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22 October 2020.

St Martin de Belleville, Skii...

The skiing above St Martin consists of only five pistes that become one piste leading back to the village. However this does not mean that riding is limited. From the top of the St Martin 2 chair at Tougnete, Les Trois Vallees becomes your oyster. You can take the blue piste Gros Tougne all the way into St Martins close neighbour Les Menuires or any one of a number of pistes that would take you to Meribel, Mottaret or the Mont Vallon bubble access chair Mures Rouges.

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Beginner

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With no real green pistes available in St Martin itself you would be right in thinking that it is probably best suited to 2nd week riders rather than absolute beginners. That said the village has a couple of nursery tows for beginners and small children. It’s enough to get you going but if you want to spend more time coming down the slope than being dragged up on a tow you’re going to have to brave one of the long blue pistes above St Martin or drive up to Les Menuires with a greater selection of beginner’s slopes. Gros Tougne mentioned above is a pretty gentle blue although it does have a couple of sections that quite frankly could petrify a beginner. The danger for beginners is biting off more than they can chew and essentially turning a potentially good experience into a bad one. Whatever you do, do it with an instructor.

Intermediate

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For intermediates there is plenty of entertainment in the Belleville valley itself. Most of the riding is found around the next door resort of Les Menuires and Val Thorens located at the head of the valley below the Aiguille de Peclet and its glacier. Of course we highly recommend that you wander to the far corners of the Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) and sample as many of the regions delights as possible. One of the most pleasurable intermediate runs of the whole area will often be your last of the day. The trails leading back to St Martin are simply sublime. They’re quiet and the scenery is beautiful. If you’ve got any energy left it’s possible to really open it up.

Advanced

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Of course you can head for the Couloirs of the Saulire and Mont Vallon and yes the testing Comb di Caron black piste on the Cime de Caron. But if all you need are some pleasurable off-piste itineraries away from the madding crowd then you need never go farther than 2 chairlifts away to find them. There are also some long itineraries that lead all the way back to St Martin from the Lac Noir chair above Les Menuires. I recommend that you purchase the Three Valleys Off-piste Guide book and please remember if skiing off-piste never go alone and always make sure you carry the correct safety equipment. Also, there is no substitute for local knowledge and a guide can be worth their weight in gold when it comes to finding the best snow and slopes.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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Freestyle fiends will love Les Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) with almost more parks than piste. Not quite but there are a few, two of the best being the Moon and Plattieres parks in the Meribel valley. Pipes, kickers, rails and skier/boardercross courses are all on offer. Fill your boots.