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new in meribel 2018/19

What’s new in Meribel this winter 2018/19

Find out what is new in Meribel

There are some exciting changes and including 2 chairlifts and a handful of runs all new in Meribel.

In a video released by Meribel Alpina, the company responsible for the lift system and pistes,  details of some of the changes for this winter has been revealed.

Legends: New Chairlift

There will be a new faster 6 man detachable chairlift replacing the Plan de l’Homme and the Roc de Fer lifts called Legends. It will run from the Chaudanne area up to the top of the Elements park.

The new lift can move 3600 people an hour. It is 1650m long, carries skiers up to 2017m above sea level over 580 vertical meters. More importantly, the seats are heated and covered!

You will still be able to access the Olympic and Cherferie chair easily so access to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville will not be affected.

Cherferie: Chair Lift relocation

As previously mentioned this lift is easy to access from the Legends chair and is a great link if you want to drop down into Saint-Martin-de-Belleville. And up until now has been a drag lift that many people choose to avoid.

The lift stations won’t move but the route and the method will. When the resort opens in December there will be a brand new that will take just 4 minutes.

Mont Vallon Refurb

There will be a more comfortable journey up to Meribel’s highest peak this winter. The cars are part of the refurb and will have better seating for the long journey up.

new in meribel 2018/19

New Runs in Meribel

Along with the changes to the lift system on the western slopes above Meribel, there are new additions to the piste map.  The connections between the new lifts are improved along with the creation of two new red runs.

There is a new red piste called the Gypaete flanking the existing Choucas blue run that followed the original route of the Cherferie lift.

Close by and located just under the Olympic Express chair is the new red run called Daguet. This piste will start midway down the black Face run, cut under the chairlift and merge into the meeting point of the Gelinotte and Raffort runs that link Meribel Centre and Les Allues respectively.


If you are planning a Meribel trip this winter take a look at our catered chalets that are located throughout the resort with great access to the slopes.

 

 


Our Guide to the Folyères Run

Our Guide to the Folyères Run

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One of the great joys of skiing is the fantastic scenery of the mountains. However, while every resort in the Alps will offer great panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks, individual runs in places like the Espace Killy can feel slightly featureless. One if the joys of the three valleys, and particularly skiing in La Tania, is that you get reliable snow at lower altitudes below the tree line. One of the best examples of this is the Folyères run in La Tania, which is surely one of the prettiest in the 3 valleys.

Starting from the top of the La Tania bubble lift, you head down to the right past the Dou des lanches lift to the top of this stunning piste. Standing at the top of the rise, the run drops away into the trees with a steep first section. Less confident skiers often head to the right hand side, whereas the slightly steeper gradient on the left is a good challenge for more advanced riders. Evergreen firs on either side line the way.

After that steeper first section the run settles onto an easier gradient and snakes through the trees for a couple of hundred metres before bearing right for another slightly steeper section. The best snow here is often on the right hand side in the channel between the snow cannons and the edge of the piste.

1560476_751334314877155_32223406_nAt this point those who want to can cut across through a gap in the trees to the bottom of the Bouc Blanc lift but for those heading down into the town, keep to the left. You go over another little rise and then drop down again allowing you to pick up some speed once more. On the left hand side there is space between the edge of the piste and the trees that often has some good powder as well as a few small natural jumps that are often popular with boarders.

The run carries on that way right to the top of the nursery slope – take care with your speed here, especially with many children around. This section can get busy at peak times but the snow cannons ensure the run stands up well to use, even on weeks without snow.

You are now entering La Tania itself. You have the option to veer left round the bottom of the Troika drag lift to enjoy a well earned Après-Ski drink at the Ski Lodge or if you’re not done yet, carry on down under the bridge  to return to the foot of the La Tania gondola ready to start all over again!

This Guide was written by our Resort Rep Rob Bartlett.


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