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The Heart in the Three Valleys (yes, that’s the slogan) is in fact two villages, Meribel and Mottaret, that today have almost merged. Mottaret is situated the furthest in to the valley and is possibly even more chalet-dense than Meribel. The valley – Allues – offers winding tree runs, two very well-maintained parks and an abundance of alpine ski at high elevation. Mont Vallon, located in the valley, is a ski area in itself after snowfall. Staying in Meribel, in the middle of the enormous Three Valley system, makes it easy to get across to the surrounding valleys straight away in the morning. Not least thanks to the improvement of the lifts in recent years. This place attracts a lot of British people, so if you’re not too fond of tea drinking and less advanced skiers, you may want to stay away.
Meribel is proud to have an unusually kind downhill slope and was the host of the women’s alpine competitions during the Albertville Olympics in 1992 and will also host the Alpine World Cup in 2015.
Meribel belong to Les 3 Vallées.

Meribel Snow forecast

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Best Off-Piste:
The Death Couloir is the Holy Grail for me – totally amazing when the snow conditions are right. There is also a great couloir, easy enough, from the top of the Becca chairlift. Hike 30 metres up to your right then drop over the back to Mottaret. Take a guide with you to get the best out of it.

Best Black Run:
La Masse, a whole mountain of good skiing with the Lac de Lou itinerary off the back or take down to Bettex. Otherwise if you like your bumps, try Bartavelle on Mont de la Challe.

Best Red Run:
Allamands, very popular but good pitch. If not, go up Mont du Vallon and shoot down the Combe Vallon or Campagnol. Both are steep at the top and get mogully and both are normally pretty quiet.

Best Blue/Green:
Grand Lac, blue run from 3 Marches down to the new Les Granges chair then continue all the way to San Martin de Belleville. The Blanchot green coming down through the trees near the Altiport is one of the best beginner runs you’ll find.

By: Pat Sharples Top British freeskier and Head Coach of the British Freeski camps

Facts about Meribel

Slopes (Total: 67)
Green Learning / beginner:8
Blue Easy:26
Red Intermediate:26
Black Advanced / Expert:7
Total length of pistes:9.3 miles

Lifts (Total: 38)
Gondola lift:14
Chair lifts:17

Vertical drop
Meribel Vertical drop
Mountain high: 9685 ft
Vertical drop: 4928 ft
Mountain low: 4757 ft

Childrens area:3
Country: France

Reviews for Meribel

What do you think about Meribel?
4 reviews
Jonas Mellberg
Jonas Mellberg (Guest)
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A delayed resignation, omits changes that are not permanent. I lived there in 1985 and lived in Meribel Mottaret and felt that the location of the village was perfect, one could easily reach both Courchevel and Val Thorens. Great snowfall snowfall had a 24h snowfall that resulted in 60cm lice and sunshine for the rest of the week.
Favorite areas in the three valleys of La Masse and Chime de Caron. Hope this also applies this year, will return in 2018.

Johanna (Guest)
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Me and my family have been to Meribél several times and it is always as wonderful! A large lift system that allows you to quickly get between the different valleys. What I have experienced quite sun proof and even good with snow. One year out of the five we've been there, it's been bad with snow.

Do not know anything about different places, however, either about nightlife or the like.

However, anyone can advise to go to Meribél and the three valleys! Absolutely wonderful :)

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This is the first village in the alps I visited. I was 15-16 and went with some compasses. I have since sought the same cozy feeling elsewhere but it's hard to find. The system is huge and easily accessible just from the meribel valley. As I said, it was a long time since I was there, and those possibile feelings could coincide with the fact that my alpine friend's seam was smoking there.

I'll be back again. :-)

Hannah (Guest)
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Hmmm. why has nobody written anything about meribel?
I was there all the last season marks and, of course, I met five Swedes throughout the season, so many do not go there. But it's a cannon. The first time I stay in the Alps has nothing to compare with, but the world's largest skiing system is not small. It's called De Tre Dalarna, but really it's four. Courchevel, Val Thorens, Les Menuries (how it spelled) and Meribel then. I could not afford to buy lift cards for the whole system when I got there, so it just became Meribel. But that was enough. It's big as it is. Located high, good lift system, can find good pillows. Cozy city. Plus! In contrast to Val Thorens who is supertricky and reluctant.
Good location. If you get there you are close to all the other three systems. You take twenty-thirty minutes over the "limits".
I was totally sick of fun. It may be a little fun that you are almost one man Swedish too. SO, it feels like you are abroad!

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Rider:  Photo: Alfred Bolsöy

Trail map

Trail map Meribel

Nearby ski resorts

La Tania3.1 miles
Saint Martin de Belleville3.1 miles
Brides Les Bains3.7 miles
Courchevel3.7 miles
Les Menuires5 miles
Val Thorens6.8 miles
Champagny En Vanoise7.5 miles
Valmorel7.5 miles

Airports near Meribel

Chambery Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (63 miles)
Distance: 37 miles
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 57 minutes (112 miles)
Distance: 75 miles
Grenoble Alpes-Isère Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 59 minutes (109 miles)
Distance: 60 miles
Genève Aéroport
Driving time: 2 hours, 6 minutes (115 miles)
Distance: 62 miles
Torino Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 58 minutes (152 miles)
Distance: 54 miles