What’s new in Méribel for 2018/19?

Pistes, lifts, new non-ski activities and more

Méribel is, in our opinion, the best ski resort in the world, and each year it only gets better.

This year, ahead of the grand opening on 8th December 2018, the experts have been hard at work making sure the Three Valleys retains its position as one of the ultimate skiing destinations. There have been changes on and off the pistes to improve comfort and pleasure for skiers – and extra attention has been paid to the fine details which’ll make your Méribel ski holiday even more magical.

These are the big changes coming to Méribel for the 18/19 ski season.

Improvements to ski lifts & access

Méribel is investing over €15 million in the Roc de Fer area over the next two years – and this winter, two new high speed 6 seater chairlifts will begin service.

  • Draglift replacement: the difficult to use Cherferie draglift is being replaced and the new lift will take skiers to the top in just 4 minutes. This will allow more people to access the delightful blue Choucas piste and Belleville Valley.
  • The Legends: a new premium chairlift in La Chaudanne will replace the Plan de l’Homme lift and Roc de Fer lifts. It’ll take skiers to the top in a mere 4 minutes 40 seconds. There will be 6 thermally-regulated seats, with pull-down shields to give welcome shelter on those cold snowy days.

Refurbished Mont Vallon Gondola

In 2018/19 you’ll also be able to head to the top of the Meribel valley in style in the newly refurbished Mont Vallon gondola boasting 8 comfortable seats per cabin and panoramic views over the full ski area. At the top is a dramatic glacial environment that opens up before your eyes, and two famous red pistes to delight and challenge good skiers. Long, steep, demanding, inspiring – this is technical skiing at its best!

More family fun

A Méribel ski holiday is for everyone – and Méribel is officially one of the best resorts in the world for families, having won several awards over the past few years. Here are a couple of big changes.

  • Not to be missed is Méribel’s toboggan run, Mission Black Forest. It will now open 7 days a week. It’s a chance for people to try out the adrenaline filled 3.4 km run with 278 bends and a vertical drop of 470 m. The opening has been extended based on the success of its first full season, last season. Prices are €12 for a single descent with discounts available when buying 4 or more runs. Take a look at the video below to see how much fun this is:

  • The Inuit and Elements Park fun zones are being expanded with different themes and race challenges aimed at those who like a bit of healthy competition in their lives. These areas are perfect for families and beginners alike.

For 2018/19, a series of free events on the slopes will also planned throughout the season – giving a welcome break for kids with weary legs. A team of entertainers will organise events like treasure hunts, ice sculpting demos, coconut shys and even a show with eagles.

A nature reserve – wild hares, golden eagles and more….

The green ‘Ours’ nature piste /reserve (piste de l’ours) is being extended. This’ll allow skiers and snowboarders to discover this secret nature reserve in an even more fun way. There are plenty of things to see: look out for wild hares, golden eagles and ancient cembro pines.

This gentle ski is refreshing and soothing: a real return to nature – just what you and your children need during your ski holidays!

New places to picnic!

A new picnic spot with a difference is set to open.

Trappers Cabin, at the top of the Roc de Tougne – facing Mont Blanc and Saulire – will be the perfect spot for a relaxing lunch with a breathtaking view!

Of course it is Meribel after all and so all the modcons such as glove warmers and chargers for your smartphones will be available as well as the view. No excuses for not getting the perfect shot!

Even better ski chalets from The Chalet Company

After all of last year’s 5-star reviews – we’ve been planning to make sure our ski chalets in meribel are even better too this season. Check our latest prices and availability but hurry, the weeks are going fast and there are very few of them left!!

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