The single largest linked ski area in the world, the Three Valleys has 400 miles of prepared pistes, 180 lifts, magnificent views to the Mont Blanc massif to the north to the Les Ecrins massif to the south, and some of the best places to stay in the Alps. The main villages - or collections of villages - in the region are Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, with Courchevel in particular offering a superb range of accommodation options.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • In these strange meteorological times, it's comforting to know that 85% of the Three Valleys ski area is located above 5,900ft, so good conditions for your ski holiday are all but guaranteed.

Luxury Skiing in the Three Valleys: the Detail

Courchevel has developed a rather bling reputation of late, and while the oligarch count is steadily rising, there are good reasons the well-heeled gravitate to skiing in Courchevel, including some of the finest hotels in the Alps, more than 70 restaurants (and seven Michelin starred chefs), art exhibitions, an annual Ladies Alpine World Cup race, a Polo tournament and a fantastic fireworks festival.

Meribel, by comparison, embodies a more traditional alpine village setting for a ski holiday, thanks to the wooden and stone chalets dotted around the mountains, with the emphasis very much on the ability to 'ski in, ski out' from all parts of the resort.

Meanwhile Val Thorens is busy being probably the best of the three in terms of ski area and now home to excellent boutique hotels in its own right.

In terms of activities on offer, aside from the obvious skiing, there is also a wide range of cross-country skiing trails, snow-parks and half-pipes for boarders, sledge runs, ice-climbing and even dog-sledding and snowmobile safaris. Whichever hotel or chalet or resort you choose, we are confident that the Three Valleys offers one of - if not the - finest ski holiday experience in Europe.


A note on price

A no-expense spared weekend on the Côte d'Azur can cost upwards of £2,500pp. Or, take a self-catered villa in Provence, arriving in comfort via the train to Aix en Provence and your luxury holiday over the May half-term week can be taken care of for less than £10,000. Based on 8 people self-catering. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 6°C / 42°F
  • Rainfall — 5cm / 2.1 inches
Flight from London

1:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr

Top picks for The Three Valleys

Ski The Three Valleys

Ski The Three Valleys

The Three Valleys

Ski enthusiast or not - don’t miss out on the Three Valleys, home to eight internationally renowned ski resorts and the world’s largest ski area. 600 kilometres of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts await you here for the ultimate skiing experience.

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The Three Valleys

The ‘ski in/ski out’ Portetta is located at the foot of the slopes of Courchevel 1650, and recently underwent a complete rebuild and upgrade.

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Le Strato

Le Strato

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It’s debatable whether Courchevel needed yet another top end hotel, but the spanking new Le Strato might just be the best of the bunch.

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The Three Valleys

Located in Val Thorens - Europe's highest ski resort – the ultra-contemporary Altapura is the resort’s first truly stylish hotel, and one that could well put the resort on a par with neighbouring Meribel and Courchevel.

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Le K2

Le K2

The Three Valleys

Having opened in December 2011 in Courchevel 1850, Le K2 is the younger sister to the 5* Le Kilimandjaro hotel, and has upped the glitz factor in the village even higher.

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Aman le Melezin exterior

Aman Le Mélézin

The Three Valleys

Aman Le Mélézin stands on the magnificent Bellecôte piste in Courchevel 1850, at the heart of Les Trois Vallées. Europe’s highest-altitude resort, Les Trois Vallées encompasses the impressive pistes of Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens.

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Our second holiday with Original Travel and once again you came up trumps.


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