Meribel is one of the greatest ski destinations on the planet, but there are loads of things to do in Meribel in the summer.
A summer trip to Meribel in the summer will make you fall in love with the place all over again. The weather is fantastic, the scenery breathtaking, and the vibe is very chill.
To keep you entertained, there is a variety of activities on offer. As they say… “there is something for everyone”.
Please take a look at some of our top recommendations for Meribel in the summer.
Cycling in the summer, Meribel.
If you only want to go downhill, you can do it. In the summer, Meribel opens the Pas du Lac lifts up to the summit of La Saulire. From here, you can do a variety of runs, with the longest-running all the way down to Brides Les Bains. or take the Tougnete up for some ridge cycling. Busses with trailers run from the valley floor to pick up adventurous cyclists.
There are also enduro routes and the opportunity to traverse the whole 3 Valleys using lifts and pedal power.
11 Downhill – 9 Enduro – Pumptrack – Fun zone 3 cross country
If tarmac is more of your thing, then you will enjoy the road biking around Meribel. As a regular destination on the Tour De France, the roads are kept in great shape. In 2019 the Col de Loz road was opened up with cyclists in mind and has become one of the must-do challenges in the Alps.
There are several via ferratas in Meribel and the surrounding area. If you are inexperienced, we recommend booking a guide. However, if you have the correct safety equipment and experience, they are free to access.
La Rosiere – beginer – 3 hours Dent du Burgin – experienced – full day Pralognan – Intermediate – Guide essential
Summer Fishing in Meribel
Anyone obsessed with the Meribel webcams in the winter will have spotted Lac de Tudea. In the summer, this is the place for altitude fishing.
The lake is regularly stocked with a variety of fish. Predominantly you can catch brown and rainbow trout, but there are also walleyed, gudgeons, small tench and carp.
Summer Hiking in Meribel
A trip to the mountains isn’t complete without a hike. It is a sport open to all. You may choose to stroll around the towns and villages of Meribel.
You could take a lift up to a summit and take a walking path down. Alternatively, you could walk up and catch a gondola down.
Maybe you fancy something a bit more adventurous? Try hiking to the Soulfe pass and see the Lac Blanc and the Glacier de Gébroulaz.
For an extreme hike book a guide and explore les Glaciers du Vanoise.
1. Try wake boarding – It is like snowboarding! 2. Try grass skiing – It sounds rubbish, and probably is. There must be a reason you don’t get grass skiing resorts. 3. Try water skiing – It is like skiing but harder, wetter and even more expensive. 4. Go in-line skating – It might be similar to snow blading but you don’t admit to doing that either. 5. Head out to the Alps and go skiing on a Glacier – There are several to choose from and are open all year round like the Grand Motte in Tignes. 6. Go riding Down Under – There is plenty of skiing and boarding to be done in Australia or New Zealand. 7. Try a snow dome – You have 5 to choose from in the UK. 8. Dry slope skiing – Over 50 dry slopes in the UK, so there should be one near you. 9. Ride the Emirates – This is massive waste of money cable car in central London. 10. Give mountain boarding a go – Don’t be fooled by the name this is mainly done on hills. It is the snowboard equivalent to grass skiing. Expect to sit down quiet a bit.
11. Go Surfing – The wet equivalent to mountain boarding an much, much cooler. 12. Sit on a chairlift – There are many located across the UK from the Isle of White to Scotland. 13. Nordic Walking – It’s like skiing without skis or snow. www.nordicwalking.co.uk 14. Watch Ski or Boarding Movies – There is a great selection on Netflix. 15. Go to a ski show – You will have to wait until October but there is one in Scotland, Manchester and London. 16. Recreate a chalet holiday at home – Click here for our handy guide. 17. Look up ski fails on YouTube – We have done it for you. Click for ski fails. 18. Get fit for your next ski holiday – Our friends at BayFitness have made a great video to help you. 19. Learn the Language – Unless you ski in Scotland, Canada or America the language is different so why not learn it. 20. Drink a half larger – Just like the Europeans do. Why not stick some peach syrup in it.
21. Book a ski holiday for next year – And that should probably be a ski holiday to Meribel or La Tania. 22. Go and see a covers band – This will be like every aprés ski session you have ever been to. 23. Hunt for snow in Scotland – You can find it even in the summer as it is always cold up there. 24. Make a snow globe – It looks pretty easy. 25. Subscribe to a ski magazine – Suggestions please. 26. Buy some new kit – Go and spend your cash in Snow and Rock or Ellis Brigham. You know you need a new jacket. 27. Bore someone with you ski stories – Someone will listen. 28. Wax & edge your skis or board – You can always get the hire shop to do it properly when you get to resort. 29. Draw a picture of your nearest hill and add some runs 3o. Read a book about skiing – I am going to read Maggie does Meribel. 31. Drool over winter photos on Facebook – Our Facebook page will be posting plenty.
32. Play Golf – Mainly because many ski resorts are golf courses. 33. Wear your ski jacket to the pub – Great way to do number 27. 34. Give skateboarding a go – Do this months before you have booked your ski holiday as you will need the time to heal. 35. Go on a Chalet Cookery Course – Learn the trick of the trade. 36. Think about buying a chalet in the Alps – Then realise you can only afford one 5 miles away from a ski resort you have never heard of and book a ski holiday instead. 37. Go Trampolining – We are not sure why but all the winter Olympians do it. 38. Have a fondue party 39. Make Croissants – How hard can it be? 40. Design a snow park – Send us your designs we would love to see them, maybe we could build it next winter. 41. Plan a back-country ski tour – That you will never go on.
42. Watch repeats of Ski Sunday – Dust of the VHS player. 43. Practice your journey to the airport – You can never be too prepared. 44. Knit a hat – It is trendy to have a hat that looks like you made it. 45. Pack – See 43. 46. Play snowboard games – SSX is good apparently. 47. Apply for a ski job – You can apply here. 48. Become a ski instructor – You can do courses at your nearest indoor or dry slope. 49. Become a cheese connoisseur – Just because cheese is great. 50. Run a marathon in ski boots – If you do it I will sponsor you. 51. Make your own list – The chances are that it will be better than this one.
The end of March and the start of April were once times that dedicated skiers would try and avoid the slopes. But over the last few years, these six weeks have seen an increase in big fresh dumps of snow. The snow that falls in spring may not stay around as long, but it is light, fluffy, and often accompanied by blue skies when it falls.
Outrageous tan lines
A goggle mark has always been more of a statement than a lax sunscreen application approach. But why stop at a goggle mark when there are T-shirt lines to collect on your arms, neck and rear. And the best time to get yours is during the spring months.
The sighting of Marmots
To some these are mythical creatures that only exist in souvenir shops or the name of the piste where you were meant to meet your partner after their ski lesson. To others, the appearance of these giant rodents is a sign that spring is here and summer is on its way.
The alpine festival is a growing trend. Méribel alone can boast of the Ronnie Loves Music Festival and the Folie Douce Courchevel festival. Once the posters for these start to go up, we know that we are in for a good time and spring has arrived.
Rocks are a part of the spring experience, and other than the ptex manufacturers, no one enjoys their appearance. First, the big ones that form the landscape start to appear, then slowly, smaller ones start to pop up on the lower slopes and busy intersections. By the season’s final week (if it hasn’t dumped), part of the game is to dodge the rocks.
An iconic ski resort image in spring is the sunbathing lift op. Over the years, the resorts have become more customer-focused and the role of the lift operator more responsible this sight happens less and less. But when it does, you can’t but think…. “I’d quite like that job”.
Puddles to skim
You know the drill. You spot a puddle or melted pond, point it out to your group, and watch someone effortlessly skim across it on skis. The challenge is on. One of your group heads back to the chalet early to dry off. In some resorts, this is now a major event. Don’t let your mate enter!
Sunshine, smiley faces, parties, funny goggle marks and more snow than you might expect. Just a few of the things we love about Spring skiing in the Three Valleys.
In fact, Méribel in the spring comes with more than just a few perks.
In this blog we’re taking a closer look at the pros of a late season session on the slopes that’ll have you searching for all the Spring Ski deals and stocking up on the Factor 50 before you can say ‘have I got any annual leave left?’
Spring skiing is all about Location, Location, Location
Méribel’s enviable position, at the centre of the largest lift-linked ski area in the world with over 600km of marked pistes and 200 ski lifts serving a 110 square mile area, is a great base for exploring the tail-end of a season. Méribel, like La Tania, is of course well connected via lft and piste to the third valley of Val Thorens.
With 99% of its ski area above 2000m, it’s Europe’s highest major resort and one of its most snowsure from the start of the season right through to May. It even comes with a snow guarantee…
With a winter’s worth of snow as a base, accumulations on Méribel’s upper slopes can regularly reach depths of 2 meters by March and April. We took a look at the spring snowfall records for the last five years and found that an average of almost 50cm fell during the last six weeks of the season, easily matching the snowfall recorded in December in those same seasons.
With the warmer temperatures and stronger sunshine though, snow quality can be more unpredictable, but fear not! Spring skiing just calls for a little pre-planning. We recommend taking to South facing runs such as Jerusalem in the morning and switching to the North facing ones, such as the Cote Brune, in the afternoons.
Skiing on a bluebird day in the spring takes on a quality different to that of the winter. It becomes less about the standard adrenaline-fuelled stuff and more about an awe-filled exploration of the mountains.
The longer, warmer days mean that you can take the time to ‘smell the flowers’ as it were. There’s a sense of new growth, a natural unfurling of the summer to come which brings with it the inevitable buzz and potential of a seasonal shift. And this is what those mountain-top bar terraces were made for…
A World Away from the Piste
If you do get the odd day where conditions are less than perfect, it’s handy to know that there are some great alternatives to the slopes.
There are some really good non-ski activities that include paragliding, Ice skating, water parks and Ice Karting on offer in Meribel and The Three Valleys. And oh, did we mention the lovely, sunshine-filled Apres?
There are a lot of parties
There’s always something going on in the Three Valleys but it’s March and April that see the focus lie heavily on parties, charity music events and top notch festivals. Firm favourites such as March’s Ronnie Loves Music Festival and the legendary Three Valleys Charity day in April are just two great examples that complement a whole host of closing parties and the inevitable ‘drink the bar dry’ nights that see the season drawn to a very merry close.
Spring time skiing in Meribel and the Three Valleys is basically about excitable early mornings on the slopes and leisurely lines back towards an especially awesome apres scene that starts in the afternoon and continues late, late into the night.
What is it really like to go skiing in Meribel with the Covid Travel Requirements?
We went skiing last weekend to find out!
Flying, transfers and arriving in resort.
We travelled through Geneva, had to show a Covid Vaccine pass and complete a simple Swiss, Passenger Locator form. It is as an emailed PDF document with a QR code. It can be stored on your phone or printed, whichever you choose. These were all checked Gatwick (in our case).
The boarder at Geneva into France is soft and people are rarely stopped. As long as you are fully vaccinated or have a recovery pass then you don’t have to test to come into Geneva (as of 22 Jan). You will need a test within 24 hours to enter France. (Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Eurotunnel) and a sworn declaration here
Once at the chalet, Alpine Action will deliver lift passes to your chalet, there is no need for you to go to the lift pass office with your Covid passes, hassle free!
On the slopes in Meribel – 3 Vallys
There are no facilities at the lifts for checking Covid passes but there are random spot checks. You could be asked to show your Covid QR code (the NHS QR code is fully accepted on their handheld verification app which is used).
You will be asked to lift your snood or mask from your face while gaining entry to a lift or gondola.
Bars and restaurants all use the same app to verify your Covid QR code and most will ask for this as you enter through the door.
Returning to the UK from Meribel
To return to the UK you will need to have booked a day 2 test (prices from £14.50 see here). You will get a reference number needed for the UK passenger locator form. This can only be filled in 48 hours before you come home. Tests are not required to enter the UK after 11 Feb.
Overall, the process was not very difficult, the atmosphere in the resort was buzzy, the conditions were excellent with blue skies and sun.
We don’t need to remind you this is some of the best skiing in the World! So what are you waiting for?
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If you find your time away from the slopes too long, then you might want to know where you can watch skiing and snowboarding on the TV.
What’s the longest you can go without thinking about skiing? If you are like us, it might not be very long.
So in the long months between spring and winter, we have to get our fix online and on TV.
Here are some of the best places to find and watch skiing and snowboarding on TV and online.
Skiing and Snowboarding on Netflix
If you have a Netflix subscription, you probably won’t find your ski fix here but can get a small dose of alpine life watching the documentary Mountains. There are some feel-good ski based movies to watch such as Chalet Girl and Eddie the Eagle.
There is also The Chalet a revenge thriller where a group of friends head to a chalet in the French Alps for a wedding, or there is The Frozen Dead a police crime investigation mystery based in the Pyrenees.
Skiing and Snowboarding on Amazon Prime
Prime subscribers have a wider selection of more traditional ski and snowboard movies that feature actual skiing and snowboarding. For the race fan, there is the documentary Streif about putting on the classic Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbuhel.
Other ski films include White Wedding, Antagonist, Gunni Season and Japow.
For snowboarders, there is a little less to watch on Amazon Prime with just Yugen and Travis Rices’ Roadless of note. However, there is MXP: Most Xtreme Primate a film about a snowboarding chimpanzee and few episodes of Paw Patrol that feature the pups boarding.
Skiing and Snowboarding on Redbull TV
For anyone looking for a serious does of incredible skiing and snowboarding movies and TV shows look no further than the free online and digital channel from the energy drink company.
This is the media house that brought the world the game-changing Art of Flight, also on the channel are all of Rices’ other movies including The Fourth Phase.
There are load of ski films on there too, as well as live streams and replays of events like the Kings and Queens of Corbets. Dig deeper and find athlete session and behind the scene clips. There is also a documentary about an alpine search and rescue team called The Horn.
You will find La Tania ski resort nestled in the trees on the lower slopes of the 3 Valleys ski area, just below the legendary alpine resort of Courchevel.
The village is much smaller than it’s neighbours of Val Thorens, Courchevel and Meribel, but it is its size that gives it that familiarity and charm that keeps skiers returning to it every winter.
La Tania was developed into a ski resort in the 1990s. Its original purpose was to host the press and athletes during the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. Which is why the centre is focused around the large apartment buildings. Once the games had passed the village grew into a more traditional alpine village full of small chalets.
Today La Tania ski village is a busy place in the winter with a car-free centre with pistes that run into the village allowing you to ski close to your door. It has also built a reputation as a less expensive place for ski holidays while still having access to the 3 Valleys.
Season Opening dates – You can ski La Tania from the middle of December to the third week in April.
La Tania Ski Village
The resort centre is a snowy pedestrianised zone that catches the afternoon sun. The three main ski runs converge here. It is where you will find the bars, restaurants and shops. There is also a free drag lift for beginners.
Other popular amenities and services you will find in La Tania are Tourist office, bakery, deli, Tabac, min market, ATM/cash machine and ski hire. For other services and a wider range of shops head up to Courchevel.
La Tania Ski Area
One of the big attractions of La Tania is the access to the Three Valleys. From the village, you can catch the gondola to the bottom of the Bouc Blanc red piste, it is from here you have plenty of options to access the rest of the ski area.
Catch the Dou des Lanches to drop down into Méribel or ski down a bit and get on the Bouc Blanc chair for direct access to Courchevel 1850. For the more adventurous you can tackle the amazing Jockeys run down to the new bubble in Courchevel Le Praz.
Skiing or snowboarding back into La Tania is great fun and you have to choice of 3 pistes to choose from. There is the blue run called Folyeres that snakes through the forest. The Moretta Blanche is a red that is great fun, you can combine it with the higher up Lanches or Bouc blanc for one of the areas epic descents. For the newer skier and children, there is the Plan Fontaine green slope that weaves into the resort from the top of the gondola.
The other great thing about staying in La Tania is the proximity of the pistes to most of the accommodation. There are plenty of ski in ski out properties lining the runs and down in the centre. But if you aren’t staying in one of these you are unlikely to be any more than a 6-minute walk to the lifts or runs.
Snowmaking and Snow Condition in La Tania
Due to its unique location on the mountain snow is pretty much guaranteed on the slopes as the trees help to shade the snow keeping it fresh throughout the season. The lower slopes in La Tania have a season average coverage of around 85cm.
For added reassurance, all the ski runs in the La Tania area are covered by snow cannons which allows ski holidays to be book throughout the season without the worry of not being able to ski into the resort.
Aprés ski in La Tania is dominated by the Pub Le Ski Lodge. You will find this popular bar at the foot of the slopes into the resort. At lunchtime, it is the perfect spot for sunbathing and eating. Then of the slopes, it is a great aprés spot, with happy hour (4pm to 6pm), drinks promos and live music every weekday. There is also live music in the evenings. Opening times 10 am- 2 am.
The Chrome bar is a no-frills bar close to the slopes that is popular with locals. It has a range of beers and cocktails. There is live music occasionally throughout the week.
Eating Out in La Tania
The Three Valleys has a good reputation for eating out and despite its sizes, there are some nice spots to eat.
Up on the slopes try the Bouc Blanc. During the day the restaurant and terrace can be found drenched in sun at the top of the La Tania gondola. Look on any review site and this place gets five stars every time. It serves traditional alpine food at but a better price than many of the other slope-side restaurants in Courchevel.
Down in the resort of La Tania, you can head back to Pub Le Ski Lodge where you can get a Full English in the morning or pick from one of its infamous burgers during the lunch break.
In the evening you should book a table at La Taiga. An intimate restaurant that you can find opposite the La Trokia lift. The food on offer is a mix of traditional Savoyard, local produce and modern dishes. You could eat here many times and feel you have had a different style of food every time. Take a look at their menu.
Don’t forget you can access all the bars and restaurants in Courchevel and La Praz via the free bus service that runs until late at night.
Accommodation in La Tania
There is a wide range of accommodation in La Tania. You will find small self-catered apartments, hotels and chalets.
We have four amazing cater chalets located in the trees of the resort.
Cote Coeur – A 14-bed chalet with a hot tub that is just a two-minute walk to the piste.
Chalet Attilaa – Sleeps 12, has a hot tub and is located next to the piste
Location is the key to a beautiful Insta feed and the towns in the 3 Valleys proved that perfect backdrop.
La Tania is an alpine dream. The sunny village is below the tree line and many of the traditional chalets are located in the spruce forest with branches heavy with snow to make the perfect winter wonderland.
Here are some selfie facts: Snow makes you look cool (literally). Snowsports make you look cool. Goggles, hats, and sunnies make you look cool. Ski and snowboard clothing make you look cool. Being on a mountain/chairlift/skis makes you look cool. Being in a ski chalet/mountain restaurant/ski resort makes you look cool. In short a ski trip is cool.
The 3 Valleys is so Instagram perfect it even provides selfie spots!
Instagram your 3 Valleys Chalet
All our chalets are Instagram compatible. Some are postcard perfect with rooms that ooze alpine style. While others have incredible views to post your morning wake up.
And don’t forget the mountain hot tub update!
For intermediate and advanced skiers, the beauty of Méribel is that it’s a perfect springboard resort for the Three Valleys Ski area as a whole, the largest ski area on earth in fact, with over 600km of accessible pistes.
But that’s not to say those new to skiing are overlooked or left too far behind. With a wide choice of English speaking ski schools, two separate nursery areas, 8 green runs and 25 blues to tantalise. There is plenty of places to practice those turns and work on technique.
“The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried”
It’s also worth saying that the friendly, welcoming and easy-going nature of the resort in general, lends itself well to those strapping on their ski boots for the first time. Because everyone’s gotta start somewhere…
The two designated beginner zones are found in the centre of Meribel Mottaret (Zen Zones) and at the Altiport area in Meribel itself. In Mottaret, the beginner-only area has its own magic carpet and drag lift, and the Combes chairlift serves the great fun green run known as Little Himalaya.
In Meribel there’s a magic carpet lift at Rond-Point and the quiet and safe slopes of the Easy Rider beginner area are great for children and adults alike to practice.
Think Snow Parks are out of bounds for beginners? Think again! Both Méribel’s Elements Park and Mottarett’s DC Area 43 have specifically designated learner zones, and they’re not just for kids!
Sourcing a Great Ski School
It goes without saying that ski schools get particularly busy during peak times and school holidays so it’s worth doing some research before you arrive and get yourself or your kids signed up. Check out our guide to some great Méribel Ski School here, all of which are English speaking and run by highly experienced skiers that know Meribel and The Three Valleys inside out.
Consolidating those skills.
After the nursery slopes comes the gentle greens, of which there are several to choose from. We love the wide, tree-lined Blanchot piste, accessed by the Rhodos Bubble Lift from the Altiport; it’s great for newbie skiers and snowboarders alike. You can return to the top via the draglift or, if you’ve had enough of falling off those for the time being, there’s a chairlift too! And remember, regular pit stops and time-outs on sunny terraces are highly recommended!
Our top tips for beginners:
Catered Chalets over Self Catering
For those coming skiing for the first time, booking a fully catered chalet is by far and away the better choice. Ski resorts can be overwhelming. Having the helpful advice of chalet staff on tap is a huge benefit. Check out our Meribel and La Tania catered chalets here.
If you can, spend some time prior to your holiday doing some preparatory exercise. We’re not talking hours in the gym here, but taking the stairs over the lift, walking the dogs a bit further and faster, and practising the classic ‘flat back against the wall with bent knees’ pose, will all help build the stamina and endurance that six days straight on skis will call for.
Practice on an Indoor Ski Slope
For those of us that like to have a teeny bit of experience before our first lesson in resort, there are 100’s of indoor slopes dotted around the UK, some big and some very small. You can find a full list of slopes on the Ski Club of Great Britain web site.
Be prepared for the cold
We’d recommend for first-timers, that wherever you can, it’s best to borrow kit rather than shell out a lot of money on clothing, helmets and goggles you may not use again (Ok, you will probably use it again, because one ski trip is rarely ever enough, but, you know, just in case). However, you need to make sure you are fully prepared for the extreme temperatures. Because nobody wants to cut short their slope time due to frozen fingers. Check out our in depth guide here.
Watch some videos
From full-length films and YouTube Ski Technique guides and tips, there’s a wealth of ski and snowboard related content out there. You could even subscribe to our channel and get a proper feel for an Alpine Action catered chalet experience. All of this will get you super keen and excited to get started on your own skiing or snowboarding journey.
(Just don’t overdo the ‘Best Ski Fails of All Time’ vids…)
Check out our current pricing and availability for your Merbel or La Tania catered Chalet holiday here.
Looking forward to seeing you shredding it very soon…x