Snow shoe excursions
Explore the breathtaking mountain scenery on a snow shoe excursion. This is your chance to enjoy the mountain environment, discover the history of the valley and see the local wildlife. Snowshoes 'rackets' attach to your outdoor footwear and help you to walk easily on snow. The Meribel Tourist office can provide you with a circuit of walks you can enjoy independently or you can join a guided tour.
The Ecole de Ski Francais run ½ day and full day guided trips.
Cross Country skiing
There are some magnificent cross country trails in the Meribel valley, all graded from complete beginner to expert. It is a fantastic way to spend the morning or afternoon. At the top of the Meribel valley in Mottaret, you have a great introductory route around the Lac du Tueda. This is part of the Vanoise National park, and is a protected area for the wildlife and its natural beauty. There is a little Alpine hut where you can stop off for a hot chocolate and enjoy the views.
From the Meribel Altiport there is something for all levels, and again it is a very picturesque setting and the route takes you through the alpine forests. Cross country skiing is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise you can do whilst enjoying fantastic scenery. The equipment is lightweight and can be hired from all the local sports shops. If you are new to cross country skiing, an hour with a personal instructor is all you will need to get you going!
Get a birdseye view of the Meribel skiing. Plane flights are available from Meribel Altiport. They will take you for a flight around the Meribel Valley or The Three Valleys or for the ultimate flight around Mont Blanc and back. We can highly recommend it. For reservations call Méribel'Air on +33 (0) 4 79 08 61 33.
Is offered by qualified instructors from the top of Saulire to give you a unique experience of flying over the Meribel Valley. Videos & photos can also be taken.
Snowmobiles - moto neige
Once the ski runs have closed for the day, try your hand at driving these 500cc two seater motorbikes built specially for the snow. With the rear wheel replaced with a caterpillar track for momentum and the front wheel swapped for a pair of skis for steering - snowmobiles are incredibly quick and able machines whether snow, ice or even water is put in front of them.
Whether you are a beginner or you've done it several times before after some expert instruction and tuition you will soon be out on an open country trail enjoying the buzz and adrenalin rush of being in control of a snow scooter and speeding up and down the ski runs in the quiet of a late moon lit evening whilst closely observed by the highly experienced instructors
Non Skiing Activities
Relax with a film
Meribel boasts a great in-resort cinema showing English speaking films two or three times a week. The cinema is located in the auditorium within the Tourist Office. You can collect a cinema guide from the Tourist office and make sure you look for films marked VO (version original) for the English speaking films. Films are usually screened at 9pm but on bad weather days they can open from 2pm.
Indulge in some retail therapy
Whether you fancy some new skiing equipment, kitsch souvenirs, you can find anything from chic new outfits to casual snowboarding gear - Meribel has it covered! Or just enjoy a spot of window shopping, Meribel Centre and Meribel Mottaret boast a great collection of shops to enjoy wandering around. Dotted in between the shops you can find local boulangeries and boutique food shops to pick up some traditional saucisson and Genepi. Meribel also has a great open air street market on Tuesday and Friday's in the centre - ideal for picking up local produce and Savoyarde gifts from the region, and the 'sweetie' selection is to die for! Loads of bar stops too, refuel en route!
Explore with the completely free bus service
The free Meribus runs three main services around Meribel and the surrounding areas, and is a great way to circumnavigate the valley!
The A line will take you from Les Allues to Meribel Centre (via Meribel Village). Line D runs from Meribel Centre to Meribel Mottaret and Line C runs from Meribel Centre to the Altiport. All the buses are completely free - you don't even need to show the driver your lift pass. There are many stops along each of these routes where you can jump off to take pictures and explore. During the day the buses come around ever 20 minutes so it's easy to jump on and off and explore this picturesque valley.
Take in some culture at the Musee des Allues
Located 500m away from all of our chalets, the local museum is a great place to go to learn the history and background of Les Allues and Meribel. The museum holds guided tours twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm) and there are regular events throughout the winter.
Look into a pedestrian pass
Pedestrian lift passes are available from us or from the lift pass office at a cost of around 80€ for six days and allow you to travel on many of the chair lifts and bubble lifts throughout the Three Valleys.
Meribel is a great destination for non skiers, and with the pedestrian pass it allows you to meet your friends on the slopes for lunch or head up high to take photos and enjoy the stunning scenery on top of one of the mountains.
Take in some scenery with some beautiful local walks
You can simply go out and enjoy some lovely mountain walks and breathe in the fresh alpine air. The Meribel Tourist Office provides a very good free map, with 25km of specially groomed walking trails accessible from our Meribel ski chalets, exploring the Meribel and Courchevel valley. A walkers 'Pieton' liftpass will give you unlimited access to the 3 valleys gondolas & cable car.
From Meribel Les Allues - The Poet's Path
From Les Allues you can take the walking track up along the Poet's path. Start at the bus stop in Les Allues centre and head towards Le Cruet following the yellow sign posts. Along this very pretty walk you can find 25 different poems in French about the stunning Alpine views, and get a 'birdseye' view of the charming village of Les Allues from above.
From Meribel Mottaret - Head around Lac Tueda
Getting to Meribel Mottaret is easy with the D bus line. Get off the bus at the end of Mottaret and head towards the parking of Plan Ravet at the back of Mottaret and you will see the sign for Lac Tueda. Set in the heart of the nature reserve of Tueda, this easy walk around the stunning lake is perfect for families and walkers taking it easy.
From Meribel Centre - Take a trip around the Altiport
With a pedestrian pass you can take the golf chairlift then the Altiport chairlift straight to the altiport area, or take the C bus to the altiport. Also the cross country ski area, you can take an easy walk around this area, then head back down to Meribel Village for a drink on the sunny terrace of Lodge du Village.
Enjoy the local creperies - a French tradition!
There are many creperies in Meribel Centre and Meribel Mottaret. On a snowy day it's great to head to the Kreperie in the centre of Meribel - a treat for any children. Choose from savoury crepes or sweet crepes and of course a steaming cup of hot chocolate will go with any flavour! As an added bonus, the Kreperie is opposite the carousel so once the kids have worn themselves out you can indulge without feeling guilty!
Horse Drawn sleigh
Take a break from your Meribel skiing and enjoy the beautiful Lac Tueda on the edge of the Parc National de Vanoise from a traditional horse drawn sleigh. To reserve call +33 (0)6 03 55 20 89.
This arena, with a capacity of 2400, hosts international ice hockey matches, skating galas and other events. It is open for public skating daily from 3pm until 7.00pm and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 9.00pm.
Olympic centre: Swimming pool, Fitness Centre & Relaxation Spa
There is a large indoor heated swimming pool at the Olympic centre in Meribel.. There is also a small paddling pool for the children and a large slide into another separate pool. There are showers, good changing rooms and towels can be hired. It is open daily from 2-7pm and then again on Tuesday and Thursday it has a late opening till 10pm.
The smart Fitness centre, has cardio training machines, fitness training, weights room with access to rowers, steppers, running machines, fitness bicycles and even vibrating bodytoners.
The Wellness Centre & Relaxation Spa has wonderful south facing views you can enjoy of Mont Vallon, one of the most beautiful panoramas in the valley. Open from 2.30pm to 8.30pm daily the facilities include, sauna, Turkish bath, hydromassage showers, and herbal tea bar. To complete the relaxation zone they have personal massages available, massaging beds and armchair, a body mister room with luminotherapy, and a hydo-massage bath.
After a delicious meal in one of our Meribel ski chalets, you have time for some evening entertainment. The Canadian, ultra modern 10pin bowling alley is in the Olympic centre. Open all day from 2pm (10am in bad weather) till 2am. It is a 6 lane bowling alley with electronic score board, comfortable bar area, giant TV screen for sport fans, with pool tables and video games. Bar snacks are also available.
The 14m high indoor climbing wall within the Olympic centre is open free of charge to experienced climbers from 9am to 8pm except during the mountain guides use. Tuition is also available for beginners Tuesday and Thursday evening.
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