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  • Advanced 37 Pistes
  • Intermediate 105 Pistes
  • Beginner 153 Pistes
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Resort Guide

Meribel lies in the heart of the Three Valleys, one of the worlds largest interlinked ski areas. The area incorporates Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Meribel, La Tania and Courchevel, rises to 3200 metres altitude and is crisscrossed by 615km of well-groomed pistes. From first time skier to powder thrashing expert, every morning will provide a new and exciting challenge. The best place to start off for a beginner is probably around the Altiport where there are a lot of gentle green and blue runs.

For the intermediate skier the choice is fantastic with meticulously groomed and well signposted blue and red pistes in every direction. For more daring skiers there are a variety of black runs, especially down from the Saulire lift, an abundance of off-piste and a number of challenging couloirs.

For beginners

Meribel is a great place to learn how to ski or to improve from beginner to intermediate. With a variety of nursery slopes and green runs it is a comfortable and easy-going resort to learn to ski or board. There are two designated beginner ski areas with free lifts. These are located in the centre of Meribel Mottaret and at the Altiport area of Meribel. They also provide a special beginner lift passes (mini-pass) giving access to the chairlifts and slopes suitable for those just starting off. Once ready to venture higher up the mountain, there are 4 green runs all of which come straight back down into the resort. These green runs are gentle and perfect for beginners who have built up enough confidence to go up the mountain and who want to try something different. Meribel has made efforts in recent years to further improve the ski area for beginners. These include a extra green runs at the Altiport area; a new green run starting at the mid-station of Saulire Express; an upgrade to the free beginner Doron lift in Mottaret centre (now a magic carpet) and the improved blue Martre run coming back into Mottaret.

Snow parks

In Meribel you will find the ‘Moonpark’, a freestyle zone open to everyone and offering a competition standard half-pipe, a smaller beginners half-pipe and a 1km long boardercross (with hips, tables and other obstacles). In Méribel-Mottaret, the DC Area 43 Snowpark is dedicated to fun and freestyle. Open to all, featuring: jumps, shapes, street lines, rails and an air bag where you can learn free styling in complete safety. Close to this snow park is a boardercross terrain for families and children. Watch out, it’s pretty fast!

Off Piste

At the heart of the 3 valleys, the off-piste opportunities here are endless, from steep colouirs in Meribel, long tree runs in La Tania and miles of easily accessible off piste skiing in the Les Avals valley of Courchevel. It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Cross Country Skiing

There’s nothing like cross country skiing (le ski de fond) for getting into shape... Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania offer 90km (55 miles) of cross-country tracks: green and blue for beginners and red for confirmed Nordic skiers. Meribel itself has 33km of prepared cross country trails in its valley. Situated in two different areas of Meribel one in the Nature Reserve of cembro pines at Lake Tuéda, and the other in the Altiport protected forest which is the starting point of the 8km (5 miles) track to Courchevel. You will find ‘walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing maps’ at the Tourist Office, alternatively lessons and guided excursions are available from the various ski schools, ask a member of staff for details.

For those who want more freestyle skiing or boarding, Meribel offers 3 snowparks catering for all different levels. Whether you prefer the rock strewn glacial terrain above Val Thorens, the sunny open bowls of Courchevel or the tree lined slopes down into La Tania, there is a perfect playground for every skier or boarder. As soon as you arrive in the resort, we want you to be able to find your way around as easily efficiently as a regular visitor, in order to enjoy everything that Meribel and ‘Les Trois Vallees’ has to offer.

In Meribel we provide our ski hire from 3 difference shops. Depending on where you are staying we can either provide an in-chalet fitting service or, if you’re staying in VIP Club Pierre, the shop is a short walk from the chalet. 

We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible. 

We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from the shops we have selected. We have also negotiated that they will stay open later on your day of arrival, or open earlier the next morning to ensure your ski fitting is as hassle free as possible, should any delays occur due to bad weather.

Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as bronze, silver, gold or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;

Bronze – for complete beginners
Silver – for intermediate level
Gold – for intermediate/advanced level
Platinum – for advanced/expert level

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates. We use 3 different ski shops in Meribel depending on the chalet location, prices can vary slightly.

Adult bronze  Cost
Skis only £71
Boots only £32
Skis & boots £99
Board only £71
Board & boots £92
Adult silver  
Skis only £92
Boots only £36
Skis & boots £123
Board only £92
Board & boots £123
Adult Gold  
Skis only £106
Boots only £41
Skis & boots £137
Board only £106
Board & boots £137
Adult Platinum  
Skis only £127
Boots only £47
Skis & boots £158
Child bronze (3-5 years)  
Skis only £25
Boots only £20
Skis & boots £61
Child silver (6-12 years)  
Skis only £61
Boots only £20
Skis & boots £96
Board only £59
Board & boots £89
Child gold (9-11 years)  
Skis only £71
Boots only £24
Skis & boots £108
Board only £92
Board & boots £110
   
Adult helmet hire £18

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to your chalet before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift. Prices detailed are for the 2016/17 season.

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates.

3 Valley lift pass
Adult - £247
Adult 65-75 years - £235
Child 5-12 years - £212
Family of 4 - £843
Family of 5 - £1054
Family of 6 - £1265

Meribel Valley lift pass
Adult - £208
Adult 65-75 years - £195
Child 5-12 years - £176
Family of 4 - £701
Family of 5 - £877
Family of 6 - £1052

There are several ski school providers in Meribel, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below, and highlighted those we pre-book on your behalf.

New Generation +33(0)4 79 01 03 18

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

New Generation ski school was founded in 1988 in Courchevel, France and has been growing ever since. Started by four British ski instructors, New Generation now employs over forty highly qualified instructors in five of the top Alpine resorts. All of their instructors are highly qualified, many of them trainers in the British snowsports system. At New Generation you are guaranteed expert tuition with lessons designed to take you up to the next level. This is both a Ski and Snowboard school. Adult and children’s lessons with a maximum of eight per group. The New Generation office is situated next to Méribel Optic and opposite the Hotel Chaudanne. The ski school meeting point is at the bottom of the Rhodos gondola in the Chaudanne area.

Magic in Motion +33(0)4 79 08 53 36

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

Magic in Motion are a dedicated and motivated team, providing the perfect balance of fun on the mountain with a thorough professional learning experience. From timid enthusiast to powder hound and thrill seeker, they aim to surpass your expectations. Magic in Motion offer both group and private tuition for skiers and snowboarders, with small English speaking groups to ensure you receive individual attention and maximum enjoyment. Meeting place is by Rhodos Bubble. Instructors wear bright orange uniform.

Parallel Lines +33(0)4 79 00 32 21

Now the most popular British School in Meribel, Parallel Lines Snow Sports School provides the very best ski and snowboard lessons for all abilities with English speaking instructors. From their base in Meribel, and run by people who know Meribel inside out, they have built a top-level team of skiers and specialist snowboarders, committed to offering the very highest levels of service, from first contact to final turns. They offer a full range of friendly ski and snowboard lessons for adults and children, small group lessons, private lessons, off piste guiding and freestyle. 

ESF +33(0)4 79 08 60 31

ESF are a local branch of the French Ski School and provide private and group ski & snowboard lessons, for children, teens and adults. ESF are unique in offering Kindergarten ski school for children from the age of 3 years. Lessons are available for beginners or advanced abilities and you will find all their instructors are not only highly competent but extremely friendly to ensure you enjoy your lessons.

TDC +33(0)6 12 24 88 52

Quality ski lessons in Meribel. Clinics (3-6 people) and private tuition for adults, teenagers and kids. All native English speaking instructors. Small groups ensure the highest standard of personalised coaching.

BASS (British Alpine Ski School) +33(0)6 79 51 24 05

Bass supply BASI trained, English speaking instructors, with small group sizes to ensure personal and thorough instruction service. They have an effective lesson program that caters for absolute beginners to advanced, and are committed to helping their customers advance quickly, safely and enjoyably. Group and private ski lessons for adults and children.

Cab9snowboarding +33(0)8 44 81 127 79

British Snowboard School offering both group lessons and private lessons. Specialist lessons for freestyle and off piste available.

Meribel offers a variety of activities for both the non-skier and those wanting some alternative entertainment after a day on the mountain. Our resort staff will have further details and would be able to assist you in booking.

Husky dog sleigh ride

Get a taste of Alaska on a husky powered sledge whilst taking in the breath-taking mountain scenery. Dog sledding began in Canada and Alaska where, in the far north, people were dependent on their dogs for protection, companionship, hunting, trapping and, most of all, transportation. Daily tours are available weather permitting.

Cinema

You will find the Meribel cinema 100m up the street from the Tourist Office. The Meribel-Mottaret cinema is actually in the Mottaret Tourist Office complex. Both Meribel & Meribel-Mottaret cinemas feature all the very latest releases. Pick up "Highlights of the Week" from either Meribel or Meribel-Mottaret Tourist Office for the week's schedule. English films are marked VOST and are usually shown 2 or 3 times a week in the evenings. Meribel cinema also opens in the afternoon if the weather is very bad.

Paragliding

Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? For the ultimate exhilaration, experience the silence and taste the freedom of flying in perfect safety. Paragliding can be experienced in numerous interesting and beautiful places worldwide but it truly has to be said none more beautiful than the Alps.

Bowling

Situated upstairs in the Olympic Centre next to the Chaudanne. The Canadian 10 pin bowling alley (6 lanes) also has a bar, giant screen TV for sports, pool tables and video games. Tuesday and Thursday are fluorescent nights with a unique atmosphere and prizes for Strikes, etc. 

Helicopter rides

Photo of Helicopter rides

Take in the sights with a helicopter tourist flight

For a truly amazing, thrilling and exhilarating panoramic bird’s eye view of the mountains choose a sightseeing scenic helicopter tourist flight. The Heli-pad in Méribel is situated next to the car park of the Altiport Hotel and the Altiport runway at an altitude of approximately 1800m - 1900m. Méribel’s helipad is also very close to the Altiport Green ski run for those wanting a quick getaway on skis. 

Hot Air Balloon Flights

See the 3 Valleys from up high in the comfort of a wicker basket! Whitetr@cks offers hot air balloon rides scaling across Courchevel & Meribel with spectacular views of the area and beyond. Probably the least strenuously way to see the region by far! Please note excursions may be cancelled dependent on weather conditions.

Massage and Beauty Therapists

Whether it’s a facial, massage, body treatment, waxing,  manicure, Reflexology/Kinesiology, Hydrotherapy, beauty and facial care, sauna, relaxing massages, hot stone massages, shiatsu, endermology or a hairdressing saloon you need – Meribel has the people on hand to pamper your every whim. There are several companies providing Beauty treatments in Meribel please ask our staff for more details.

Ice climbing

For experienced climbers looking for a new challenge or for those wishing to brave the cold rather than the indoor climbing wall at the Olympic centre, the man made Ice Mountain in Courchevel offers a (quite literally) refreshing challenge. There are a couple of companies providing Ice Climbing in Meribel please ask our staff for more details.

Swimming Pool

Situated in the Olympic Centre next to the Chaudanne. Here there is a 25m indoor pool, water slide, sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzis. Please note that for hygiene reasons men must wear tight shorts (e.g. Speedos), board shorts are not permitted.

Ice Skating

Meribel's ice rink is situated ups