If you ski in the Saint-Martin-de-Belleville area, you will enjoy all the pleasures of gentle slopes that run through alpine pastures and receive plenty of sunshine. And how about stopping for a break at the Trait d’Union mountain refuge above St-Martin?
When you return to Méribel, you will pass through the forest along the little-used Raffort blue piste, which is one of the out-of-the-way parts of the Méribel valley. This run arrives at the little hamlet of the same name. By skiing on two different sides of the mountain, you benefit from a varied range of landscapes.
You will start from Méribel centre.
You have two options for this route:
Option 1 for Méribel to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville route
You will by whisked through the air by the fast Tougnète six-seater gondola lift, then the Tougnète 2 six-seater chairlift. You will arrive at the summit of Tougnète, at over 2,400m, where you start your descent to Saint-Martin.
Before you set out, note you can choose between:
either the Crêtes and Jérusalem blue runs (which are little used and where you will see typical little stone mountain houses) and then Biolley
or the Gros Tougne piste which also starts at Tougnète, followed by the Pelozet piste, and then you will finish along the Biolley piste which takes you into the resort of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.
To return from Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, you will enjoy a comfortable ride in the Saint Martin 8-seater gondola lift, then the 6-seater Saint Martin Express, which will allow you to re-join the Méribel sector.
You will drop back into Méribel:
Option 2 for the Méribel to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville route
Rather than taking the Tougnète gondola lift when you set out from Méribel, you can opt to take two recent chairlifts:
Then, you will ski towards the resort of Saint-Martin along the Jérusalem piste and then Biolley.
When you set out from Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, you will take the same lifts as option 1, ie:
The Saint Martin gondola;
then the 6-seat Saint Martin express, which will allow you to ski back Méribel by taking the Crêtes, Jérusalem, Choucas, Gélinotte and finally Raffort pistes.
So you don’t miss the last lift out of Saint-Martin, remember that the gondola and chairlift close at 4.30.