Meribel, in the heart of the Three Valleys
Situated in the heart of the world’s largest ski area, Meribel’s reputation has been built on its extensive choice of pistes and breath-taking scenery. This charming alpine resort spans the mountainside, with its lift system stretching up to an altitude of 2952 metres.
The highly efficient Three Valleys' lift system, consists of over 200 ski lifts, connecting eight resorts, so the vast choice of pistes will offer you something new every day. You are sure to find a suitable area, no matter what your ability. Gentle beginners ski slopes line the lower valleys and more challenging blue, red and black runs can be found at the higher altitudes with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.
In the Three Valleys area you will find:
- 600km of piste in the Three Valleys area and 7 black runs, 23 red runs, 34 blue runs, 9 green runs & 31.5 km of cross country runs just in the Meribel valley
- with over 1250 snow canons you are guaranteed snow throughout the season
- two snowboard parks with half pipes, quarter pipes and a variety of jumps
- 85% of the ski area above 1800 metres
- a great choice of mountain restaurants with spectacular views offering delicious lunch menus, snacks and apres ski
What's new in Meribel & The Three Valleys for 2012?
In Méribel-Mottaret, a new Plattières lift will be erected, replacing the existing 28-year-old Plattières 1 and 2 gondolas. This single lift will be completed by December 2012 and will be the first ten-seat gondola in the 3 Vallées. Passengers will be whisked up 734m in just nine minutes, compared with a previous journey time of 22 minutes. The existing Plattières 3 gondola will continue running as before.
In Méribel, the second phase of replacing the Saulire gondola lift will be completed (Saulire Express 2 was installed in 2011). This summer, the Saulire Express 1 lift will be built and the lower lift station will be redesigned.The completed Saulire Express will have a vertical rise of 1,265m and will reach the Saulire in just 12 minutes, compared with a previous journey time of over 20 minutes! This new lift has eight-seat cabins, and will carry 2,400 people per hour.
The Méribel access piste to the Chaudanne area, the Traversée bourbon, will be made easier. This narrow blue run will be made broader and gentler at the bottom, thanks to extra space being created by the removal of pylons supporting the previous Saulire lift. Other major piste works in the Méribel valley include a re-shaping of the Grand Duc blue run, which is being upgraded for the 2015 Finals of the Ski World Cup Finals. A tunnel will be added where the piste crosses the Gelinotte run, and two sections will be re-shaped.
What Meribel has to offer off the slopes...
Meribel is one of the prettiest villages in the Three Valleys and offers plenty of alternatives to skiing and snowboarding, such as horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding through the forest, paragliding, ice-skating and snow mobile hire.
For those wanting to relax and enjoy some pampering the swimming pool & spa area at the 'parc olympic' provide the perfect place to endulge yourself. Many of the luxury hotels offer spa facilities and beauty treatments, so if this is what you are looking for please contact our Meribel office for more details. Meribel centre offers the charm and traditional atmosphere of an alpine village with a good selection of shops, cafes and apres ski bars. A bi-weekly market can also be found in Meribel centre.
Please contact our Meribel office for any further information about what's on in Meribel during your stay or booking apres ski activities.
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