Les Menuires, situated in the world’s largest ski area, the 3 Valleys, is a resort renowned for its ski slopes and winter sports. But if you thought that during the summer months when there is little, if any snow, the resort shuts down – then you would be very wrong. |
About the Resort
Les Menuires has it all! High mountains, lush green (or white!) valleys, rivers and lakes that make it a paradise throughout the year – also during the summer! In fact, an extra special effort is made during the summer months to provide a wide range of activities to attract visitors to occupy the luxurious, catered chalets that abound in the area.
At an altitude of 1,850 meters, Les Menuires faces west so you can enjoy the sun until well into the evening. The urban scenery has undergone a complete change over the past few years with the urban, concrete sprawl being replaced by luxury catered chalets and hotels offering a range of services and facilities including private pools, Jacuzzis, and spas. There are many great restaurants and bars to enjoy a good meal or to sit back and relax, and even nightclubs to dance the night away.
Lots to Do, Not Enough Time to Do It All
With so much to do, you could well find yourself without enough time. This is where the big advantage of renting a catered chalet comes in. You don’t have to worry about anything because someone else does it for you, leaving you free to enjoy yourself to the fullest.
The Summer Season Starts in July
From the beginning of July to almost the end of August, Les Menuires goes into high gear with its summer activities.
Hiking and Mountain Bikes – 50 marked footpaths covering over 200km and 20 mountain bike trails coving over 120km make this the ideal location for ramblers and mountain bikers of all ages and all skill levels.
Mountain and Rock climbing – whether an expert or a novice, you’ll find a cliff face or a mountain that you can climb with the aid of some of the expert guides available in the area.
Ski Lifts will be open for both ramblers and mountain bikers (and their bikes) on alternating days at Les Menuires and nearby Saint Martin de Belleville, so you can easily get to all the best areas to begin your adventure.
There’s Much More
After resting up in your catered chalet, take some time to enjoy some of the other varied activities: village fetes, jumble sales, shop sales, concerts, wine tastings, craft markets and more.
There are also a few special attractions including the Belleville Motor Car Rally, a gala mountain bike race for two people teams; World Cup Biking Trial where 120 international competitors try their skills over an obstacle course; the 4th Belleville Mountain Bike Endurance race through the Belleville Valley; and let’s not forget Bastille Day on the 14th of July where you’ll enjoy a massive fireworks display and a party that carries on until the wee small hours of the morning!
The Tip of the (Summer) Iceberg
All of this and more is waiting for you at Les Menuires during the summer. If you’ve been here in the winter, come in the summer and see the valley as you’ve never seen it before – and enjoy it just as much!
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. If you're looking for the best catered chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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