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Meribel is a world-class resort renowned for its extensive skiing opportunities and lively atmosphere. Situated at a height of 1,450m, the resort lies in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, which boasts a staggering 600km of skiable terrain, the largest connected ski area in the world. Meribel also provides access to the Mont Vallon glacier, ensuring year-round skiing and stunning views over the Tueda Nature Reserve.

With its impressive lift system and links to neighbouring resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens, there is a wealth of terrain to discover. While Meribel is particularly well-suited to intermediate skiers, it also offers plenty of options for beginners and advanced skiers, with exciting runs, off-piste opportunities and multiple snowparks.

Meribel Ski Area

Meribel’s ski area is divided into three primary areas; Meribel Centre, Meribel-Mottaret and Meribel Village. These areas provide access to 150 ski runs, comprising of 9% green, 40% blue, 38% red and 13% black.

Beginner Skiing in Meribel

Meribel offers an array of beginner-friendly slopes and runs. The resort typically provides excellent snow conditions, which is ideal for beginners. Two main nursery slopes located in Meribel Centre and Meribel-Mottaret are easily accessible. Once you gain confidence, you can explore designated beginner areas such as the Blanchot and Lievre runs. Remember that the lower altitude runs are more beginner-friendly, so we recommend taking the gondola back down if you’re still building confidence.

Intermediate Skiing in Meribel

Meribel is a paradise for intermediate skiers seeking to challenge themselves and enhance their skills. With a wide array of blue and red runs, intermediate skiers will be spoilt for choice. The Altiport area provides an excellent starting point, with wide, tree-lined blues perfect for honing technique. More experienced intermediate skiers should head towards the Mont Vallon gondola and tackle the red runs that descend from its peak. The legendary ‘Combe Vallon’ run, known for its breathtaking views and lengthy descent, is a must for any intermediate skier’s bucket list.

Advanced Skiing in Meribel

Meribel has a wealth of challenging terrain for advanced skiers. With 13% of its runs categorised as black, there’s plenty to test even the most experienced of skiers. The infamous ‘Couloir Tournier’ is a hair-raising, steep chute that descends from the top of the Saulire Express gondola and should be on every advanced skier’s to-do list. Another challenging run is the ‘Bartavelle’ off the Roc de Fer chairlift, renowned for its steep, mogul-filled sections.

Off-piste Skiing in Meribel

Meribel offers a wealth of off-piste skiing opportunities. The Vallon and Raffort sectors are known for their wide-open bowls and steep chutes. The Mont Vallon area is particularly loved by off-piste enthusiasts for its extensive terrain and stunning views. For those seeking a true adventure, the ‘Pas de Lac’ route from the top of Saulire provides an exhilarating descent into the Gorges de la Chaudanne. Always remember, when venturing off-piste, to hire a local guide or instructor who can ensure your safety.


Meribel is a resort that caters to every type of skier, providing a range of runs, off-piste opportunities and snowparks to explore. To make the most of your trip, consider booking a local instructor who can help you discover the best areas for your ability and enhance your skiing experience.

Book an expert ski instructor in Meribel with Maison Sport today!