Meribel – On the piste

Beginners are well catered for on the small nursery slope at Rond Point and access to the longer green and blue runs is easy from there. Intermediate skiers will find that they can explore the entire Trois Vallées easily, with the Platières area above Mottaret being a great local option. Experts will never get bored of this area either and the run down the side of the Roc de Tougne drag is a challenging mogul field. The off-piste is excellent and mostly accessible from the lifts, but expect it to get tracked out very quickly! If there is a fault to Meribel it would be the slightly political piste grading system with a few greens that should be blue, blues that should be red etc. This is a very minor gripe in an otherwise near perfect ski area though. Nothing can prepare you for the vastness of the Trois Vallees, and don’t be surprised if you get hooked!

 

Beginners

The Altiport area of Meribel is by far and away the best area to find your feet on the snow. Wide, flat, tree-lined green runs serviced by a fast 8-man chair lift make it great for adults and kids and there are so many different ways down it never feels too crowded.

Another area is the Piou Piou ESF area by the Rond Point. It is a protected area reserved for littler ones and is situated right by the Rond Point restaurant for those valuable hot chocolate stops! There is also a new covered conveyor belt-style lift in Mottaret for beginners, so you don’t have to master tricky lifts before being able to go anywhere.

 

Intermediate and advanced skiers

Meribel is right in the heart of the Three Valley ski area with a vast number of wide blue and red runs that link up the areas very nicely. The great thing about the links between the valleys is that you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the whole ski area and you will find you are able to get just about anywhere on a blue run or an easy red. One of the best areas for intermediate skiers is the area around the top of Saulire; it has lots of reds and blues, the Renard and Géai pistes being particular favourites.

 

Off-piste skiing

The off-piste skiing in Meribel is surprisingly extensive for somewhere with so many lifts and pistes runs! There are lots of tree runs to the side of the Mauduit piste on the Saulire side and lots of fun to be had underneath the Platières lift in Mottaret. The area around Mont Vallon is also a fantastic off-piste area, although prone to avalanche in certain conditions. If you are going off piste be sure to take a guide or instructor with you as the off-piste areas in Meribel, as in all of France, are not patrolled or secured at all.

 

Freestyle skiing and snowboarding

Meribel plays host to the DC park in Mottaret with a monster halfpipe and dozens of kickers and rollers and boxes and rails to suit all levels of adrenaline junkies. Val Thorens is also an excellent place to go for pro snowboarding and freestyle ski events with competitors coming in from all over the world to compete in numerous events throughout the season.  

 

Ski schools

There are plenty of ski schools in Meribel, with a particular emphasis on  the English speaking clientele. The main ski schools operating are ESF, Magic Academy, Parallel Lines and New Generation. For more specialist private lessons, as well as advanced kids groups, consider: Marmalade, BASS and Cab 9 for snowboarding. For people with disabilities ESF run the Handiski scheme in Meribel enabling everyone to get out on the mountain in some way or another.

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Blanc sports
+33 4 79 00 44 07
Near hotel Mont-Vallon. Stocks skis and boards as well as clothes. Ski Espace and Superski are in the same area. 
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Georges Mauduit
+33 4 79 08 63 08
Upmarket clothing and equipment shop run by the local ex-world champion. Located just off the main square, to the left of Le Poste bar. Open 8.30am-... 
Expensive
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Olympic ski
+33 (0)4 79 00 48 51
Equipment hire in Mottaret. The shop is at the bottom of the slopes, near the Tourist Office. Open 8.30am-7.30pm. 
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Precision Ski
+33 4 79 40 07 43
There are now three Precision shops - the first is 100 yards before the first roundabout on the left-hand side as you arrive in Val. This shop has... 
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Privilege Ski
+33 6 83 51 50 21
Ski and snowboard hire which can be ordered on line and delivered to you upon arrival. They also offer ski service and storage if you have your own... 
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Ski Higher
+33 4 79 00 51 70
This British-run chain of ski hire shops has a good range of equipment and offer a helpful and efficient mobile service throughout Courchevel.... 
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Skimium.com
Book your rental requirements online before you go and they promise to have your skis waiting for you in resort. This is part of the Decathlon group... 
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Skis Direct
+33 6 09 41 21 26
British-run mobile ski hire delivering skis, boards & boots to your accommodation. Phone from the UK or when you arrive in resort, alternatively... 
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Snowrental
0845 501 2352
If you are planning on hiring equipment when you are out in resort then  you can book online, decide what you want and have it waiting for you... 
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ESF - Meribel
With 450 instructors ESF in Meribel is one of the biggest schools in France. A large children's programme makes them a good choice for families.... 
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First Tracks
+33 6 08 33 82 59
Ski or snowboard coaching in groups of four - eight or private tuition and they take children from the age of six. Also offer off piste guiding,... 
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Magic Snowsports Academy
Following the merger of two British ski schools in Meribel and Courchevel (Ski Academy and Magic in Motion), Magic Academy offers a range of lessons... 
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Rob Sewell
+33 6 10 14 47 62
Independent instructor who has been teaching in the Three Valleys for over 10 years. Provides private lessons in Meribel and Courchevel. 
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Ski Presitge
+33 6 19 18 18 17 / +33 4 79 08 21 05
Ski Prestige offers skiing, snowboarding and heli-skiing. They are also one of the few schools to promise a maximum of five people per group lesson.... 
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Ski Taxi
A ski taxi to make the most of the beauties of the ski area. He likes skiing, she prefers the spa ... for couples in this situation, how can they... 
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Supreme Snow & Snowboard school
+44 1479 810 800 / +33 4 79 08 27 87
Supreme have been in Courchevel for over 15 years (their office is there) and since 2005 have also taught in Meribel. Mostly British instructors.... 
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ESF - Meribel
With 450 instructors ESF in Meribel is one of the biggest schools in France. A large children's programme makes them a good choice for families.... 
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First Tracks
+33 6 08 33 82 59
Ski or snowboard coaching in groups of four - eight or private tuition and they take children from the age of six. Also offer off piste guiding,... 
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Ski Presitge
+33 6 19 18 18 17 / +33 4 79 08 21 05
Ski Prestige offers skiing, snowboarding and heli-skiing. They are also one of the few schools to promise a maximum of five people per group lesson.... 
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Meribel lift pass prices 2015
+33 4 79 00 43 44
A guide to Lift pass prices for 2014/5 Meribel only: Adult , 6 day pass 234€ Children 6 day pass 189€. NEW - PASS Famille 4 (2 parents + 2... 
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ESF - Meribel
With 450 instructors ESF in Meribel is one of the biggest schools in France. A large children's programme makes them a good choice for families.... 
Child friendly
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First Tracks
+33 6 08 33 82 59
Ski or snowboard coaching in groups of four - eight or private tuition and they take children from the age of six. Also offer off piste guiding,... 
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Magic Snowsports Academy
Following the merger of two British ski schools in Meribel and Courchevel (Ski Academy and Magic in Motion), Magic Academy offers a range of lessons... 
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New Generation
+44 844 484 3663 or +33 479 01 03 18
Based in Courchevel, New Generation are a British run ski and snowboard school. In 2005, Which Guides and the Snow Awards voted New Generation the... 
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NONSTOP
UK - 0207 720 6500 or Canada +1 250 423 4622
NONSTOP run a range of courses for all ability levels to either get you going on either skis or a snowboard. The amazing powder in and around Fernie... 
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Oxygene
Oxygene pride themselves on being the Alpine ski school of choice for children. They have a mix of nationalities working for them including some... 
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Parellel Lines ski school
01702 589 580 / +33 4 79 00 32 31
Parallel Lines is the only ski school in Meribel employing all British ski and snowboard instructors (who are all fully qualified too). Lessons can... 
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Rob Sewell
+33 6 10 14 47 62
Independent instructor who has been teaching in the Three Valleys for over 10 years. Provides private lessons in Meribel and Courchevel. 
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Ski Dave Morris
+33 6 19 92 76 59
Dave operates in Courchevel and Meribel and offers a high standard of teaching. He also trains ski instructors. 
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