A Long Weekend of Skiing in France – Trois Vallees

Skiing France Three Valleys

Did you know that France is not only amazing for summer trips but also for winter? And I don’t mean just Paris (though Paris is simply always a great idea!). I am referring to France’s beautiful spots for winter sports :)

I mostly go skiing in Austria and Switzerland but this time we’ventured’ out to the Trois Vallees in France. It’s quite easy to get to from London by flying to Geneva in Switzerland and then renting a car to drive up to Les Menuires in the Three Valleys which takes around two to three hours. We arrived super late at night..

DAY ONE – THURSDAY

We arrived late on Wednesday evening or rather Thursday morning (2am!) and actually planned to go skiing the next morning. When we woke up around 11am though, the weather was just so amazing and sunny that we decided to enjoy the sun on the terrace and take it easy. So we had a lovely breakfast and then just relaxed in the sun with some coffee :)

Skiing Val Thorens France Chalet

There are amazing restaurants close by Les Menuires (10 min drive from our chalet) with super yummy French food. There are even Michelin star restaurants which are perfect for an evening when you are not entirely exhausted from a long day of skiing:) On Thursday night, we decided to go to La Ferme de la Choumette in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville which has a lovely rustic interior and is perfect for cold winter days! The food is also super yummy!

Saint-Martin-de-Belleville La Ferme

DAY TWO – FRIDAY

Yeey, finally the first day of skiing! I woke up super early, even before sunrise. The moon was still up and it was so entirely quiet and peaceful. Totally needed a break from the hectic London lifestyle!

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

We drove down to the skiing lift which opened around 9 am and were up on the slopes skiing by 9.30 am. The weather was super sunny yet the snow was a bit slushy depending on which slopes you took. I didn’t mind that much though as I hadn’t been skiing for such a long time! So I loved it anyway! We spent the whole day skiing from early morning till late in the afternoon – I guess we did this to make up for the lazy Thursday when we stayed in the chalet. We had a few coffee breaks though and also a stop at Folie Douce for a little while.

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France
Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France
Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France
In the evening we decided to cook at home and then curl up in front of the fire and play a board game :)

DAY THREE – SATURDAY

The Saturday was a bit foggy and it was snowing half the time. Also it was much colder than the day before. At least that meant that the skiing conditions would be perfect the next day (they were!). We went skiing until around 4 pm and then headed back to the chalet. At least that way we had time to relax and get ready for going out for dinner later. We opted for a Michelin restaurant, Le Montagnard. Super yummy food :)

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

LAST DAY – SUNDAY

As expected, the skiing conditions were PERFECT. At it was the last day of skiing and we had to head back to the airport in the afternoon, our skiing day started super early and we were on the slopes by 9am :) We went skiing for 4 hours with just one mini break to get some water. At some point we unintentionally ended up off the slopes and had to show off our (not-really-existing) free riding skills haha. When we thought we had made it back to the slopes we realised that there was a 1.5m jump still between us and ‘civilisation’… Ha! My knies felt like pudding afterwards and Michael’s thighs were quiet dead too but it was so much fun!

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

Skiing Weekend Les Menuires Three Valleys France

We headed back to the airport in Switzerland to make our flight home to London in the early evening on Sunday. Do you see? A long weekend skiing in France is a great idea for a short skiing trip :) The next time though, we will go skiing the FIRST day already though rather than being lazy bums!

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22 Comments

  1. April 13, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I’ve never been skiing before but this looks like a wonderful place for a long weekend vacation .

  2. April 13, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Sounds like a really fun trip. It’s nice to have a mix of fun and relaxation. The pictures in your post are really beautiful!

  3. April 14, 2017 / 1:59 am

    The scenery is exquisite. Your photos are so beautiful. I hope I get to ski inFrance sometime!

  4. April 14, 2017 / 2:14 am

    I have been wanting to go to France so badly! Your pictures are gorgeous! Looks like you had a fantastic time!

  5. Kristina
    April 14, 2017 / 2:27 am

    Love France! Never been skiing there or at all! Would love to go here! Beautiful!

  6. Tereza
    April 14, 2017 / 6:54 am

    How amazing are your photos though! I’d love to go skiing again, haven’t been in years, my favourite is cross country tho! Looks like you’ve had a wonderful time! x

  7. April 14, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I’m not much of a skier but that location is stunning. I love the chalets and sprawling, snow covered mountains in your pictures.

  8. Jeanine
    April 14, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Wow. This looks like it would be an incredible experience. I would love to do something like this. So fun, and your photos are just gorgeous.

  9. April 14, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing time! Your photos are gorgeous! I would love to visit France one day. Not for skiing so much, I don’t have enough balance for that, but just to see the countryside!

  10. April 14, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Sign me up!!!!!!!!!! Your pictures are gorgeous. What an amazing place to vacation. I am pinning for when we take our trip to France :)

  11. April 14, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    I have never been downhill skiing before and I am not sure I would. But, it looks like you had a blast!

  12. April 15, 2017 / 2:32 am

    One of my dreams is to ski in Europe and it was awesome reading about your experience. I used to ski for a week in Colorado for years and years but married a non-skier so haven’t been in way too long. Now my sons are learning so maybe I will get to Europe with them.

  13. April 15, 2017 / 2:43 am

    Wow that looks gorgeous. I hope one day I can make it out there.

  14. Lydia
    April 15, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! The views from this ski resort are absolutely gorgeous!

  15. April 17, 2017 / 1:37 am

    This looks like a gorgeous place! It seems like it was a really fun trip and like you had a good time skiing.

  16. April 17, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    WOW! The view is always stunning when you’re on the mountain. I would love to spend the weekend here and just enjoy. It’s nice to know that you had an amazing time. It’s tough to imagine not having a great time in France.

  17. April 19, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    This looks like so much fun, I bet you guys had a blast! I would love to visit other countries some day!

  18. April 19, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    oh my gosh! this place is just crazy gorgeous. I love it! I know this would be my husbands dream vacation!

  19. April 19, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    My hubby would love this. It would be a great anniversary trip!

  20. April 22, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    What a beautiful spot! There’s nothing more amazing that a bluebird ski day, and it looks like you guys picked an amazing restaurant to visit afterwards. As much as I love my Colorado skiing, sometimes you need a really classy apres ski experience.

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