Whether you are looking for off-hill activities to unwind, a little dose of retail therapy or more mountain pursuits, les Menuires has it covered!
Like most ski resorts, les Menuires offers a lot of mountain activites aside from skiing and snowboarding. La Vallée des Belleville is an ideal place for walks or snowshoe outings. Thanks to the system of snow compacted and marked-out footpaths, walkers can wind their way around the valley discovering all the riches that it has to offer. Several snowshoe itineraries are also marked-out on the snow covered slopes: the Mont de la Chambre itinerary which covers a remarkable 1000 metre vertical, the Girauds footpath and Le Châtelard-Téton circuit. An itinerary links Les Menuires to Saint Martin from Le Roc des 3 Marches gondola or the Saint Martin gondola. Certain lifts are open to pedestrians or snowshoe walkers. And for the really adventurous it is possible to go walking at night!
Other activities to try are the les Menuires toboggan run – the ‘Roc N’Bob’, mountain biking on snow, paragliding and snow-scooting at night!
A number of activities are available for families: the Sliding Castle at La Croisette and the Tobogganing Area in Les Bruyères are fun slides on ‘shovel sledges’, and there are football-on-snow tournaments and ‘Snow Art’ snow sculpture workshops.
There’s plenty to choose from if you are looking for some R&R. Les Chalets du Gypse Mountain Spa & Beauty Centre ‘O des Cîmes’ offers massages, body and facial treatments as well as one- to three-day well-being cures. Also available: saunas, steam rooms, bubbling baths and a weight-training room.
Other places to try include the spa at Chalet-Hôtel Kaya or the Bela Vya well being centre at La Bouitte.
There are a range of cultural activities and events to get involved with throughout the winter season. From the ‘Full Metal Contest’ (for freestylers with a penchant for hard rock) to the Winegrower’s week where winegrowers from 30 different regions come to town to show off their produce. You can find updates and info on all the events in resort at the tourist office so be sure to pop in on your arrival.