MERIBEL SKIING

Early Morning Skiing – Park City Courchevel 1850

Meribel skiing early morning piste. Sun and great snow.
  • Enjoy the mountains with my free and printable  6 day Meribel ski 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 routes to make up a whole week’s free ski guiding for you.
  • Most itineraries are ok for snow boarders too. It is no substitute for a real live ski guide or instructor but is a very cheap alternative, especially for new visitors to Meribel.
  • Beginners should click here for some useful tips for your first visit to Meribel.
  • Intermediates: Check out our 6 day ski guide. Not only the most suitable ski routes are mapped out for you  but the best value lunch restaurants too.  All produced  in a pocket-sized magazine. You can print it out from the web site or order a  free  copy for when you arrive in Meribel. You will also find the Meribel Unplugged magazines all over town. In all the bars , hotels, most restaurants, and many of the ski shops.
  • The 6 day Meribel skiing guide is 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.
  • The 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 ski guide guide has been created especially for intermediate standard skiers. Intermediate skiers  could feel intimidated by some of the extreme  black runs to be found on the rugged mountains of our 3 valleys.
  • Over the past 28 years I have skied almost every couloir in the 3 valleys. However after a serious ski accident in 2007 I now cruise around with extreme caution. I am now quite slow whether on or off piste. I am also nervous of other skiers and snowboarders. Therefore I can now fully understand the average intermediate holiday maker’s problems with crowded pistes and poor icy conditions. That’s why I love January and April. So quiet and usually we will get powder snow in January and spring snow in April.
  • Sorry, I will not give out my own favourite off piste routes due to the risk of avalanches. My advice is to take a mountain guide or a ski instructor and get yourself some serious off piste skiing. Believe me, the 3 valleys area is full of  hidden & exciting possibilities.The advance section has a little more information on black runs and some well known off piste routes.
  • The best on piste skiing will normally be 9am till 11.00am on slopes facing the morning sun. After this the whole world and his uncle are up on the mountains. Thereafter we have to put up with the crowds. This is why I usually suggest a stop for lunch at 12pm. Afterwards you can ski on quiet pistes whilst everybody else is taking their turn to eat!
  • Around 2.30pm or so I personally always head for home (and work). However keen skiers should continue  till the very last lifts. Make the most of your ski pass. It’s not cheap. Or head for one of our top apres ski spots.
  • Be sure never to be caught out in the Belleville valley. This includes St Martin De Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens. The taxi fare home will be horrendous. From VT it takes about 1.5 hours by road. Allow about 1 hour skiing back from Val Thorens to Meribel.  It can be tiring and busy so always try to leave about 3.30pm. Be careful as most ski accidents happen in late afternoon when skiers get both tired and lacking in concentration.
  • Courchevel valley is not so serious an issue if you get stuck.  You can get to La Tania with no problem and then a cheap taxi to Meribel village (5 minutes). After that jump on the free Meribus from the village to town. There is also a regular bus about 6pm from Courchevel to Meribel. I shall get details of this for the coming season.
  • Meanwhile just e-mail me to have a hard copy of my free skiing guide waiting for you on arrival or for any other advice. No problem, always happy to help new visitors to Meribel. Have a great  holiday here.
  • rob-smart@meribel-unplugged.co.uk