St Martin: The Jewel of the Three Valleys
The jewel in the rather sparkly crown of the Three Valleys ski area, St Martin de Belleville is a charmingly quaint mountain village. With fabulous skiing AND a critically-acclaimed foodie paradise, it’s a real hidden gem amongst the big name resorts of Val Thorens, Courchevel and Meribel.
“St Martin de Belleville is a beautiful ancient alpine village which just happens to sit on the very edge of the biggest ski area in the world – the famous Trois Vallees. Coupled with the fact that’s it’s just a couple of hours drive from Geneva, has wonderful chalets and hotels, fantastic pubs and restaurants and is relatively inexpensive then you don’t have to look much further for a fantastic ski break.”
Dave Lafferty, Manchester Evening News
Same altitude as Meribel
The baroque church and snow-topped roofs of St Martin lie at the gateway to the Belleville Valley. At 1450m, this picturesque resort is at the same altitude as neighbouring Méribel. Thus enjoying a good coverage of snow with skiing up to 3300m.
Nowhere else can you wallow in a traditional alpine village and still be within such easy reach of the huge expanse of skiing that the Three Valleys has to offer.
St Martin de Belleville is also, according to Nick Trend in the Telegraph, one of the ‘10 Prettiest Ski Resorts in the Alps‘!
St Martin has a reputation for gastronomy
St Martin de Belleville is also a true foodie’s paradise. Winning ‘Best Gastronomic Resort of the Year‘ in the 2016 World Snow Awards. With Michelin stars galore, and fabulously rustic farms producing incredible cheeses, there’s a huge range of gourmet opportunities to explore during your stay.
With a small (but perfectly formed) selection of low-key, civilised drinking establishments, a rowdy après-ski resort this is not! The emphasis is on relaxed drinks with friends, in a bar where you can hear each other speak. Though there is some live music to be found during the week. You can ask your host for details or read our Bars & Restaurants page.
St Martin de Belleville activities
If more active après-ski is more your thing, the Belleville valley offers a huge variety. From husky sledging to paragliding, ice driving and snowmobiling. St Martin also has an ice-skating rink open in the afternoons which is great for children. Next to the church, and with a view of the mountains, it’s a lovely place to absorb the friendly village atmosphere.
Reviews of St Martin’s skiing
Ok we may be biased but we think St Martin offers incredible skiing. With two amazing runs to finish the day in Jerusalem and Pramint what’s not to like? But don’t take our word for it.
Here’s what The Telegraph makes of St Martin de Belleville:
“Its lifts are modern. A fast gondola followed by a fast chairlift ascend from the village to the ridge above the Belleville and Les Allues valleys…. In the village, modern architecture respects the old farmhouses and 17th-century church. Staying here offers a radically different experience from neighbouring Trois Vallées resorts.”
As well as a review from Felice Hardy in www.welove2ski:
“How could it have happened? St Martin de Belleville is a cute little village attached to the world’s most famous lift system, and it’s managed to retain its style, charm and sense of proportion.”
Further Reading on St Martin de Belleville
Want to know more about what makes St Martin so special? Read some of our blogs on our beloved resort:
- Why Choose St Martin for your next holiday? – In case you’re still pondering….
- Best Three Valleys Spots – Including, of course, some St Martin gems
- The Ultimate Holiday in St Martin – Things to do on your next holiday