Méribel: the best destination for your mountain holidays this summer
Méribel is a microcosm of all the best the mountains have to offer.
In just a few hours, you can come across everything that it would normally take months in the Alps to discover… High mountain tarns, lakes nestling in the heart of pine forests, mountain torrents you can follow back to their source, spectacular peaks over 3,000m high, mountain passes reserved for cyclists, a mountain golf course, chamois, ibex, black grouse and ptarmigan… Make the most of all the summer activities. So many marvels to soak in while listening to a babbling mountain brook!
A wide range of activities in an exceptional natural setting
Méribel benefits from an exceptional natural setting. More than 20% of its valley lies in the Vanoise National Park, at the entrance of which the Plan de Tuéda Nature Reserve offers a priceless green setting for local fauna and flora. Enjoy the walking paths and hiking : the many lakes, alpine meadows, forests, ridges and summits over 3,000m high that make up this natural environment are a must for those who love to watch wildlife such as marmots, ibex, chamois, ptarmigan or black grouse. Picnicking by the Tuéda Lake, family hikes to the Saut mountain refuge, learn photography, watch sunsets or hike into the Park as far as the Gébroulaz glacier – these are just some of the many activities to delight anybody who needs to recharge their batteries.
Mountain holidays are also all about open air sport. Make the most of the great outdoors by trying new activities, indulging yourself, having fun with friends or family or improving your skills. Méribel’s sporting activities are many and various, ranging from all kinds of mountain biking to fishing, with horse-riding, trail running, golfing, paragliding, via ferrata or glacier hikes – there is something for absolutely everybody!
And if you are still hesitating, here are 10 good reasons to come to Méribel this summer, for unique summer mountain holidays in France:
1° EXPLORE THE VALLEY’S STUNNING WALKING PATHS
Nature and mountains, spectacular scenery, crystal-clear lakes, colourful wildflowers, varied wildlife, protected areas – welcome to Méribel! Walkers will find everything they could possibly desire here: easy or steep paths, quiet rambles or high mountain excursions, solo hikes or family strolls, there is something for everybody! The Tourist Office offers walking guides (in English and French) with marked routes, useful advice and information, allowing you to head out fully prepared to discover the treasures of les 3 Vallées. Alternatively, set out with one of our mountain guides to discover the flora and fauna, local ecology or even the glaciers. The Vanoise National Park is a paradise for nature-lovers and hikers, offering an incomparable variety of landscapes over its 53,000 hectares and 500km of paths. You can also join guided walks to meet marmots, sample the local Beaufort d’alpage cheese, discover medicinal and edible plants, learn the history of the valley or marvel at a majestic sunset.
2° CHALLENGE YOURSELF ON COL DE LA LOZE
Set yourself the challenge of riding to Col de la Loze, which saw the world’s best cyclists fight it out during the Queen stage of the 2020 Tour de France. Méribel and Courchevel have opened a 12.5km cycle path exclusively for the use of bicycles which culminates at 2,304m altitude. You can choose a road electric or bike to tackle this unique trail which starts in the forests then winds through the alpine pastures, allowing you to ride on a mountain road without seeing a car, through unspoilt nature, away from any pollution. Here, keen cyclists will find quiet routes that allow them to explore the Méribel and Courchevel valleys. And as a bonus, you will often see marmots!
3° HURTLE DOWN THE SLOPES OF AN IMMENSE MOUNTAIN BIKE AREA
Méribel is a mountain bike paradise, with the Mont Blanc on one side and the Vanoise National Park on the other. Lying at the heart of les 3 Vallées, the resort offers a limitless playground for mountain bikers. The surroundings are rocky on the summits, verdant through the pasturelands, and forested with pine and broadleaf trees 2,000m below. There’s a good reason why prestigious competitions are held here, such as the Finals of the Downhill World Cup in 2014 or the Maxiavalanche which will take place here again this summer. On the menu you’ll find: 11 downhill trails for novice and expert riders, 10 enduro trails, 4 cross-country trails, 3 trails specially created for electric mountain bikes, a pumptrack and a fun zone for learning at the foot of the slopes.
NEW: this summer, the mountain bike park will offer three new gentle trails created especially for families. This will allow them to set out to discover our beautiful valley on more-easily accessible trails. More information will be provided later.
4° ENJOY UNIQUE FAMILY TIME TOGETHER
Méribel is an ideal destination for family holidays in the mountains. Awarded “Famille Plus” status, Méribel goes to great lengths to make family holidays unforgettable, and offers numerous special services, facilities, activities and entertainments. Sportkids Méribel is ideal for sporting activities for children and teens aged 8 to 16: mountain biking, kayaking, via ferrata, canyoning, climbing, archery, paint-ball, laser games, grass scooters, rafting and more. Mountain guides offers outings and walks aimed at families: night-time walks including a chocolate fondue, via ferrata beginner sessions, animals trail, overnight stay in a refuge, walks to discover the fauna and flora, etc…
5° GET (BACK) INTO SPORT: RIDING, GOLF, VIA FERRATA…
A summer holiday in the Alps is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many outdoor activities and facilities which range from chilled-out to challenging: horse-riding, tree-trop adventure course, paragliding, fly fishing, biking, MTB, hiking, climbing, canyoning, glacier hikes, via ferrata, tennis etc. Méribel also offers a unique golf course: lying at 1,500m and spread over 35 hectares, this is a 71-par, 18-hole course with breath-taking views over the mountains. It is an exceptional course which delights serious golfers but is also a great place for beginners to learn. Whether you want to try new activities, have fun, improve your skills or simply take part in your favourite sport, there’s something in Méribel for all ages and all tastes.
6° TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
The mountains offer you time for relaxation and pampering in the heart of an unspoiled natural setting. Here, time slows and you can finally live in the moment. This is the ideal place to re-centre yourself, recharge your batteries with the family or enjoy moments of communion with nature: morning yoga on the banks of the Tuéda Lake, family yoga, fun, introductory walks in the Tuéda Nature Reserve, breathing workshops, detox treatments, sensory-awakening in nature, zero-waste picnics, Qi-Gong walks etc. Méribel brims with spas and centres for wellbeing and relaxation: steam rooms, spa baths, massages and more… What could be a more perfect way to unwind? Or you could opt for one of the many treatments offered by beauty centres such as facials, body treatments, wraps and scrubs…
7° BECOME AN ADVENTURER IN THE NATURE RESERVE
Discover the Plan de Tuéda Nature Reserve (which celebrates its 30th birthday this year) through a fun and original activity: Explor Games! Combining aspects of an escape game and geocaching, this offers a unique experience on a themed trail. It is open summer and winter in the Plan de Tuéda Nature Reserve which lies at the edge of the Vanoise National Park.
Guided by an app, you will set out on an adventure with your friends or family, avoiding traps on your path and taking on challenges! You’ll be a band of adventurers exploring Méribel, the only people who can save the valley by finding the Heart of Méribel, a treasure which has the power to bring peace and harmony. Try it for yourself!
8° INDULGE YOURSELF
Holidays in Méribel are also a chance to treat yourself: elegant and welcoming accommodation and gourmets meals are just some of the experiences to share with your loved one, family or friends. Dine on a restaurant terrace overlooking spectacular mountains views, wander through bucolic forests, laze by a pool or relax during a massage in one of the various spas – here you’ll find your heart’s desire, whether it’s for delicious food, well-being or cosy relaxation…
9° IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE VALLEY’S HISTORY
Méribel’s history stretches back over centuries… Make the most of your holiday by discovering Méribel’s history and rich cultural heritage through various activities, entertainments and events. The Village Circuit leads you through narrow lanes, past ancient chalets and barns; the Chapel Tour offers you more than 20 chapels and Baroque churches in the valley; and the visit to the water mill and sawmill will take you back in time to a rural existence. The summer Fête à Fanfoué gives you a taste of the lives of our ancestors: find out about their way of life, costumes and daily life and also their cuisine, by tasting delicacies like bougnettes (typical Savoyard cakes), bread cooked in the village communal oven, traditional cider, home-made jams and plenty of other local goodies. You can also experience the Route des Tommes and Route des Glaces, age-old traditions of transporting cheese and glacial ice across the mountains.
10° ENJOY A PACKED CALENDAR OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Méribel’s summer season is punctuated by numerous sporting and cultural events: biking, MTB, trail running or golf for sports lovers and heritage for culture lovers. In addition, theme fortnights are organised throughout the summer, dedicated to well-being, art, outdoor sports and aeronautics and the skies…