About Advanced Pistes in Meribel
The 3 Valleys is one of the largest ski areas in the world. With this being the case there is a whole host of challenging and steep skiing for the advanced skier.
Whether it be mogul fields you are after, couloirs, steep gradients or just a challenging terrain you can find everything in the Three Valleys. Meribel has the Olympic downhill Face to tackle, Courchevel offers some great Couloir skiing, and Val Thorens has a number of steep bumpy runs to really get the legs working.
Meribel may not be the most challenging resort of the Three Valleys but there is still plenty to challenge the advanced skier and with connections to the Courchevel and Val Thorens you won’t be stuck for finding some deep & steep runs.
There are several black runs in Meribel that will offer a challenge for the advanced skier. Heading up the Roc de Fer chairlift and then the Olympic chairlift will take you to the Face which was the Olympic downhill run for Women in 1992. It can be in great condition and is best to head to in the mid-morning when the snow is slightly softer but still firm.
If you take the Loze chairlift up the mountain you can tackle the Tetras run back down. This tends to be a challenge as it is often extremely mogul-filled so be ready to work those legs. You can also take the Pas du Lac up from Meribel Mottaret and then take the slightly less challenging (but still advanced) Sanglier or Grande Rosiere pistes back to resort.
Both the red runs at the top of the Mont Vallon lift are long, steep and often full of moguls. These lengthy uninterrupted pistes tend to be a good place for practising your technique as they are generally quieter as it is not linked to other parts for the Three Valleys.
Look out for 'Bumps' run next to Martre piste ending at the plateau in the centre of Mottaret. This allows the advanced skiers out there to show off their bump skills to people on the Plattieres lift.
Finally, the steep couloir under the Saulire Express lift has been turned into a black run and named Couloir Tournier. The start of this narrow run is steep - 37 degrees - and a video camera has been installed here so you can keep a record of your exploits.