We give you a full round up of all the things to look forward to in Meribel this winter.
Oct 20, 2016
In recent years Meribel's focus has been on major infrastructure projects to make the lift system even faster and more efficient. The new Saulire Express takes you straight to the top in just 12mins, giving you a head start for FIRST TRACKS on the Meribel and Courchevel 1850 pistes. Before the new lift, this journey used to take 22mins.
This winter the emphasis is on a range of services to improve skier comfort and enjoyment. Special attention has been given to the needs of families and in improving WiFi coverage.
Meribel's legendary apres ski scene returns with a BANG. All your favourite live bands from last year are back and some new faces too. Plus, live comedy and club-nights, featuring top DJs and popular acts from TV and stage. Making Meribel a superb choice for nightlife.
WiFi on the slopes The number of free WiFi spots around the valley has been increased, so you will only ever be a short ski away from the coverage you need. Brilliant for keeping friends back home green with envy from your posts, grams and tweets.
New indoor picnic area and relaxation room The picnic lounge at the bottom of the Saulire Express gondola has been really popular and this season there will be a second venue opening in Mottaret. Called the "Piknic'n Relax" room, it's under the Pas du Lac gondola in Méribel-Mottaret centre. It's free, there's a kitchen area, comfy sofas, WiFi and you can even charge your phone.
Apres Ski Your apres party doesn't have to wait until you get here. You can sample some of the bands who will be performing in Meribel this winter on their YouTube channels: The Slopes The Leggomen Thrill Collins Sian Hayley Smith Blazin' Strings CoCo and the Butterfields Hobo Chic For the latest information and a week by week gig guide telling you who plays where each day, follow apresskibands on Facebook, Twitter or their Website
Easier, safer beginner slopes Every summer, we can see significant work being undertaken to continuously improve the ski area, this season the focus is for beginners and children with two of Meribel's green slopes being re-designed. The Escargot slope in the Tougnete area now offers a green alternative route reserved for beginners and an easy route for all other skiers. Part of the beginner Blanchot piste above the Altiport follows a new path to make the descent easier.
Family break time There are also the new outdoor relaxation areas with comfy, wide bed/benches to lean back and put your feet up in the sunshine. The children can take a rest, and you can relax knowing the areas are fenced off from skiers for safety. The ultimate family rest spot is the Altai Dragon, opened part way through last season. Located just off the blue Pic piste and accessed by the Loze chairlift, this is an exception setting to enjoy a break. While you make the most of the hammocks and loungers and drink in the views, the children can try to find the dragon hiding somewhere in the forests....
Terrain Parks The Moon Park has become the Elements Park. Meribel's terrain park has been renamed and is now dedicated to freestylers of every level. Even novices will enjoy the boardercross, can whoop it up on the whoops, enjoy the Fun Cross and try their first tricks on the soft impact boxes, rails and jibs. Mottaret's DC Area 43 terrain park also sees improvements with newly decorated shipping containers, free WiFi, a new fun boardercross piste and entertainment every Tuesday and regular "DC parties" with contests.
Night Sledding at Meribel-Mottaret Unleash your inner child (or your real children) on the "Himalaya by night" sledding evenings. These take place every Tuesday of the season and on Thursdays during French school holidays. Gorge yourself on marshmallows and hot chocolate and whizz down the floodlit piste to music and enjoy being a child again.....
Children's fun and entertainment As if skiing isn't enough fun, Meribel will be proving even more entertainment for children on the slopes this winter. Mottaret's excellent Yeti Park, which opened last winter, has now been extended. Along with the existing whoops, trumpets and tunnels, there is now a zip-wire, toboggans, igloos and more. Meribel's popular Inuit Village at the Altiport now has two children's entertainers and even more features: a climbing web, swings, drums, an igloo village, golf on snow and fishing games. And during the French school holidays, your children can meet a musher and her team of sled dogs.
Big shout out to Caroline Sayer from Merinet.com for providing the fine detail about improvements for next season. Gorgeous Caroline reports regularly throughout the season keeping us up to date on snow depths, piste and off-piste conditions through her Meribel Snow Reports on the Merinet YouTube channel If you want a honest and detailed update about Meribel this season, this is the report to follow.
We look forward to welcoming all returning guests and new faces to Meribel this winter.