Méribel's ski lifts
New infrastructure for even more comfortable skiing
New bouquetin chairlifts replace Plattières 3 cable cars
The little Plattières 3 vintage bubbles are a thing of the past; it’s time to usher in the new Bouquetin chairlifts!
You no longer need to remove and lug around your skis before piling into cable cars: instead, settle into one of the new Bouquetin 6-seater chairlifts and soak up the magnificent views. It will now only take you 2 minutes and 30 seconds to reach the peaks and the Saint Martin de Belleville or Les Menuires slopes.
Chairlifts will also be accessible to hikers, both heading up or down. Brace yourself on the way down, as the views over the Bouquetin gorge may well blow you away!
- 302 m incline
- 721 m length
- 37 6-seater vehicles
- 2 min 30’ climb
Olympe cable cars get a makeover
Commissioned for the 1992 Winter Olympics, the Olympe cable cars deserved a revamp!
The emblematic lift that links Brides-les-Bains and Méribel is therefore being treated to a stunning facelift for its 30 -year anniversary, thanks to electrical and mechanical modernisation that will improve its reliability. Its brand new high-scale, comfortable cable cars are sure to amaze. Gone are the days of back-to-back seating and ducking to get inside: the cable cars are tall enough for anyone to enter standing through a wide door that opens onto 6 face-to-face padded seats. And as an added bonus, 30 out of the 133 cars will be turned into works of art that illustrate the common values of the Méribel and Brides-les-Bains stations!
You can expect a warm welcome at the skywalk of the intermediate station, in the hamlet of Raffort. This will make journeys much easier and safer for skiers. Located at the bottom of the beautiful blue “Raffort” slope, it is ideal for hamlet residents or skiers on their way back to Brides-les-Bains. It is such a relief not to have to go down and back up all those steps to get back on the Olympe cable car, since it is now accessible at slope level! This gives you another reason to explore the area and rediscover its two new red pistes, Gypaète and Daguet, which lead to the Raffort run and caused quite a stir for their first winter.
3 Vallées 's ski lifts
The 3 Vallées Express cable car
Big changes lie ahead for the Maurienne side of 3 Vallées! The 3 Vallées Express cable car, which was inaugurated in Orelle in 1995, has been entirely replaced by an all-new super comfortable Doppelmayr system. These 10-seater cars will be onboarding their first passengers from early December 2021.
The 3 Vallées Express cable car allows day skiers from across the Rhône-Alpes and Italian valleys to reach the slopes of 3 Vallées, the vastest ski resort in the world, in under 15 minutes.
Accessible from the A43 motorway (the exit is 6 km from Orelle), skiers have access to a free 450-space car park and modern infrastructures, including storage spaces and ski lockers.
Orelle-Caron cable car between Plan Bouchet and Cime Caron
A second system now also departs from Plan Bouchet and takes passengers to Cime Caron, Val Thorens’ mythical peak.
A brand new 10-seater Doppelmayr cable car will take skiers and hikers to 3,200 m, with 360° views over the Alps at the top.
An undoubtedly enriching addition to Val Thorens’ tourist attractions. In both winter and summer, it will provide access to high altitudes and to the best ski slopes in under 20 minutes from Orelle station, at an elevation of 900 m.
Pointe de la Masse
The area between La Masse and Les Menuires is welcoming a new, state-of-the-art 10-seater cable car, replacing the Masse 2 cable car. It departs from the Masse plateau, arriving directly at the 2,804 m summit. Measuring more than 3 km in length, and at an altitude of 1,050 m, the Pointe de la Masse cable car is the longest in 3 Vallées and one of the two fastest in France.
Come summer or winter, hikers and skiers of all levels will be able to reach the summit in just 8 minutes, rather than the 25 minutes it used to take them. Quality, comfort, and design are the hallmarks of this technological gem. At the top, the new terrace overlooking the partially concealed station rooftop provides splendid views over the Belleville valley and the Vallon du Lou. The Lac Noir and Rocher Noir systems have been dismantled, removing 30 pylons from the area and offering a much wilder skiing experience in 3 Vallées.
Ski run preparations
For 3 years now, the resorts of Méribel and Courchevel have been taking advantage of the hosting of the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships to develop the ski area in a responsible manner and in such a way as to make your stay on the slopes as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
The Roc de Fer run gets ready to host the 2023 Alpine Ski World Championships
Méribel is making the most of its opportunity to host the 2023 Alpine Ski World Championships to carry out work that will benefit everyone in the long run.
Mission accomplished with the Roc de Fer tunnel, which will allow visitors to fully appreciate the ski area, even during the competitions! A welcome substitution for the previous narrow tunnel, measuring 50 metres long for 8.5 metres wide and 5 metres high. This development will allow competitors to access an internationally renowned piste devoted to them, all year round. Meanwhile, skiers can easily access the magnificent Roc de Fer area at all times, with its legendary pistes and unrivalled views over the valley.
This season, both current and future champions will discover an entirely revitalised slalom course. Initially inaugurated for future major competitions, the project will form a lasting legacy for skiers, offering the best conditions for training and competitions alike. Come discover the many Flèche and Chamois races organised year-round by the ESF French Ski School!
A challenge of champions - éclipse: the world championship run
As the future setting for the 2023 Alpine Ski World Championship, this new black piste is set to open this winter: will you be braving it?
Zip down the 3.3 km run with its 970 m incline for a moment of sheer pleasure on one of the area’s longest slopes, with plunging views over the historic village of Courchevel Le Praz, Olympic ski jumps, and the Alpinium.
What makes it so special? Its interplay of shadow and light makes it particularly demanding and highly technical.
Sharpen your skis and your mind, and come discover the soon-to-be legendary ÉCLIPSE run!
Vertical Xperience, 3 Vallées’ steepest runs
With slopes at an average angle of 33° and 38.6° at their maximum… Are you ready to take on 3 Vallées’ two steepest black pistes?
If the idea alone has you yearning with desire, head for the mythical Saulire peak to try your hand at the Grand Couloir and Couloir Tournier slopes for guaranteed thrills!
Set off on the Couloir Tournier toward Méribel or the Grand Couloir toward Courchevel for a dizzying, awe-inspiring experience.
Picture frames at the peaks
Now must-see souvenirs of your ski holidays, don’t forget to check out the picture frames dotted all over the 3 Vallées peaks.
This year, 6 of the 12 frames will be decorated by an illustrator.
Immerse yourself in the pure lines and mountain aesthetics of Lauriane Miara. Why not try to snap the whole series of 6 unique frames to share on social media?
Where to find them?
- Méribel : Col de la Loze, Sommet du Roc de Fer, Sommet du Mont Vallon
- Courchevel : sommet de Signal
- Val Thorens : sommet Funitel 3 Vallées
- Les Menuires : sommet télécabine Roc 1
Secure terminals to charge your smartphone
Cold weather is a phone battery’s worst enemy! So that you can stay in touch with your friends and family, and send them updates or photos that will make them green with envy, head for the free smartphone charging terminals at the Courchevel and Méribel-Mottaret ski resorts.
How do they work?
Leave your mobile phone in a lockbox secured with a pin code of your choosing, ski to your heart’s content, then collect your charged phone for the rest of the day!
Fun and unique areas
The animal slope gets a new look
One of the wonders of the Méribel Altiport area is the animal slope, with its easy, pleasant thoroughfare at the heart of a protected forest.
After years of faithful service, the slope is set to return to its former glory, so it can continue to enchant children for years to come. This green slope aims to be both fun and brimming with learning experiences, transforming young skiers into explorers of 3 Vallées’ fauna.
Tap into your 5 senses to help you identify ibex, mountain goats, and marmots via their tracks, calls, or coats.
Just as easily accessible without skis thanks to the path that runs alongside the trail, the animal slope is not to be missed for family fun!