When it comes to sheer scale and impressive infrastructure, it takes a ski area as impressive as the Three Valleys to rival the Portes du Soleil. Skiers visiting Les Trois Vallees enjoy access to 600km of marked pistes, 180 lifts, skiing from 1,100m to 3,200m, and some incredible off piste skiing, too.
With the quiet and traditional resort of St Martin de Belleville and the more modern Les Menuires, with its ski-in/ski-out possibilities, the Belleville Valley offers great catered holidays and self catered holidays as well as great skiing. Climbing to the lofty Val Thorens, Europe's highest ski resort (2,300m), the Belleville Valley offers phenomenal skiing opportunities for visitors of all skiing and boarding abilities.
The central of the three, the Meribel Valley contains each of the famous Meribel resorts (Meribel Mottaret 1750, Meribel 1450, Meribel Village 1400 and Meribel Les Allues 1100) as well as Brides Les Bains below, accessible by bubble lift. A purpose-built resort, Meribel has some of the very best infrastructure and is sleek and modern throughout. Here, you will find some of the most high-end luxury chalets in the Alps.
The Courchevel Valley has the Courchevel Resorts (Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel Le Praz 1300) and La Tania. Even among the luxurious resorts of the Three Valleys, Courchevel stands out for its luxury and opulence. Watch out for famous faces on the piste.
Okay, this probably merits more than the couple of paragraphs we can dedicate to the subject right here, but this page wouldn't be complete if we didn't at least mention our friends across the pond.
What are the biggest differences between European and North American skiing? Well, according
to Charles Leocha of USA Today, "
mountains in Europe are simply bigger - grand, jagged, rugged, inspiring and soaring. In
the United States, [...] slopes seem to trace their way down what appear to be
over-sized hills." Scale and vertical drop tend to be much bigger in Europe.
In defence of American skiing, we should observe a couple of areas where they certainly do have the edge. First, queueing for lifts: they have a much better system, making more efficient use of each chair or gondola, and your skis will scarcely be stepped on. Second, the attitude to the skiing: in America and Canada, skiers are there to ski - end of subject. Coffee, lunch, wine and apres ski all come second to the higher priority of racking up maximum time on the slopes.
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Minnesota Ski Resorts
Minnesota offers more than a dozen ski resorts, many with on-site ski in/ski out lodging.
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If you're looking for something very specific, or if you're looking for a late deal on a peak week such as February half term ski holiday, some of the larger chalet companies and chalet advertising sites can be a good place to start the search.
Some of these larger sites offer a service where you can explain your requirements and then have the chalet companies come to you, instead of you searching for something which might be hard to find.
The below companies offer chalets across multiple resorts, in the French Alps and across the globe.
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