The resort is located in the very center of the Three Valleys. Meribel is a traditional village at the altitude of 1450 m, Mottaret – a modern village located 5 km farther and 250 m higher. The green trail is laid from Meribel to the main Mottare’s lifts. The advantage of these resorts is their location that allows getting easily to any of the trails in the adjoining valleys with even vaster ski zones. The longest downhill in the Three Valleys is Trail Compagnol (3600 m, elevation change 794 m, intermediate/difficult).
Group and private lessons here are conducted on glacier trails and virgin slopes by more than 200 experienced instructors. There are also other instructor-led entertainments: snowshoeing tours exploring history, plant and animal life (with overnight stop in mountain cabin), dog sled rides through the forest (with real hunter's dinner in a traditional restaurant), ice carting, night downhilling with torches, parachute jumping, fishing.
Both in summer and in winter Meribel is perfect starting point for hiking. 20 km of marked trails lead from here to other ancient villages of the Three Valleys. Tourists are also proposed special lift-passes for all the kinds of lifts.
La Chaudanne Olympic center is especially popular among tourists. Its covered swimming pool (Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam) and skating-rink are opened till late at night two times a week. The center also has climbing school (artificial wall) and Le Canadien bowling center (6 lanes, billiards, karaoke).
There are two fitness centers in Merribel and Mottaret (Ludicur, Les Thermes de la forme), two cinemas and popular disco – Dick’s Tea Bar. The nearest casino is located in Bride-les-Banis (12 km).
The resort also offers intensive courses of foreign languages (English, Spanish, Italian, German, French) in groups up to 6 persons and individual lessons. Resort Information
Resort elevation: 1450 – 2955 m
The upper lift station: 2952 m
Season duration: December, 2 – April, 29
Number of lifts: 57(200 in the Three Valleys)
Length of trails: 150 km, (600 km in the Three Valleys)
Length of cross-country trails: 33 km
More difficult: 31%
Most difficult: 13%
For snowboarders: snow park with music, half-pipe – 150 m, board cross tracks
Snow cannons: +