Learn to ski in Les Menuires
Les Menuires is located at 1,850m in the Belleville valley of the Savoie, between the resorts of Val Thorens (2,300m) and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (1,450m). The three resorts are part of the extensive Les 3 Vallées ski region, which is the world’s largest ski area and offers a total of 600km of slopes. The other resorts within the 3 Vallées area are Courchevel, Méribel, Mottaret, La Tania, Brides les Baines.
Les Menuires is located just 2hrs by car from Lyon or Geneva and is divided into five sectors: Preyerand, La Croisette, Les Fontanettes, Reberty and Les Bruyères. The resort’s pistes are distributed over several mountains; Pointe de la Masse (2,804m), Roc de Fer (2,294m), Tougnète (2,437m), Mont de la Challe (2,573m), Roc des 3 Marches (2,704m) and Mont de la Chambre (2,850m).
Two thirds of the slopes directly within Les Menuires are green or blue, making the resort a magnet for families and for those wanting to learn to ski. Additionally, Les Menuires has the Family Plus label for family-friendliness: The resort has an extensive range of offers for kids, including a children’s festival, childcare possibilities and lots of kid-friendly entertainment.
Ski lessons for beginners in Les Menuires
Les Menuires truly is ideal for ski novices, with many easy slopes within direct access from the village. 6 free ski lifts give access to the beginners areas within the La Croisette, Reberty and Les Bruyères sectors.
Kids aged 3yrs can have ski lessons in Les Menuires. The ski schools divide lesson groups according to ability and lesson packages have equipment rental included and/or ski pass options. Adult group lessons have no more than 10 participants.
First-time skiers meet for lessons at the ski school office in La Croisette. The basic skiing techniques are taught on the nearby green slopes, lessons only advancing to blue slopes when the glide and snowplough moves are secure.
Skiers with previous experience are taken by the ski schools in Les Menuires directly to slightly more challenging blue runs within the resort. The Menuires lift directly from La Croisette transfers ski beginners to a long blue run that descends back down into Les Menuires.
Kids’ ski lessons in Les Menuires
Ski lessons for beginners aged 3-4yrs last either 2 or 3hrs and have no more than 6 participants. The ski schools in Les Menuires hold their lessons for the youngest skiers on the “Snow Garden” slopes, which are secure, child-friendly areas, with easy lifts and fun obstacles.
Children from age 5yrs have their first lessons on the green slopes within the resort. Lesson packages have various optional additions; ski pass, equipment hire, meal option and group lessons have no more than 10 participants.
During the very first lessons, the ski schools in Les Menuires teach their ski novices the first moves of glide, snowplough and how to brake. Once these are well established, lessons progress to slopes with more of an incline and the snowplough turn is introduced.
Young skiers with previous experience are taken directly to more challenging pistes within the resort that fit the group’s ability, such as the reds that are accessed by the Bruyeres lifts. Here, the ski schools in Les Menuires refresh the already-learned techniques before introducing more progressive skiing styles, such as parallel skiing or carving.
Ski lesson prices in Les Menuires
The ski schools in Les Menuires offer ski and snowboard lessons in groups or with a private instructor. Also available are private freeride, ski touring, telemark and alpine skiing adventures. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include any extras:
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The best ski schools in Les Menuires
Prosneige Val Thorens & Les Menuires
Founded more than a decade ago, the international Prosneige team offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons in English, French, Italian & Dutch.
La Croisette, at the Prosneige office.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
Beginners friendly, experienced, kids friendly
Ski School Les Menuires
This ski school specialises in private lessons and offers skiing, snowboarding, freeride and ski touring in English, French, Italian, Dutch & Russian.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
Patient, Experienced, Relaxed
Les Menuires ski pass
The Les Menuires ski pass gives access to the slopes and lifts in Les Menuires and St. Martin de Belleville areas. The pass is available for single or multiple days and there are discounts for children (aged 5-12yrs) and seniors (aged 64yrs and above). Afternoon passes cost slightly less than the daily pass.
The ski schools in Les Menuires will be happy to provide more information about the ski pass options.
What makes ski lessons in Les Menuires special
Les Menuires has a very extensive events calendar. One new event is the weekly "Crazy After Ski", which offers music and fun for all the family with a biathlon, bubble foot and giant inflatable structures.
Situated within the Les Bruyères sector, Speed Mountain is a 1km toboggan run on rails with a series of twists, drops and elevated turns.The run can be ridden solo or in twos. Roc’n Bob is the big brother to Speed Mountain, this 4km toboggan run having 22 banked turns and a 450m vertical drop. Roc’n Bob is situated within the La Croisette sector.
Big and little freestyle fans can have fun at the Les Menuires snowpark, with its moguls, rails and kicks. For first-time freestylers, there’s even a blue, beginners area.