Ski instructor in Val Thorens in winter, mountain bike instructor in Courchevel in summer, experienced freerider: Timothy Theo knows the Three Valleys like the back of his hand! Appointed as an ambassador for France’s largest ski area, the man known here as “Timi” shares his tips, favorites and good addresses in the Alps with France.fr.

France.fr : Eight resorts are united under the name Trois Vallées. With 600 km of trails, it’s hard to get your bearings! How do you recommend choosing your resort?

Timothy Theo: Since they are all easily connected, I believe that the sports criterion should not come first: it is better to choose a resort according to the spirit you are looking for, according to the atmosphere. For example, Les Ménuires is a resort especially well-suited for family vacations. The most athletic, those who are on the slopes from start to finish, will choose Val Torrance: it is also a resort where people play. You choose Courchevel if you want to ski in a great location and stay in a chic address. The atmosphere is more focused on luxury, gastronomy and spa. Méribel is a very good choice because it is a resort in the heart of the Three Valleys area: from there it is very easy to ski all over the area.

The advantage of such a large area is that you can adapt every day to the weather conditions, as well as to the mood of the day.

France.fr : Can you really enjoy the whole domaine in one week in the Three Valleys?

TT: With the “blue track” level, you can ski all over the area and move from one resort to another without any problems. Not in one day, of course, it’s huge! Very good skiers also have a great time, this is an unlimited playground. The advantage of a large domaine like this is that it can be adapted every day to the weather conditions as well as to the mood of the day: skiing in the forest, heading to La Tagne, Le Prat in Courchevel or bottom from Meribel. Want big, fast runs? Head to Saulire in Courchevel, Masse in Les Ménuires or Mont-Vallon in Méribel-Mottaret. There is something for everyone!

© Arthur BERTRAND Les 3 Vallées – Timothy Theo, a keen freerider, gives us tips on how to make the most of the ski area

France.fr : What are your favorite slopes in the Three Valleys?

TT: My favorite is the Petite Doux in Courchevel, next to the slalom stadium. It’s steep and hilly, but be careful: it’s a technical run designed for experts! I also really like the Jean Blanc track in Courchevel, in the forest: it’s never ordinary, it’s twisty, it’s varied, with breaks on the slope. Skiing is very nice. In Val Thorens, I also like the Boismint slope, a long slope with a drop of 800 meters. In Les Ménuires I give a slight preference to Dame Blanche, a beautiful black piste, with good support and very good openness, with good snow.

France.fr : A point of view that fills the eyes?

TT: Without hesitation, the top of the Col chairlift in Val Thorens! You come to the edge of the Shawer Glacier: from there you can feel the power of the glacier, the power of the high mountain, it is impressive. It is huge, blown by the winds, in some places covered with snow: it always amazes me. Another vantage point I love is the top of the Signal chairlift in Courchevel-Marion. From here there is a view of the Portetto gorge: for us Savoyards, it is an atypical landscape, more like the Dolomites, with ocher teeth and gaps. To the right is a view of the Avales Valley, a large wild valley that is great for skiing or freeriding. On the left you can see Mont Blanc and Dent du Villars. If I need to impress my friends who are discovering the Trois-Vallee area, this is where I take them for a picnic!

© ArthurBERTRAND Les 3 Vallées

France.fr : Where do you go for drinks and dinner after a day of skiing?

TT: For a drink, I like Alp Art in Val Thorens or Cave des Lys in Courchevel-les-Praus. Then we go to La Maison, a restaurant run by friends in Val Thorens, accessible by skis. It is warm and the food is good. At La Tania, I want to go to Farçon, to the snow front: Chef Julien Marchet has a Michelin star. I haven’t had a chance to go there yet, but I plan to! There is also the Bistrot du Praz, in Courchevel-les-Prazes. Si on veut sortir après, et faire la fête, direction Val Thorens : par exemple au Wild & Savage, ou au Malaysia. Mais je ne fais pas beaucoup la fête!

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France.fr : How to limit the environmental impact while staying in the mountains?

TT: In my opinion, it starts with transport. If you can avoid going to resorts, that’s better! You can take a train to Moutiers, then there is a bus to Bride-les-Bains where you can stop. From there there are three cable car sections that go up to Méribel: then you can go anywhere in the region. In the same way on the Maurien side, in Orel. In addition to transport, we apply the same gestures in the mountains as elsewhere: prefer local producers, be very careful when taking waste with you, do not leave anything in nature. And always bring a bottle of water! So you can enjoy good Savoy water instead of bottled water.

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