WHAT'S NEW FOR 2019 - 2020S
ALL THE NEW ADDITIONS ON MÉRIBEL’S PISTES
INFRASTRUCTURES THAT GIVE
A NEW DIMENSION TO SKIING
A SKI GUARANTEE THAT’S REMAINED TOTALLY FRESH !
THE GREATEST NUMBER OF LINKED PISTES
Our comprehensive ski guarantee means you can opt for your next winter holiday in complete confidence! Johnny Hallyday and Brigitte Bardot both knew that Méribel and les 3 Vallées guarantee you the greatest number of open, linked pistes in Europe all season long. Since this insurance was created, we have a faultless record, thanks to a high-altitude ski area with abundant snow, backed up by more than 2,500 snow guns covering 50% of the area!
In order to enhance snow cover in every part of the valley, Méribel has put a great effort into doubling its snow-making capacity by enlarging the Combes and Altiport high altitude reservoirs. This year, Bouvreuil Rouge, Mûres Rouge, the lower part of Combe du Vallon and the Choucas (reached by the recent Cherferie chairlift) are some of the 5 pistes that benefit from new cultured snow making equipment.
MORE PISTES FOR MORE SKIING
THE ROC DE FER AREA: A REMARKABLE EXPANSION
Last year, Méribel won its bid to host the 2023 World Alpine Ski Championships.
To welcome this event, an ambitious investment programme was launched, leading to the creation of two new chairlifts last winter.
Continuing its momentum, Méribel is opening two new red pistes this winter to offer you twice as much skiing pleasure.
RED IS THE NEW BLACK
The Roc de Fer area used to consist mainly of blue runs, but this year red is à la mode with two new runs called Gypaète and Daguet! Come and conquer these two newly created run which promise plenty of thrills and an interesting degree of steepness.
A little foretaste?
Are you a fan of the Choucas piste? Then Gypaète is sure to please you! The aim is to leave the terrain as natural as possible, with bumps, varied cambers and a series of bends that lead on to the blue Roc de Fer piste.
The lift company’s recommendation: Continue on to the Olympe chairlift to arrive at the summit of the Roc de Fer where you’ll a enjoy panoramic view.
Access via the Cherferie chairlift
If you start down la Face black run and take a left at the end of the first big wall, you will find yourself on the new red Daguet piste! This promises to be an interesting piste, well away from the hubbub of the main ski area, crossing through virgin snowfields. Having entered the forest at the end of this piste, you have the possibility of either taking the Olympe gondola lift (from le Raffort hamlet) via the Raffort piste, or taking the Villages piste to Les Allues.
Ski and learn !
Do you know what these two new pistes are named after ?
A Gypaète is a lammergeyer (also called a bearded vulture), a bird of prey found in the skies above the Alps. It is known for its habit of smashing animal bones that are too large to eat whole by dropping them onto stony ground.
As for a Daguet, this animal lives in Méribel all year round. It’s a young red deer stag whose antlers have not yet developed.
How do you find these pistes? Simply turn right when you get off the Legends chairlift…
IT’S ALL NEW IN THE SALES OFFICE TOO
In Méribel-Mottaret, the sales and advice desk opposite the Tourist Office will welcome visitors this season in a more spacious, convivial and brightly lit area! If you have a query about the ski area or your lift pass, don’t hesitate to ask one of the sales assistants in this cosy new space.
EVEN MORE FUN
WHERE FREESTYLERS CAN PLAY IN SAFETY !
The Elements Park is the place to discover ski thrills. This themed area – based on the four elements, fire, water, earth and wind – is equipped with a new variation this winter in a very special place. Its course, at the top of the Legends chairlift, runs right around the Tougnète Lake. This Earth-themed mini zone will create great memories, plus it offers wonderful views over the valley and complete safety!Discover the next
MÉRIBEL’S MASCOT HAS SET UP A NEW BASE CAMP
Yooni, the little blue yeti, has enlarged his territory! There’s so much fun to be had in the new no-skis area at the foot of this piste most loved by children: they can blow the Himalayan trumpets, run around a temple strewn with Himalayan flags, or have a snack on the giant wooden sun loungers
Discover the next
LA SAULIRE BY NIGHT
SKI BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON
Have you ever experienced skiing at night? You may lose your bearings, but at the same time you’ll feel an incredibly sense of freedom and closeness to nature – it’s a unique sensation! In a magical and convivial atmosphere, you’ll spend an exceptional evening descending from the summit one of Méribel’s most iconic mountains, la Saulire.
What to expect: at sunset, you’ll take a private gondola lift up to the peaks for an aperitif with an incredible view. Then comes a ski descent under the stars! Equipped with a torch and accompanied by ski patrollers, you’ll descent on pistes that have been freshly groomed for your little groupDiscover the next
A PLACE TREASURED BY FAMILIES AT THE HEART OF THE ALTIPORT
This year, a multitude of new game and entertainments are coming to the Family Cool area, a place that’s already bursting with beginner slopes and fun zones! The Inuit children’s entertainers will pull out all the stops to delight your children and they have plenty of surprises in store…
The programme continues to expand, especially during the school holidays. Every day, there are shows, eagle shows, biathlon taster sessions, ice sculpting, and games with giant inflatables… And all of it is free!
Entertainment is laid on in the Inuit Village on Wednesdays and Sundays out of school holidays, and every day except Saturday during the school holidays.Discover the next
BACK TO OUR BEGINNINGS
BACK TO THE WILD
EXPERIENCE A WILD GETAWAY IN MÉRIBEL
How do you fancy getting away from the crowds and roaming over two of Méribel’s most legendary and mysterious pistes? In the Mont de la Challe sector, served by the Roc de Tougne chairlift, a natural playground awaits you with its own freeride area for you to enjoy!
Who is it for: good skiers who are looking for thrills on red and black pistes or freeride.
Plus point: north-facing slopes!
Photo spot: the famous “Back to the Wild” wooden sculpture.
Picnic or relaxation spot: in the Trappers’ Cabin or the new Refuge at the foot of the Lagopède piste. The latter outdoor area is a delight on sunny days! In the Trappers’ Cabin, the atmosphere is more cosy, with amazing views over the nearby peaks.The trapper's cabin
– A wooden sculpture, ideal for photo sessions
– Two authentic wooden picnic cabins for your ski breaks
Which one will you choose? The Trappers’ Cabin or the new Refuge at the foot of the Lagopède piste? The first offers every comfort needed to warm up between runs: tables, benches, glove-dryers, phone chargers and, of course, a panoramic view over the stunning nearby peaks, while the second offers you an outdoor space, perfect for sunnier days…
In Méribel, even the wooden trappers’ cabin is version 2.0 !
OTHER CABINS AND HIDEAWAYS ARE HIDDEN AROUND THE SKI AREA…
DO YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND THEM?
♦ With its pretty terrace offering a sumptuous view over the valley, this first cabin can be found at the bottom of the Biche piste, accessed via the Saulire summit.
♦ You’ll spot the second from Col de la Loze on the Pic Blue piste in the heart of a peaceful forest clearing…
♦ We’ll let you discover the others, at the summit of the Legends chairlift, in the Inuit Village, at the Openpark or at Plan des Mains, so you can snuggle up in your own little nes