TRAIN TO LES MENUIRES

More affordable than its Three Valleys neighbours, Les Menuires is a favourite with French skiers, who love it for its unfussy ambience and abundance of slope-side accommodation.

If you are not fussed about being in the most picturesque resort in the Trois Vallées, then Les Menuires can make a good base for exploring this huge ski area.

It's close to neighbouring Meribel and Val Thorens and has easy access to an impressive amount of intermediate-friendly ski terrain.

What's more, it has a range of non-ski activities that will keep children amused at all times of day.

    • Les Menuires village

      Les Menuires is made up of several developments, with much of the accommodation self-catering apartments - some brash 1960s and 70s monolithic apartment blocks, others newer and more handsome wood-and-stone chalet-style buildings.

    • The slopes at Les Menuires

      Les Menuires is home to some of the best intermediate runs in the Trois Vallées, and it is well positioned too. Using fast lifts, you can reach Val Thorens on one side or head towards Méribel and the rest of the huge 600km ski area.

    • Les Menuires for families

      The chalets in Reberty, where access to the slopes is just metres away, are a strong attraction of the resort for families. The resort has a multitude of exciting activities for children. There's a new free tobogganing area on the Croisette with an igloo, tunnel, slide and snowball zone. Children can also try a special Igloo Experience - with ski instructors leading them on a night-time expedition: 15 minutes of snowshoeing with a head torch to reach base camp, igloo building rewarded with hot chocolate. Plus there are two big swimming locations: La Croisette sports centre and Les Bruyères Aquafun centre.
    • Things to do in Les Menuires

      The resort is championing Fat Biking as an exciting non-ski alternative to try, with a programme that includes two 4km descents with a qualified guide.

    • Nightlife in Les Menuires

      Les Menuires doesn't have the throbbing nightlife of Val Thorens, but there's enough here to satisfy many holidaymakers.

    • Where to stay in Les Menuires

      The majority of the accommodation in Les Menuires is self-catering apartments, but there are hotels and chalets too.

    • Eating out in Les Menuires

      Well-loved Le Grand Lac is a restaurant with huge sun terrace and panoramic views, located at the bottom of the Granges chair between Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville, specialising in Savoyard dishes.

How to get the train to Les Menuires

The nearest Eurostar station is Moutiers.

By bus: around 45 minutes; Adult 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)

By taxi: around 35 minutes; about 90€ for an 8-seater taxi.