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The Sapinière I and its sister chalet (Sapinière II) lie in a hamlet right on the slopes, just above La Croisette in Les Menuires. Access to the slopes and the wider 600km Three Valleys ski area couldn't be easier making this a convenient and great value home-from-home.
The apart-chalet is very comfortably furnished with large sofas and a gorgeous wood burner in the lounge/diner. Sit and warm yourself after skiing or boarding all day whilst soaking in the dramatic views through the large windows. There's a small balcony with uninterrupted views of La Masse and the slopes of Les Menuires, perfect for grabbing a morning moment of calm.
Another way to relax is to head to the small shared spa area in the residence which you'll have access to a couple of times a week. There's a sauna, steam room and hot tub plus a relaxation area to completely unwind. There is a small charge for using the facilities, but this can be paid for locally.
Sapinière is French for Fir, which is apt as there's a small Fir wood behind the chalets, so your views are either of the slopes or the woods. Just down from the woods is the nearest lift. Improvers to advanced can clip in straight from the residence and be at the lifts in no time.
To get to the centre of Les Menuires is about a 15-minute walk down the gentle pistes where you arrive in La Croisette with an excellent choice of bars, restaurants and shopping. Or stop off at the small l'Etoile bar which is in the middle of the nearest piste. This really is a great choice if you're looking for Three Valleys skiing without the premium prices!
Nearest lift: 350m to Roc des 3 Marches or 400m to Les Menuires gondola, both in La Croisette area
Tuition meeting point: Complete beginner skiers - 1km in the Reberty area, accessed by ski bus. Everyone else (including all snowboarders) meet at La Croisette area 400m away. All tuition is with ESF Ski School
Resort centre: 400m
Les Menuires is all about the pistes. It's a great base from which to explore the full reaches of the largest linked ski area in the world, but without all the fuss (and prices) of the other Three Valleys resorts. It's purpose built but with good quality, slopeside accommodation where you can find everything you need.
Les Menuires sits in the midst of the largest lift-linked ski area in the world and offers the most skiing of all the Three Valleys resorts with 160km of mainly blue pistes. Families and beginners are well provided for with a superb carpet conveyor lift and tranquil slopes in the Croisette area. The closest black runs are on La Masse; try the Bouquetin, Dame Blanche or the off piste run down into Orelle.
With the emphasis on the skiing there are fewer off slope activities and après ski is fairly quiet, although there are some lively bars if you know where to look.
Area size: 160km locally, 600km in the Three Valleys area
Linked resorts: Val Thorens, Méribel, Mottaret, La Tania and Courchevel
Resort altitude: 1850m
Skiing altitude: 1260m to 3230m
Number of runs: 275 in the Three Valleys area
Range of runs: 21% green, 33% blue, 35% red and 11% black
Lifts: 78 drags, 68 chairs, 34 gondolas and 6 cable cars in the Three Valleys area
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 28km
Snowmaking: 41% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
The small shared spa is a wonderful place to unwind at the end of the day. There's a gorgeous wooden barrel hot tub, steam room and sauna plus a shower and relaxation area to truly chill out.
It's open between 4 and 8 pm and costs around €7 per person for a 50-minute session. The spa takes a maximum of 10 people and you can reserve the whole spa for approximately €65. Unfortunately, children under 14 aren't allowed in the spa.
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a three-course set-menu with regionally inspired dishes and free-flowing wine throughout the week, all followed by fresh coffee. We provide evening meals on six nights a week leaving you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening.
Split over four floors, each of the five bedrooms are all tastefully furnished with plenty of light and of character. On the ground floor, there's a double room with its own ensuite shower and a twin room with private shower room. Both share a wc.
Two twin rooms (one in the eaves) and a single room are split across the top two floors. They share a full bathroom plus an extra wc. The single also has a private shower room.
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There are at least three sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts
Neilson rating: ***+
Lounge/diner with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV
Use of shared sauna and hot tub
Ski and boot storage available at hire shop 20m away
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Pre-bookable private nanny service available on request - email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and availability
Your chalet host lives out
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
Departure airports: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours
If you're a large group looking to book the entire chalet, we'd love to help. Our call centre team are all trained groups specialists and love a challenge. You can get in touch online or give them a call on 0330 134 6376.
Please note: The photography for this chalet is not of the actual property but of a typical example within the same building. The layout and furnishings may differ slightly from your actual chalet.