There are short ones, there are long ones, there are steep ones and there are easy ones. There are high ones and there are low ones, there are open ones and there are narrow ones. There are bumpy ones and there are groomed ones, there are snowy ones and there are icy ones - and there are even some rocky ones. There are busy ones, there are quiet ones, there are windy ones and there are sheltered ones.
It is fair to say that there is a good deal of diversity for skiers & snowboarders in the Three Valleys, indeed describing the skiing in the Three Valleys is a challenge, it is like describing the surfing in the Pacific Ocean or the nightlife in London!
Facts & figures can help; the world’s largest ski area has 183 lifts that can transport more than a quarter of a million skiers to over 600km of pistes EVERY HOUR! Even though the Three Valleys can boast Europe’s closest ski village to the sun – Val Thorens @ 2300m – it is as snow-sure as they come. And, in spite of this all-but-guaranteed snowiness, there are almost 2000 snow cannons! There are also 425 ski patrollers and 1500 ski & snowboard instructors employed in the area.
But some would argue that, although offering a compelling reason to visit, the facts & figures do scant justice to the overall appeal of the Three Valleys. On your way from the airport or train station, you’ll drive through Moutiers and see signposts for villages called Méribel, La Plagne, Tignes, Les Arcs, Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Courchevel and onwards to Mont Blanc and Chamonix. It is a magical part of the world but, having beaten this path and having her pick of these resorts, Victoria Beckham plumped for the Three Valleys, and who would argue with the wisdom of Posh Spice?!