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Méribel

Méribel Ski Resort Guide

Méribel, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length150km
Highest Lift2,950m
Resort Height1,450m
 Nearest AirportsAnnecy and Chambery
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Méribel

Méribel lies at the heart of The Three Valleys (Les 3 Vallées) and has a wide range of skiing for all levels, both within its own valley and beyond.

Summary

The French ski resort of Méribel is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,450m, with 150km of marked runs.

Méribel is part of the Three Valleys ski area with access to 600km of downhill skiing, with 497 marked pistes, served by a total of 180 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Méribel itself (150km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Three Valleys ski resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens.

Méribel comprises the villages of Méribel Centre, Méribel Les Allues, Méribel Les Hauts, Méribel Mottaret and Méribel Village.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Méribel?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm, expected on 28 September, with around 21cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Méribel
SatSunMonTueWedThuFri
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1,430m
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2,553m
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2,579m
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1,374m

Ski Area Stats

Méribel Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 9 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
24
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
34
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
10
Downhill
Total Length
150km
Cross Country
Total Length
33km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
61

The Three Valleys Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
49
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
175
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
207
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
66
Downhill
Total Length
600km
Cross Country
Total Length
130km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
180

Altitudes

Méribel Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,950m
Resort Altitude (Méribel)1,450m
Lowest Piste1,100m
Max Vertical1,850m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Méribel
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Méribel Overview

Méribel is the central resort in the world's largest lift-linked ski area, the 3 Vallées. One of the first in the post-war 'second wave' of ski centre development, the village and its skiing have been a success on a colossal scale. Méribel today has grown far beyond the original village with half a dozen 'neighbourhoods', extending the resort over 10km (6 miles) of the valley floor, and expansion is still continuing, helping to make the resort one of the most important in the world today.

The resort has invested heavily in high capacity gondola lifts, to get large numbers of skiers uphill fast meaning that queues are rare.

Skiing

Méribel's location allows skiers based there to make the most of the Three Valleys. To the East is Courchevel's world famous skiing, to the West the high altitude slopes of Val Thorens with Les Menuires below it in the Belleville valley. Méribel's own central valley runs North - South allowing skiers to stay in the sun all day, with the whole valley in the spotlight around lunch time.

The choice of skiing here is vast, with 150 km (93 miles) of trails in the Méribel Valley alone and more than five times that much again in the neighbouring valleys.

Méribel for Beginners

Beginners have easy runs up by the Altiport and Rond Point des Pistes, as well as a special beginners' area at Méribel-Mottaret.

Méribel for Intermediates

Downhill choices are as close to limitless as they can be, with The Three Valleys often described as an 'intermediates' paradise'.

Méribel for Experts

There is plenty for experts to enjoy, such as the off-piste Mt. Vallon face above Méribel-Mottaret or the legendary Les Bosses black. The Women's Olympic Downhill run is not to be sniffed at either, nor the powder or tree skiing.

Easier choices include the 3.6km (2.2 mile) long red run down the Combe du Vallon or the Pic Noir descent through the trees from Col de la Loze.

Ski Schools

The ski and snowboarding schools, including ESF and a number of British and International schools and independent ski instructors, employ staff able to teach all disciplines, speaking most of the world's major languages between them.

Cross Country

Cross country skiers have plenty of trails in the Méribel and Courchevel valleys, including two exceptional routes around the Tuèda Lake and the Altiport Forest.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Méribel has several snowboard parks and of course there are lift links to others around the 3 Vallées. Numerous competitions are organised for snowboarders throughout the season.

Location and Map

Where is Méribel?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in The Three Valleys, Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Méribel is Annecy, 98 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron, Geneva, Sion, Saint-Étienne and Turin Caselle airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 61 ski lifts are able to uplift 75,465 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 55km of ski runs, with 688 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Méribel open?

 Opened : 8 December 2019.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Méribel Piste Map
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COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Méribel, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Méribel Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Méribel

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Aprés Ski

Méribel has some of the liveliest apres of any ski resort anywhere - so long as you stick near the village centre. Méribel-Mottaret and the other outlying neighbourhoods are mostly quiet.

History and Development

The Méribel valley was almost abandoned until it was 're-discovered' in 1938 by future British Colonel Peter Lindsay, who returned after the war to oversee its early development in partnership with French architect Christian Durupt. Although the men's plans were modest compared to what was to come, they did begin the task of building the resort in a traditional style, with gabled slate roofs and white pine and stone facades. Along with its perfect location, Méribel's decision to stick to these building requirements through its 50+ year history and through the era of the rectangular concrete tower block has won it ever more fans over the years.

Although driven to construct the inevitable high altitude 'satellite off-shoot', Méribel Mottaret at 1800 metres in 1972, the resort ensured the giant apartment blocks still had chalet style design. The British influence in Méribel remains strong and vast numbers of Brits arrive each winter; the more well-heeled staying around Méribel Centre, the rest up at Méribel-Mottaret, whilst Courchevel in the next valley is popularly regarded as being more French (or even Russian, as they have been attracted in significant numbers in recent years), more chic (and more expensive).

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