St-Martin-de-Belleville is a quiet, family friendly resort in the Belleville Valley, well known as being the gateway to the Three Valleys. The village has kept true to its origins despite seeing expansion over the last few decades and still has traditional Savoyard narrow streets, a clock tower, a central village church, offering high quality accommodation in renovated old stone and wood clad farm buildings. The village is based at 1450m and the ski area extends up to 2850m and is well served by a high-speed lift system. St-Martin-de-Belleville has a quiet après ski scene, being much better known as a village offering gourmet cuisine, especially in the form of La Bouitte, the first Savoyard restaurant to have gained 3 Michelin stars.
Unlike most of the other resorts in the Three Valleys, St-Martin-de-Belleville is unique in that it has not been purpose built and has kept to its roots traditionally, culturally and historically.
With narrow alleys and chalets built with local wood and slate roofs, the village has become a favoured gateway to the Three Valleys whilst retaining its Savoie charm. St-Martin-de-Belleville is popular with families – this is not the place to buy if your main criterion is lively après ski!
St-Martin-de-Belleville is situated along the picturesque and scenic Valley de Belleville and sits below the purpose-built resorts of Les Menuires and Val Thorens. It is a high mountain community and the local Patois language is still spoken in what was once a remote mountain village.
With modern lift infrastructure, St-Martin-de-Belleville is well connected by a high speed lift network to the Three Valleys, allowing visitors not only to enjoy the skiing but also to revel in the vast number of summer activities this giant adventure playground has to offer.
Part of the world’s largest ski area, the Three Valleys
A traditional and pretty Savoyard village steeped in history
Mouth-watering Savoie cuisine
Summer skiing at Les Menuires only 5 minutes by car
1hr 20 minutes from Chambery airport, 2 hrs 10 minutes from Geneva airport.
The resort itself offers 160km of skiing but combined with the whole of the Three Valleys there is access to 600km of skiing on 497 pistes all served by 180 ski lifts. The main ski lift is accessed via a drag lift from above the village square.
St-Martin-de-Belleville is not as famous as its neighbours Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens but it is building a reputation as the smart option for value-conscious property buyers – in a prime position as the “gateway” to the world’s largest ski area.
St-Martin-de-Belleville has a lot to offer in the summer months. With over 50 hiking paths on the doorstep and using the vast lift system it’s possible to enjoy over 250km of hiking winding through mountain pastures, forests and often up to the highest peaks.
The village has a strong link to gastronomy and is proud of its food history and encourages visitors to not only get involved in sampling the traditional Savoie dishes but also offers a number of cookery courses to indulge in. There are also walks that might take you past Alpine chalets where you can see the local cheeses such as Tomme de Savoie being made on site.
This area is a picturesque sporting playground with pretty much every summer mountain activity on offer such as via ferrata, mountain biking, high altitude fishing, canyoning and swimming to name a few.