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Backcountry Skiing in Méribel: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Indulge yourself in the French Alps and the Heart of Three Valleys!

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.

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Méribel

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Méribel?

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.


Why should I choose Méribel for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Three Valleys!

When it comes to skiing, Les Trois Vallees (The Three Valleys) makes up the largest ski area in the world accessible by a single lift pass. This means the off-piste options for skiers is absolutely astounding, giving you a wide array of runs throughout the Tarentaise Valley.

High Profile Community!

Not every location gets to say it hosted Olympic events. Meribel did just that, in 1992 with the women's alpine skiing competition. It has enough resort power to pamper powder hounds in search of a little R and R while boasting classic Alpine huts for the grizzled veterans immersed in classic snow culture.

Always the Alps!

Let's face it - the Alps are just that good. Meribel epitomizes the Alpine experience with its mesmerizing panoramas, relentless backcountry terrain, and scenic ski runs of every make and model. The lines accommodate varied skill levels and make it a truly personal experience for everyone who wants that dream ski vacation in the Alps.

What is the Weather Like

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.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Méribel region?


What currency is accepted around Méribel?

Euro (EUR)

How to Get There

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.

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When is the best time to travel to Méribel for Backcountry Skiing?

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.

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Méribel



Our guide Valerie was amazing. She knows the mountain extremely well and was able to take us to one run after another with fresh powder and first tracks. She pushed us hard, but also knew our limits. I highly recommend her! (And she is also an incredible and accomplished snowboarder).



Explore share did very good job in finding a mountain guide group for me in Val Thorens. Smooth and quick communication.



We had a private splitboard tour with Carine. Carine was a great guide and she took us to cool places in Val Thores and Orelle. The freerides were amazing. What a great day trip. We really appreciate flexibility of Maison des Guides who changed the date of our trip to another day because of bad weather on the day when we had booked.



Andre was an outstanding guide and I really enjoyed my glacier adventure! It was really amazing to be in the mountains where we were the only tracks in the snow. In addition to planning a trip that was beautiful and at the perfect difficulty level, he gave me pointers to improve my skiing and backcountry skills. I would definitely book another trip if I come back!



Great service by explore share. Our guide, Fred, gave us a fantastic day. Totally wild adventure that would be impossible on our own. I’m really impressed. Thank you very much.

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