New Three Valleys Developments for 2017/18
Here at Ski Vive we’re all super excited about next season in Meribel. We can’t wait to get out on the pistes on Saturday 9th December when the lifts open, until Saturday 22nd April, so we have 135 days to explore the new developments S3V and Meribel Alpina are working on this summer. Here is a rundown of the exciting new changes happening in Meribel this year.
Roc De Tougne Chairlift
First on the list is the controversial replacement on the Roc De Tougne double drag with a comfortable easy ride 6-seater chairlift. Great news you may say, and we couldn’t blame you, but the steep Roc de Tougne draglift put off so many skiers and boarders that the beautiful Logopede red run and tough Bartavelle black run were often a quiet haven for those in the know, especially on a powder day or during peak weeks. Obviously, we’re delighted that this new chairlift now means our Ski Vive guests will have easy access to this fantastic area in Mottaret. Get the Coombe chairlift from the centre of Mottaret and straight to the new chairlift to get up there first if you’re lucky enough to get a bluebird* during your week’s holiday.
*Bluebird = Snowsports enthusiast’s name for a day with bright blue skies especially after fresh snowfall.
Meribel’s Moon Park is getting a brand-new look and feel. Re-branded the Elements Park and specially developed for families and beginners, this exciting fun area will feature small and medium sized boarder-crosses, fun cross, whoops and tables. Easily accessed from Plan de l’homme in Meribel, we think many of our guests will enjoy spending time here.
Also, great for families is the Yeti area in Mottaret. Accessible to even the most nervous of beginners, get off the coombe chairlift at the first stage then take the gentle yeti run through tunnels, over the whoops and round gentle curves with characters and fun elements specially designed for younger children. Our friends’ children (8 and 6) enjoyed this so much last year they visited every day after their lessons. New wooden cabins with children’s games make this area even more appealing for next season.
For the more experienced Mottaret’s DC Area 43 has long been a favourite, with a separate learner area and blue, red and black jumps, there is a place for everyone to practice jumps and tricks in safety.
Lac de la Chambre
Access to Val Thorens is quick and easy from both Meribel and Mottaret. However, many previous visitors to Meribel were put off journeying to Val Thorens due to the sometimes difficult trip back on the steep and busy Lac de la Chambre piste. Not what you need at the end of the day.
The good news is re-routing and landscaping work means two difficult sections have been by-passed allowing the reclassification of this red run to blue.
Meribel Snow Making
Despite a less than brilliant year for snow last year, Meribel Alpina did a fantastic job making and preserving snow, allowing skiable access around the valley every day of the season. In 2017/18 they have even more capacity for snowmaking. The capacity of the Altiport reservoir has doubled and now 65% of the Meribel Alpina Ski Area is covered by snow cannons.
New Lift Pass
The Three Valleys 4-hour lift pass will be introduced this winter. This replaces the morning or afternoon pass and means you can get out on the slopes for 4 hours, starting any time, you like. So, if you arrive in resort at 10:30 and want a gentle start to your week, get out on the slopes at 11 and be finished at 3, just in time for Ski Vive’s delicious afternoon tea.
Hopefully you’re excited about the new developments in the Three Valleys as much as we are. If you haven’t booked your Ski holiday yet see our Chalets for prices and availability. We have a selection of beautiful Chalets around the Meribel and Meribel Mottaret resort, accompanied with gorgeous home-cooked food for your stay. Book your fantastic winter holiday today.