The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 5 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Three Valleys

Key facts

Resort1400-1700 m
Slopes1260-3230 m
Lifts180
Pistes600 km
Price index125

Méribel

France

Looking up the valley from Méribel to Mottaret

The upside

  • Central to the Trois Vallées, the biggest lift network in the world
  • Pleasant chalet-style architecture
  • Impressive lift system
  • Very lively après-ski scene
  • Excellent piste maintenance and snowmaking; nevertheless ...

The downside

  • Snow on the west-facing side suffers from afternoon sun
  • Sprawling main village
  • Expensive, particularly for food and drink
  • Full of Brits
  • Some pistes can get crowded
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    News – 2017/18

    The double drag-lifts from above Mottaret to Mont de la Challe will be replaced by a fast-loading six-pack which will take just over three minutes to reach the top. From there you can ski back down in usually excellent snow because of the north-facing aspect, or drop over the top towards Les Menuires or St Martin de Belleville.

    The Turn&Run zone of the DC Area 43 terrain park will have additional features such as a ‘snail’, snow bridge, mini-kickers and short, wide boxes.

    The Inuit Village for kids above Altiport has been entirely redesigned and the Yeti Park above Mottaret has additional features for family fun.

    News – 2016/17

    Méribel’s impressive terrain parks were further developed. In the big DC Area 43 park next to the Plattières gondola a new Turn&Run zone opened, designed for those who want a gentle introduction to freestyle. Elements Park replaced the long-standing Moon Park at Tougnète and is a fun area accessible to all levels.

    A challenging new 3km toboggan run opened running from top to bottom of the Tougnète gondola, with 28 bends and a vertical drop of almost 500m.

    A once a week First Tracks event started – you board the Pas du Lac gondola at 8am, have breakfast at the top of La Saulire and then get a run down before the lifts open.

    Summary

    A loyal band of regular visitors just love Méribel, and it’s not difficult to see why. For keen piste-bashers who like to rack up the miles but dislike tacky post-war purpose-built resorts, this resort at the heart of the famous Trois Vallées is difficult to beat: unlike most other modern resorts, Méribel has always insisted on chalet-style architecture.
    But other 3V resorts have the edge in important respects. For better snow opt for Courchevel or Val Thorens; for lower prices, Les Menuires or St-Martin.
    A gondola built for the 1992 Albertville Olympics gives access to Méribel from the valley spa town of Brides-les-Bains, which naturally offers cheaper lodgings; it gets its own web page.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 5 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
    • Snow 3 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 5 out of 5
    • Beginner 4 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 3 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 4 out of 5
    • Apres ski 5 out of 5
    • Off-slope 3 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Three Valleys

    Key facts

    Resort1400-1700 m
    Slopes1260-3230 m
    Lifts180
    Pistes600 km
    Price index125