5 Reasons To Visit Brides les Bains

STORY BY Patrick Thorne

Brides les Bains is one of the great discoveries for many British skiers in the French Alps. Connected by a fast gondola to the ski resort of Méribel in the heart of the world’s biggest ski area, Les 3 Vallées, Brides les Bains has its own unique identity with a history as a spa town, and it is also typically cheaper to stay and après-ski in than up in the mountain resorts.

Ski In The World’s Biggest Ski Area

Connected by a ski lift into the huge Les 3 Vallées ski area with its 600km of runs stretching from Courchevel, via Méribel to Les Menuires and Val Thorens, guests staying in Brides are whisked up to the centre of the vast ski domain each morning and can decide whether to go left, right or straight up to explore another part of the white wonderland, with so many lifts and runs it is impossible to do it all in a week. Every snowsport style and every ability level is very well catered for here.

Indulge in Spa Culture in the region’s Biggest Spa

Brides is not “just a ski resort”. It’s also a spa resort boasting one of the few thermal spas in France: Le Grand Spa Thermal®. This is an amazing treat for skiers who can enjoy Brides’ thermal waters’ beneficial effects on the circulatory system. It’s possible to indulge in individual treatments with four themed spa experiences or opt for one or more of a multitude of à la carte treatments for recuperating after a great day’s skiing! legrandspathermal.com

Save up to 50% on Your Accommodation Costs

Brides les Bains has a strong selection of high-quality accommodation options – apartments, chalets and hotels – for all tasters and for all budgets. The only real difference between property here and up on the ski slopes is price – in Brides les Bains you get the same or better quality but for 30–50% less than the price in a mountain resort above.

Enjoy Fun and often Free Activities, Concerts and Festivals

There’s lots to do in Brides les Bains when you get back down from the slopes. Besides the spa, the town has a casino as well as a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. In addition, the resort’s tourist office organises events and entertainment through the week and through the ski season, and every Tuesday a bus from Méribel runs until midnight so Brides guests can check out the après-ski scene there too.

Easy Access

Nothing could be easier than getting to Brides! There’s a choice of four airports to fly into (Chambery 90km, Geneva 120km, Lyon 150km or Grenoble 160km). Connecting bus services from these airports to the resort are available from companies like Altibus, or you could rent a car. For those arriving by rail, including on the direct Eurostar service from London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent, Moûtiers train station is just 4km from the village.

More info: www.brides-les-bains.com

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