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Top 10 things to in Meribel for non-skiers

Our pick of the best non-sliding activities around the resort

In the past, many ski resorts catered almost exclusively for skiers. Non-skiers were left to amuse themselves with little more than a municipal swimming pool or a restaurant terrace to while away the hours until their skiing companions returned from the slopes. 

Fortunately, resorts now realise the advantages of offering a wide range of non-sliding activities. This not-only attracts a wider clientele, it’s also a means of amusing skiers when the snow or weather is poor, or they tire of skiing. Today, Méribel offers a myriad of non-skiing activities. Here is our pick of the best.

Explore the summits on foot

Top 10 things to in Meribel for non-skiers

Non-skiers can admire breath-taking panoramas from Méribel’s summits and join skiing friends at mountain restaurants without ever strapping planks to their feet. Simply buy a pedestrian pass from the ski pass office and make your way to your chosen summit. Le Panoramic Restaurant at the top of Saulire, le Bouche à Oreille at 3 Marches and Le Plan des Mains restaurant at the foot of Mont Vallon are our pick of the best viewpoints and nicest restaurants reachable on foot.€16.50 will take you to a single summit, or €23.50 gives you unlimited use of all the pedestrian-friendly lifts in the Three Valleys for one day.

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Take a trip in a light aircraft

The type of aircraft involved in the crash

Get even higher above the Alps with a tourist flight from Méribel’s own airfield. You’ll take off from the snow-covered Altiport and enjoy a spectacular flight either over the 3 Valleys or you can go further afield towards les Arcs and experience amazing views of le Mont Blanc from the air. It’s an unforgettable experience and surprisingly affordable (flights start at 90 euros per person).

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Watch the cabaret at La Folie Douce

Top 10 things to in Meribel for non-skiers

Professional dancers, flying champagne bottles, singers strutting their stuff in exotic costumes and music so loud you can hear it the opposite side of the valley – there’s nothing in Méribel quite like the afternoon cabaret at La Folie Douce. Take the Saulire Express 1 gondola lift (non-skiers can buy a pass for €12) to enjoy this wild party on the mountain on any sunny afternoon.

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Whizz around the mountains on a high-powered snowmobile

Top 10 things to in Meribel for non-skiers

If you are missing the adrenaline of skiing, a snowmobile ride will give you all the thrills and excitement you seek. The one-hour evening outings start from Le Hameau in Mottaret and you will follow tracks and go off-piste. Choose between a standard “discovery” tour or a sportier, high-adrenaline one. Prices start from €120 per driver, and €20 per passenger.

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Winter paths are signposted with this snowman symbol

Méribel offers 25km of wonderful winter walking trails which link the various villages. They are regularly groomed and well signposted and all you need is a pair of stout walking boots to enjoy them. Our favourite walk is the very easy circular path around the Lac Tuéda above Mottaret. The frozen lake and jagged peaks make for a wonderfully picturesque setting and there’s a restaurant (le Restaurant du lac de Tuéda) and slightly more distant refuge (Refuge du Plan) where you can enjoy lunch in the sun. Top tip: plan to visit around the middle of the day as this valley loses the sun relatively early in the afternoon.

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Spend an evening in a refuge

Refuge du Christ

Nothing gets you closer to the mountains then spending an evening high in a mountain refuge. Enjoy a Savoyard meal with a group of friends and walk back by torchlight or overnight there and awake to the silence and beauty of the mountains at dawn. Méribel has two refuges, offering traditional simple accommodation (Refuge du Plan in the Tuéda Nature Reserve) or more luxurious surroundings with private en-suite rooms (Refuge du Christ above les Allues). Both are located in spectacular scenery and feel a million miles away from the busy ski resorts below you. Depending on how energetic you are feeling, you can arrive on foot or be driven in a snow-scooter and walk or toboggan back down.

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Take a trip in horse drawn sleigh

Top 10 things to in Meribel for non-skiers

This is a gentle and relaxing way to discover the magical Tuéda lake setting. The sleigh takes up to four passengers for a half or one hour tour of the lake and its surroundings (€55 / €95  for the carriage).

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Make the most of Méribel’s Olympic Centre

Indoor swimming at the Olympic park

A legacy of the 1992 Olympic Games, Méribel’s multi-sport centre offers indoor activities to suit absolutely everybody. Try something new such as indoor climbing; splash in the pool; show off your skill in the bowling alley, skate or watch an ice-hockey match. Fitness freaks will love the gym and the huge range of exercise classes: aqua-bike, paddle boarding, circuits or aqua-aerobics for anyone.

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Discover the valley on a snowshoe outing

Top 10 things to in Meribel for non-skiers

Snowshoes allow you to get off the beaten track and find hidden corners of the valley. It’s best to go with a guide to discover the prettiest, quietest areas and learn all about the flora, fauna, history and geography of the valley. It’s great exercise too – you’ll deserve your tartiflette or fondue after a half day walk. Outings are run by the ESF (French ski school), Snow Shoe Walks, Snow d'Light  and a few other companies.

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Be pampered

Top 10 things to in Meribel for non-skiers

Holidays are a great time to switch off and enjoy a massage in your chalet or beauty treatment in one of the many spas. Who needs to be skiing in sub-zero temperatures when you could you lounging in a hot tub?

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Be sure to check out our events calendar to find out more about non-skiing events that are happening throughout the winter season.

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