How to Make the Most of Your Méribel Ski Holiday

 

With easy access to the spectacular Three Valleys ski area, pretty streets, lively bars, exceptional childcare options and top-flight ski schools, Méribel is one of the Alps’ greatest all-round ski resorts. It works really well for groups of friends and families alike, with varied ski terrain and plenty to do away from the slopes. If you’re thinking of visiting on your next trip to the Alps, here are a few tips on how to make the most of your Méribel ski holiday – both on and off the pistes.

Hit the terrain parks

Méribel is famous for its two terrain parks – the Plattières Park (also known as DC Area 43) and the Elements Park. Between the two, there’s a spectacular selection of kickers, rollers, half-pipes, rails, boxes and boardercross runs – with hits suited to learners and experts alike. From soft impact boxes for beginners starting out to huge jumps sending advanced freestylers soaring through the skies – you’ll find them here.

valley views in Meribel

Stomp into the wilderness on a snow-shoeing adventure

Away from the groomed pistes and busy terrain parks, Méribel is criss-crossed by pristine walking routes through dense forests – and a snow-shoeing adventure is the perfect way to explore them. Strapping into your snow-shoes and stomping through the snow-drifts with your guide to lead the way, you see the Alps in a completely different and wonderfully natural light.

One popular snow-shoeing area lies between Méribel and La Tania, and there are some beautifully scenic walks around Mottaret, including a pristine nature reserve. With half-or full-day tours available, snow-shoeing is an ideal activity for non-skiers in search of adventure – and there’s terrain to suit all fitness levels around the Méribel Valley, too.

Explore the Altiport sector

Whether you’re a beginner mastering your first turns, or a freestyle skier or snowboarder in search of those little hits and bumps alongside the piste, the Altiport is a great place to explore. Tree-lined slopes sweep down the mountainside offering shelter in bad weather, and there’s a refreshing hot chocolate or cold beer waiting for you at the bottom of the mountain in Méribel Village.

You can reach the Altiport sector via the Golf chairlift out of Méribel Village, or the Rhodos gondola out of La Chaudanne in Méribel Centre. If you want to stick around and session the Altiport, look out for the Adret chairlift.

Take to the skies by Parapente

From around March and into spring in the Alps, the sunshine sends warm thermals rising from the valley floor to the soaring peaks above – ideal conditions for parapente. Strap into your chute in tandem with your guide, run down the hillside and drift effortlessly into the skies. The mountain views from up there are spectacular, and the sense of calm and serenity is blissful. You don’t need any previous experience to enjoy parapente in the Alps, but a head for heights will certainly help!

Head over to Val Thorens and Courchevel le Praz

Using Méribel as a base, advanced skiers and snowboarders have easy access over to Courchevel on one side and Val Thorens on the other. If you’re in the mood for a challenge and keen to experience the sheer scale of the Three Valleys, this winter playground is at your ski tips.

Grab a piste map and hop on the Saulire Express gondola for Courchevel, or the Tougnete gondola towards Val Thorens. From the top of the Saulire peak at 2,740 metres, you can ski non-stop down the mountain to Courchevel le Praz at 1,300 metres. If you fancy a challenge, try doing it non-stop – but be prepared for the thigh-burn! Heading over toward Val Thorens takes a little longer but it’s just as rewarding, with some of the most impressive mountain scenery the Alps have to offer.

chairlift over the pistes of Meribel

Après ski as hard as you like

Méribel is among the liveliest ski resorts in the Alps, with a dazzling array of cafes, bars and clubs to enjoy a drink and let your hair down. Up on the slopes, venues like the Rond Point (aka the Ronnie) and the Folie Douce get the party started from around 3pm. And down in town, you’ll find live music and a warm welcome in venues like La Taverne, Scotty’s and Le Pub.

Méribel is one of our customer’s most popular Alpine destinations, with eager skiers and snowboarders heading out there from around the festive Christmas period all the way through spring to the end of April. For more details on what the resort has to offer, check out or blog on five reasons to make Méribel your next ski resort of choice.

If you’re keen to give the resort a try, our experts are on hand to help you make it happen. You can share your group’s requirements with us by phone on 020 3080 0200, or begin the research and booking process through our online chat service.

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