Beginner Ski Areas in Meribel
Meribel is a great place to learn how to ski or to improve from beginner to intermediate. With a variety of nursery slopes and green runs you will find Meribel a comfortable and easy-going resort to learn to ski or board.
Meribel has two designated beginner ski areas with free lifts which allow you to learn and progress in a comfortable beginner environment. These are located in the centre of Meribel Mottaret and at the Altiport area of Meribel. In addition, several of Meribel's ski schools have their own private beginner lifts and easy mini-slopes. There are also special beginner lift passes, called "mini-pass", giving access to the chairlifts and slopes suitable for those just starting off.
Once you have mastered the beginner slopes and want to venture higher up the mountain then there are 4 green runs that start off higher up, and all of them come straight back down into the resort. These green runs are gentle and perfect for beginners who have built up enough confidence to go up the mountain and who want to try something different. Meribel has made efforts in recent years to further improve the ski area for beginners. These include a extra green runs at the Altiport area; a new green run starting at the mid-station of Saulire Express; an upgrade to the free beginner Doron lift in Mottaret centre (now a magic carpet) and the improved blue Martre run coming back into Mottaret.
For children there are plenty of beignner friendly areas for them to have some fun on and learn some new skiing techniques. Smallest of all, is a mini-boardercross with banked turns called P’tit Moon at the Rond Point, for 7-12 year olds. To get there, take the Rhodos 1 gondola then then Cotes draglift. This is very quiet and safe for kids. The Chemin des Ecoliers is a longer and steeper bordercross for families near the DC Area 43 snowpark above Mottaret. This is more popular with adults, so be prepared to be overtaken by slightly out-of-control grown-ups. The main Méribel MoonPark has a brilliant series of whoops suitable for children located by the entrance. Look for for this by the start of the Grive blue run. If you enter your mobile number at the console at the start you will be filmed going down the whoops. Children will love the Moon Wild, a themed piste with life-sized animal models hidden in the woods and a quiz about the forest animals. This starts on the right hand side, near the bottom of the Blanchot piste.
If you want to challenge yourself there are 28 blue runs in Meribel, some of which are harder than others so it is best to do these with more experienced skiers or with someone who knows there way around the pistes, but again they provide a great challenge for a beginner.