The 3 Valleys Piste Map
Getting To The Three Valleys By Plane
Geneva airport: 180km (112 miles).
Lyon Airport: 178km (111 miles).
Chambèry Airport: 102km (64 miles).
Grenoble Airport: 130km.
Bus, train, taxi services from Chambèry.
Air, bus and taxi services from Geneva to Courchevel
Helicopter or Plane Transfer:
From Geneva or Lyon direct to the Altiport at Courchevel 1850 or Méribel. SAF on +33 479 080091 but is always dependent on weather conditions.
Getting To The Three Valleys By Road
This can be a reasonable option, especially if you're in a group, there can be addition costs such as ski racks, snow chains & road tolls. During heavy snowfall you will need chains and/or snow tyres (it is the law or though it is not often enforced.
Petrol is quite a bit cheaper in Switzerland so fill up in Geneva on your return if you're hiring from there.
You can hire cars on the French exit to Geneva airport which is usually slightly cheaper (you still have to exit the airport at the arrivals level on the Swiss side then cross back through the "border" gate to France on the check-in desk level). You will basically drive from the French side back in to Switzerland then back in to France.
The down side is that French-side cars won't have a Vignette (a tax disc to allow you on Swiss motorways - so you have to avoid the motorway border crossing where you've a good chance of being caught,and that Swiss cars in Winter always have snow tyres or chains included (and you may get away not having to pay extra for them).
Be careful finding the French side on the way back - Follow the signs to Ferney.
Motorway Tolls (each way) from the airports.
Lyon Airport: €14.40
Grenoble Airport: €9.90
Chambery Airport: €4.70
Tolls are payable to Geneva via Chambéry but usually avoided altogether by using the far shorter A-roads. Allow loads of time on a Saturday to get back - it's easy to miss a flight!
Getting To The Three Valleys By Train
Moûtiers Train Station: approx 25km (15 miles) from Courchevel.
Geneva to Moûtiers:
From the train station at the airport to Geneva, then change at Geneva Central. At least one more change required to get to Moûtiers - then a bus or taxi to resort - around 20 minutes with no traffic and good weather. NB that there is another town called Moûtiers in the west of France, the one you want is Moûtiers les Salins.
Lyon to Moûtiers: thers ist a TGV (or take the shuttle bus; every 20 mins to the station in Lyon centre for a normal train) to Chambéry where you change for a local train to Moûtiers - this only costs around €26 one way.
There is a bus shuttle service from Moutiers to all of the Three Valley Resorts - Booking is compulsory 48 hours before your trip - Moûtiers bus station : Tel +33 (0)4 79 24 21 58
Moûtiers - Val Thorens bus connexion
The Moûtiers-Salins train station is 37 km away from Val Thorens. From there, regular bus services can transport you to Les Menuires or Val Thorens.www.altibus.com