Meribel has plenty of options when it comes to finding the right ski slopes to spend your time on. From intense rushes to beginner sessions through the snow, there’s something for everyone.
For those who are familiar with the demands of the winter sports, you may be looking for slopes that demand the most of your skills.
We’ve put together a list of the most exciting, white-knuckle ski runs in Meribel, so you won’t waste any time getting to the good stuff! Whether it’s on or off-piste, we’ve got it covered.
Combe De Vallon, Mont Vallon
Reaching the highest point in the Meribel valley at 2952m, this red run offers spectacular views across the Parc National De La Vanoise as you hurry down a thousand vertical metres. Top speeds are easy to reach, with a challenging gradient that requires skiing experience and skills.
Hidden away to the side of Meribel-Mottaret, this is one slope that provides all of the intensity of the best ski runs without the congestion. You’ll avoid the crowds, gain some picturesque views and carve up the snow in a rush!
Offering a mix of terrain, the Roc de Tougne area is ideal for a range of abilities, but is not recommended as a solo venture and should only be considered with a guide or expert. This area is high risk and prone to avalanches.
If you’re a little shaky on your skiing abilities off-piste, check out the area beneath the Plan des Mains chairlift leading to the bottom of Mont Vallon. After a heavy snow fall, and with clear weather conditions, it’s worth coming back toward St Martin de Belleville off the Olympic chairlift.
There are lots of routes to choose from, intriguing terrain and plenty of space to make the most of your skiing.
Turning right at the Saulire gondola, skiers will be able to reach the couloirs leading into Meribel. Two challenging gullies are immediately accessible, with the first known as ‘The Couloir L’Echelle’ and the second as ‘Couloir de L’Antenne’. These runs are rocky and exposed to the sun, but are a must-do for those looking for an intense experience.
It’s not all for experts however, with some easier terrain for off-piste beginners available between the Dent Burgin and Loze chairlifts. Should you be lucky with some good snow fall, the area to the east of the Loze can offer up some fantastic off-piste routes through to the forest and linking cross country trails.
While slightly less of a challenge than some of the more intense black piste runs, the Sanglier is ideal for those looking to take on a more expert slope for the first time. This is a particularly sun-soaked mountain side, so you’ll want to get there early to gain the best experience!
La Face, Roc de Fer
Boasting a claim to fame as the slope of the women’s Olympic downhill course in 1992, this black piste is a challenging descent designed for the experienced skier.
It leads from the top of the Olympic chair lift back into the Chaudanne and requires a ton of skill and concentration to master.
This once off-piste run is for the experts only, with some challenging natural obstacles and a steep gradient. Having been classed as a black run in the 2012-2013 season, this is one of the toughest challenges in the Three Valleys.
You’ll find this descent scattered with rocks, requiring a technical approach that is less than forgiving. Fortunately, the slope is covered with cameras that’ll record your skids, slides and even tumbles, the latter of which are likely!
Once you’re done on the adrenaline-pumping slopes of Meribel, you’ll want somewhere high-quality to relax and wind down. Alpine Infusion has a range of luxury chalets to suit your needs, providing comfort, cosiness and exquisite catering.