Discover the magic of Meribel

For mountain bike addicts, there are more than 10 downhill trails in Méribel in summer! If you’re not ready to tackle the steeper slopes, you can start gently on the Bike Slope, the bike park’s green trail (accessed from the top of Tougnète gondola lift). If you at home on a bike, long and varied trails (notably Bellevue) are available, all of which offer fabulous views over the valley. And if you’re an experienced mountain biker, there’s a whole range of more technically challenging descents featuring steep sections, jumps and fun wooden features. Finally, if you’re fearless and want to test your nerve and improve your performance, there are dizzyingly steep slopes too, such as the GoPro G-force, the 2014 World Cup trail! (Make sure you are fully equipped from head to toe, and you’ll probably want to wash your bike at the end of the day at one of the three special washing points in Les Allues, Méribel and Méribel-Mottaret.)

If you are more interested in views than thrills, there are also lots of enduro trails, ranging from very easy to challenging, and cross-country itineraries especially for electric mountain bikes. The wide choice on offer is ideal for families (see article) because “Mountain biking in summer in Méribel” can mean everything from a toddler learning on a balance bike to experts tackling a trail so steep they rarely touch the ground! There’s something to delight everybody, whatever their level.

Paths for walking or running

For those who prefer exploring the mountains on foot, there is a huge range of walking paths. If you need to work off some energy, from Méribel Village or the resort set out to climb to the ridges and then to Mont de la Chambre (1,400m uphill) on one of various itineraries that start in the woods. If you’d rather skip the first 1,000m climb, a gondola and chairlift will whisk you to 2,400m altitude, an easy way to reach the same place. From here, why not continue on the Tarentaise Grand Tour, which drops towards la Chambre lake and pass

Further to the east, starting from Méribel-Mottaret, you can explore the Vanoise National Park and Tuéda Nature Reserve. Feast your eyes on the wealth of fauna (especially marmots), flora and forests, including rare Cembro pines. If you wish, you can easily arrange to spend a night high up in one of the refuges which dot the mountains (remember to book in advance). And if you want to know more about biodiversity, local crafts or heritage, guides are on hand to unlock the secrets of this area...

If you prefer running along the paths with the wind in your hair, you’ll find 
9 sign-posted trail running routes around the valley, totalling 150 km. With routes ranging from the easy to the arduous (the green, valley floor loop at Tuéda for beginners; the 45km of the Méribel Trail for the fittest), you’re sure to find just what suits you. The “Méribel Trail Guide”, available in the valley’s Tourist offices, will help you make your choice… 

Sports and relaxation

In addition to the bike park, which is among the best in Savoy, and access to a particularly unspoiled and authentic area on the walking trails, Méribel also offers the opportunity to try a host of other sports. You can get up high on the highest via ferrata in Europe, or fly even higher in a paraglider. The village, nestling at the foot of the summits, is a superb setting for golfing, horse riding, a treetop rope course, kayaking, canyoning etc... If you’d rather take it easy, there are many activities geared towards relaxation and well-being, such as yoga and Qi-gong, or pampering and a massage in one of the many spas.

Méribel offers plenty for younger children (8 to 16 years old) who, with the Sportkids club, can 
discover mountain biking, kayaking, via ferrata, and many other sports. Finally, you can take advantage of Méribel’s idyllic setting in a novel way. Take fresh look at the mountains (or the clear skies) during out theme fortnights such as “Mountain Art” or “Méribel in the Sky”, which will fill your Méribel holiday with delight.

Via-ferrata, yoga, parapente... and more to discover out of mountain bike and hiking !

Go a little further…

Some of the hiking routes allow you to venture further afield and even reach another 3 Vallées resort. To the east, a path starts from the Altiport and leads via Col de la Loze to Courchevel. If you are tempted by a full day’s hike, you can also reach Courchevel from Tuéda lake, passing by the Saut refuge then Merlet lake. Between these two, lies a relatively easy route via the ski lifts to Col de la Saulire. On the other (western) side of the valley you can continue towards Les Menuires from Pas de Cherferie (2,125 m) or Tougnète (2,434 m, accessible by the ski lifts). From each side of the valley, the panoramas are superb, especially the views of the Grande Casse and Mont Blanc!