While in the past Les Menuires has had a reputation as an example of the worst trends in French Alpine architecture, it is increasingly growing into its appearance. It is highly popular with British visitors and suits both 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 favouring it more and more as an affordable option compared to Courchevel and Meribel. The core of the resort is La Croisette, a horseshoe of 1960s and 1970s built apartment blocks plus an underground shopping mall with a gondola and fast chairlift into the heart of the slopes of the Three Valleys. La Croisette has been reclad and revitalised somewhat. Recent development has added various suburbs to the original core, and a second lift base across the mountainside at Les Bruyeres.