Mar 20, 2023 / PROPERTY / BUYING

Ski property in the Three Valleys could cost less than you think

If you’re a seasoned skier there’s a fair chance that the charms of the Three Valleys are familiar to you. What you may not know is that there’s a simple way to find an affordable (dare we say cheap?) ski apartment in the Three Valleys.

What’s so good about buying a ski property in the Three Valleys ski area? 

Owning a ski apartment in the world’s largest ski area is a dream come true. The Three Valleys offers over 600 km of pistes across a variety of stunning landscapes. Breathtaking views are at every turn and the range of locations means you can be confident that your skiing won’t be curtailed by the weather so it's as good a choice for a quick break as it is for an extended escape.

All ages and levels of experience can enjoy the slopes be it the challenging couloirs of Saulire, the numerous well designed beginner slopes and everything in between. Resorts are dual season too, offering summer activities such as mountain biking, paragliding and hiking and simply relaxing in the tranquillity of the mountains.

Away from the slopes you’ll find traditional alpine fayre: Michelin starred restaurants, top notch shopping, as well as mountain villages and farms to explore. The Three Valleys has something for everyone. 

Before we move on to looking at properties in satellite resorts, we can't pass up the opportunity to tell you about these superb homes in Courchevel Moriond and Meribel. 

Stunning new lodges include Sundance Lodge, with apartments ranging from 2 to 7 bedrooms. Properties enjoy mountain views, 5 star facilities and an excellent location. Also in Courchevel Moriond is Steamboat Lodge, set just 100 metres from the slopes and complete with luxurious facilities including a luxurious spa. Steamboat lodge offers a range of apartments from 2 to 7 bedrooms.

Finally in Courchevel Moriond, we have Manali Lodge, which is just moments from the village centre. Manali Lodge is an incredible opportunity offering ample possibility to live and work on one of the most prestigious locations in the alps.

If Meribel is more your style then don’t miss the chance to purchase an apartment in Falcon Lodge. The location is ideal - just 150 metres from the lift and 500 metres from the resort centre. South facing properties range from 1 bedroom cabin apartments to 5 bedroom duplex and enjoy beautiful views of Roc de Fer as well as cellar, parking and private wellness area - perfect after a day on the slopes.

uperb mountain views from Manali Lodge in Courchevel Moriond

Discover affordable ski apartments for sale in the Three Valleys ski area

The secret to finding an affordable Three Valleys ski property is seeking out properties in satellite resorts. These resorts give you all the benefits of the big name spots like Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, but at a fraction of the price. Sounds good doesn’t it? Here are some of our favourite satellite ski resorts in the Three Valleys

Brides Les Bains 

If you’re looking for a blissful basecamp close to Meribel, then look no further. Brides les Bains is a spa village cradled at the foot of the Three Valleys. It’s close to air and rail links (Moutier station is just ten minutes from the resort centre) and a short trip on the Olympe Gondola takes you to the higher pistes of Meribel.

As well as easy access to a range of pistes, Brides les Bains offers superb entertainment away from the slopes. Festivals are a regular occurrence, with comedy and jazz taking centre stage, and the thermal waters give rise to the resort’s reputation as a wellness retreat.


Nearest airports: Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble

Nearest train link: Gare de Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains 

Les Allues

An authentic Savoyard village, Les Allues is packed with alpine charm. It’s a working village with all the essential amenities such as a supermarket and ski shop, as well as a handful of restaurants with bars.

History weaves through the streets and you can still enjoy the sight of the communal bread oven where villagers would take turns to bake for the community. You can take the lift to Meribel and even ski back via a long, but gentle, red run.

A ski apartment in Les Allues is a perfect spot to enjoy all the benefits of Meribel, without paying Meribel prices. 


Nearest Airport: Chambery,Geneva, Grenoble

Nearest station: Gare de Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains

La Tania

Set 125 km from Grenoble, La Tania was built for the 1992 Olympics. Created in a traditional Alpine style with wood clad apartment buildings and set amongst forest, it has a degree of charm not often found in more modern resorts.

The car free centre gives it special appeal for families, which is enhanced by facilities such as a day nursery and Piou Piou skiing centre for three to five year olds. La Tania has a selection of shops and restaurants to enjoy and it’s just ten minutes to the slopes and bustle of Meribel or Courchevel. 

Altitude: 1,400

Nearest Airport: Grenoble

Nearest Station: Gare de Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains 

This ski apartment offers exquisite styling and a perfect location in Courchevel


At the centre of the Three Valleys is Mottaret, one of the highest resorts in the area. It’s a purpose built resort so most properties are within around 200 metres of the slopes and it’s possible to ski directly to Meribel.

The village has invested in a new beginners area, known as the Yeti slope and home to Yooni the famous blue Yeti that charms children (and a fair few adults too). For those seeking greater challenges the unique location of Mottaret means the high peaks and variety of runs of Courchevel, Val Thorens and Meribel are within easy reach - it takes just 12 minutes to reach Plas du Lac.

Other ski based activities include night skiing and tobogganing and away from the slopes the resort has excellent wellbeing facilities and a great choice of shops, bars and restaurants. 


Nearest Airport: Grenoble, Geneva, Chambery

Nearest Station: Gare de Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains

Saint Martin de BelleVille

Saint Martin de Belleville embodies the concept of Art de vivre - the art of living. With the charm of the mountains at centre stage, a reputation for outstanding gastronomy and superb activities away from the slopes this is a place that delights skiers and non-skiers alike.

There’s a nursery slope in the centre of the resort, and blue runs from the top of Tougnete. Advanced skiers can access the thrills of the Three Valleys with ease and there’s a great choice of off-piste areas.

Away from the slopes you’ll love the fact that Saint Martin is home to La Bouitte, part of the village since 1976 and holder of three Michelin stars.

Out of season there are numerous MTB trails, canyoning and hiking including the famous Via Ferrata.

Altitude: 1450

Nearest airport: Chambery, Grenoble, Geneva

Nearest station: Gare de Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains, Aigueblanche-Centre

Les Menuires

Les Menuires is perfectly placed for Val Thorens and Meribel. It’s a Famille Plus resort and is known for its arresting modernist architecture. It’s set between Saint Martin and Val Thorens giving easy access to more traditional townscapes and the variety of skiing offered by the Three Valleys.

It has a reputation for being friendly and holds strong appeal for families thanks to initiatives like a nursery and mini-club and the resort is designed to be easy to navigate with a pushchair. There are mountain farms to enjoy, excellent bars and restaurants and plenty of activities for non-skiers. 

Altitude: 1850

Nearest Airport: Grenoble, Geneva, Chambery

Nearest station: Moûtiers Salins Brides-Les-Bains

Chalets Apsara in Les Allues offer Savoyard charm and superb specifications.

Find your perfect ski property in the Three Valleys

Wherever you’d like to buy your dream Three Valleys ski property, be it the busy hubs of Courchevel and Moriond, or a satellite resort like Les Allues or somewhere else entirely, SnowOnly can help.

As a specialist ski property portal we offer access to mountains of property throughout the Three Valleys and across the world.

Our tailored search system and property alert service means you can search for exactly what you want without the stress of trawling dozens of agent websites. We have all types of ski property to buy and are committed to helping you find the ideal space to live your best mountain life.