Mountains #21 & #22 of #EpicRace -- St. Marin & Les Menuires

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On our 2nd day in Les 3 Vallées, we decided to ski over to the towns of St. Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires to check those off our list. It was a gorgeous morning with not a cloud in the sky, so we definitely were not complaining about having to go ski again! To get to these towns, we headed up the opposite side of the valley as we did to go to Courchevel and La Tania. 2 lifts later and we were at the top of the mountain separating the two valleys.

It was one long run down into the town of St. Martin, but unfortunately the snow wasn't the greatest. We skied through another tunnel under the road to get down to the village before setting off on foot to look for the tourist office. The town is definitely very quaint and sleepy from one we could tell. The most 'established' looking though compared to other newly built up resort towns.  Once we got our stamp, it was time to head back out of town all the way to the top of the mountain again.

Next, we skied into the town of Les Menuires via a very long catwalk. Surprisingly we were able to ski right through to the other side and right to the lift we needed, without having to take a single chairlift.  One of our checkpoints took us to the top of La Masse, where the Men's Slalom was held in the 1992 Winter Olympics. It had another gorgeous viewpoint from the top, and then probably one of the best runs we've had this entire trip back to the bottom. It's amazing when you can ski almost 3,000 vertical feet in one single run.

On the way back, we stopped in the town to find the tourist office. It is definitely a much more modern city than St. Martin, and has this massive spire structure in the middle that looks almost like it is out of the Jetsons. Definitely an odd futuristic type look. We didn't stay too long as we decided to eat lunch back at our flat in Méribel, so we headed home.

For our photo/video requirements, we completed the following checkpoints:

1) The bottom of the St. Martin 1 Gondola

2) Le Chardon Bleu Restaurant

3) Riding the Palma Lift


1) Top of La Masse 2 Gondola (highest point of Les Menuires)

2) View of Les Menuires in the background

3) Pointe De La Masse

Only 4 more to go!

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