THE HEART OF THE THREE VALLEYS
MERIBEL SKI CHALETS
Meribel is part of the largest linked ski area in the world with over 600km of marked pistes and 200 ski lifts serving a 110 square mile area. These include two 150-person cable cars over twenty high-speed chairs, forty telecabines and almost a 100 draglifts. Even in high season this well designed systems is capable of transporting 230,000 skiers per hour keeping you constantly on the move.
Meribel & La Tania Skiing Guide
Whether Meribel or La Tania is your base both offer great access to what is the best linked-skiing in the world. Meribel with its extensive pistes is for all standards, if you are a beginner you can head for the gentler slopes of the green runs Altiport and Truite. Thrill seekers and those looking for something a little bit more adventurous might head for Mont Vallon, the sole cable car will transport you to the top of this wonderful mountain and once at the top it is worth taking a few minutes to enjoy the panoramic view. The long and wide runs back are about as good as it gets, there is also some great off-piste. This is certainly one of Meribel's treats and well worth a jaunt. The Tougnette and Saulire side of the valley provide the perfect balance of morning and afternoon sun with open snowfields and tree lined skiing. La Tania has its own gentle nursery slope for beginners and children, but once basics have been mastered you can take advantage of this ideal location for the Courchevel valley.
Into Courchevel 1850 you will find easy pistes that have been groomed to perfection. Leisurely skiers can potter across to 1650 where not only do quiet wide-open pistes await but lunch in style and sunshine at some of the best mountain restaurants.
Skiing Meribel - for advanced skiers
The third valley to enjoy on your holiday is Val Thorens, which includes Les Menuires and the pretty village of Saint Martin de Belleville, the stronger skiers will enjoy a day heading over to Val Thorens the highest resort in the 3 valleys, although a somewhat unattractive purpose built resort the skiing is superb. You can even venture into the fourth valley Maurienne, where Italy is now linked with Les Trois Vallees via the tunnel de Frejus and Orelle gondola. For the less adventurous you do not need to be a strong skier to head into the Les Menuires resort and the quieter intimate area of Saint Martin de Belleville is also easily accessed via wide leisurely runs.
The 600 km of varied runs and over 1350 snow cannons ensured this as a magnificent ski area. It's not just the staggering amount of runs and lifts but the connectivity and flow of the ski area that makes it special