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“St Martin de Belleville”

St Martin de Belleville
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

A fantastic ski resort - highly recommended. Small but perfectly formed with loads of skiing and loads of great lunch venues!

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Reviewed 5 February 2014

St Martin is such a pretty little village compared to it's larger neighbours, Les Menuires, Meribel and Val Thorens. There are no high-rise hotels and the whole place has a charm that the others lack.

But even better, the pistes are so quiet compared to the larger resorts in Les 3 Vallees - dramatically different! It's a great place to stay as you can access everywhere you want, but you return to a nice quiet place - or just stay in the area and don't venture too far.

1  Thank Keith R
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We always make a point of lunching In St Martin on at least one day in a week's skiing from Meribel. A charming real alpine community, which has grown recently without losing much of its charm. It has several restaurants worth a second visit. Le Montagnard is the best known and most expensive, but we prefer La Vout, down in the village square by the church, where the ski instructors seem to eat - always a good sign. Le Ferme has had mixed reviews of late, but we hear that it seems OK this year. The big drawback of the village from the ski point of view is the crappy chairlift above the village gondola, which keeps stopping and occasionally fails completely. On one occasion we had to be bussed out to Les Menuires, and only just made it over to Meribel on time.

1  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Before we came away we really struggled to find the debutant/beginners ski information, so I thought I'd post it here.

In the 2012-2013 season, in Les Menuires the free lifts were:

Magic carpet 1 - In Les Menuires centre.

You can then ski over the snow bridge, and down a very gentle green run called bd de la masse. This will take you to a series of bubbles and chairs, but the free lift is the croisette bucket lift. This takes you back to the village, however it's a flat 5 minute (in ski boots) walk back to the snow bridge.

Once back at the snow bridge, you can ski down bd de la masse again, but don't go all the way to the bottom. If you take a sharp right (also green), you get to the next free lift called Preyerand.

Preyerand - This is a set of 3 telecabin lifts, which take you back to the village level, however you can catch the glass lift up to the Brelin hotel, which takes you above the village. From here you can ski back into the village, and over the snow bridge without any walking.

As your confidence grows, you can tackle the top of a blue called Bettex which is immediately after the snow bridge. This looks steep to beginners, but its really a confidence thing and achievable if they are brave enough.

Magic carpet 2 - There is another magic carpet at the bottom of the Preyrand lift. If you're staying in Les Menuire central you're better off on the 1st magic carpet, however if the resort is very busy you could take the Preyrand lift down and use the 2nd carpet as this tends to be quieter.

There are other free lifts in Reberty, however these are not worth the effort of getting to, if you are staying in Menuire central.

After you've milked the free lifts, you can move on to the debutant pass, which costs 23euros including cart niege (insurance). For this you have access to the following lifts:

Montagnettes chair - takes you above the village and has a steeper nursery slope to practice on. This chair tends not to run late in the season.

Menuires chair - This follows a similar route the Montagnettes chair, however it is longer and you have to do some work on a steepish blue before you reach the safety of the green nursery run.

Roc des 3 marches 1 - a fast bubble that takes you pretty high. There is a superb green called Violette, and takes a novice 20-30 minutes. As you progress you can also take a blue called petits creux, however this is much tougher on the beginner and can get busy and choppy at times as it joins with other runs and returns you above the village. My preferred blue is Bd Giraud which joins the bottom of Violette. There is also a red available called Grand Combes however this was closed at the end of the season to save on piste machines.

Doron chair runs from below the village where you can also catch the free bucket (croisette), however Doron will take you higher in the village saving you from having the walk the flat section.

If you ski over the snow bridge and down the free pistes, you can continue from bd de la masse and down bd du doron, catching the tortollet chair which drops you at the same point as the top of the glass lift, where you can ski back down to the village.

By purchasing the debutant pass, you also have the ability to ski and easily return from Reberty, which gives you the sense you are starting to travel (and a new range of cafes and restaurants to lunch in).

These arrangements usually stay the same from season to season.

After you have exhausted the debutant area, the next step is to buy a Les Menuires pass which allows you to explore a vast area, and stretch down to St Martin. After that you can extend to the Valley de belleville pass which also allows you to ski Val Thorens. The full 3 valley pass will let you ski the whole area, which is so massive that I know someone who has skied 15 seasons here and still isn't bored.

The sky is the limit. I hope you enjoy skiing and have a great holiday!

10  Thank Iain S
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

its lived in all year as it’s the admin headquarters for the area, so that gives it a genuine feel. development has been managed so it retains a fair amount of charm. superb for ski in winter and well placed as a base for a horde of summer activities

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