The Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world, boasting 8 luxurious resorts. With acres of space to ski and snowboard, beautiful pistes to admire the view from and luxurious ski chalets to enjoy, The Three Valleys has to be the ski destination to visit in March.

The Three Valleys

Les Trois Vallees is situated in South-East France and is a vast ski area in the French Alps. The area has grown from its initial roots and now encompasses four valleys: Saint-Bon, Allues, Belleville and Maurienne.  Within this, there are 8 resorts which visitors can choose to stay and ski in. To help you make the most of the area, The Three Valleys have a fantastic ski pass which allows you to ski in all parts of the area for the week that you visit.

In March, you will find the Three Valleys within its peak season which runs from December through until April. March sees average highs of 4C (39F) and there is great snowfall, particularly across the higher peaks in the valleys. Amongst the snow, there are days filled with sunshine so ensure you have your protection against the rays packed alongside your skis.

The Resorts

What makes this area so great is that the 8 resorts that make up the Three Valleys are all wonderfully unique. At the very heart of the region, you’ll find Meribel which has a wonderfully British atmosphere that mixes perfect with its Alpine charm. If you’re looking to stay in a traditional chalet, Meribel is certainly the resort to choose. Visit Purple Ski to get a feel for the chalets available and immerse yourself in the Alpine luxury.

At the summit of the valleys, you’ll find Val Thorens which is the highest resort in Europe at over 2300m altitude. It is certainly a laid back resort and there is much to keep you occupied off the slopes including the biggest nightclub in the Alps and great restaurants. Alternatively, for sheer luxury, choose to stay in the Courchevel resort. Here you’ll be treated to elegance at every turn in each of its five villages. Even if this isn’t your resort of choice, try to visit to sample some food from one of the 6 Michelin Star chefs located here.

The Slopes

Of course you take a ski holiday to enjoy the slopes as well as the resorts! The Three Valleys is home to 600kms of pistes which offer a wide range of skiing opportunities. All the resorts offer ski lessons for those who are trying their hand at skiing for the first time and there are a range of slopes for all abilities to enjoy.

Serious skiers are recommended to visit St Martin-de-Belleville which is a small, traditional resort perfect for experienced skiers. Meribel also offers great off-piste skiing opportunities which are not for the faint hearted as well as a great snowpark to snowboard at.

If you’re visiting with the family, then I would definitely recommend visiting Les Menuires as they have a great deal set aside for families to enjoy including 4 fun zones. Alternatively visit La Tania for the gentle side of the Three Valleys.

Valley Activities

Obviously, it isn’t all about the skiing here in the Three Valleys. Other great ways to enjoy the Alpine snow include snowboarding, tobogganing and even heli-skiing. Dog sledding is great fun for the whole family and on offer at a number of the resorts including Saint Martin-de-Belleville or simply take a ride in one of the region’s gondolas to admire the views.

Away from the slopes, why not treat yourself to a spa break in the Brides-les-Bains resort or a visit to the wellness centre in the picturesque village resort of Orelle. Each resort has great opportunities to shop and fine restaurants to eat in. Finally for some culture, visit the Meribel Museum which delves into the history of this fine resort or the art galleries of Courchevel.