If you ski Les Menuires, you have access to the superb Trois Vallées region - without the high cost often associated with resorts like Meribel or Courchevel. This is an Olympic resort with some great pistes.
Budget-conscious people will ski Les Menuires as you don't pay the prices of your close by neighbours - but you can still share the pistes if you choose to. This sunny purpose-built resort is located in heart of the Belleville Valley, and is part of the part of the extensive 3 Vallées ski area. Access is good with local airports including Chambéry, Lyon and Geneva being as close as 90 minutes. You can also drive here fairly easily.
On the slopes
Ski Les Menuires and you get some excellent skiing and snowboarding pistes at all levels close to home - let alone the greater ski area. Recognised for its uncrowded, sunny slopes access to slopes of the Three Valleys is a pull for thousands each year. One of the best areas is La Masse, with some superb advanced runs and some of the best views in the Alps.
There are 24 runs for intermediates and a further 6 for advanced or expert skiers. Beginners are spolit with a 'beginners village' near the Preyerand area where ESF and other ski schools have great facilities and pistes on which to teach you. Finally, off piste and experts have quite a lot of terrain to pick from in Le Pointe de la Masse - the north facing slopes that offer some challenging on and off piste.
Accommodation is varied in Les Menuires, with a great range of hotels, apartments, chalets and tourist residences to choose from in this purposoe built resort. There are also two shopping areas with over 100 shops. Food choices range form traditional Savoyard dishes, usually packed with potato and cheese, through to standard international fare. Why not try a local favourite such fondue, raclette or tartiflette? If you are prepared to go further afield you'll find a great atmosphere in the village of St-Martin-de-Belleville, or nearby Val Thorens.