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Why Meribel is great for families winter 2018/19

Top family friendly activities to do in resort this season

Featured in: | Caroline Sayer, Meribel Reporter | Published
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Over the past few years, Méribel has made even greater efforts to ensure families enjoy unforgettable holidays, leading to the resort being granted the coveted Familly Plus award.

The state-of-the-art lift system has been designed with children in mind. Chairlifts have child safety features; gondolas are accessed via gentle ramps; tricky draglifts have been replaced by slow-loading chairlifts; and new chairlifts are fitted with weather shields and even heated seats that keep smaller skiers cosy. Méribel’s popularity with the British means ski schools, crèches and nannies all speak English. A wealth of activities and entertainments for children are on offer throughout the season, with extra fun laid on during the school holidays. There is something to enchant every child, from igloo-building, pony-sledding and treasure hunts, to eagle shows and marshmallow parties.

Kid's zones

Younger children adore the fun zones on the ski slopes. Méribel’s easy Inuit piste at the Altiport features Arctic-themed games for smaller skiers to enjoy. Located half way down is the free-to use Inuit Village, where parents can relax and watch their little ones play. Children’s entertainers lay on free games and activities here six days a week.

Mottaret’s Yeti Park is also a huge hit with kids. Simply get off the Combes chairlift at the mid-station and set out to discover the Himalayan world of Yooni the Yeti. The wide and gentle green run features gongs, trumpets, igloos and mystery tunnels. Children will love competing on a dual slalom and exploring the Yeti’s grotto and afterwards families can relax together on the sunny loungers.

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Ski Areas in Meribel

Sledding

Sledding is always popular and takes place in safe zones away from the ski slopes. Simply hire a sled from a ski shop and make for one of the free toboggan zones. Short, gentle slopes are available at La Chaudanne and the Altiport in Méribel. Mottaret centre offers a longer slope served by its own magic carpet lift. You can also sled some evenings on Mottaret’s floodlit Little Himalaya slopes.

Older children will want to tackle the Black Forest Mission in Méribel. This long (4.3km) sled run offers a massive drop (nearly 500m) and 28 corners, plus games to play en route. This run is themed allowing children take on roles in an exciting adventure involving wizards, elves and dangers lurking in the fores. (Note there is a minimum height restriction of 1.40m; sleds and helmets are provided in the fee.)

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Snow parks

The Méribel valley boasts two excellent snow parks. Méribel’s Elements Park is easy and accessible, offering a family boarder-cross, easy whoops, a fun cross and soft-impact boxes, rails and jibs for learner freestylers. Mottaret’s DC Area 43 has separate zones for learners and experienced freestylers. The Rookie Zone is perfect for beginners, with large boxes, small jumps and a little half pipe. More accomplished riders will find their thrills in Pro Zone, with a competition half pipe, big kickers and more testing rails. There’s even a cabin where teenagers can hang-out together.

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Leisure centre

If the weather is poor or you just want a change from the slopes, then don’t miss Méribel’s Olympic Centre. Children can let of steam at the 25m pool and slide, and there’s also a climbing wall where they can learn how to climb and abseil with local mountain guides. The ice-rink  holds regular party nights and games tournaments, and there is also a bowling alley complete with children’s equipment.

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Picnic areas

After all this activity, you may need some family chill-out time. All around the ski area you will find indoor and outdoor picnic and relaxation areas, including picnic huts high on the mountain where you eat in comfort on colder days (all are marked on the piste map). New this year is a Trapper’s hut for picnics at Mont de la Challe and an animal-themed picnic zone on the easy Ours piste. Our favourite spot is the Altai Dragon on the picturesque Pic run. Parents can relax in a sun lounger or hammock while the children play spot-the-dragons amongst the trees.

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Animal Path

Méribel’s Animal Path is fun for families on skis or on foot. The aim is to spot the life-size models of mountain animals hidden in the woods and then learn about their lives through interactive games and quizzes.

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Check with the local Tourist Office for the weekly entertainment programme. Also be sure to check out our events calendar to find more family-friendly events happening throughout the winter season.