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Saint Martin de Belleville

Saint Martin de Belleville Ski Resort Guide

Saint Martin de Belleville, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length160km99 miles
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Resort Height1,450m4,757ft
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Grenoble
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Saint Martin de Belleville

An authentic Savoyard village which upholds its culture and traditions, but is lift-linked to Les Trois Vallées - the world's most extensive truly lift-linked skiing area. Saint Martin is characterised by narrow streets of stone and wooden houses with slate rooves. The local cheeses are Tomme, Sérac de Chèvre and Beaufort.


The French ski resort of Saint Martin de Belleville is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,450m4,757ft, with 160km99 miles of marked runs.

Saint Martin de Belleville is part of the Three Valleys ski area with access to 600km373 miles of downhill skiing, with 497 marked pistes, served by a total of 180 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Saint Martin de Belleville itself (160km99 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Three Valleys ski resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Méribel and Val Thorens.

With ski lifts as high as 3,200m10,499ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Saint Martin de Belleville?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm-, expected on 19 September, with around 1cm1in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Saint Martin de Belleville Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 7 12km7 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2650km31 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3389km55 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 5 9km6 miles
Total Length
160km99 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
28km17 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

The Three Valleys Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
600km373 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
130km81 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Saint Martin de Belleville Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Lowest Piste1,450m4,757ft
Resort Altitude (Saint Martin de Belleville)1,450m4,757ft
Max Vertical1,750m5,741ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Saint Martin de Belleville
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Saint Martin de Belleville Overview

Saint Martin de Belleville, a traditional villae of stone, wood and slate and centred on its historic Baroque church is a real postcard savoyard village. Unlike most of the other centres in the 3 Valleys, it has not been purpose built nor expanded excessively to meet tourist demand. However, at 1450m, it is a very high village by the standards of traditional mountain communities. Yet despite its long history the resort is well linkeds in to the vast 3 Valleys, the world's largest lift-linked ski area, by state of the art lifts.

Slowly but surely, Saint Martin has made a name for itself, a few kilometres down the valley from its bigger neighbours, purpose-built Les Menuires and Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe. The local Patois language is still spoken here by some of the older members of the community and a group of locals have recently created a dictionary of the local dialect to ensure the language is not forgotten.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Saint Martin de Belleville is 8km5 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Lacroix', which is 2km1 miles in length.


Saint Martin de Belleville's ski area, shared with it's neighbours Ls Menuires and Val Thorens up the valley, are part of the huge 3 Vallées, the biggest ski area in the world with over 600 kms of pistes and 200 ski lifts. The 3 Vallées offers not only the largest number of pistes but also a wide range of terrain spread over an area of 1400 km2. The sheer size of the area means skiers can follow the sun throughout the day.

La Tougnète (2430 m) can be reached directly from Saint Martin de Belleville with the Saint Martin cable car followed by the Saint Martin chairlift. Using this great access point into the 3 Vallées ski area, skiers can ski down to Les Menuires, turn towards Méribel, or ski down to Saint Martin.

From Les Menuires the skiing at Le Mont de la Chambre (2850m) offers a wide range of pistes and opens up the link to Méribel and Val Thorens. Secondly La Pointe de la Masse (2800m) is suited to good skiers. From the top you can access several mythical off piste itineraries (Lac du Lou, Col de la Fenêtre or Vallée des Encombres).

The huge snowfield between St Martin and Les Menuires has seen a great deal of upgrading in recent years. The two Mont de la Chambre chair lifts were added in 2001, the Saint Martin cable car in 2002 and the six-seater easy access Becca chairlift in 2003, and in 2004 another new six seater covered chairlift Les Granges replaced two draglifts Le Grand Lac and Les Choumes. The old Chef Lieu draglift in the centre of Saint Martin was also replaced in 2004 by a rolling draglift. The new ski lift, called the Village draglift, offers greater safety and a gentler start than its predecessor and the Roc des 3 Nanches II replaced the old Auamando Chairlift.

The French Ski School has around 20 ski instructors based in the village. Specially trained to teach all snow sports, the school offers group or private lessons, alpine, nordic, snowboard, free-ride and off piste courses.

There are 28 kms of cross country ski pistes winding along through the woods of the Vallée des Belleville. Starting from the village, cross country skiers can visit the hamlets of Le Bettex, Praranger or Saint Marcel on their way as well as the Burdin Mill.

Saint Martin de Belleville offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.


The French Ski School gives six day intensive courses dedicated to snowboarding, free-ride, or off-piste, following safety rules and respecting other riders.

For fans of jumps and other figures, the Becca snow-cross has two fun zones, each for a different standard of skiing or snowboarding:

-an experts area, with a boardercross (raised bends), whoops, a zone with four slides and hand rails, as well as four big airs [two reds, two blacks]

-a new boardercross accessible to everyone

-a learning area full of beginner modules, ideal for learning in complete security.

Competitions are also regularly organised by the two permanent supervisors.

Location and Map

Where is Saint Martin de Belleville?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in The Three Valleys, Savoie.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Saint Martin de Belleville is Chambery, 70 minutes drive away.

Grenoble, Annecy, Geneva, Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron, Turin Caselle, Sion and Saint-Étienne airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 39 ski lifts are able to uplift 50,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 408 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Saint Martin de Belleville open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Saint Martin de Belleville, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Saint Martin de Belleville Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Apres ski options naturally tend to be quieter here than at most of the other resorts on the 3 Valleys. However if you do fancy a night out there are several option including a piano bar and a pub with occasional live music.

Classical music or jazz or blues concerts are organised in the evening several times a month, in the Saint Martin parish church.

Saint Martin de Belleville