The Three Valleys is an enormous ski area and it probably comes as no surprise to hear that in such a big place, there are plenty of places to head to on a good powder day for some incredible off-piste skiing.
Meribel has some fantastic off-piste skiing and with access to the whole Three Valleys ski area, you can experience some incredible views, amazing powder and great days out. We always recommend hiring a Mountain guide when you are thinking of heading off-piste, either in a group or privately.
You can join in guided off-piste tours, where you can head off in a group off-piste for the day. Both Méribel’s ESF and the Mountain Guides Office (Bureau des Guides) offer off-piste guiding groups for good skiers. Expect to walk or skin uphill for anything up to an hour, in return for untouched snow and deserted descents. Depending on snow and weather conditions you may picnic on a summit or in a local restaurant and may ski anything from deep powder to crud, to spring snow. You need to be a strong skier with some off-piste experience to take part. The guide provides avalanche transceivers; you need to bring a ‘can-do’ attitude. Remember to bring energy bars or snacks and plenty of water and you'll have a fabulous day discovering the classic 3 Valley itineraries and meet like-minded people.
The Three Valleys enjoys excellent off-piste skiing – but please only venture off the marked runs in the company of a guide or instructor. Only they have the essential local knowledge necessary to avoid avalanche-prone and dangerous terrain, and they will also find the very best snow. To whet your appetite, buy the guidebook ‘Les 3 Vallees. Hors Pistes – Off Piste’ available at the Maison de la Presse, priced at around 24€.