The generous snowfall in Allues Valley and the vast network of skiable terrain makes Meribel one of the top snow spots in Europe. In cahoots with the rest of the Three Valleys – Courchevel and Val Thorens, this iconic ski paradise in southeastern France helps comprise the world’s largest ski area.
Meribel is an amalgamation of Allues Valley communities in the Tarentaise Valley of France. Located in the French Alps and the Vanoise National Park, it is world renowned for its impeccable ski conditions and its role as former host of the women’s alpine skiing events during the 1992 Winter Olympics. The backcountry terrain is expansive and alluring, promoting a true wilderness feel in the center of a massive ski region. The Tarentaise Valley resorts and communities are closely associated and the Three Valleys is known to accommodate powder hounds, greenhorns, and everyone in between. The Alpine views from the near-3,000 meter peak are breathtaking, as are all of the other vistas throughout the valley. Lyon, Geneva, and Turin are all within striking distance to Meribel, allowing substantial access to long ski seasons, deep snowpack, and endless backcountry.
Meribel weather is ideal for skiing. Snow lasts from November to May, sometimes even June. While this precipitation is advantageous, the Alpine climate also results in stronger winds and colder temperatures.
Flying into Chamberry is the most popular mode of transit to reach Meribel. It is just over an hour away, and involves a modest shuttle or transfer. There are plenty of other ways to get there, too. Geneva and Lyon are both about 180 kilometers away and have major international airports. Once at the airports, there are ample taxi, bus, train, and car options to get you safely and swiftly to your destination.
Backcountry skiing in Meribel is best done in winter, taking advantage of its snowfall. The cold temperatures help keep the snow primed for great runs. Any time between December and April should prove to be epic, maybe even into May.
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