Our route skiing Méribel explores one side of the valley, and over the Rocher De La Loze towards Courchevel and La Tania. It’s a relaxed, self-guided day, skiing on mainly blues with options for both indulgent or cheap and cheerful lunch stops; perfect for groups of friends or family holidays. Les Trois Vallées offers skiers and snowboarders the largest number of connected runs in Europe, it’s important to have a (sort-of) plan to make the most of the vast resort! You can explore the other side of Méribel, and over to Val Thorens, in our Trois Vallées self-guided ski route too.
Méribel’s central location within the Three Valleys, and the multiple lifts that reach out from the centre mean it’s sometimes at risk of getting congested by ski schools. Our tip? Head high early on, and make your stops in the surrounding satellite villages like La Tania. Don’t worry, we’ve got it all planned out for you!
For more fantastic routes like this one, we can recommend guides and instructors in Méribel, Courchevel and throughout Les Trois Vallées, whose impeccable local knowledge means they’ll be able to craft a route that fits your ability and interests perfectly.
Start point: SAULIRE EXPRESS 1, Méribel Centre
End point: SAULIRE EXPRESS 1, Méribel Centre
Lift pass: Three Valleys
This route could also start/finish if you’re staying in Courchevel 1850 or La Tania, as it is a complete loop.
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You’ll start from Méribel Centre. Hop on the SAULIRE EXPRESS 1, stay on at the mid-station and continue to the top of the mountain via SAULIRE EXPRESS 2. Get your ski legs on the gentle CREUX.
Admire the view as you ski down towards Courchevel and take the AIGUILLE DU FRUIT chair. Ski the short, top section of the ALTIPORT run, which takes you to SUISSES chair.
Exit right for the fun SAULIRE red run and link it to VERDONS green, towards Courchevel 1850, and get your breath back. But watch out for beginners and those with a little less control (or judgement!) than yourself – it’s next to the ‘family park’.
Take COQS and ski the AROLLES which winds down to La Tania. We reckon La Tania is a great place to stop for coffees and, or lunch. A little lower at 1400m, means it’s often a perfect sun-bathing spot. The Ski Lodge offers good value, casual food: pasta, burgers etc, and calls itself a pub. If you’d like something a little more upmarket, you could easily swap for Le Farçon which is very close by. Le Farçon is Michelin starred but does a great lunch taster menu for £38 per person. A treat like this will really make your holiday special!
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Drag yourself away from the deckchairs and leave La Tania via the LA TANIA bubble and BOUC BLANC where you can ski down LANCHES.
Go up the DOU DES LANCHES chair, and take the PIC BLEU back to the Méribel side of the mountain.
Take the ALTIPORT chairlift, turn left and ski the short RENARDEAU to get on the DENT DU BURGIN.
Enjoy a blast down GEAI and continue on to CHAMOIS. If it’s the first day, your legs are packing in, après is calling, or any other feeble excuse you can think of… you could call it a day here and head to the bar.
That said, we recommend you head back up the SAULIRE EXPRESS 1 and 2, and cruise the MAUDUIT all the way back down the mountain, a gorgeous last run of the day.
Finish with a beer and live music in Meribar or Jacks. Tuesdays offer one of the best après bands in the Alps, ‘Bring Your Sisters’, and Wednesdays will undoubtedly be the wildest in the bars due to Chalet staff’s day off – let that guide you as you please! Wherever you end up, be sure to keep your ski boots on – it’s totally cheating to Après in anything else.
As you can see, there is so much more to explore in Méribel, let alone the rest of the Trois Vallées. You could always add on a couple of runs on the Tougnette side of Méribel’s valley, before or after this route. Or, follow our Trois Vallées self-guided route, some time in your trip, to venture over to Val Thorens.
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