If you're considering to go skiing in Les Menuires in the Three Valleys, you're following in the snow tracks of the countless visitors who have made it one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps. With its extensive network of pistes and myriad opportunities to carve up the white stuff on skis or on a snowboard, its credentials are no surprise. But for those adventurous souls prepared to think outside the square for their adrenaline fix, Les Menuires has some more unusual winter sports on offer too. Even if your main goal is to experience the fantastic snowboarding or skiing in Les Menuires, it won't hurt to add a little spice to your itinerary… |
The Raw Power of Snowmobiling
Ok, it might be cheating a bit, but who wouldn't want a little help from the heavy-duty horsepower of a snowmobile? If you feel the need for some real speed over the snow, rent one of the hi-tech vehicles available from the resort and head out to explore. You'll be able to cover a lot of ground in a short time as well as access places you can't get to on skis – plus there's none of the waiting around for lifts! Snowmobiles are available for use even after the regular pistes are closed for the day, so you can stay out and enjoy the snow and get the most out of your time.
MTB Winter Fun
If you're one of the many people who think mountain biking is just a summer pursuit, think again. There's plenty of fun to be had in Les Menuires on two sturdy wheels in the middle of winter!
Even if you've been mountain biking before you may need a little guidance at first to master the skills needed to keep your traction on the challenging snowy terrain – and stay relatively upright! Beginners' classes are available to get you started, and there's a dedicated MTB piste in the resort that provides the perfect conditions for winter mountain biking.
Once you're up to speed you'll be able to head out and explore the jaw-dropping scenery of the Alps under your own steam, but remember to steer clear of pack ice or any deep snow, which can slow you down or treacherously speed you up, as the case may be!
Super Sledding Fun
You're never too young or too old to go sledding (within reason of course), and there's plenty of room for two, so even the youngest snow bunnies can enjoy the thrills and gentle spills of sledding. For families who come skiing in Les Menuires, the excellent toboggan run in the resort offers another very accessible way for everyone to enjoy the snow, and it's sometimes hard to tell who's having more fun – the kids or the adults!
In a unique take on the traditional, there's also a toboggan run on rails (a bit like a rollercoaster set in the middle of a snow field), ensuring the fun continues even if the snow is a little thin on the ground.
These are just three different ways to help you wring every last bit of fun and adventure out of a winter break in Les Menuires – there are plenty more! Of course, nobody's denying the main events in this wonderful resort are skiing and snowboarding, but if you poke a snow-booted toe outside your comfort zone you might just find more fun than you ever expected – and even a brand-new favourite winter hobby.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. With a team that has years of experience skiing in Les Menuires, Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy and Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans looking for a holiday of a lifetime.
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