Courchevel baloon on piste
Dog riding scooter in courchevel
The last couloir – Extreme skiing
Meribel saulire view – Courchevel side
Enjoy the mountains with my free and printable 6 day Meribel skiing guide. It will help the intermediate skiers amongst you enjoy the best alpine skiing that the 3 valleys has to offer. Having been here for 25+ seasons I have compiled the best on piste ski routes to make up a whole week’s free ski guiding in Meribel for you. It also includes the 3 valleys ski routes to Val Thorens, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires and Courchevel.
Most itineraries are ok for snow boarders too. I will try to add a warning where it is not suitable. Although it is no substitute for a real live ski guide or ski instructor it is a very useful and cheap alternative, especially for those skiing in Meribel for the first time.
Beginner Skiers should click here for some useful tips for your first visit to Meribel. Skiing is a great sport and skiing in Meribel you should become very good in a short time as we have a good selection of green and blues pistes to get you started. However beginners really should be in ski school. Most ski lessons are only 2 hours long so you still get to ski with your friends or family later.
Intermediates: Skiing in Meribel is perfect for intermediates. Maybe one of the best ski resorts in the world for your level. Do check out our 6 day skiing guide. Not only the most suitable ski routes are mapped out for you (red and blue pistes) but also the best value lunch restaurants too. All produced in a free pocket-sized magazine. You can print it out from the web site or order a free copy from me for when you arrive in Meribel. You will also find the larger Meribel Unplugged magazines all over town. In all the bars, hotels, most restaurants, and many of the ski shops. They also contain very useful information on all aspects of Meribel.
The 6 day Meribel skiing guide is really for those keen skiers/riders who can make the effort to catch the first lifts at 9am. This ensures you should get at least 2 hours of superb skiing on perfectly groomed pistes. Hopefully in the early morning sunshine too. If you following my ski tips you should get in the best skiing possible and also enjoy some great lunches!
The ski routes I have devised are a mix of green, blue and red pistes. I have avoided many of the black runs but do feel free to deviate if you wish. You might find it useful to read my advanced skiing section. My 6-day skiing guide guide has been created mainly for intermediate standard skiers. Some intermediates could feel intimidated if they try skiing some of the more extreme black runs littered throughout the Trois Vallees. Remember: First and foremost a Meribel skiing holiday should be enjoyable! So enjoy it and maybe stay within your own personal limits.
Over the past 30 years I have skied almost every couloir in the 3 valleys. However at age 70, skiing for me is just cruising around with extreme caution. Most days I am actually working delivering my magazines to the mountain restaurants! Nice work though! I am now a fairly slow skier whether on or off piste. I am also nervous of other if they are skiing really fast. Therefore I can now fully understand the average intermediate skier who has problems with crowded pistes and poor icy conditions. That’s why I love skiing in January and April. So quiet, much cheaper holidays and usually we will get powder snow in January and beautiful spring snow in April.
Sorry, I will not give out my own favourite off piste skiing routes due to the risk of avalanches. I could never forgive myself if somebody had a ski accident off piste due to my magazine or web site. Therefore my advice is to take a quailified mountain guide or a ski / snowboard instructor. Get yourself some serious off piste skiing in Meribel this season. Also explorethe other 3 valleys. Believe me, the Trois Vallees ski area is full of hidden & exciting possibilities. The advance skiing section however has a little more information on black pistes and some well known off piste routes.