Best beginner areas
Meribel has two designated beginner ski areas with free lifts (read more about these below) which allow you to learn and progress in a comfortable beginner environment. These are located in the centre of Meribel Mottaret (Zen zone) and at the Altiport area of Meribel (Ski Cool zone).
Once you have mastered the nursery slopes and want to venture onto something a bit more challenging, there are two fantastic areas just for you. Above Meribel, the green Blanchot run now starts higher up at the top of Saulire Express 1 gondola lift and leads back to the Altiport area, or you can continue along Foret back into Méribel resort. This route is marketed as the Ski Cool route.
Mottaret spent millions of euros redesigning its beginner area in 2016. There is now a special beginner-only area, with its own magic carpet and drag lift, located at the top of the resort, and the new Combes chairlift serves a brand-new green beginner run called Little Himalaya. In addition, Mottaret offers beginners two “Zen zones”, easy slopes dedicated to learners where you can practice your turns in peace and quiet.
For children there are plenty of beginner 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 Cotes drag lift. This is very quiet and safe for kids. The Chemin des Ecoliers is a longer and steeper boardercross 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 Moon Park has a brilliant series of whoops suitable for children located by the entrance. Look 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 are ready to progress from ski school and want to challenge yourself, there are 24 blue runs in the Meribel ski area, some of which are harder than others so it is best to do these with more experienced skiers or with someone who knows their way around the pistes.
Also see: Ski Areas in Meribel, France