, various skills, including orienteering, precision, strength, agility and endurance. It’s 130euros to enter and this includes two-night accommodation, race bibs and a ski pass for the Saturday.
New Restaurant: The new Gwladys Gros’ restaurant in the Preyerand district of Les Menuires is run by Gwladys, who is a local with a passion for pastries. She trained with chefs such as Pierre Hermé, and this is her first solo venture. She took over a former late night bar and transformed it into a daytime venue. Dishes include baked eggs with Bonneval blue cheese, crispy Savoie cheese parcels with salad, French marrowbone beef stew, and seven-hour leg of lamb… For those with a sweet tooth, try the blueberry tart, while taking in the view over La Masse from the sunny terrace.
Chalet Iselime**** Looking for a chalet for a large group? Then this four star chalet in the Preyerand district is perfect. The four apartments accommodate between 8-10 people, with enough personal space to allow for time out from the group. There’s a wood burning stove in the living room, a sauna in each apartment and free Wi-Fi. From 1,450€ per week for 8 people.
Chalet Natalia**** If a functional doorstep skiing experience is your thing then this is the chalet for you. Situated in the upper part of Reberty 200 the chalet has 27 contemporary style apartments with panoramic views over LA Pointe de la Masse, there’s also a sauna and steam room. From 826€ per week for 4 people
L’Ecurie – A renovated former farm, in Villarabout, just 1 kilometer from St Martin, the owners Alpine Club have gone to great trouble to painstakingly restore this chalet and preserve its history. Much of the original woodwork and flooring remain and have been combined with contemporary furnishings to provide a family home feel. L’Ecurie can sleep up to eight guests. Each of the four bedrooms has a private bathroom. Breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner are all included in the price as well as transport to and from the slopes. From 11,900euros per week.
Chalet Polaris – Set right in the heart of the old village, this new build chalet has a spacious living room and five bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and can accommodate up to 11 people.
Chalet Home by U – From the outside these semi detached chalets are totally in keeping with the resort architecture, constructed of local stone and wood. Inside though it’s a different story, with Scandinavian design, bare concrete floors and vintage furnishings. Paintings by Fanny Vanoye and photos by Helene Carron adorn the walls, complementing the beautiful pieces of furniture by Dado Robino. Nothing’s been forgotten in this chalet, which houses a vast living room with an open fire, kitchen, five bedrooms with private bathrooms. A spa area with sauna, shower and massage table as well as a ski room with boot warmers. From 3,500 to 8,500€ per week
New resort offers
Trappers in love - includes Les 3 Vallées ski passes, a snowshoe session, dinner in a yurt, dog sledding…. and 7 nights’ accommodation in a 4 star tourism residence. From 1,398 € per week for 2 people
Skiing for dummies - Ski lessons, ski equipment rental, accommodation and ski guide for dummies; everything you need to learn and have fun. And if you decide it’s not for you after 2 days, we’ll give you your money back. From 349€ per week and per person or your money back (subject to terms and conditions).
Senior skiers – Skiing with friends doesn’t have an age limit! With this in mind, Les Menuires has come up with an offer for senior skiers: 4**** slope side hotel with spa, 6-day 3 Vallées ski pass, snowshoe session and a bottle of wine thrown in to enjoy amongst friends! 1,599€ per person for a week on half-board € basis.
Easy baby pack – As proud bearers of the Family Plus label, Les Menuires has put together an Easy Baby pack. Comprising apartment accommodation, Les 3 Vallées ski passes, ski equipment rental for 2 adults, 6 half-days at the child-care centre, one aqua-babies swim session and a baby kit (pushchair or toboggan, cot and high chair), the aim of the pack is to help families enjoy stress-free, quality time together in the mountains! From 1,279 € per week for 2 adults and 1 baby
For more info go to http://en.lesmenuires.com