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Advanced Ski Routes

Advanced Ski Routes

Steep skiing

The steepest readily accessible skiing in the Three Valleys is to be found in the group of famous couloirs dropping off the peak La Saulire into the Courchevel valley. The Grand Couloir is the easiest as it is relatively wide, although you will have to tackle some big moguls on the way down, and the entrance is a little hairy along a narrow path. If you are keen for more, head back up and try the Couloirs directly below the Saulire cable car. To ski the last Couloir in the group, you will need climbing gear and it is advisable to take a guide to show you the way in.

Head for Val Thorens and try some runs off the north facing peak Cime de Caron (3200m) with the black Combe de Caron served by the impressive 150 person cable car Caron, it is a fabulous run down, with great snow all season. Alternatively lower down the same valley above Les Menuires there is some excellent stuff off the peak La Masse (2804m). The black La Masse run usually has excellent snow and is a great route down. This area of the 3 valleys is very often quiet due to it being predominantly red, black and itinerary runs.

Downhill speed

You may like to test your Meribel skiing ability on the two Olympic runs in the valley, the ladies slalom and downhill on the Roc de Fer opposite Meribel. This run, La Face, black piste is an excellent run serviced by two high speed quads the Roc de Fer and the aptly named Olympic Express. The best time to test your speed is first thing in the morning when it has been groomed overnight, by the afternoon it tends to get bumpy and icy.

Off piste

Off piste skiing can be enjoyed all season long. The skiing possibilities are limitless, and the chance to ski anything from waist deep powder to fabulous spring snow in March & April. You can hire an instructor for the day to act as a guide and split the cost between you. The daily instructor rate is 350/400€ per day and equates to around 60€ for 6 sharing. If there is only a couple of you or you are by yourself, the ESF run a daily ski guiding programme called the Ski Hors Piste, 93€ for the day or 62€ for 4hours. They will guide you off piste and give you some instruction tips as well.


For those who enjoy skiing moguls look no further than the black Bartavelle above Mottaret on the right hand side of the Meribel valley. Take the short Combes chair out of Mottaret ski down to the right to connect with the double drag Roc de Tougne servicing Bartavelle. Try also the black runs Suisse in Courchevel 1850. At the end of your busy ski day go and relax in one of our Meribel ski chalets and let the Ski Blanc staff look after you.

For those new to the 3 Valleys check out this very comprehensive guide to the 3 valleys, kindly put together by long term 'saisonaire' Rob Smart Meribel Unplugged Advanced ski guide. Useful information to help you get the best of the 3 valleys. Advice for all levels.

Chalet highlights:

  • Top ski destination – Meribel, 3 Valleys.
  • Prime location – All chalets within minutes of the ski lift.
  • Delicious chalet catering & wine plentiful!
  • Friendly & personal service from start to finish.
  • All have hot tubs, cosy log fires, sun terraces.
  • Wifi at your fingertips, IPod docks, all bedrooms ensuite.

What our customers say

  • We were delighted with all aspects of our holiday in Chalet Les Sauges. Accommodation was first class and the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi were superb. The food was of the highest quality and the variety and quality was maintained throughout the week. All credit to Jamie and Natalia.

    Claire Richardson, 21 April 2019, Chalet Les Sauges Meribel

  • Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for a wonderful holiday! In particularly Ellie and Hamish, were, happy, relaxed, thoughtful and kind! The food was amazing.The chalet spotless and everything always ready. Great to chat to and made us feel so comfortable and at home. Just perfect in every way.

    Debbie Stewart 18 Feb 2019 Chalet Covie, Meribel

  • Lovely chalet and fantastic location – just a minute to the main lift . Wonderful area to ski – we have been to Meribel quite a few times now and it never disappoints. Food delicious and facilities very good.

    Jenny Sanders, 09 Mar 2019, Chalet L'Erine, Meribel

  • We all had an excellent time in Chalet Foehn. It was lovely; cosy, homely and providing everything we needed. The resort was great. This was my first visit to Meribel and I'm impressed with the number and variety of the runs available over the three valleys. We managed to ski everyday albeit not quite all day every day. Particularly; I'd like to thank Jesse and Fiona, our hosts. They both looked after us brilliantly. The food was delicious, the packed lunches just right and the cakes wonderful. I am still shocked how nice vegan brownies can be!

    Nick Leigh, 25 Mar 2019 Chalet Foehn, Meribel

  • I can safely say that all 3 families, had an absolutely fantastic holiday from the time we arrived at the chalet to when we left. From the great customer service, that Janey afforded us while organising the holiday, to the face to face contact with you all while there. We have to make a very special mention to TJ and Abby who made our stay extra special and who were fabulous chalet hosts. They make the perfect team, both friendly and professional, ensuring that each and every one of us was catered for…which is quite a task given we had quite a few dietary requirements! Their food was excellent….the children deciding to eat with us rather than eating a separate menu is testimony to that!

    Richard Thomson, 01 Mar 2019, La Vieille Scierie, Meribel