- new chair lift “Loze Express”
- new attractions in the fun zones: improvement and expansion of the slopes throughout the resort and the toboggan track at Altiport
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 300 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in France is 867 m. Runs and slopes are therefore relatively short. The highest point of the track is 1,750 m above sea level.
- Season starts on 18 Nov and ends on 8 May (171 days). Average season duration in France is 120 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (18 Nov to 8 May) is 132 cm at summit elevation and 53 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 202 cm at summit elevation and 93 cm at the base.
- Meribel features 76 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in France is 78 sunny days. April is the sunniest month with an average of 23 sunny days.
The Ski Resort
Méribel is part of the largest ski resort in the world: Les 3 Vallées. Embedded between the two other valleys of the ski compound, skiers and snowboarders can discover up to 600 kilometers of piste (373 mi) on their ski vacation. The slopes in Méribel are suited best for athletic and sportive skiers. But there are some areas closer to the valley which are appropriate for beginners as well.
To reach the slopes there are three different entry possibilities: Brides-les-Bains (600m/1968,5ft), Méribel Centre (1.450m/4757ft) or Méribel Mottaret (1.750m/5741ft). Brides-les-Bains is situated in the beginning of the valley and can not provide a run to the valley. Three different steps are necessary for you to reach Méribel Center via gondola.
Beginners should start on the slopes at Méribel Center, because back down to the valley there are lots of blue marked slopes. Especially at the area Col de la Loze you will find soft hills perfect for those needing some more practice. If you are planning on skiing with your kids, you should stop by the Inuit piste. There are paths leading through the woods, slalom courses and activities which are fun for kids of all ages! Right next to the Inuit piste there is the Moon Wild piste. The flora and fauna of the region are introduced to the little skiers in a playful and fun manner through signs and sculptures. Moreover the resort has so-called Zen Zones. They are separated from the other pistes, so ski newcomers can practice their skiing technique without disturbances. The three Zen Zones can all be found in the area of Mottaret.
For athletic skiers there are numerous red marked slopes to discover – no matter in which direction you are headed. In the east at the 2.738m/8983ft high summit Saulire there are a lot of long slopes with medium difficulty. If that is not steep enough for you, plunge down the slope called Couloir Tournier. The narrow rock gutter is known to be an absolute MUST TRY of all the black marked slopes in the resort Les 3 Vallées – but only for experts! Across from there, the slopes offer a lot of diversity and some challenge as well. You will find a mix of blue, red and black marked pistes. Another highlight would be the piste Roc de Fer, where World Cup races are usually taking place! To take a break from all these challenges, the resort has fun and amusement planned out as well for example the terrain park AREA 43 with lines for all levels of difficulty. There are all sorts of obstacles from boxes to rails to half-pipes set up there. The Moon Park is a sort of play-meadow for freestylers (beginners and advanced skiers) that includes a Slalom course and a ski-cross section.
Skiers can reach this area as well as the area around the Saulire starting in Méribel Centre or in Méribel Mottaret. The latter has another highlight in store for you. From Méribel Mottaret you can continue on to Mont Vallon at a height of nearly 3.000 meters (9843 ft). The descend Combe du Vallon leads you from the summit straight back to the valley with a difference in altitude of 1.000 meters (3281 ft).
Located in the middle of Les 3 Vallées, Méribel has even more to offer. With 16 summits above 2.500 meters (8202 ft), six glaciers and 600 kilometers of piste (373 mi), Les 3 Vallées is the largest combined resort in the whole world. The Vallée de Courchevel – east of Méribel – is especially popular among families and beginners. On the other hand, Vallée des Belleville convinces visitors with its diverse pistes and an early start into the season. Both valleys can be reached comfortably from the summits of Méribel.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Méribel offers numerous restaurants and mountain huts for a break from skiing. In “L’Arpasson” visitors can chose between self-serve on the large sun terrace or the indoor restaurant with service. Comfy mountain hut atmosphere can be found at “Les Cretes” next to the Tougnete lift. If you are feeling like pizza, check out “La Briz Olée”. Gourmets should keep a lookout for the sign saying “Food Altitude”. A couple of mountain hut operators have joined forces in selling their home-made and high quality dishes as well as trying to make their products more famous. A participating restaurant would be for example “Les Pieres Plates” which is serving its guest at an altitude of 3.000 m/9843 ft. Another restaurant would be “Les Plan des Mains” which presents the guests with home-made bread, traditional dishes from the region and a breathtaking panoramic view onto Mont Vallon.
One of the highlights in Méribel is the piste called Combe du Vallon. It leads you back to the valley with a difference in altitude of 1.000 meters (3281 ft). What is so great about this slope is that it does not cross another slope the entire way back, so no unnecessary distractions or disturbances. In addition you should try the Roc de Fer, which is famous for being a slope used frequently in World Cup competitions. Those of you brave enough can accept the challenge that comes with the piste Couloir Tournier.
Whether you prefer the valley or the top of the mountains: Méribel has numerous paths for winter hikes in different lengths and levels of difficulty. Visitors can also enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride to the lake Tueda or experience a dog sledding tour through the snowy landscapes. Adrenaline junkies need to try racing down the slopes on a snow mobile or even discover the resort and its landscapes from another perspective while paragliding! The Olympic Centre also has an ice rink at its disposal. If you are looking for an relaxing end to your hard and exhausting ski day, you should stop by Brides-les-Bains. This village holds one of the few spas in France with access to a thermal spring. Le Grand Spa des Alpes® provides a 2.100m² (0.21 hectares) large pool, multiple jacuzzi basins and massages.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Party fans usually meet up at the intermediate station of the Saulire Express. A place called “La Folie Douce” has a great party atmosphere! The “Café Del Mott” is very popular thanks to a BBQ, the fun DJs and a Jacuzzi. You can enjoy live music at the “Rond Point” in the city center of Méribel. If you want to enjoy soft tunes from a piano or a saxophone, you should head on over to the bar of the hotel “La Kaila”. The bar at the Hotel Savoy is famous for its delicious cocktails. For the party people that want to keep going all night, O’Sullivans is the place to be. Until midnight, the entrance is free!
Dining and Restaurants
The restaurant “l'Ekrin” was awarded a Michelin Star for its amazing cuisine. It takes old and traditional recipes and interprets them in a new and modern way. But Méribel has much more to offer. The restaurant “Le Yeti” presents visitors with traditional dishes from the region. For specialties straight off the grill, stop by “Chez Kiki”. For food lovers we recommend the “Le Grand Coeur” where renown chef Marc Dach conjures up delicacies which are to die for.
Infrastructure & Rental
Ski Rental Shops
If you're planning on taking your car, starting in Grenoble take the A41 until you reach the exit A43/E70 Turin/Albertville/Milan. Follow the N90 until you reach Moûtiers. Continue on the D915 until you reach the community Brides-les-Bains. Change onto the D90, which will lead you straight to Méribel.
The network of TGV can take you only as far as Albertville/Moûtiers. From there you can take a bus straight to Méribel.
The nearest airport is located in Chambéry, about 100 kilometers (62 mi) away from the resort.