Ski Lift Passes - Options in Meribel
In winter there are various different passes on offer, and the choice can be bewildering. Here is our guide to help you find the right Meribel ski pass for you. You can find Meribel ski prices here which includes links to the online ticket office to pre-purchase your ski passes.
Meribel or Three Valley Lift Pass?
The decision whether to buy a Meribel or Three Valley lift pass really depends on your skiing level and how much you want to ski. Here are a few pointers to help you choose:
The Meribel Valley is situated at the heart of the 3 Valley’s skiing area and has 150km of piste in its own right. If you are a complete beginner* or have 1-2 weeks of skiing or boarding experience, you will probably find that the Meribel Valley pass has more than enough to keep you challenged and entertained during your stay. Alternatively, if you don’t plan on skiing hard all day, every day, this local area pass will also suit you, and remember, passes of 2 days + can be upgraded on a daily basis to include the whole of the 3 Valley area. There is also a 3 hour Meribel Valley pass, valid for 3 consecutive hours of skiing starting any time.
*There are further lift pass options available for complete beginners – see Beginners Passes for more info.
The 3 Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world and anyone of intermediate ability and above usually takes advantage of the full area pass. It offers unlimited access to 180 lifts, 600kms of piste and 8 resorts: Meribel/Mottaret, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires/St Martin, Orelle and Brides Les Bains.
3 Vallées Liberté
If you are a regular skier in Meribel and the 3 Valleys then the 3 Vallées Liberté card may be of interest to you. Anyone that skis at least 8 (non-consecutive) days a season can benefit from the total freedom to ski whenever they want without having to pass by the ticket office each time. Payment is debited directly from your bank account after you have enjoyed your day on the slopes and you can check your account on-line anytime. The more you ski, the greater the reductions you can accumulate (10% - 15%) and on your 9th ski day is free (then every 6 days). Furthermore every Saturday get 10€ off the daily 3 Valleys rate.
Beginners Passes & Free Lifts
Most beginners will buy a Méribel Valley lift pass which covers 150km of piste but also gives the option of buying a one-day extension to the rest of the Three Valleys. Another alternative for beginners is to buy a pass which covers approximately half of the Meribel valley and is slightly cheaper than the full Meribel Valley pass. If you are staying in Mottaret you will buy a Mottaret Pass, and if you are staying in Meribel, you will buy the Meribel Alpina pass.
An even smaller area of the Meribel Valley is covered by the Mini-pass. Complete beginners who want to save money might consider using the free beginner lifts for the first day or so, and then progress to buying a Mini-pass which give access to a limited number of the gentler slopes. The disadvantage of this is that you will need to queue up each day to buy your day pass, and if you are in ski school lessons, your instructor may decide to take the group to another area which is not covered by your pass. It is generally easier to buy a week-long pass.
Family Lift Pass Options
If you are skiing “en famille” then the Family Pass option offers around 20% discount on 6-21 day or season passes for two adults and two, three or four children under 18 (from the same family) when you buy all your passes at the same time - under 5s ski for free!
Proof of age will be required and each member of the family will have their own hands free pass.
Depending on where you are staying, there is a Meribel or Meribel-Mottaret version of the pass and it is available for either the Meribel Valley only or for the full 3 Valley area, but not during the “Premieres Neiges” weeks in December or during the last week of the season.
There is also a 25% discount offered off the adult prices for children aged 5-12 years.
In addition, there are several free lifts for beginners in the valley. In Meribel they are Loupiot, Cotes drag lift (at le Rond Point) Altiport drag and Fontany telecord. In Mottaret you will find the Doron and Sitelle drag lifts as well as the Telecorde and Chalets gondolas (also for pedestrians). NB not all of these are marked on the lift map.
Even if some of the family are non-skiers, you can still use the lift system - the views from the top are quite spectacular! Make sure you wrap up very warm in winter and take extra layers even in summer - there's a reason why the snow doesn't melt up there!
For 2012-13 there's a new family pass, where everyone pays the child tarrif.That means a saving of €52 for adults on a 6-day 3 Valleys pass ! Available for 2 adults and 2 or more children aged under 18. Same duration (6 days or more) and same ski area for all members of the family.
Not everyone comes to Meribel to ski, and when there are such beautiful panoramas to take in and cosy mountain restaurants to enjoy, we can understand why! Pedestrian rates are available for 1-7 day duration lift passes, one-way trips or you can buy a season ticket. The pedestrian pass is valid on the following lifts:
Courchevel / La Tania - Télécabines, Saulire téléphérique, chairlifts : Tovets, Col de la Loze, Crêtes, Gravelles, Trois Vallées, Dou des Lanches.
Méribel, Méribel-Mottaret, Menuires - Télécabines.
St Martin de Belleville - Télécabine, St Martin 2 Chairlift.
Val Thorens - Télécabines, Péclet Funitel, Caron Téléphérique.
Discounted & Alternative Passes
Early/Late Season Discount:
If you visit Meribel in the first 2 or the very last week of the season, you will benefit from reduced rates on your lift pass. However, depending on snowfall, this is usually accompanied buy a reduced ski area.
New for 2012-13, Le Pass Tribu is a great new deal for 3 or more people in a group of either families or friends. You save money by buying as a group. Buy together and save 15€ on a 6-day 3 Valleys pass. Same duration (6 days or more), same ski area (3 Valleys or Méribel Valley) for all skiers. One payment per group.
There is a 15% reduction on the cost of a lift ticket for anyone between the age of 65-74. If you are 75 or over then you can ski for free! Proof of age is required.
Children aged 5 - 12 years enjoy discounted passes and children under 5 are given a free ski pass (proof of age is required). Often the best value is offered by the Family Pass, which give discounts of up to 20% for families of 2 adults and 2 or more children under 18.
3 Valley Liberty Pass:
A new pass which allows you to ski on any day you like, in any of the different 3 Valley ski areas, without visiting the lift office. It offers discounts on the day lift pass rates, and some free days too. The cost is debited from your bank account. In 2012-13 this pass will be managed entirely online which means the ski pass won't be delivered to the lift pass office.