A Different Kind of Skiing Holiday!

POSTED 28 October 2018 BY Verity IN Ski

cross country skiing

Did you know that The Three Valleys resort is a fantastic place to enjoy cross-country skiing? Jean, one of our guests last January, enjoyed an amazing week with us cross-country skiing and has written to tell us all about it! Jean says: 

Last winter, I enjoyed a cross-country skiing holiday with Richmond using their chalet at Reberty as my base. It was a marvellous holiday in every way! We had five days of sunshine, fabulous breakfasts and evening meals, and Sue and Ben were brilliant hosts. When I arrived, I had a map of the cross-country ski trails but needed a bit more information, so on the first morning Ben took me down to the tourist office in Les Menuires where they told me that I could use a pedestrian lift pass. This cost much less than a normal ski lift pass but enabled me to get over to Méribel and Courchevel as well, which was fantastic.  

I found the lift system very efficient in helping me reach the walks and offered lovely views. When using the chair lift, I took the left-hand seat and asked the ‘lifties’ to slow down the lift at the top for me to safely get off the moving chair. Coming down on a chair lift I would put my skis across my knee and hold on tight! People travelling up the mountain on the lift would wave to me - but I did not want to risk dropping my skis or poles so I just smiled back. Over the first three days I went over to Méribel and explored the trails there. 

 ski17 ski lift down

On the fourth day I was feeling more adventurous and so I went over to Courchevel. On the fifth day it snowed but that was no problem for me as I went down into the Les Menuires valley. I accessed the route via an easy green downhill run which took me onto the cross-country trail to St Martin. It was fresh, unpisted snow that day – what a delight! The next day the piste tracks had been made, but on my journey down the valley they were still fresh. Going down the valley took one and a quarter hours, coming back up two and a quarter hours, but it was another lovely sunny day and I enjoyed every minute of it. Too soon it was time to repack my skis for home again! 

There are 28 km of marked-out cross-country skiing pistes in Les Menuires. The route Jean mentions doing on the last days of her holiday starts from the Plan de l’Eau in Les Menuires and goes along the picturesque Doron river, to the villages Châtelard and Saint Martin de Belleville. Further information about non-skiing activities available can be found on our website.