In recent years St Martin has made substantial investment in its pistes and lifts. The St Martin express lift opened in 2015, which means that skiers can now travel in covered gondolas all the way from the village to the top of the mountain. New state of the art, ‘low pressure’ snow cannons are in place too, improving snow coverage on the lower pistes.
There is a good beginners area in the village with two moving carpets and some large spacious nursery slopes. The world-renowned ‘Jerusalem’ piste includes an optional blue piste route, inviting beginner and intermediate skiers to experience this legendary (Worlds’ Top Ten) piste. The off-piste in St Martin is quiet, making it a great introduction if you’re a newbie to off-piste. There is also the ‘liberty ride’ area (offering safe off piste skiing). Advanced skiers and boarders can access the expert terrain of the wider area from here, but it’s not the most convenient start point. Snowboarders will have to go to Les Menuires to find a snowpark.
What we love about St Martin is that you can experience an authentic Savoie mountain village and ski in the world’s largest ski area. In 1.5 hours you can be at the highest point in the whole of the Three Valleys – Val Thorens. The next day you can be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in Courchevel after taking only four lifts and two pistes. It is this destination skiing that makes St Martin de Belleville so special.