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.
With millions of euros spent each year we really do get great value from our Three Valleys lift passes. This season you can look forward to new lifts, amongst many other upgrades that the lift companies have in store for us.
One of the iconic lifts of the Meribel valley, the Plan de l'homme chair lift that was at La Chaudanne is being replaced by a new 6 seater chairlift called 'Legends'. With heated seats and a canopy this is sure to be a popular choice on those chilly mornings! Staying on the Tougnete side of the valley the Cherferie drag lift is being removed and being replaced by the old Plan de l'homme chairlift- good to see that recycling even happens on the mountains.
The cabins on the Mont Vallon cable car are to be replaced with modern eight seater cabins which will make for a much more comfortable ride up to the top of Mont Vallon. Here you get one of the best views down the Meribel valley and across the Vanoise national park so it is well worth the cable car ride and of course a great descent by piste too!
Some new pistes have been created for the winter ahead. The black piste 'La Face' will have a new piste starting about half way down it and join onto the Raffort piste that leads down to the Olympic cable car in the pretty village of Le Raffort. This new piste will be called 'Daguet'. On the same side of the valley another new piste 'Gypaete' is being created and will be a red piste. This starts at the top of Choucas and it will lead towards the blue Roc de fer piste.
Other additions include an expansion of the reservoir above Meribel Mottaret which will enable snow cannons to increase making snow in this area. The Choucas piste will now have snow cannons too.
Meribel has so much to offer families both on and off the snow. At the Parc Olympic you will find the pool, ice skating rink and climbing wall, perfect activities for after a busy day on the slopes. This season why not visit the Inuit Village at the Altiport to build igloos, have snowball fights, play golf on snow and even meet a musher and his sled dogs. Take fun photos of your group in the giant picture frames scattered around the resort or head to the newly named Elements Park, which was the previous Moon Park to learn some freestyle!
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, beautiful walks and guided snow shoe outings through the altiport 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 indulge yourself. Many of the luxury hotels offer spa facilities and beauty treatments, or request a visit of a therapist to your chalet for the ultimate treat. Meribel centre offers the charm and traditional atmosphere of an alpine village with a good selection of shops, cafes and bars. Some of the best apres-ski in the alps can be found in Meribel with many bars featuring live music and a great atmosphere! If shopping is more your thing a market can also be found in Meribel centre each Tuesday & Friday. Our team in Meribel are always happy advise about what is on in Meribel during your stay and what après-ski activities you can look forward to.