Exploring the Ski Slopes of Meribel France
The Méribel ski resort in the French Alps is a part of the famous Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées) ski region. The Three Valleys form the world’s biggest interlinked ski area and include more than 600 km of marked piste (335 marked runs in total), 180 ski lifts and more than 130 km of cross country routes. The Méribel resort area consists of three villages, Méribel Village, Méribel Centre and Méribel-Mottaret. All three are located in the Vanoise National Park. Méribel Village itself is at 1400 m altitude.
Méribel offers a variety of lift passes for all levels of skiers. A Méribel Lift Pass allows you to enjoy the 150 km of piste in the Méribel Valley. This option is perfect for beginners or relatively inexperienced skiers. There are also good ski schools in Méribel for complete beginners. The Méribel Valley lift passes can be extended to cover the whole Three Valleys area for a day.
The Three Valleys Lift Pass is the best option for more experienced skiers. This pass allows you unlimited access to the 600 km of marked piste in the entire Three Valleys area. Most intermediate level skiers and advanced skiers generally buy the Three Valleys Pass. Before deciding which lift pass is the best option for you, research a Méribel Piste Map to get an idea of the area.
One of the most scenic pistes in the Three Valleys is the Combe du Vallon that provides great views over the Vanoise National Park and more than 1000 metres of vertical drop. A popular route for beginners or inexperienced skiers is the relatively easy route to Courchevel. There are also good snowboarding opportunities and snow parks with a variety of activities. The snow parks offer designated areas for beginners and for children who are learning to ski for the first time.
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