Skiing is a celebration!
Imagine… An enchanted landscape where dark green fir trees are being covered by little white snowflakes gently and silently falling in the night. The sky is lit with a thousand stars, against which stand out the silhouettes of the mountains. The streets are lively and decorated with lights. Imagine you are watching this scene from the comforting warmth of your mountain home-from-home, a cosy chalet built of stone and wood. In the corner of the sitting room, a decorated Christmas tree is waiting to be bestowed with presents, and in the hands of every member of your family is a steaming cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine. They are recounting the highlights of their day, sitting around the crackling fire: a day of fresh air, skiing and laughter, spent in the world’s largest ski area.
Turning this dream into reality is but a step away: to discover all this magic and more, all you have to do is spend the Christmas holidays in Méribel, in the heart of les 3 Vallées !
In Méribel in December, the magic of Christmas is all around, even on the ski slopes. The snow that gives Christmas its splendour often falls during December, the $resort webcams confirm that it pays to ski smart to make the most of the ski area. In poor weather, snow or fog, conditions you are bound to meet sooner or later in the mountains, the best solution is to ski in the forests! With its 600km of pistes, les 3 Vallées excels in its ability to offer a variety of terrain. In les Allues (Méribel) valley and Saint-Bon (Courchevel) valley, this means sumptuous forests of fir and broadleaf trees. Lying in the lower parts of the ski area, the forest pistes are often less frequented than the higher ones, giving you the sensation of being all alone in the world, snaking between the trees and discovering at the turn of a bend uninterrupted views of the mountains and valleys. The routes you shouldn’t miss include:
From the summit of Col de la Loze, make your way to Courchevel la Tania via Folyères, a blue whose profile, beauty and accessibility make it a marvellous run. This route requires a 3 Vallées pass.
In the lower part of Méribel, Gelinotte will delight fans of secret pistes; it’s a run you may want to keep to yourself !
To reach Méribel Village, the Lapin piste is a little gem which delights adults and children alike, and leaves a smile on the faces of all levels of skiers.
The forests are also an opportunity to share unique moments with family or friends. Near the Altiport, having taken the Animal Piste and the Reine des Neiges 2 piste and then a little path through the trees, food lovers will discover le Clos Bernard, nestling in a little forest clearing. This hidden yet welcoming restaurant is a great place to warm up and regain your strength with copious local dishes prepared by the chef.
Christmas is also a time of entertainment to delight children on Méribel’s fun zones. At the Family Cool, for example, a family area filled with beginner pistes, Inuit entertainers dream up imaginative fun: eagle shows, ice sculpting demonstrations, visits from Father Christmas and many other surprises await you ! Finish your day back in the heart of the resort with an enchanting Christmas parade …
Highlights of the festive season :
24 – 25 December : Christmas celebrations
31 December : New Year’s Eve