Non-skiing activities available in the Three Valleys
Whilst the Three Valleys is best known as the world’s largest (and arguably best!) linked ski resort, there are a number of non-skiing activities that you can undertake locally if skiing or snowboarding is not your thing.
At Powder N Shine we have done the vast majority of these ourselves, either us owners or our members of staff, and would heartily recommend every one of them. We are also happy to help you in the organization of one or more of these activities, but we do strongly suggest booking these in ahead of your arrival, as availability is often limited and we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed, especially during the busier periods and peak weeks of the season.
Enjoying the spectacular views (as a pedestrian)
It may (or indeed may not) seem quite obvious, but the peaks of the Three Valleys offer some fantastic views both of Mont Blanc to the northeast, and also of the stunning local scenery. With a pedestrian pass, you are able to access almost the entire Three Valleys area, with a little planning. The closest lifts that can be used by pedestrians are the Bruyeres double bubble; The Roc des 3 Marches 1 bubble, followed by the Roc des 3 Marches 2 chairlift; and the lifts on La Masse.
Further afield, you can use these first lifts to access more lifts in Val Thorens, St Martin and into Meribel, and across into Courchevel and La Tania. This then grants you access to enjoy the breathtaking views and potentially some of the area’s fine gastronomy too.Pedestrian passes can be bought in advance by PNS and will be given to you when you arrive in the chalet.
Pedestrian passes costs 23 Euros per day or 71 Euros for 6 days with Three Valleys access.
The image of having tennis racquets taped to your feet may seem like something out of a cartoon, but the concept is a good one and technology has advanced somewhat in the realm of snowshoeing! This activity is suitable for all fitness levels and transports you away from the pistes and the hustle and bustle into a peaceful environment where you can enjoy the local flora and fauna. If you are lucky you can spot marmottes, deer, stags and many other animals and birds.
Showshoeing is available with ESF and can be booked by PNS before your holiday or in resort. Prices from 30 Euros per morning.
Ice Driving and Ice Karting
In Val Thorens there is a driving circuit constructed of ice, and you can hire specially adapted cars to drive on this track. The first couple of laps you will be co-pilot to an expert, but then you will be unleashed into the driving seat to put into practice what you have been shown. There is also a mini track for go-karts, which is great fun too.
Each of our chalets has a number of toboggans available for you to take out onto the snow. We just ask that you please bring them back! From the village, you can access the snow directly in front of La Ferme (off to the side of the piste), or you can also take a bus into Menuires (takes around 10 minutes) to play on the snow there, and there is also an ice castle there for the younger children (assuming sufficient snowfall of course!).
There is also a snow track carved out underneath the Roc des 3 Marches bubble lift that you can access on sleds in the afternoons. This course, called Roc ‘n’ Bob, which is 4km long, stays open beyond sunset, meaning that you need a head torch (and helmet!) to try to see the way down! Minimum age is 7 years old
Up on the mountain called La Masse, there is a stunning lake called Lac du Lou. During the winter, there are organized trips into the frozen lake with diving apparatus. Rest assured, the equipment you are provided with also keeps you warm, even in the freezing waters. The 20 minute foray below the ice gives you a mesmerizing glimpse into a peaceful and beautiful world that would otherwise remain a mystery.
Access the lake on snow shoes or cross country skis (40 minutes), followed by a 30-minute ice diving session supervised by our professional diving instructors (includes equipment briefing), then it’s back to the resort on snowshoes or skis.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over, even if you have never been diving before.
Walk to the lake and ice dive session : €180.
In the valley (and beyond), there are some fantastic mountain refuges that are open to all for an overnight stay. You need to book these in advance and facilities range from a very basic dormitory only to establishments that offer dinner, proper beds and bathrooms.
For those staying at Powder N Shine, we can organize for you to stay overnight on the chalet staff’s night off, the only pre-requisite is to have some off-piste skiing experience in order to get to and from the refuge.
The newly refurbished refuge at the Lac du Lou has the possibility of eating dinner there, before coming back down in the twilight with torches, for a truly memorable and unique experience.
Fancy a ride on a dog-sled along the Doron river? This can be booked in resort only at the Tourist Office. Don’t book too late as it is very popular!
Adult: 39 € (per person / 30 minutes outing)
Child: 29 € (6-12 y.o. free under 3 years old)
Fee: 130 € (per sledge / 1 hour outing, 3 persons max).
Mountain Biking on snow AKA Fat Bike!
Fat Bike is an introduction to mountain biking on snow, accessible to everyone. Enjoy super 2 wheeler slides on a specially reserved piste, learn how to break, slalom on snow and enjoy new cycling sensations on 8km of piste!
Fat Bike on snow is new to Les Menuires. There are two 4km descents with a certified instructor. Bookings up until the night before at Roc n’Bob Office for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Meet at 8.30am at the ski shop Go Sport in Brelin. The lift pass, bike, helmet and body protection are included in the price.
Prices 35 Euros for 2 runs
For a spectacular view over the mountains, you can take to the sky! There are a number of places that you can access to strap yourself onto a paragliding instructor for a tandem flight. The feeling is incredible and not at all scary – just a serene float above the slopes and mountains to enjoy another way of seeing the phenomenal scenery.
Having considered this many times and with some guests’ multiple requests, we will be hosting cookery classes in the chalets, with one of our team of highly qualified, experienced and friendly Chefs. More information to follow soon.