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
Our Guide to the Folyères Run
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.
At 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.