The Three Valleys in France: Photo Essay

| March 30, 2012 | 32 Comments

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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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Wow, so beautiful :-) I particularly love the second one!

  2. Laurence says:

    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 :)

  3. Ali says:

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

  4. Andrea says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    I love the third photo. Great effect.

  6. Stefania May says:

    The photo of the ski village is so lovely,it makes you want to wrap sit and watch the people go by with a mulled wine

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

  8. 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 says:

      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.

  9. 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 says:

      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.

  10. Angela says:

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

  11. What a gorgeous place to hit the slopes!

    • Cole says:

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

      • 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 says:

          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!

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

  13. 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 says:

      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 :)

  14. cheryl says:

    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. :)

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

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