St Martin de Belleville Ski Resort

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St Martin de Belleville France freeride terrain on a powder day
St Martin de Belleville France freeride terrain on a powder day
St Martin de Belleville village is one of the 3 Vallees most authentic
St Martin de Belleville village is one of the 3 Vallees most authentic
A powder hounds delight skiing the French Alps into the 3 Vallèes St Martin de Belleville
A powder hounds delight skiing the French Alps into the 3 Vallèes St Martin de Belleville
The Belleville valley extends beyond St Martin to Les Menuires & Val Thorens
The Belleville valley extends beyond St Martin to Les Menuires & Val Thorens
The French Alps are in their full splendour at St Martin de Belleville
The French Alps are in their full splendour at St Martin de Belleville
Les Menuires is the most closely linked 3 Vallees ski resort to St Martin
Les Menuires is the most closely linked 3 Vallees ski resort to St Martin
St Martin also borders Meribel ski resort on a high alpine ridge
St Martin also borders Meribel ski resort on a high alpine ridge
St Martin de Belleville base area
St Martin de Belleville base area
The connection from St Martin to Meribel is simple!
The connection from St Martin to Meribel is simple!
The ridege between St Martin & Meribel has some sensational ski & snowboard terrain
The ridege between St Martin & Meribel has some sensational ski & snowboard terrain
From St Martin, it is easy to ski to the Pointe de la Masse off-piste terrain in Les Menuires
From St Martin, it is easy to ski to the Pointe de la Masse off-piste terrain in Les Menuires
The 3 Vallèes newest ski lift moves one swiftly up to the action from the centre of the St Martin de Belleville village
The 3 Vallèes newest ski lift moves one swiftly up to the action from the centre of the St Martin de Belleville village
Ski powder in the 3 Vallèes & St Martin de Belleville
Ski powder in the 3 Vallèes & St Martin de Belleville
Ski into the heart of the village at St Martin de Belleville
Ski into the heart of the village at St Martin de Belleville
St Martin de Belleville skiing
St Martin de Belleville skiing

St Martin de Belleville Ski Resort

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3 Vallèes Ski Resorts

3 Valleys
Courchevel
Les Menuires
Meribel
Val Thorens

    St Martin-Les Menuires Ski Trail Map
  • St Martin Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,450 – 2,850m (1,400m)

    3 Vallèes: 1,100m – 3,230m (2,130m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 - 8m
  • Lifts (33)
    8 Gondolas
    13 Chairlifts

    3 Valleys - 166 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    St Martin-Les Menuires & 3 Vallees
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Early Dec to late April
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 150km
    Longest run – 8km+
    Advanced - 10%
    Intermediate - 28%
    Beginner - 62%

    3 Valleys
    Runs – 600km + ski routes
    Off-piste - 10,500ha
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    St Martin-Les Menuires only
    Adult - €53
    Child - €42.40
    Child u/5yr & Adult >75yr - Free

    Vallèe des Belleville
    Incl. Val Thorens-Orelle
    Adult - €60
    Child - €48
    Child u/5yr & Adult >75yr - Free

    3 Vallèes ski area
    Adult - €64.50
    Child - €51.60
    Child u/5yr & Adult >75yr - Free
    3 Vallees Ski Trail Map
  • 3 Vallèes Ski Trail Map

St Martin de Belleville Ski Resort France

St Martin is the prettiest ski resort & most authentic village in the Belleville valley. Part of the gargantuan 3 Vallees ski area, St Martin de Belleville is closely associated with neighbouring Les Menuires. With some of the regions longest beginner runs, easy linkages into the Meribel valley, plus some tasty off-piste freeride terrain of its own on a powder day, St-Martin-de-Belleville has loads to offer.

Pros & Cons for St Martin de Belleville Ski Resort

Pros

  • Integrated part of the world’s largest ski area.
  • Super modern & efficient lift system.
  • Long skiable verticals on all piste trails.
  • Perfect piste trails for novices & beginners onto the village
  • Good diversity of trails for intermediates & advanced riders nearby.
  • Awesome off-piste terrain from Roc de Fer into St Martin, plus everywhere into Meribel & on nearby La Masse summit in Les Menuires.
  • Three particularly good value lift pass options.
  • Good inter-connections to adjacent 3 Vallees ski resorts, particularly Meribel & Les Menuires.
  • One the 3 Vallees most authentic & charming villages.

Cons

  • Limited advanced terrain in the immediate ski resort area.
  • Few ski-in ski-out accommodations.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Over 60% of the local trails (in an admittedly huge area) are gentle for novices & beginners.
  • Long ski day to Courchevel from here!
  • Quiet traditional village on the edge of the largest ski area in the world.
  • No 5-star accommodation.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

The slopes of St Martin are best suited to beginners & intermediates, with a small sector for advanced riders under the St Martin Express chair. Long runs extend from the high alpine & through glades for up to 7km from Tougnette (2,437m) & 3 Marches (2,704m), ending down in the heart of the village at 1450m elevation. The skiable vertical 1254m is fun for beginners wanting to test their legs before moving further afield into Les Menuires, Meribel or Val Thorens for ’pitch worthy’ sliding. In the village itself, two small but beautifully situated novice learn-to-ski areas provide a perfect location to make one’s first turns. For freeriders with a 3 Vallees lift pass, dropping into Meribel & heading up the Olympic chair to Roc de Fer will reveal stellar, heliski-like terrain on a powder day leading all the way into the Belleville valley.

See here for the St Martin de Belleville ski trail map.

Access from the village up the mountain is better than ever thanks to the installation of a brand-new gondola from season 19/20. Departures from the centre of town are always a bonus in a ski resort!

In reality, whilst the lifts & terrain in St Martin are limited, the skiing & snowboarding available from the resort is immense thanks to its links to the broader 3 Vallees, particularly Les Menuires & Meribel.

See here for the 3 Vallèes ski trail map.

Lift Passes

Ski lift pass options are many & varied when skiing Les Menuires. The local pass is for the 150km of trails in the Les Menuires -St Martin domain. It is around €10/day cheaper than the full 3 Vallees lift pass which includes Meribel, Courchevel & Val Thorens-Orelle. In between is the Vallèe des Bellevilles lift pass. At €4/day cheaper than a 3 Valleys pass, it includes all the lifts & terrain from top to bottom in the valley – Val Thorens- Orelle, Les Menuires & St Martin de Belleville. The Vallee des Belleville pass is only available as a day pass or season pass. Choose wisely!

Where is St Martin-de-Belleville France?

St Martin de Belleville ski resort is unsurprisingly in the Vallèe des Bellevilles, Savoy (Savoie – pronounced Sav-wa) region of the French Alps. By car, it is 200km (2¼hr) east of Lyon, 132km (2hr+) south of Geneva and 20km (½hr) drive south of the nearest major town, Moûtiers.

Lyon St Exupery (LYS) and Geneva (GVA) are the main gateway airports, with most visitors heading there via busy GVA. Both airports are connected to Moûtiers by trains, but connections are better from Geneva than Lyon. Rail journeys from the airports to Moutiers can be done in under 4hr. From Paris (Gare de Lyon) the direct TGV train connection to nearby Bourg St Maurice & stops at Moutiers on the way. Taxis, shuttles, or public bus transport are available from the airports & Moûtiers train station. Buses to St Martin from Moutiers train station are on the T3 line. They run at least once in the morning, around lunchtime & in the afternoon. Travel time is around 1hr 10min. Buy train tickets to Moutiers via the link below, purchase bus tickets from the driver. A free shuttle bus runs 5 times a day between St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires & Val Thorens for skiers & snowboarders.

Search rail transport options to St Martin & book here for all train tickets from Geneva, Paris, or Lyon to Moûtiers.

Alternatively, anyone adverse or contagious to trains & buses (COVID19 et al ) can organise a private transfer direct from a hotel or airport. Search & book here for all transfers to St Martin-de-Belleville.

For day visitors arriving by car, there is a convenient car park on the edge of the upper village, a short stroll to the ski lifts. Use the second turn off into the village off the main road to avoid an unnecessary drive all through the narrow streets.

St Martin-de-Belleville Accommodation

The traditional village of Saint Martin de Belleville is delightfully situated below the tree line & off the main road at an elevation of 1450m in the Belleville valley. The first of the ski resort villages in the valley, its authentic vibe & brand-new gondola extending up from the centre of town make compelling reasons to stay here. St Martin has a character quite distinct from the other Vallee des Bellevilles ski villages, lacking the industrial scale development in the likes of Val Thorens & Les Menuires. Most accommodations available are chalets, guesthouse rooms & limited hotels.

Search & book via our St Martin Ski Accommodation page.

Further up the valley, the small chalet-filled village of St Marcel is tucked away below the road. Further still, the many & varied village sectors of Les Menuires will in equal parts delight & appal. The ‘delight’ is in its interconnected, ski-in ski-out lodgings. The ‘appal’ is usually associated with one’s first glimpse of the resort’s architecture. Worth remembering though that Les Menuires is a very well positioned village to ski vast swathes of the 3 Valleys, plus it usually has availability during peak season.

Search & book via our Les Menuires Ski Accommodation page.

Ski Rentals, Lessons, Guiding & Services

Ski equipment rentals are available with our local partners in the centre of St Martin-de-Belleville near the ski lifts, plus at nearby Les Menuires. Receive a discount when you search & book via our St Martin de Belleville Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

Some off-piste ski lessons & guiding can make all the difference to a stay at St Martin de Belleville – the 3 Vallees. For information & options see our St Martin-de-Belleville Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

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Reviews

The Powderhounds visited St-Martin-de-Belleville in January 2020 & were incredibly impressed by its ski terrain & village. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read its inciteful prose!

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Tours in or near St Martin de Belleville

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE SKI ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Discover untouched powder in some of the most famous ski areas of the world in Haute Tarentaise of France. An experienced guide will show you vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder, even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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AUD 3,445
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
2 - 7 Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 4 people on a 3-day tour
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AUD 1,771
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