Méribel, France

Resort height:

 1400-1700m

 

Slopes:

 1400-2950m

  (1260-3230m - 3 Valleys)

Pistes:

 150km

  (600km - 3 Valleys)

 

General snow cover

 

4/5

 

Snow quality (upper)

 

4/5

 

Snow quality (lower)

 

3/5

 

Resort level snow

 

3/5

 

Powder potential

 

4/5

With such varied altitude and aspects of slope, it is tricky to generalise about the snow in Méribel.

 

Cover is rarely a problem, but few runs face due north and so snow quality is variable. The runs above the Altiport are relatively shady and hold their snow well. However, the long runs from Saulire to Mottaret get the full force of the afternoon sun and are often very icy in the morning. 

 

The slopes of Courchevel are just a lift away and offer more consistent snow quality. Snow-making is now extensive on the lower half of the mountain.

Where to ski in bad weather:

Méribel has a fair few trees at lower elevations, but the thickest woods are around the Altiport.

Where to head in poor snow conditions:

The runs off the top of Mont Vallon usually have the best snow in the Méribel valley, though it’s actually quicker to get to the Courchevel side of Saulire, which also has reliably good snow.

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