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MERIBEL BLOG – 9th May 2020 – In Lockdown since March 16th – Lifts Closed Suddenly Sunday 15th March!!

♦ The Meribel Mole is yours truly, Rob Smart. I have been blogging about Meribel and its snow conditions for great many years now. I am eventually going to update this web site with the archives of all the old Meribel blogs going back to about 2003! Just for historic interest.
I would now advise you to also follow me on twitter if possible as I do snow updates in the winter season on Thursday or Friday weekly.
2020 Ski Season In Meribel.
As I broke my hip running & falling on a rock in summer 2019 I did not ski until late in the 2020 season. Therefore not much of interest to tell sadly.
The season was not wonderful for off piste but on piste the snow held up surprisingly well. The weather was generally good with lots of sunshine throughout the season. Occasionally we had heavy rain – awful! If it had been colder at those times we would have had another 2 meters of snow!
Then we had sudden lockdown on 16th March. Wow. What a shock. On the Saturday afternoon 1000’s of new arrivals poured in. Then that night Macron shut us all down. Disaster. Nobody can understand why he did not do it on the Friday. Crazy.
Anyway, that was it. End of season and who knows right now what will happen next season. Fingers crossed we find a solution.

For the next season I am making short experimental videos. Here is the first recorded May 2020 during lockdown.

. I am making videos of the pistes, restaurants, apres-ski spots etc. In fact anything of interest. I am sure they will be useful to you and none will be more than 10 minutes long so as not to bore you I hope.

So for the moment, keep safe and look forward to seeing you next winter ski season here in Meribel.

Rob Smart

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. Meribel has 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. All my researching moles love skiing in January. 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 the Mole’s reports weekly. It continues right up to the end of the season, when the real moles start to pop their heads up.


 Whats new for 2018/19.


Another drag lift bites the dust! Cherferie has been  replaced by a new high speed 6 seater chairlift. This means Choucas will now be far less quiet than before. Sad as it was a great run for beginners in the mornings with few people on it.

Plan de L’Homme and Roc de Fer chairlifts have been replaced by Legends, a new fast 6 man chairlift with pull down covers and temperature controlled seats !! This will give very fast access to St Martin De Belleville on or off piste.

More events are planned for children during the school holidays mainly in the altiport area. The Inuit and Elements Park fun zones are being expanded too.

Meribel’s toboggan run will be open 7 days a week next season. It has nearly 300 bends ! and a vertical drop of nearly 500m. Price for 2018/19 will be 12 euros for a single descent.

Meribel opened on 8th December . Lift pass prices have increased slightly on last season. Our Moles can get your lift passes for you if required to save hassle. Just e mail for details.

 MERIBEL BLOGS 2016 / 17


♦ Many ski resorts were closed but Meribel managed to have all links open to the 3 Valleys. The 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 Meribel did have snow.
♦ Meribel had a poor start after the early snows in November. Sadly it got warm and all the lower snow melted. The pistes were actually not too bad till the busy New Year week, due to the 100’s of snow cannons in the 3 Valleys.


So for the seasonal history.

A slow start but xmas visitors did have snow.
January saw the best month of the season for powder and good weather.
February had good snow all the month with some mixed weather & some heavy snowfalls.
The top half of the mountain had up to 2 meters of snow on it.This means Meribel was set for a great March
April was again a mixed month for weather. Val Thorens had the best snow.