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What's new this winter in Meribel

From the ski area to what's fresh in the resort

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

As winter takes hold in Meribel we take a look at all that's new in the resort and on the slopes

Early signs of snowfall here in The Alps are creating much excitement for the upcoming winter season. The ski industry here is raring to go and this winter looks like being an exceptionally busy one. Meribel ski area opens on the 2 December and ski passes are on sale.

The rising cost of energy has given the resort an opportunity to fast track many of their eco/environmental sustainable initiatives for example LED lighting, optimising the speed of ski lifts, the addition of GPS systems in the snow groomers for added efficiency.

Winter tyres
A reminder that it is now mandatory from 1 November to 31 March to have winter tyres (M&S marking, or all weather (four season) tyres), OR at least two snow chains/socks in the vehicle when driving in the mountain regions in France, following a law introduced from November 2021

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What's new in Meribel Winter 2020/21

On the slopes

Bump and Jump!
The Elements Park is being transformed into a vibrant Bump'N'Jump zone. You can go hurtling down three very different runs, a bumpy run, a funny run and a speedy run each designed to awaken the thrill seeking slider in you! The perfect place for an adrenalin rush and pure pleasure. access is via the top of the Legends chairlift or Arpasson drag lift.

Cabane on Roc de Tougne
Relax after a morning on the slopes at the Cabane du Lac for an indoor picnic. On the sunny days you can chill in the giant hammock and enjoy the great views over Méribel.

New black run
Meribel Mottaret gets a new black run - Ibex. Take the new Bouquetin chairlfit up to 2700 metres enjoying the views of the new run below! This magnificent black run has the “Vertical Xperience” stamp and features a steep, natural slope, a 600 metre long couloir and a 300 metre vertical drop - how’s that for an adrenaline rush!

New snow terrace
Capture that perfect instagram moment of the highest summit of Méribel, the iconic Mont Vallon, right by the huge Méribel sign. Enjoy your picnic on the new snow terrace while taking in the incredible views. Access is via the Bouquetin chairlift.

Night time gondola
The Chalets gondola lift is extending its opening hours this winter until 23:30. Perfect for longer aprés-ski time or dinner in Mottaret. This lift runs from Méribel-Mottaret to the Hameau du Mottaret.

ESF master classes
David Lindsay, the founder of the International section of Méribel ESF is leading master classes entirely in English. Tailor made coaching for avid skiers with an intermediate level or higher can benefit from training with just six skiers per session. The programme is four half days and one full day.

New children's safety feature on Les Combes chairlift
An innovative new system on the Les Combes chairlift will ensure the safety of children by detecting improper boarding, incorrect positioning or railings not in the right place and will alert the staff. This will enable parents to have peace of mind in letting their children go off skiing in the Yeti Park.

Solar power
The Sauliere Express gondola lift now houses a solar power station covering a surface area of 400sqm. This is a unique mountain project for France, using cutting edge technology as these solar cells produce energy on both sides allowing them to absorb more light due to the reflection of the snow in winter.

What's new in Meribel Winter 2020/21

Kids and families

Revamped toboggan run
La Mine, the newly named and transformed toboggan run was formerly Speed Mountain in Les Menuires. This run will reflect the spirit and history of the region's old mines. Through a clever network of railway lines your cart will follow, at speed, the route the miners took to transport their precious cargo. From five years when sharing a cart with an adult. Aged ten and over to ride alone.

Yéti Park gets a facelift
The Yéti Park has got a fresh new look. Still good fun, but even more so. You'll find a relaxation area near the drag lift. A new giant xlyophone just waiting for you to play your own unique tune with your ski poles. For the children there are new toboggans for them to enjoy their first thrills on snow. Watch out for the hairy mascot who will be out on the snow front at the end of the day!

Méribel's Animal Trail
Méribel’s Animal trail has long been a favourite with families, where kids can spot mountain animals and take part in wildlife quizzes. After many years, this much-loved area has had a makeover, with even more to delight little ones. Find it at the Altiport area, accessible on skis or on foot.

What's new this winter 2022/23 in La Plagne

Travel

Snow Train reboot
This direct rail service between London and the Tarentaise Valley has been relaunched (yes, again) for winter 2023/24 and renamed the Eurostar snow train.
The service will hopefully encourage British skiers to travel in an eco-friendly way, departing from London on a Saturday morning and returning Sunday morning. The closest station to Meribel is Moutiers where you can get a transfer or taxi up to the resort. Watch out for package offers including rail travel.
Check out our guide on travelling to resort for more info.

New Year in Meribel

Events

Alongside high-speed ice driving races and New Year parades you’ll find night time sledging, the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Sound Clash disco party, yoga and Enduro racing. These events and more are all in our Events Calendar.