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What’s new in Meribel winter 2017/18

Lots of new things to discover on Meribel's pistes

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Two new lifts, a major piste reshaping, a new lift pass and lots more places for R&R and children’s fun are all in progress for the 2017-18 season.

New Roc de Tougne Chairlift

Méribel’s constant investment in modern lifts continues this year with the replacement of the elderly Roc de Tougne draglifts with a new, fast chairlift. The steep, twin draglifts above Mottaret are being superseded by a new, fast-loading 6-seat chairlift that will whisk you to the summit in a little more than 3 minutes.

Not only will this new chair give faster and easier access to some excellent pistes (Lagopède and Bartavelle, prized for their quality snow and north-facing aspect), but also a quicker and easier route over to the Les Menuires ski area. The lift is designed to operate in high winds, keeping this 3 Vallées link open even in bad weather conditions.

New beginners’ facilities at le Rond-Point

Learners get a new lift too, with an upgraded magic carpet lift at le Rond-Point in Méribel. The existing Loupiot beginner lift is being replaced by a modern, covered version and a new “Easy Rider” beginner zone will be created next to it so children and beginners can practice on a gentle slope in safety.

Lac de la Chambre piste

This main route from Val Thorens to the Méribel Valley will now be easier thanks to re-routing work. Two difficult sections have been bypassed, allowing this red run to be re-graded as a blue. Not only will this make returning from VT on tired legs much easier, it also opens up a spectacular and wild part of Méribel’s ski area to novice skiers.

New liftpass

A brand new lift pass, the 3 Valleys 4 hours pass, will be introduced this winter. The four-hour period starts at whatever time you wish. This replaces the previous morning and afternoon passes, giving skiers more flexibility and freedom to ski when they want.

More places to relax

As the lifts become ever-faster, skiers need more places to sit down and take a break. Specially designed furniture is being installed throughout the ski area so you can enjoy some R&R. Look out for the new heart-shaped covered sofas for a spot of romantic relaxation; the dragon hammocks on the Pic Bleu; foam benches at la Chaudanne and Altiport and rest areas in the DC Area 43. Not forgetting the existing two wooden cabins on Pic Bleu and above Saulire Express mid-station, equipped with free WiFi and phone recharging points, or the wooden cabins with children’s games in Mottaret’s Yeti Park.

Terrain parks for novices

Méribel’s Moon Park has become the Elements Park, an area for family freestyle. The small- and medium-sized boarder-crosses, whoops, fun cross and tables will allow beginners to try jumps and tricks in peace and safety. 

Mottaret’s DC Area 43 now has a separate zone for learners, the Turn&Run. Both these areas opened during last winter: this winter sees more jumps, more elements and more fun for all.

Children’s fun areas

The popular Yeti Park in Mottaret is growing and now has even more fun elements for small skiers. Méribel’s Inuit Village has moved and been redesigned, but retains all its special entertainments for children. And Méribel’s sled run, the themed Black Forest Mission which opened briefly last season, now has more modules and characters along its 3.4 km route.

More cultured snow

Méribel’s snow making facilities have increased further. The Altiport reservoir has more than doubled in capacity, allowing over 65% of Méribel Alpina’s ski area to be equipped with snow cannons.

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Location: Meribel Valley



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