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Adventures in France: Skiing the Three Valleys

Hitting the Three Valleys for an adventure travel skiing holiday in France will be one of the best decisions you ever make!

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Three Valleys Powder

Where to begin? Literally.

Skiing the Three Valleys, which is the largest ski field in the world is a little daunting. With over 600 km of runs and a combination of 180 ski lifts, the decision of where to begin your skiing adventure can be hard.

Skiing Three Valleys

Skiing the 3 Valleys

We spent 6 days skiing the Three Valleys and it feels as if we did not even scratch the surface of the impressive ski field.

So let me start at the beginning. There we were standing at the bottom of just one of the eight areas, the Meribel Valley, gazing up at the biggest ski field we had ever seen and pondering which chairlift to start with. At the time we thought that six days would be more than enough to explore the Three Valleys. How wrong we were.

As usual our decision-making process came down to a quick game of rock/paper/scissors. With rock trumping all and the first lift decided we were off.

I was buzzing with excitement and could not wait to get on my board and with every metre we ascended the view got even more impressive. Then the moment I had been eagerly awaiting had finally arrived. The feel of snow under my board, that first glorious carve and the wind in my hair as I sped down the first descent.

Three Valleys Powder

Skiing the Three Valleys

The first thing we noticed about skiing the Three Valleys was that the runs are long. Really long. Each run easily lasted ten minutes and we even took over half an hour to complete some of them! Needless to say we had a lot of hot chocolate breaks to rest our rubbery legs.

Hot Chocolate Three Valleys

Every run lead us to a new chairlift and every chairlift led us to even more breathtaking views. It really feels like the ski area goes on and on forever. The fact that you cannot get a view over the entire Three Valleys really enhances this feeling as every peak we went over led to a new area and adventure to explore.

The facilities in the Three Valleys are superb. The chairlifts and cable cars are really comfortable and the lines were not too long during our spring skiing adventure.

All abilities are catered for with a great choice of runs of which the majority are groomed daily. For the thrill seekers there are also a huge range of parks and boarder-cross areas that have features from beginners to experts.

One thing that is obvious when skiing the Three Valleys, is that the French take their Après-skiing very seriously. Every bar nestled along the many runs were packed with locals and tourists alike. And that is just to kick-start the evening. Off the ski field the parties just keep on going.

Apres Skiing Three Valleys

Even if you are not in the Three Valleys for adventure then you are well catered for. Each of the main villages including Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens boast an impressive range of first class shops, day spas, bars and restaurants all with price tags to match!

And the cafes and restaurants situated on the ski fields themselves are awesome. The food was delicious in that way that the French seem to have mastered. All of it far from the deep fried reheated muck that gets served up in the cafeteria style areas on ski fields back home. Leisurely ski lunches, if you can afford them, consist of three courses and wine seem to be the norm.

Not a bad way to ski really!

Lunch Three Valleys

Lunchtime while Skiing the Three Valleys

Overall a fantastic holiday destination for all levels of skiers. Just remember to come with a full wallet and expect it to empty fast.

Also remember that you have to get back to your hotel at the end of the day so be mindful not to venture too far afield. It took Cole and I over an hour to get back on the first day!

If you want to go skiing make sure you have good travel insurance sorted our first!

Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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28 Comments

  1. Laurence

    March 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    The Three Valleys really are an awesome place for skiing. Incredible views and endless runs to explore. I must get skiing again!

    • Cole

      March 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      It was amazing to say the least! Our legs were buggered after every run because there was just too much to explore haha.

  2. Natalie

    March 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I really would like to try skiiing sometime. We have some ski centres in Turkey but it is just plucking up the courage to do it. I think the above is a bit too complicated for me to start off as a beginner 🙂

    • Cole

      March 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      You would be fine Natalie! Just grab a half day lesson. And I definitely recommend skiing instead of snowboarding to begin with as it is quite a lot easier for your first time 🙂

  3. Ali

    March 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    I could barely handle the wimpy bunny slopes in the eastern US, there’s no way I could handle skiing here! It looks gorgeous though!

    • Cole

      March 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      It is an amazingly beautiful spot. They have loads of bunny slopes here as well so I am sure you will manage Ali!

  4. D.J. - The World of Deej

    March 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Being a Florida boy, I haven’t done much skiing, but I have had the itch to for a few years. This place looks simply awesome…

    • Cole

      March 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      This would be a great place to start but there are definitely a few places closer to home for you haha.

  5. John

    March 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Bring a picnic and you save the cost of those expensive in resort restaurants. In France look for Salles Hors Sac, where you can eat your picnic indoors. If it is a bluebird day then find a good spot, but remember to take your rubbish with you to the nearest bin. If you are on a budget don’t even consider shopping in resort. The only exception being if there is a market visits one day a week.
    But if money is no object, then treat yourself, you are on holiday!

    • Cole

      March 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Great tips John! We always take a picnic with us but do treat ourselves to the occasional hot chocolates haha.

    • Cole

      March 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      We will go again if you are keen 🙂

  6. Sam

    March 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Wow, fresh powder trails. So awesome.

    • Cole

      March 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Wasn’t much powder but it was a nice little surprise for us indeed!

  7. Cherina

    March 13, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    I’ve only tried skiing once and was kind of thrown in the deep end withou much instruction. I have always wanted to learn properly and I’ve heard that the Three Valleys is one the best places to go skiing. Those views look fantastic!

    • Cole

      March 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Apparently some of the instructors are the best in the world so I would highly recommend it. Plus they have runs for all abilities. Hope you get another chance to try it again Cherina!

  8. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    March 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Is it bad that I’m more excited by the hot cocoa than the skiing? I’ve actually never tried snow skiing (did a lot of water skiing as a kid) but it’s something I’d like to do at some point in my life. Don’t know if my legs could handle six days though!

    • Cole

      March 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Haha to be honest we get fairly excited about our hot cocoa breaks as well! I was born on water ski’s as well Bret and so skiing comes naturally to me. I am sure you would be awesome too 🙂

  9. Maria @latinAbroad

    March 20, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    I have always wanted to learn how to snowboard or ski – SO badly! Someday I’ll finally learn 😀 growing up in Puerto Rico and currently living in FL doesn’t help the cause! haha. This sounds like a great trip I would love to try these winter activities at.

    • Cole

      March 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      I don’t think that living it up close to the beach is such a bad lifestyle either Maria 🙂

  10. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    March 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    I am in Val Thorens right now! 🙂 I love the three valleys, it’s my second time here. Just stopped in Meribel for lunch today! We’re planning on doing a run from Val Thorens to Courchevel tomorrow, it’s going to be a long day!

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      The run from Meribel to Val Thorens was long enough! You are going to be sore after Courcheval to VT haha. Just remember you have to get back!

  11. Kieu

    March 23, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Gerard is really missing snowboarding season back home but were in Asia. Lol. I can barely get up on the bunny slopes but would love to try skiing one day. Maybe France will motivate me. Looks stunning!

    • Cole

      March 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      The slopes on some of the big ski fields are great for learning on as there are loads of easy green runs to try! You will love it 🙂

  12. cheryl

    April 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I’m not much of a skier but the winter and mountain views are stunning! Looks like you had a fun time. 🙂

    • Cole

      April 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      It was beautiful and we loved it. Hopefully will be back again in the future 🙂

  13. evisumturkije

    July 7, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    France has all kinds of places to visit, like to see it one day!

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But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are gorgeous, underrated foreign cities one can visit for a fraction of the price of touristy European cities. Forbes recently published a collection of the ten most underrated destinations you should consider visiting. 

Here are a few of them to learn about while stuck at home due to Coronavirus:

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If you are used to travelling in style and staying in high end hotels, camping is probably your idea of hell. Why would you spend a week sitting in a freezing cold tent, hiding from the rain when you could be relaxing around the pool in a nice hotel? But camping gives you a completely different travel experience and if you do it right, it can be very rewarding. If you invest in the right equipment, you can enjoy all of the good things about camping without any of the downsides. If you follow these simple tips, you will have a comfortable experience and fall in love with camping.

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Buy The Right Tent

The tent is the most important thing if you want a comfortable camping experience. All of those horror stories you hear about leaking tents only happen because people buy cheap tents. If you invest in a good quality tent, it should hold up to the weather and keep you dry and warm.

When you are buying a tent, you need to check the hydrostatic head rating. This gives you an indication of how much rain the tent can stand up to before leaking. The higher the rating, the less likely your tent is to leak. It is also important to consider the size of the tent and how easy it is to put up, especially if you are planning a road trip. You need to make sure that it fits into the car easily, and you also want to avoid anything that is too complicated to put up. However, be careful with pop-up tents because most of them will not stand up to the rain.

If you want the ultimate comfortable camping experience, you should consider a camper trailer instead. There are some great camper trailers that come with all of the same facilities that you would find in a basic hotel, so you can camp in comfort. If you really hate the idea of camping, this is the best option.

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Pack Good Food

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Camping doesn’t have to be the nightmare experience that you think it does. If you follow these simple tips, you can have a luxury camping experience and enjoy all of the benefits of the great outdoors.

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Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the magnificent sandstone of Ayers Rock or Uluru stands tall at 1,142 feet above ground. The natural formation is widely known for being one of the most sacred places to the indigineous peoples in Australia. At the same time, it is also popular for attracting tourists from all over the world to the land down under.

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Visit During Sunset

Ask anyone who has visited Uluru about the best time to see the formation, and you will instantly get the answer as “sunset.”

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The drive from Alice Springs to Uluru can take around 5 hours, which is why it is recommended that you arrive at least a day before you are planning to tour Uluru.

This way, you can reach the national park while feeling fresh and rested. This also gives you time to plan longer trips to the park in order to enjoy all that it has to offer.

4. Take in the Sight of the Rock Art

Uluru is not just a wonder to look at by itself, but it also holds several little pieces of wonderful art within it.

The caves at the bottom of the formation hold several pieces of rock art that can only be found at Uluru. If you love learning about other cultures through their art, then this will be a must visit.

Just make sure that you take the time to learn about this art through a local tour guide or via the information provided within these exhibits. This ensures that you have an immersive and informative experience which you can remember for a long time.

5. Don’t Forget the Natural Attractions Around the Rock

Enjoying the breathtaking sight of Uluru sounds rewarding enough for a trip to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. But it’s not all that you can do during a tour of Uluru.

From seeing the red kangaroos and other marsupials to spending some time with the camels, and from seeing the one of a kind formations of Kata Tjuta to taking a walk by the Valley of the Winds, there’s so much to see and do around Uluru.

That is why, it is recommended that you take your time at the park and put aside at least two days to enjoy all of the unique activities that the area has to offer. It would give you a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life while also allowing you to make the most out of your long journey to the sandstone.

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