Magazine Les 3 Vallées

The mountains like you’ve never imagined them before!

It’s time to go off the beaten path and discover
the best-kept secrets of the 3 Vallées!

A night of shooting stars in the heart of the mountains

Shooting stars can be seen flying across the sky for a few evenings every summer. They are known as the Perseid meteor showers, and some years there can be up to 120 per hour! In 2020, this phenomenon will be visible from 17 July until 24 August, with the most activity on the nights of 12 and 13 August. This is when we recommend visiting the mountains, far from the light pollution of towns and cities, to be closer than ever to the stars. Just make sure you bring a cover, something nice to drink, and a picnic, so you can enjoy this exceptional experience in a suitably breathtaking setting. In fact, because the peaks and the sky go so well together, this summer Courchevel is launching its “Mountains and Astronomy” evenings organized by Uelys Montagne.

Participants meet at the Ariondaz farm at 6 p.m. to discover how the farm operates and makes its cheese. As the sun begins to set, the group then sets out for a walk above the Vallée des Avals against the backdrop of Mont Blanc, La Grande-Casse and the Vanoise National Park… After a traditional meal back at the farm, the evening of astronomy begins with a planetarium projection in a tent, followed by a real-life observation of the night sky in a blend of science and mythology.
+33(0)6 22 66 67 27


High-Altitude permaculture garden Chez Pépé Nicolas

Vegetable garden, Aromatic plants, Flowers !

Since 1957, Chez Pépé Nicolas has been present in the Belleville Valley as mountain
shepherd and producer of cheese, never ceasing to innovate and enrich activities on
offer: restaurant, cheese shop, alpine farm, pedagogical visits, local produce
boutique… and starting from June 21, a high altitude permaculture garden.
Pépé Nicolas’s family – Margot, Valentin, Magali and Thierry Suchet – have asked Christophe Gonthier, a farmer from Chambéry, to create a garden
at 1,950m that reflects their environmental efforts.
Along 10 stages and signs, the garden invites you to contemplate and discover new things with a unique view of the Belleville Valley, peaks and the path leading
towards Lac du Lou. The itinerary takes roughly 30 minutes.
Free visit and access. Path accessible for prams and buggies. Free parking from the D117 between Les Menuires and Val Thorens.
+33(0)6 09 45 28 35


A night in the Refuge de la Traye

After opening last December, the Refuge de la Traye is about to welcome its first summer season. Nestled in a clearing of the Allues forest, this hamlet is found just off the path, offering welcoming luxury and authentic alpine art de vivre. The establishment boasts small chalets, a mazot, a chapel, a lake, a choice of eateries, a spa and a sunny terrace, all in an exceptional setting. You are guaranteed a truly timeless experience, whether stopping for a delicious meal, a well-being break or staying the night.
+33(0)4 58 24 04 04

Just next door, the Refuge du Christ also offers a place to take a well-deserved break… This spot is a real gem!
+33(0)6 95 73 20 90


The Grand Spa Thermal in Brides-les-Bains*

As a ski resort in the winter and a spa resort in the winter, Brides-les-Bains is “at the foot of the 3 Vallées and at the peak of your health,” boasting intense, rich local life throughout the year. With its 600m2 of water-based well-being, the Grand Spa Thermal helps to make this place so popular. Whether you’re looking for well-being or weight-loss retreats, à la carte treatments or a day at the spa, there is something for everyone. And if all you want is to indulge, then look no further! Expect outdoor and indoor jacuzzis, experience showers, steam rooms, steam-baths with natural plant infusions, a tea room and a sunbathing terrace. Pure heaven!
+33(0)4 79 55 26 70
* Opening dependant on government authorisation.


Discovering the European Dark Bee

The Maison de la Nature et de l’Abeille Noire is found at Le Plan de l’Eau des Bruyères in Les Menuires. This institution was launched to protect the European Dark Bee, a local species that has adapted to the mountain environment, but which is now threatened with extinction. The fun, interactive space also features a mating hive, installed just above in the Vallée des Encombres since 2016. Visitors can “experience what it’s like to be a bee” through sensory activities, while learning more about this species, life in the hive (thanks to cross-sectioned, living hive) and biodiversity. Films on the subject are screened in the auditorium to round off the visit.
+33(0)4 79 00 73 00


Photo crédit:
Sylvain AYMOZ / OT Méribel

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