The top 6 non-ski activities in the Three Valleys
If you live and breathe skiing, and with the largest linked ski area in the world on your Méribel or La Tania chalet doorstep, you could be excused for thinking that you have everything you need right there.
But despite the 600+ km of marked pistes and the fact that the Three Valleys is one of the most snow-sure resorts in Europe, there will inevitably be times when you (or someone you’re holidaying with, at least) will fancy a change from skiing or snowboarding.
As well as ice-skating, bowling, paragliding, tobogganing, mountain biking, massage and relaxation spaces, retail therapy and plenty of apres-ski venues to keep you busy, there are all sorts of slightly more alternative activities to try in the Three Valleys.
With that in mind we’ve picked six of the best non-ski activities in the Three Valleys, guaranteed to keep dedicated skiers and non-skiers alike happy all holiday.
If you need any further information about some of the options listed below you can always give our UK office a call on 01273 466535 to see if we can advise…
Ice Driving and Ice Karting
This could just be the ultimate ‘rush’. Visit the highest ice-racing track in Europe at Val Thorens and, under the guidance of professionals, experience the thrill of driving on ice! There’s also an ice kart track which is perfect for the kids and the opportunity to try a ‘buggy’, essentially a quad bike on ice which seats two people.
There are different options here, from a high octane, adrenaline fueled exploration of the forests with ups, downs and branch-du
cking galore, to a rather more sedate, level trip around a lake. If the actual activity of Husky sledding is a step too far, there are also opportunities to simply meet and pet the dogs. Call Karine on +33 (0)6 75 41 74 94
This is a great activity for everyone, young and old. As the saying goes; If you can walk, you can snowshoe! It is a brilliant way of getting an alternative, more tranquil view of the resort and exploring more remote and unspoilt scenery.
There are open tours, or you can book a guide for a bespoke expedition for 1-6 people.
Ok, so this admittedly does have an element of skiing involved, but only minimal ski competence is necessary. This mix of skiing and equestrianism dates back hundreds of years and, in the Three Valleys, is practiced in a tranquil setting away from the hustle and bustle of the pistes. The horse wears a harness with a flap for the skier to hold and then the skier is pulled along by the strength of the horse along specially adapted paths.
to Boo call +33 4 57 37 17 21
Every Wednesday evening throughout the season at the Méribel Prosneige Ski School, kids can get together for some guided mountain exploration and the chance to learn how to build an actual igloo! It’s also a chance for parents to have a moment to themselves…
Tel: 04 79 00 3646
Water Park Fun in the Mountains?
Yes, it really is possible. Aquamotion Courchevel offers everything from a well equipped spa to a surfable wave as well as water flumes and slides and an indoor climbing wall. Located at the crossroads between Courchevel Village and Courchevel Moriond, access to Aquamotion is on foot or by free shuttle. With an on-site restaurant, it’s a great choice for a full day’s activities away from the slopes. Tel: +33 (0)9 71 007 300
If you are looking for a place to stay when you’re visiting the 3 Valleys – Take a look at our Catered Ski Chalets in Meribel and La Tania.