Les Menuires – Value For Money Family Resort

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Last updated on September 15th, 2017 at 04:57 pm

Les Menuires has a lot going for it!

Les Menuires, France

You’ve probably heard murmurs of how to make the most of the Three Valleys without breaking the bank. Les Menuires may not have the reputation of its more expensive neighbours, but hear us out…!

Les Menuires is great for families and beginners and the sun shines on most of the slopes. Here is our top advice on the resort and why this could be the hidden gem you have been missing.

Although sometimes overshadowed by its large impressive neighbours, Les Menuires is not to be forgotten – the resort offers excellent snow and fantastic skiing for all abilities and at a more affordable price tag.

Situated at 1,800m, just below Val Thorens, the resort has a superb range of pistes, with nursery slopes and beginner facilities in the village, wide cruisy runs, challenging blacks and vast areas of off piste.

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Why Visit Les Menuires

Les Menuires is known for its huge range of activities and leisure facilities which is why it’s ideal for families who need more than to just ski to entertain the little ones.

With the resort ensuring that the children are well entertained, parents are guaranteed a relaxing holiday here. For a number of years, Les Menuires has been accredited with the title Family Plus Montagne award.

The concrete buildings, which originally typified the resort, have begun to make place for a different kind of architecture; luxury residences and hotels made in stone and wood. The ugly duckling is having its long overdue make over.

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Where to Ski?

Les Menuires is set just about on the treeline, with almost all the slopes above it. Piste map and signposting are good, classification reliable.

The skiing takes place on both sides of the Valley: with the 2804m peak of the Pointe de la Masse the most eye-catching sector, to the west of town.

You’ll find more steep stuff here than in most of the Trois valleys but there is plenty of beginner and intermediate runs to enjoy too.

There is lots of off-piste skiing on the south facing area of Pointe, look on to Val Thorens. However, If you are looking for good off-piste skiing I would advise heading our first thing, as it is heavily skied by seasonaires and locals.

You also have the choice to ski big and take on the trois valleys where to can ski from Courchevel all the way to Val Thorens. You won’t be bored of the choices available here!

Here are our favourite ski runs:

Green Run
Vallons

in the La Masse sector, this is perfect in the morning with a smooth run down. Ideal for getting you ski legs back or learning on.

Blue
The Pluviometre

This blue is wide and a joy to ski that leads to a flat, so keep the speed…otherwise, it’s a long skate.

Red
La Masse area

This offers a variety of easy to challenging reds where all the family can ski together, for all abilities.

Black
Ecureuil

This is a great black run that will challenge many skiers and is always a personal favourite.

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Where to eat?

We know that eating plays a big part of your ski holiday – after a long morning or day of skiing, there is nothing better than sitting down to a well-earned meal, whether that be a traditional French dish or simply a satisfying pizza.

We have put together our top 3 restaurants on the mountain that we think are worth paying a visit.

Le Grand Lac  

+33 4 79 08 25 78

Situated at the bottom of the Granges chair, between Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville, this restaurant comes highly recommended.

The restaurant boasts a beautiful sun terrace, which boasts exquisite views across the valley.

It has a large but cosy interior with a central log fire and exposed beams, making it an ideal stopping point on those cold snowy days.

The menu includes some beautifully-cooked Savoyard cuisine, salads and brasserie-style dishes.

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Le Grand Lac

 

L’Alpage  

+33 4 79 00 75 16

Located just above Les Menuires, on the 4 Vents piste, L’Alpage offers excellent food including a very good value Plat du Jour.

This cosy chalet style restaurant has masses of wood and a Savoyard ambience, as well as friendly and efficient staff.

Its location is also handy – from here you can ski back to Les Menuires or to Val Thorens.

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L’Alpage

 

Le Panoramic

+33 4 79 22 80 60

Situated at the top of the Masse 2 bubble, this is a self-service restaurant that has a wide selection of dishes to choose from including hearty dishes such as lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, as well as traditional French cuisine.

The main attraction is as the name suggests the panoramic view from the sun terrace; from here you can see all across the Three Valleys.

It does get quite breezy if you are sat outside, but it is worth a visit if simply for the amazing view.Image result for L’Alpage menuires

 

Where to sleep?

Les Menuires is mainly apartment territory with a few hotels. You will find nearly all are ski-in-ski-out which is why this resort is ideal for families and keen skiers.

Here are our top 3 great value for money suggestions we can help you book for you and your family.

Le Coeur des Loges 4*

Brand new for winter 16/17 and was an incredible success in its first winter.

Why our guests love this residence;

 

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6 Person Kitchen

Bedroom

Jacuzzi and steam room

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Les Clarines 4*

Located in the charming Preyerand region of Les Menuires and has great access for skiing, being just 100m away, and the resort centre which is just a short stroll away.

Why our guests love this residence;

 

Les Clarines

Living area

Master bedroom

Large swimming pool

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Hameau de la Sapinière 4*

The four star Hameau de la Sapinière is ideally located in a quiet and intimate part of Reberty 1850, a few minutes from the village centre via a small pedestrian path and right next to the slopes.

For anyone looking for luxury on a budget, this residence is a truly great option

Why our guests love this residence;

 

Hameau de la Sapinière 4*

Large living area

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

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Where to learn?

Les Menuires offers the cheapest of the trois Valleys ski schools. The ESF is the biggest ski school in Les Menuires, with branches at La Croisette, Les Bruyeres and (for youngsters) Reberty 2000.

We would also recommend trying Prosneige.

Prosneige are a big part of the ski school scene in Les Menuires and Val Thorens.

With over 40 ski and snowboard instructors, they offer a great level of availability and teach lessons in all different disciplines.

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If you are looking for a private or more personal lesson, we speak highly of Ski School Les Menuires. Their friendly and professional nature, as well as years of skiing experience in the 3 Valleys, makes them a great option.

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Where to party?

With Les Menuires is definitely a case of less is more – although there is not an abundance of bars, those that are there are lively and well worth a visit!

Here are our tried and test top 3 apres ski bars;

The Tilbury  

Relax and unwind after a day on the slopes with some après fun and merriment in The Tilbury.

A popular drinking hole with both visitors and locals, this lively bar is a great place to enjoy a cold beer after a hard days skiing.

It is located in the La Croisette area of Les Menuires amongst all the other shops and bars.

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The Tilbury

Le New Pop

Close to the hotels, this is La Croisette’s late night venue and one of only two discotheques in Les Menuires.

Here you will be able to dance to a mixture of music including cheesy Euro pop songs, until the small hours of the morning.

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Le New Pop

Piano Bar Le Kube

Piano Bar Le Kube is a great little place to head to if you are not looking for in your face après ski.

The bar is cosy, welcoming and the type of place you can enjoy a quiet drink with friends and discuss the day’s events on the mountain.

The lounge is quiet until 10 pm, then the live music starts up and attracts a larger crowd, although it does not tend to get too overcrowded.

This is a really nice bar to have a drink in away from all the hustle and bustle.

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Piano Bar

 

Non-ski activities

Big Air Bag

Not quite finished on the slopes for the day…still looking for that big adrenaline kick….the big air bag is sure to satisfy that craving!

This is your chance to try that 180, 360 or backflip –  the enormous airbag will cushion your fall, allowing you to try any trick in the book and land it safely.

Open: Daily from 10am-12.30pm and  to 2pm-4.30pm daily (closed Saturdays, except French holidays)

Contact: +33 4 79 00 64 48

Location: Start of the slalom in Menuires

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Big Air Bag

Roc’N Bike

Not had enough thrills and spills on the mountain and want to try something new?

At an altitude of 3000m at the top of the Roc des Marches gondola, surrounded by luscious snowy mountains, you can hurtle down the snowy pistes on a mountain bike!

Roc’n Bike is accessible to all you sporty people and experienced mountain bikers.

Open: Every weekday, depending on snow conditions
Price: €35 per person for 2 runs

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Roc’n Bob

This is tobogganing like no other track you may have experienced. Head up the Roc des Marches cable car before descending the 4km long track, featuring banked and tight angled turns.

Starting at such a height you get to experience the spectacular views of the snowy mountains, hilarious moments, adrenaline rushes and plenty of surprises!

This is great fun for not only the children but for big kids too, get a group of friends and race to the bottom, the last one down buys the first round!!!

Open: Daily (except for Saturdays) 2pm-6:45pm

Price: €10 for 1 run, €18 for 2 runs

Contact: +33 4 79 00 62 75

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Paragliding

Why not see Les Menuires from a different perspective..enjoy the peace and quiet as you fly over the beautiful snow capped mountains.

Tandem flights are available with qualified guides – you simply need to sit back, relax and take in the breathtaking views.

This memory will last you forever and is certainly worth every penny!

Contact: +33 6 80 10 79 20

Price: from €85 per person

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Les Menuires

Wine and dine in a Yurt

If you are looking to try something different in an evening aside from the usual resorts, this is the thing for you! Enjoy an evening in a genuine Mongolian Yurt!

The Yurts are kitted out with brightly coloured Mongolian furniture, comfy seats and the warmth of the wood burning stove…all you need to do is relax!

You will be served traditional alpine cuisine, for example, soup with smoked ham, Mont d’Or fondue, tartiflette and scrumptious pudding.

Reservation is required and the price includes return transport to the Yurts.

Contact: +33 6 11 38 37 96

Open: 5/12/2015-22/4/2016 daily, 3.30 pm-11 pm

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I hope you found this information helpful. If you would like any further assistance on the resort and accommodation,

please call on +44 (0) 20 8877 8887

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