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Meribel: What’s new on the slopes this winter

01 Dec 2017

Every year there is so much going on in Meribel it can be hard to stay abreast of all the developments. Thankfully, the tourist office has put together a wonderful pack highlighting all the best bits. Here are some of their newest developments, on-piste.

Every year there is so much going on in Meribel it can be hard to stay abreast of all the developments. Thankfully, the tourist office has put together a wonderful pack highlighting all the best bits. Here are some of their newest developments, on-piste.


THE INUIT VILLAGE


The work to increase the amount of artificial snow that can be produced, by extending the reservoir in the Altiport sector, has allowed this children’s area to be entirely redesigned. The Altiport drag lift has been reduced but remains free and allows one to access the play village directly with even the youngest beginners. Two children’s hosts will be on site all season long organising several activities from Sunday to Friday: snow golf, fishing for prizes, spider’s web, hot chocolate parties...

 

A NEW LOOK FOR THE “LAC DE LA CHAMBRE” PISTE


The aim of the work on this area was to maintain the contours of the existing piste, which is a favourite of so many, whilst also creating two bypasses around the most difficult sections. This piste is a main artery between Val-Thorens-Les Menuires and Méribel-Mottaret and therefore needs to be accessible to as many skiers and boarders as possible. With its new classification as a blue

piste (the unchanged steep sections remain red), this piste will now allow greater numbers to enjoy the lower parts of the Méribel valley and its wild grandiose beauty. This is a legendary piste that deserves to be on every must-do list! Technical data: altitude 2 850m to 2 110 m, 4.4km long with two easier alternative sections.

 

ROC DE TOUGNE CHAIRLIFT: DIRECTION 3 VALLEYS


This new generation, fast and comfortable 6 plae detachable chair-lift in Méribel-Mottaret replaces 2 difficult drag lifts. The lift has been designed to function even in high winds taking skiers and boarders up to enjoy the consistently great snow and demanding slopes of the strikingly pretty area of Mont de la Challe. It also thus creates a fast link to les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville (now less than 3 minutes ride up). It adds to the facility with which one can enjoy the huge 3 Valleys domain, which was already known for the exceptionally integrated nature of the connection and the comfort and speed of its equipment. This lift adds to the park of ultra-modern lifts in Méribel-Mottaret, which is now uniquely made up of rapid, comfortable detachable chairs; a rarity in the World of skiing!

ELEMENTS PARK: THE FAMILY SNOW-PARK


For little ones and bigger ones alike, the Elements Park is the freestyle park where the whole family can have fun. Méribel has adapted the technical difficulty of the park to make it more suitable for lower levels. Families can try freestyle in safety and comfort. The area will now be supervised by a host who will organise activities and challenges every afternoon. The park offers 4 different sectors: a boarder-cross of medium difficulty (blue), a run of Whoops bumps, a Fun-Cross (fun boarder-cross) and a run of boxes all small all medium (green and blue). The Fun-Cross is a special element in the park. It is accessed just after the Whoops run, a series of linked big turns with arches, slaloms, bumps and figurines to hit and turn... In short an extra-large boarder-cross for maximum fun!

meribel ski resort news MISSION BLACK FOREST : MORE SLEDGING ADVENTURES

After its first season, the themed sledge run is being developed further with new modules and resin model characters for even more thrills. The piste is 3.4 km long with a descent of 470m and 28 bends. Sledge riders are plunged into an imaginary world where they become the actors in their own adventure. Before taking the Tougnète gondola lift that whisks them up to the start of the run, they will choose the covering for their helmet and become one of the heroes of the adventure outlined in the cartoon story that they are given at the start. During the descent they must navigate foam filled modules that linked by a bell will alert the fantasy creatures guarding the run. The descent is very visual with chalets, model characters and obstacles.

 

RELAXATION AREAS

For the greater comfort of all, Méribel has created a number of different relaxation areas throughout the ski domain. Each area is designed with families, couples and groups of friends in mind. The lift system is getting faster and faster and so skiers and boarders need spaces in which they can take a break between runs. Bears dens: little spaces entirely covered in wood, ideal for a little siesta. The dragon’s hammocks: on the Pic Bleu piste, a number of hammocks and sun loungers are laid out for use on sunny days. The “take a break” spots: foam mattresses dotted around the Chaudanne and at the snow-front of the Altiport, ideal for a few minutes respite from the rigours of fun with the family. The Namasté Camp : at the Yeti Park. 2 chalets equipped with wifi, sun-loungers, table football… DC Area 43: 2 rest areas located at the bottom of the snow-park and the Turn & Run sector, each with a chalet,table  and benches. Impossible to miss if you are in the area… big letters spell out Méribel… why not take a photo whilst there…

For more updates on Meribel this year, head to the tourist office website.

We are VERY excited about their events calendar!



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