Overview of St Martin de Belleville Ski Resort
One of the very few truly ‘traditional village’ options in the Three Valleys, St Martin de Belleville lies in the Belleville Valley, closest to the contrasting modern Les Menuires development above it and, still further up, Val Thorens, the highest resort in the circuit and in the whole Alps. It’s the valley on the right side of the map, with Meribel and its satellite Mottaret in the central valley and La Tania and Courchevel over on the left side, so you need to do some travelling to reach these more distant outposts of the huge white empire, but it is quite feasible as the high speed lift network is so good.
Although still quite small and with a very traditional feel, St Martin de Belleville has been greatly expanded over the past few decades, but with development in keeping with the existing village which is centred on the old church. Ironically, although one of the older resorts in the Three Valleys, St Martin de Belleville is one of the most recently connected to the lift network – as recently as the 1980s. Be wary on your St Martin de Belleville ski holiday that the village is built on a hillside with the main lift at the top of the village, so if this might be an issue, try to check exactly where your accommodation is before you book.
St Martin de Belleville is also one of the quieter options on the circuit which will suit some, but not others. The après ski scene is usually mooted except at a few venues, and those looking for a lively night scene as well as full on days on the slopes, should look elsewhere.