Les Menuires is the name of a winter sports resort in the French Alps in the Savoie department .
The place belongs to the municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in the Savoie and is located about 50 km southeast of Albertville . Les Menuires is at an altitude of 1450 to 2850 meters, the center of the village is at 1850 meters. The place is in the middle of the two other ski resorts of the Vallée des Belleville , Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (1450 m) and Val Thorens (2300 m).
The Vallée des Belleville is connected to the ski areas of the Vallée Saint-Bon ( Courchevel , La Tania , Le Praz ) and the Vallée des Allues ( Méribel , Mottaret ). The three valleys form the Trois Vallées , which, with its 600 km of slopes and 200 lifts, is the largest connected ski area in the world. With 650 km of slopes, Les Portes du Soleil is a non-contiguous ski area on the Swiss-French border .
The Les Menuires ski area is normally snow-sure from December to April. At lower altitudes, extensive snow-making systems ensure that there is sufficient snow cover even in spring. The ski area comprises 160 km of slopes and 36 lifts .
The ski area is owned by the Compagnie des Alpes , the world's largest operator of ski areas.
The name refers to the coal mines that previously existed in this area. Only with the expansion of the ski area in the 1960s did the place begin to grow strongly.
In Les Menuires and Val Thorens , part of the alpine skiing ( slalom ) competitions of the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics took place.
- Les Menuires
- Slope map (PDF; 1.4 MB)
- Les 3 Vallées