6 Day Ski Guide For Intermediates

Meribel skiing early morning piste. Sun and great snow.

Meribel 6 Day Skiing Guide For Intermediates

Meribel Unplugged 6 Day Ski Guide By Rob Smart (copy & paste friendly)

  • This guide has been created for cruising intermediate & advanced skiers who can get up in the mornings. Most routes are fine for snowboarders too. Each day is based on a 9am start. Begin much after that and all bets are off. You will miss the best of the day and get caught up in the crowds. At 9.30am you will also have ski schools to contend with. Remember that they have preference on the lifts. In school holidays, especially Uk & Paris breaks you simply MUST get out early, and do not come back down.
  • Total beginners will not benefit much from this guide. They should really be in ski school. However on my web site is also a beginner’s guide that you might find useful for practice.
  • Extreme advanced skiers might find my guide a bit boring. It avoids off piste routes, most blacks, and many known busy hot spots. Nowadays I don’t like crowded pistes.
  • Advanced skiers might want to read this page. It has some useful information on black runs and off piste. As always I strongly advise for off piste skiing you take an instructor or guide (+ abs).
  • For off piste group lessons  I highly recommend joining the ESF 5 day course. I did exactly that many years back (1986) and had some of the best powder days of my life in the years following. If you are alone and arrive to a fall of new powder take my tip and join up. If you are in a group then take a private instructor for the week. All the ski schools on Meribel Unplugged have off piste instructors for private lessons. Do make sure you always have at the very least bleepers,probes  and shovels just in case of avalanche. In heavy snow they are a constant danger.
  • This daily guide assumes the weather is fine and the snow is also good. Without both conditions being such then ignore this guide. Do your own thing and just be sure to enjoy the day. Treat yourself to  a nice long lunch!
  • Note: Apart from the 9am beginning all times listed are very approximate. I always advise lunch early or late. 12pm or 2pm. Never eat at 1PM if at all possible.
  • I must apologise. Aged 68 now I always lunch on the mountain. When you reach the old git stage it becomes one of life’s real pleasures. Maybe you prefer not to? No problem. Just ski more.

Extra note: This is only a personal guide.

You don’t have to follow it to the letter, especially for après ski sessions. Please deviate as much as you wish if you feel confident enough. You may also get lift queues sometimes but follow these routes and you should avoid the worse. Just make sure you enjoy every day the best you can. Today won’t come around again.

Day 1: Meribel Valley

  • 09.00

    Chaudanne: Plan De L’Homme chair & ski left to Tougnete 2 Gondola.Ski 100m down Combe Tougnete, hang right on to “Dahu”, keep on right side and you hit Martre”. Bear right and you arrive at Roc De Tougne 6 man chair. (new for 2017/18). Double drag lift before.
    Now ski  down “Lagopede” to “Martre”. At “Martre” junction turn right and follow the path keeping on the right side till the Chatelet chair.
    At top of Chatelet chair ski down “Rossignol” in to the “snow park”. Take the roller coasters down to the bottom then head straight to Sitelle Restaurant for a hot chocolate or coffee and the best freshly baked croissants on the mountain! Time should be nearly 10am, just as they come out of the oven. Assuming the weather is good you have just had the best hour of the day. Sunshine and perfectly groomed quiet pistes.

  • 10.15:

    Now head for Mont Vallon. Down to Mottaret centre keeping right side (sorry always busy). Take Plattieres gondola to the first station.
    Ski down “Bouvreuil” to Mont Vallon gondola. Up to the top and then ski both sides. 2 of the best red runs in the 3 valleys, “Campagnol” & “Combe De Vallon”. They are about 5km each. Sadly in the shade much of the day- but hence the very good snow (usually).
    After the 2nd descent take “Ours” piste (not good for snowboarders) all the way back to Mottaret, then drop off to the Chatelet area for an early lunch. Three excellent value restaurants here. Le Zig Zag, Le Rastro & La Terrace. Read my reviews. You can ski right to their tables. Non skiers can also meet you here. Bon appetite.

  • 13.00:

    With everybody and his uncle now queuing for lunch you can enjoy relatively quiet pistes. So buzz up to the top of Pas Du Lac and ski down to Meribel via “Biche”. You should now be in the sunshine for the rest of the afternoon.
    Take a relaxing cruise all the way to the “Altiport”. This is a beginner’s area for both adults and children so please take it very carefully. No straight line schussing please!
    At the “Altiport” head for Meribel Village on the “Lapin” piste. Careful, it breaks off to the left a short way down = “Hulotte” piste to Meribel 1600.
    If you have decided to take a late 2pm lunch instead then La Terrace at Meribel Village might suit you better. La Terrace, also known as LDV is under new British management since last season. You will find very friendly service here. Try the chicken here. Freshly roasted on the spit outside.

  • 15.00:

    Take the Golf chair back, then the 8 man Altiport chair arriving above Rhodos. Drop off for the Dent De Burgin chair.
    Now ski all the “blues” and “reds” in this area but stay high. You will be in sunshine all afternoon. Folie Douce also beckons for a wild party on the terrace. A must do occasion at least once, so why not make it your first day. It kicks off around 3pm and finishes at 5pm just in time for the Rond Point Bar. This is Meribel’s famous venue for all the top live bands. The “Ronny” is legendary thoughout  the Alps and  also happens to be the spiritual home of toffee vodka. If you are feeling tired or you have too many toffees, jump on the free Meribus.It stops right outside.
    So this should round off  a great 1st day. Enjoy.

Day 2: COURCHEVEL 1650

Chanrossa Chairlift to Courchevel 1650
  • 09.00:

    Chaudanne: Take  Saulire express to the top.
    Ski “Creux” to half way, then hang a left on to “Lac Creux”.
    A 100m further on or so find “Marmottes”. If this has been groomed is it a super run down to Chanrossa chair. Sorry, if not groomed will be a bit testing and bumpy.
    Wait for Chanrossa chair to open. (about 09.40). It is worth waiting for.

  • 09.50 :

    At top take “Roc Merlot” “Pyramide” “Ariondaz” for a fabulous cruise to the Bel Air restaurant.
    It should be nearly 10am. Time for a hot chocolate. This is a great spot for lunch on the mountain. Be sure to reserve if you decide to eat here.
    Now you have a superb choice of “reds” and “blues” in 1650. They are all good to go for except “Roc Mugnier”. This o