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|Resort: Les Menuires / Reberty 2000
Domain: 3 vallees
Author: Frosty The Snowman
Date: 9-16th Jan 2005 (6 nights)
Our holiday: My family: Couple in Mid/ early 40s with 2 boys 10 & 11, Another couple late 40s with 2 girls 19 & 15
(Website : lesmenuires.com www.silverski.co.uk
Basics : In the Belleville Valley between St Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens. We flew into Lyon and Transfer was about 2.75 hours by Tour operator coach.
Lift system : Simply outstanding. The lifts in Les Menuires are state of the art. On top of this they are execeptionally well thought out. Links to Meribel and Val Thorens are swift and efficient
The terrain : Although much maligned for its looks. Les Menuires is a brilliant spot for a ski holiday. Great pistes, superb lifts. Sunny skiing in the morning on La Masse side of the valley and sunny all afternoon on the Les Menuires. This in contrast to Meribel that was always cold and dark in the afternoon. The masse side although intersected by the main road, has 2 ski bridges over the top, and a very clever lift system. Grooming is efficient and regular. Good spot to tour the 3 Valleys from. Must do's in The Belleville Valley are trip down to the delightful St Martin, Multiple runs down Jerusalem but taking a different path each time, and trip to the top of La Masse. Must say that Val Thorens didn't push the right buttons for us, but it was cold the day we went.
The snow : Snow was thin and patchy at the start and we then had 6 days of uninterupted sunshine. Huge differance in pisteconditions. Chapelet on the very far side of Corchevel 1650 was almost bare, despite huge efforts to scrape snow off piste to on by the pistenbullies. Jerusalem was VERY icey for large stretches with unmarked rocks poking several inches through. Right in the heart of Les Menuires however, L'Etele black run had excellent grippy snow throuout its length and was a real joy.
Off Piste Not our scene even if the snow had been fresh. For those that like it there is bucketfulls over on La Masse and lots of easier stuff above St Martin if required
The resort : Didn't venture much out of Reberty in the evening. Reberty is a free bus ride up the hill from Les Menuires and is a very atractive satellite village. If you want nightlife then forget it. We were on a chalet holiday and made our own fun indoors, and had a great time. Doorstep skiing, sunny disposition.
Food : La Ferme is pisteside in Reberty 2000. Excellent and good value lunch stop, and a great meal on the night off. Highly Recommended. La Grande Lac Restaurant at the bottom of thre Granges chair is an excellent mountain stop for both lunch and Chocolate Chaud
Accommodation : Silver Ski chalet Romeo (sleeps 19) and I shall post a more informal report elsewhere. Ski in/out, huge jacuzzi, 2 small saunas, fabulous food and attentive staff, smallish but functional bedrooms, lovely lounge - diner - kitchen are, nice balcony. Lots of floor tiles etc so quite noisey. Great staff and lovely fellow guests made for a memorable week. Silver Ski really are a first class company.
6 nights chalet board with free wine etc. ¬£245 per person for a quad room with the kids, Manchester flights and transfers. 6am flight so 2.5 hrs skiing on the first day. Outstanding value.
Conclusion: Excellent resort if you aren't looking for Apres. Silver Ski superb as ever. I would return.
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