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What's new this summer in Meribel

featured in News & reviews Author Caro Blackwell, Destination Editor Updated

As the winter recedes, spring slowly turns to summer in the Alps.

The growing popularity of Meribel as a summer resort means that increasingly the tourist industry here is providing more for its visitors to enjoy.

The lifts are usually open by early July, with a few opening on the preceding weekends. You can find out more about the lift opening dates and plan accordingly.

With the rise of summer visitors, the mountain resorts are making a concerted effort to not allow themselves to look like a closed ski resort. The potential revenues this time of year brings is not to be sniffed at, and as temperatures rise at the coastal resorts, many are seeking the cooler temperatures of an 'at altitude' holiday. Plus being 'outdoorsy' and hiking and trail-running have all taken on a certain cachet in recent years. 

If you're planning a visit to Meribel this summer, whether as a first-timer or it's your 'go to destination' here's an update and a look at all that's new.

A lake in summer in the Vanoise National Park

On the slopes

Vanoise National Park
This summer the park celebrates it's 60th Anniversary, showcasing it's impressive ever-developing ecosystem.  Walking and hiking in this national park is an educational experience for the whole family.  Discover many species of flora, fauna, animals and birds. This year for the first time since there natural comeback, there are now eight pairs of bearded vultures. 

Via Ferrata
New via ferrata routes are offered this summer for different skill levels and guided tours will be available.

Museography at the Maison de la Réserve Naturelle du Plan de Tueda

In the resort

Museography at the Maison de la Réserve Naturelle du Plan de Tueda
This newly enhanced museography provides an immersive experience into the natural wonders of the Vanoise National Park. It's an educational and engaging activity for the whole family, with guided tours available to deepen your understanding of the local ecology.

Enduro 2 MTB race, Les Arcs


Meribel hosts many events during the summer. The opening event of the season for the first time in Meribel is the Game Over Festival. Enjoy Zen relaxation events, Enduro mountain biking, yoga, petanque, golf and beach volleyball tournaments.

More inspiration...

For more things to do in Meribel this summer, check out our activities guide here.