Piste Guide – Lapin
The Lapin piste into Meribel Village is one of the most underrated in Meribel. However it is easy to see why – It is hard to believe that such a good run can have such an unpromising beginning.
Accessed of Blanchot, the start of the run is quite flat and boarders in particular need to carry some speed down to get across the first section without unclipping. This is followed by a short steep section where you need to keep turns to a minimum to pick up speed to get across the bridge over the altiport road. Then the real fun starts.
The piste veers to the left and narrows as the trees close in around you and you quickly but slightly unexpectedly pick up the pace while the snow here is often some of the best around, allowing you to carve out some good turns.
You quickly reach the junction with hulotte – take care on this sharp right that you don’t carry too much speed into the corner – before it continues into a wonderfully cruisey section through picturesque snow covered trees.
However Lapin has a final trick up its sleave, an arcing left hand bend brings you to a rise where the trees fall away beneath you and Meribel Village nestles at the bottom of the hill. A steep section of 2/300m gets the heart going again down to the bottom of the Golf lift, ready to either go again, or treat yourself to a hot chocolate or perhaps one of the great pizzas at that old favourite LDV.
By Rob Bartlett