With 600km of well-groomed slopes, countless off-piste routes and an impressive selection of trophy chalets, the Three Valleys region of France is the holy grail for any skier. The world’s largest integrated ski area, the 3Vs is bigger than the five largest ski areas in the US put together, incorporating seven resorts and 172 lifts that serve 25 skiable mountains.
It all started 99 years ago, when the British skier Arnold Lunn led a small expedition to discover three parallel valleys: Saint-Bon, Les Allues and Les Belleville. Méribel and Courchevel opened first, but the newer resorts have recently celebrated landmark birthdays: following the 50th anniversary of Val Thorens, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville turned 40 in 2023. Now it’s the turn of the avant-garde-style Les Menuires, which hits 60 in 2024.
“Piste skiing in the 3Vs is hard to beat, particularly in Courchevel,” says Guy Murdoch, French Alps manager for Savills Ski. “The ski domain is magnificent – high altitude, varied and enormous. The villages are all very different from one another, offering luxurious shops and hotels in Courchevel 1850, charming Alpine architecture in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and ski-in, ski-out accommodation in La Tania.”
For property buyers, there’s something for everyone here, whether your budget is €200,000 or €20m. But which location is best for you?
If a snow-sure resort with a long season is top of your list, look at high-altitude Val Thorens, 2,300 metres above sea level. It scored highest of the 3Vs on the Savills Ski Resilience Index for 2023-24.