Reasons to Love St Martin de Belleville
When you think of the Three Valleys ski area, big-hitting resorts like Courchevel and Meribel spring to mind. But nestled in the same valley as Val Thorens is the pretty village of St Martin de Belleville, a much more manageable size for families, this traditional resort has its roots in farming yet is part of the world’s biggest ski area. After a day on some of the world’s best pistes, skiing back to St Martin you instantly feel like you’ve come home, to a very well kept secret! St Martin de Belleville’s traditional stone and timber-clad farms may now be home to cosy chalets and beautiful restaurants, but it has lost none of its authenticity. The atmosphere suits families; it’s all about unpretentious luxury.
When it comes to mythical skiing, the Jerusalem run from the top of Meribel at more than 2100m altitude down to St Martin de Belleville ticks all our boxes. This blue piste is tranquil Three Valley skiing at its best and will delight families with competent little skiers or older ones. The slope is of historical interest too. It was the site of Resistance work during the Second World War, when Resistance workers used the barns alongside the slope to hide the vulnerable.
Take the family on a Nordic dog-sledding adventure. Discover the winter landscape from a different angle, pulled along in a sled alongside the snowy river you could imagine you were in Narnia. Truly magical!
Apres Ski Activities
Adults and children age 12 and over can give ice hockey a go on the mini-skating rink in the centre of St Martin in special taster sessions. Children will love skating under the stars by the beautiful church in the heart of the village when the mini-ice rink opens for evening skating sessions.
St Martin has a long and fascinating history, while away an afternoon walking the village heritage trail. There are 12 places to discover on the trail, which starts at the village church. You’ll see the communal bread oven, the ‘bachal’ (wash house), and end at the beautiful 17th century baroque chapel of Notre Dame de la Vie.