Start the year with a bang in Méribel !
Why not make a New Year’s resolution that you’ll stick to for once ?! Do more sport, get more fresh air, and recharge your batteries – what’s not to like ? So, to make sure you start 2020 as you mean to go on, head to Méribel in the heart of les 3 Vallées !
With 600km of pistes, of which 57% are greens and blues and 43% reds and blacks, les 3 Vallées was designed for skiers of every level. And in January, when the weather is cold and the snow at its most wonderful, good skiers have the time of their lives ! Having chosen the lift pass that suits them best, snowsport fans can set out to tackle the very best pistes !
This winter, Méribel has created two new red runs, ideal for getting your day off to a great start ! After a quick check of the lift openings, you can set out for hours of fun. Make sure you don’t miss these two pistes in the Roc de Fer area :
Gypaète (accessed via the Cherferie chairlift) has retained its natural shape with bumps and cambers, followed by tight turns.
Daguet (accessed via the Olympic chairlift) passes over big open fields of virgin snow and then dips into the forest, far away from the rest of the ski area.
If you are here to ski your legs off, you certainly won’t be disappointed by les 3 Vallées. In each of the resorts that make up the ski area, you’ll find pistes which offer incredible vertical drops :
In Méribel, the Mauduit takes you from the summit of Saulire (2,738m) to la Chaudanne (Méribel Centre, 1,450m).
On the opposite side of the valley, take Face (black), then Gelinotte (blue) to go from the summit of le Roc de Fer (2,290m) to the centre of Méribel (1,450m).
Near Méribel-Mottaret, the Mont Vallon is the highest summit in the valley at 2,952m. By taking Combe du Vallon (red) then Ours (green), you’ll find yourself at 1,750m in the centre of the resort.
In the Belleville valley, the 2,804m Pointe de la Masse towers over the resort of Les Menuires. From this summit, numerous pistes of all levels take you to the resort, 1,000m below, without taking another lift.
In Val Thorens, you should take Boismint then Plan de l’Eau, two high level red runs, without stopping !
In Courchevel, start from the summit of la Saulire (2,738m) and finish 1,440m lower in Courchevel le Praz.
Why not give your eyes a feast while you’re giving your thighs a workout ! During your week of sport in Méribel, don’t miss these viewpoints, having first checked the forecast promises clear weather so you can make the most of them !
Le Roc de Fer in Méribel, an exceptional panoramic view over the whole of the Tarentaise, and a free photo spot.
The two summits linking Courchevel and Méribel : la Saulire from which you can see le Mont Blanc, and Col de la Loze which overlooks the valley.
Le Mont Vallon in Mottaret, with its high mountain ambiance, and a breath taking view of the Gebroulaz glacier and Vanoise National Park.
La Point de la Masse in les Menuires with its 360 degree view over the Beaufortain and the Meije and Grande Casse peaks, and a great place to take a photo by the wooden bouquetin sculpture !
Once at the summit, take the time to admire the white paradise before your eyes, relish the moment and breathe in deeply, filling your lungs with pure mountain air that will sustain you for the coming year !