The ski resorts of St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires in France’s Three Valleys celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2015.
There are year round events with a relaxed nature, entirely in keeping with St Martin’s village atmosphere. Despite being on the doorstep of the high altitude resort of Val Thorens it retains the character and charm of a thriving year round community.
It’s not just the snow that’s sparkling in this very pretty Alpine location. La Bouitte restaurant, run by father-and-son team Rene and Maxime Meilleur were awarded three Michelin stars in February 2015. The chalet style restaurant is located at an altitude of 2,500 metres (8,200 feet), and offers fishy delights such as trout, scallops and crawfish, while meat eaters can tuck into frogs’ legs with black garlic and watercress, duck foie gras escalope, sweetbreads and venison.
You could of course “eat at home” if you’re on holiday in St Martin de Bellville. Some ski chalets offer highly qualified chalet chefs with restaurant experience from around the globe. From the village there is fast, easy access to snow sure Val Thorens and the whole of the Three Valleys and shops for self-catering. The Gondola links to a high speed quad chair lift which can whisk skiers from the village up to over 2400 metres in less than 15 minutes.