31 Aug. 2020
Tour de France in Moûtiers 16-17 september 2020
Les Menuires is a top-notch family resort that turns life’s simple little things into heartfelt emotions!
29kms from Moûtiers, it’s the ideal entry point for skiing in Les 3 Vallées, the world’s largest ski area.
In this “doorstep skiing” resort, opened in 1964, everything has been designed to make your mountain holiday simple and hassle-free. The snow cover is exceptional and the value for money unbeatable! Accessible and welcoming, the resort is also family-friendly and offers a wide range of activities and services for a fantastic family break!
In Les Menuires, the best memories start in early childhood and we always end up coming back!
The resort of Les Menuires is part of "Les 3 Vallées" ski area. This “doorstep skiing” family resort boasts 160km of ski runs spread over two mountainsides, one north-facing, the other south-facing, with an extendable ski area, meaning you can also ski in Val Thorens, Méribel and Courchevel… 600km of runs to hurtle down!
Les Menuires also offers stunning 360° panoramic views over the Alps mountain range from Mont de la Chambre and La Pointe de la Masse, and a ski area that extends from altitudes of1,450 to 2,850m. With wide boulevards and wild open stretches, the ski area boasts quality snow and is accessible to beginners and experienced skiers alike.
Cross-country skiing is also available around Les Menuires’ artificial lake up to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, with lovely stretches through forestland. It’s quite simply magical!
Here are 2 ski touring suggestions: Brelin and Le Pas de Cherferie.
The "Famille Plus" labelled resort offers a multitude of activities to delight the whole family: snowshoeing, dog sledding, Fat Bike, sledging, spa, aqua pool, guided tours, VTTAE...
And for the little ones: 2 "Piou Piou" villages, free ski pass (for children under 5 years old), fun ski areas (Walibi Gliss' and Mini KL), a 500 m2 Fun Park...
Installed on a sledge, adults and children (from 5 years old) challenge Boukty, the resort's mascot, on a 1000 m long track by linking twists, descents and steep turns...
T. 04 79 00 62 75
The Fat Bike takes place on the Roc'n Bike track and it's 4 km downhill ! You will be supervised by a state-certified guide! Don't leave without having tested !Discover more
Walk along a number of marked trails taking you through forests and Alpine pastures, follow the waterway to slopeside lakes, and enjoy a bit of relaxation or a well-deserved gourmet break in a mountain refuge. Guide-companions run guided visits so you can go out and watch ibexes, chamois and marmots in the wild: join themto make sure you don’t miss any of the region’s many gems!
There are two in the Belleville Valley !
The Bruyères artificial lake, a small setting at the bottom of a preserved valley and an authentic hamlet, is home to a remarkable ecosystem. This walk will be an opportunity for a relaxing break, a picnic, a fishing trip or a simple family stroll along the water.
Starting point for easy hikes, the site also offers many fun activities. (Mountain Adventure ...)
Nearby, departure of the cross-country ski runs.
A peaceful family walk on a balcony path that leads quietly to the largest lake in the Belleville ("Lac du Lou") and the refuge of the same name (2050 m). Along the way, listen and take a good look, marmots like this area.
Starting point: Plan de l'Eau des Bruyères car park
Departure altitude: 1758m - Arrival altitude: 2050m
You will enjoy this nice path without any difficulty because it benefits from an optimal sunshine in summer and winter. This walk will lead you quietly to an old mountain "la Roche" where the view is incredible! You will also appreciate the benches and tables along the path to admire the beautiful views.
Starting point : Les Menuires - Brelin
Starting altitude : 1850 m / Maximum altitude : 1930 m
Distance : 2km round trip
Warning: the path may be closed after heavy snowfalls (ask at the tourist office). Path accessible by lift from the Croisette, cross the Brelin building to reach the car park.
It is both secular and relatively modern depending on the place. In Les Menuires, the emblematic bell tower is contemporary, celebrating the passage to the year 2000.
The Brelin building proudly overlooks the Croisette district, labelled “remarkable heritage of the 20th century”, it is also visible from afar, and is an integral part of the Belleville heritage.
Les Menuires bell tower
To mark the arrival of the year 2000, the resort built a bell tower on the EspaceMaurice Romanet, which has become asymbol of the resort, visible from every sector. Its elegant, tall structure was designed by architect Yves de Preval and constructed by architect Jacques Facy.
The following year, a multipurpose hall was built at the foot of the tower, which is now home to a fresco created by André Chaffardon in 2016. (Inspired by the mountains, it evokes themes close to the Belleville Valley’s heart: the summits, Le Cochet, Le Péclet, pastoral life, Notre Dame de la Vie and the Alpine pasture hamlet of Les Bruyères).
Le Brelin apartment building in Les Menuiresdates back to 1972 and overlooks La Croisette area. Listed as a work of “remarkable 20th century heritage,” it was designed by architectsDouilletandManeval.
Its slender shape evokes the sense of a ship docked on a slant, a genuine “snow liner” that also conjures up images of the old sanatoriums built in the sunniest spots.
The facades of thisimposing building (which has 640 co-owners)were builtout of local slate from the valley, which blends in perfectly with this pioneering area of the resort.
A wide range of entertainment keeps the season buzzing (torchlit descents, children’s shows, snow-sculpting workshops, concerts, festivals…) !
At the heart of the resort, Les Bruyères and LesFlocons cinemas show several screenings a day.
Guided visits designed around various themes are run by the FACIM during the tourist season.