Meribel Blogs

I am known as the Meribel Mole and have been blogging about Meribel and its snow conditions for 15 years now. I am going to update this new web site with the archives of all my old Meribel blogs.

This means you will be able to view all the Mole’s snow reports for past 10 years.
I normally do a new ski blog for Meribel each Thursday in the season so that new arrivals at the weekend will know the road conditions, piste conditions, and off piste avalanche danger. I also do daily tweets so please follow me on twitter. Join up on the home page.

My Meribel blogs will also give an update on any special events going on in and around Meribel over the coming week.

When I look back at all of my old blogs I see that the snow conditions vary so much that it is hard to see a regular pattern. However, recent years in all three valleys have seen good very early snowfalls (with the exception of last year and this year !). April seems aways to be versatile and extreme. Either really great snow and sunshine or sometimes miserable rain and clouds. Depends on temperatures whether we get new snow or rain. Always worth keeping an eye ope though.

Mole Blog – General Season Snow Report

  • December Blogs: Meribel in December can be marvellous. Heavy snow early December means empty slopes,very cold temperatures and fabulous skiing. However It might be worth booking your ski holiday last minute. We have had a few dodgy starts in past years. Normally by Xmas or New Year however the snow can usually be relied upon. Also Meribel has 100’s of  snow cannons working  non-stop throughout  December.
  • January Blogs: Generally is a reliable month for excellent snow conditions. It is normally very cold but quite often sunny. I love skiing in January. It is my favourite month of the season.Also ski holidays are much cheaper at this time. If you can get away then choose January after New Year is over.
  • February Blogs: Is almost guaranteed good snow but Meribel  is very busy from around the 7th onwards. Therefore the pistes get very worn by the afternoon. It’s not quite so cold as a rule with a fair amount of blue skies and sunshine. Ski holidays are often very expensive this month.
  • March Blogs: Usually sunny and can be very hot in the afternoons. Snow is usually excellent in the mornings but in late March it can start to get soft and slushy after lunch. Ok for snowboarders though. All in all a great month for ski / snowboarding and sun combined.
  • April Blogs: Snow conditions are sometimes the best of the whole season with really quiet slopes. But April can also bring rain below the mid stations. My advice for April is to book last minute. Just keep a close eye on my Mole report weekly. It continues right up to the end of the season, when the real moles start to pop their heads up.

THE NEW 2016/17 SEASON BEGAN 10th DECEMBER.

Many ski resorts were closed but we managed to have all links open to the 3 Valleys. Our guys did wonders with the snow from the cannons. Until New Year it was quite ok on pistes that were open , if a bit limited and icy later in the day. New year being crowded was not so good but at least we did have snow.

18/01/17.  SNOW ARRIVED – FINALLY  LAST WEEK  – NOW GREAT.

We had a poor start again after the early snows in November. Sadly it got warm and all the lower snow melted. The pistes were not too bad till new year, due to the 100’s of snow cannons in the 3 Valleys. All links were open but many pistes were closed. The snow finally arrived last week. Sunday 15th Jan was a fantastic day.

The snow now is great although off piste is dodgy in places. Rocks lurk just below the surface in many places. The temperatures are REALLY cold. Minus 18c the last few days at Chaudanne at 9am. However this is keeping the snow in super condition.

This weekend sees Meribel host the World Cup telemark competition at Chaudanne. This becoming ver popular here due to the succes of the Lau brothers , Chris, Philp and Sven. All of them champions over the past few years. All 3 were on the podium together a few years ago. Placed 1 ,2 and 3 . Incredible.

Follow me on twitter for daily reports this season. Sign up on the home page.

2015/16 SEASON BLOG 

29/02/16. 05.00. NOT A BAD SEASON AT ALL SO FAR.

My apologies for the big gap in blogs. I have been concentrating on my weekly news letter and regular tweets. Forgot all about the blog !!!

So for the seasonal history. 16th January saw  the best week of the season for powder and good weather. 23rd January was great weather with good snow but no fresh powder to speak of. February has seen good snow all the month with mixed weather. Some sun but lots of smaller snowfalls and cloudy days. Some rain also at times under 2000m. The top half of the mountain has up to 2 meters of snow on it.This means we are set for a great March if the weather clears up. This week is showing more snow expected till Friday. Maybe some clear spells. As you drive up the mountain don’t worry if it looks bare of snow lower down. Up here in Meribel it is fine right now.
There are some great bargains to be had in Chalets for late march and April. Check out the best of catered chalets in Meribel.

13/01/16. 09.00.  MORE AND MORE POWDER.

Powder everywhere again after a mixed week of weather. Much colder now. More like typical January. Now there is 1.5m depth up top. 50cm + at resort level. Weather is pretty rough right now but snow is fantastic. Off piste is 4 out of 5 danger again. This means VERY dangerous. Many deaths already this season due to avalanche so don’t risk it. Stay on piste or gradual slopes only if off piste. If the weather clears it will be  perfect time to join a group or take some off piste powder instruction. You don’t often get conditions as exciting as this.

Driving this weekend could be dodgy so follow me on twitter for a morning update on Saturday. Next mole report when conditions change or next Wed / Thursday.

07/01/16. 06.30.  POWDER PARADISE !!!

What a difference a few days can make. We now have powder all over. On and off piste. So much off piste that the avalanche risk went up to 4 on Wednesday. Up to 1 meter off piste in places.
Conditions on piste are now perfect all over the  3 Valleys. This is a great time to book a last minute trip.

The weather for the next week is showing more snow coming , maybe up to 2m on the higher slopes. It is getting warmer so the rain snow limit will go down to about 1500m. This means Meribel town and below. However  cold front is coming after so should be more snow down to les Allues.

My opinion is that the next 2 weeks will be a great time to ski here. Lets see if I am correct. Next blog next week.

I have many bargains and discounts availbale for the next 2 weeks. Catered chalets and self catered accommodation.

E-Mail for details.

rob-smart@meribel-unplugged.co.uk

Driving this weekend. Should be ok up to Meribel. For Mottaret and Altiport you may need chains. Follow my twitter for a Saturday morning update.

 

01/01/16. 15.30. SNOW REPORT FOR NEXT WEEK.

If driving tommorrow be prepared for snow on the route up the mountain. There is a custom made laybye  to put chains on about half a mile up.
We are expecting snow this weekend and more over the next week. It is needed badly now. However it is looking promising for January with up to 2m forecast over the next 2 weeks. We had just a dusting yesterday morning. If we get the 25cm expected this weekend then next week will be great on piste.  Off piste is out of the question till we get 1m minimum..!!

I shall put another post up the minute the snow arrives. Loads of bargains as usual for January !! Just pop off an e mail.

rob-smart@meribel-unplugged.co.uk

25/12 2015.

So what to expect next New year week. Rest assured Meribel does have snow, and is in far better condition than many other lower resorts in France.

However there is a shortage of good snow cover on a number of pistes so my advice is to hit the slopes sharp on 9am to get the best 2 hours of the day. There is absolutely no off piste possible so use your holiday to improve on piste technique. Make sure your edges are sharp to give better grip.

Try to avoid the main routes from Val Thorens to Meribel as these will be the most busy. Snow in VT is better than the other valleys due to being higher but will be very popular with many 3 valley and others resort skiers heading that way.

Try La Masse, in les Menuires, Mont Vallon in Mottaret and Courchevel 1650. All are normally less busy then the main 3 valley routes.

Temperatures are expected to fall and some new snow is expected around New Year according to one major forecast.

Pick up a copy of my 6 day ski / lunch guide to get the most out of your trip this week.

Finally please ski within your ability and full of care for both yourself and others. Keep the speed down to avoid injury if you do have a fall. Do wear a helmet at all times.

Just e mail if you want any extra info.

rob-smart@meribel-unplugged.co.uk

14/12/15. SNOW LATEST.

So..now settled in a bit late after a successful court action against easy jet in the UK…and most magazines now all over town. The lunch magazines have a 6 day ski guide now so very useful for new visitors.

The snow ??? I know you are wondering. Well not actually too bad right now but yes we do need more for Xmas and New Year when the resort will be packed. It is still warm for December but we all know how it can change very quickly. Fingers crossed anyway. Normally we get a nice dump just before Xmas.

There are some wonderful Xmas bargains and I have 2 free tickets to give away for the Ski Meribel luxury  sleeper coach on 18th December. This is a relaxing return journey with free ski carriage too. E mail me for details. Apartments and studios and catered chalets also available cheap at the moment.

Otherwise all is as usual. All the bars are opening, together with restaurants and everybody getting ready for the new season.

27/11/15:   50cm up top.

Yes, looking great for the start to the new season. Really cold weather, snow cannons working, 50cm up top already and more light snow is expected this weekend. Next week looks not so cold but the base is there so we should have a good weekend on the 5th.

There are some great early season bargains floating around so pop off an e mail if you fancy a quick trip before Xmas.

rob-smart@meribel-unplugged.co.uk

24/11/15: 40 cm OF NEW SNOW . 10am.

Yep, the forecast so far is accurate. We have had 15cm in town and 40cm up the mountain this past 4 days. Another 15cm is expected over the next few days with freezing temperatures. Looks like we might have another fabulous start to the season. E- Mail me if you need anything. rob-smart@meribel-unplugged.co.uk

21/11/15: ITS SNOWING IN MERIBEL . 6am. 

Yes.great news..Meribel has its first real winter snow. The October fall was too early as usual.It melted away. But meribel is expecting 50cm this week and cold weather has come in. – 11 last night so the snow cannons will begin their work if not already on the go. They do not start too early unless they know the cold weather is here to stay. Snow cannons use loads of water and are expensive to operate. More blogs will follow now as the season begins. When the snow comes it will be here first.

rob-smart@meribel-unplugged.co.uk