While in the past Les Menuires has had a reputation as an example of the worst trends in French Alpine architecture, it has recently grown into its own both in appearance, as well as it's popularity among British visitors. The resort suits families and those looking for an affordable trip, though Val Thorens would be a better home for those looking for a lively evening.

Les Menuires has a better position in the Three Valleys than you might think. Set at 1850m, it provides great access to the Three Valleys ski area, with 600km of pistes and over 180 lifts available.

Les Menuires is a purpose-built resort, dominated by large apartment blocks, with about 60% of the visitors French, although Brits are favoring it more and more as an affordable option compared to Courcheval and Meribel. The core of the resort is La Croisette, a horseshoe of 1960s- and 1970s-built apartment blocks plus a claustrophobic underground shopping mall with a gondola and fast chairlift into the heart of the Three Valleys slopes. La Croisette has been reclad and revitalized somewhat. Recent development has added various suburbs to the original core, and a second lift base across the mountainside at Les Bruyeres. 

Pros

Speedy, mostly queue-free access to the huge Three Valleys area

Lots of slope-side accommodation, with road traffic well separated

Low prices by local standards

Distinct French atmosphere

Cons

Big, plain blocks and gloomy indoor shopping malls in the centre

Main intermediate and beginner slopes get a lot of sun

Some slopes can get very crowded

Resort Discounts

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Ski To Door
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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