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The Three Valleys in France: Photo Essay

A photo essay from the stunning Three Valleys Ski Resort high in the Savoie region in France.

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Skiing the Three Valleys in France

The Three Valleys are located in the Savoie region of France high in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Since it is so beautiful we wanted to share with you a handful of some of our photos from our recent skiing and snowboarding trip to the Three Valleys.

Enjoy!

Three Valleys Relaxing

When we grabbed our snowboards for our recent trip to the Three Valleys we knew that the ski area would be huge. We just didn’t realise how big it was actually going to be! I guess when you combine 8 ski fields into one it is going be GIGANTIC.

For example, we took the photo below from the far “skiers left” of Courcheval looking back over a small portion of Meribel. You can only see about half of Meribel. Now think of 8 of those and you have a very rough idea of the immense scale of the Three Valleys Ski Resort. All those peaks in the background are actually part of the ski area.

Three Valleys Sunset

At the base of all of the 8 ski fields within the Three Valleys they also have these gorgeous ski-in/ski-out villages. You can drive to the base of most of them but a handful were accessible only by chairlift. Especially the condos higher up the slopes. We even saw people skiing with bags full of washing!

Meribel Village

While we were snowboarding in the Three Valleys we were fortunate to not only have bluebird days like this but we also we received a small dusting of fresh powder on two  of the mornings. There is nothing like having fresh tracks during Spring as it is just so warm!

Three Valleys View

Just one of the many panoramic Three Valleys shots we took!

Ski Three Valleys

Looking from the peak of Courcheval down to the valley floor over 2 kms below our snowboards! One crazy, exhausting and leg numbing run!

Courcheval Three Valleys

With over 600 km’s of ski slopes we had to take a lot of breaks for delicious hot chocolates. It’s a pity that everything on the slopes is so expensive!

Hot Chocolate Three Valleys

Adjusting our gear before dropping into the next bowl of fresh powder…

Skiing 3 Valleys

Get holiday packages for your next trip to the Three Valleys.

Have you been to the Three Valleys? Did you love it as much as us?

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. EurotripTips

    March 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Wow, so beautiful 🙂 I particularly love the second one!

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Thanks! Have you ever been before?

  2. Laurence

    March 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Great photos – I love this ski resort. Love the hot chocolate and the shot looking at your skis! Only one thing (hope you don’t mind!).. the photo of Adele seems a touch dark, not sure what’s happened there 🙂

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Yea couldn’t lighten up the photo without degrading it too much. Not sure what went wrong with the settings there 🙂

  3. Ali

    March 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    That looks GORGEOUS!! Although I don’t think I’d ever actually attempt skiing there. And people skiing with their laundry? Hilarious!

    • Cole

      March 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      It was crazy that they were skiing around just holding onto their clothes in a big basket in front of them! Very impressive.

  4. Andrea

    March 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Wow – this takes my breath away. I’ve never been snowboarding (a bit afraid – I’m a little unco) but I would love to get out there in this scenery somehow.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      They have lots of snow shoeing and other activities there! And if you go to the snow then I would try skiing over snowboarding. It is WAY easier to get started with 🙂

  5. Laura

    March 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I love the third photo. Great effect.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Thanks Laura 🙂

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Totally Stef! It was so nice just chilling in the sun but with our hot chocolates rather than mulled wine.

  6. Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush

    March 31, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    I’m no skier but that second photo may have convinced me to give it a try! Gorgeous! Vive la France!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Just do it for the hot chocolates! 🙂

  7. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    March 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    It’s funny, I think I may have a slight prejudice against France (despite the fact that I’m like 25% French Canadian). For some reason, I always think of the country as offering little more than Parisian cafes (and snootiness) and the pastoral countryside of South France. Anyway, cool photos!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I have never understood how people cannot love France. We absolutely love everything (including the small Parisian cafes) and are planning a cycle trip around some of the areas. I guess we are just suckers haha.

  8. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    March 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Maybe it’s an American thing. I’ve heard first-hand stories from many Americans who visited France and found the hospitality there to be less than welcoming. Not sure if they fit the “ugly American” stereotype or what, but it has certainly colored my perception of the place. Europe in general doesn’t come up on my travel radar all that often anyway (Spain and Iceland are the only two countries in our Top 10 destinations list), and from what I’ve read France doesn’t offer a lot of ecotourism opportunities… But the mountains look amazing!

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Totally get where you are coming from in terms of Ecotourism. Trying not to offend anyone now but we have found that a lot of tourists, not just American’s, don’t even make an effort to learn a little bit of French or learn the local customs. It doesn’t take much to make a little bit of effort (this goes for every culture and country) and we have always found that by doing that we are welcomed in with open arms.
      We are off to Spain in July!! Can’t wait.

  9. Angela

    April 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Wonderful pictures! The snow scares me a bit, maybe because I come from the seaside, but it certainly gives beautiful views.

    • Cole

      April 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Well really it is only frozen water so it is just like being near the seaside 🙂

  10. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    April 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    What a gorgeous place to hit the slopes!

    • Cole

      April 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Thanks Stephanie! Are you a skier or snowboarder? Do you recommend anywhere else to go?

      • Stephanie - The Travel Chica

        April 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        I am a snowboarder, but I didn’t learn until about 4 years ago. So I’ve never actually snowboarded anywhere great. I went to Lake Tahoe several years ago, and that was the first time I skied on real mountains and real powder. Plus, it’s gorgeous!

        • Cole

          April 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

          Lake Tahoe is amazing and gorgeous! I have only driven through and haven’t snowboarded there unfortunately. Did spend a season at Mammoth Mountain though!

  11. D.J. - The World of Deej

    April 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Love the hot chocolate pic…looks like an awesome place:)

    • Cole

      April 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Cheers D.J. They were super expensive though I think like 6 Euros for 1!

  12. Courtney Mroch

    April 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Oh man, that hot cocoa looks SO yummy! THE perfect thing after hitting the slopes. Or to recharge while taking a break before going at them some more. Your photos are stunning, by the way. Thanks for letting me jaunt on your ski trip virtually like this!

    • Cole

      April 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      It was a shame that particular cafe on the mountain was so damn expensive! 6 euros per hot chocolate! Glad you enjoyed the photos and hope you can visit in real soon Courtney 🙂

  13. cheryl

    May 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Wow, such stunning scenery! I need to make my way to France as soon as possible. I’m not sure I’d ski or board but would love o walk or snowshoe. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Definitely get yourself to France Cheryl. If not for the scenery then just for the food 🙂

  14. Karin@yumandmore

    October 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Yup but only in the summer!
    Great hiking there and great cheese!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      We might be there this summer as we are moving to France for a year 😉

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Storing Extra Fuel

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California, United States.

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