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Ski resort thoughts
Méribel Motteret

We’ve been returning to Mottaret for years and have found something new to explore every time – from new pistes and off piste routes (with a guide) to restaurants and places to picnic. Ongoing improvement of lifts and pistes makes this a great resort for all levels of skiers.  With 600km of pistes across the 3 Vallees (Val Thoren and Courchevel) you really don’t have to ski the same areas twice in a week- though of course you may want to! Being located at the top of the central valley of Les 3 Vallees makes it easy to access the other valleys without it feeling like a trek.

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Top Tips

Favourite piste

Mont Vallon (red) – a 15 /20 minute run from top to bottom. A bit tricky at the top but once you’ve passed that it’s lovely and a great way to test your ski fitness!

Favourite bar

L’Aparsson – a lot more low key than some of the other more well known bars on the slopes. Close to the Tougnette cable car and chairlift, with a more chilled atmosphere food is served inside and outside with a large canopy if the weather isn’t great. A gentle ski back down a green to Mottaret when you are ready.

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Resort Pros

  • It’s high – from 1750-2950m – if you struggle for snow here, it’s likely everywhere else is too
  • Family and kid friendly having created the Yeti Park making it easier and safer to ski into the resort center
  • Located in the Les 3 Vallees ski area- the largest ski area in the world (over 600km of pistes)
  • Easy access to neighbouring resorts of Val Thorens and Courchevel valleys
  • Plenty of English speaking companies for ski lessons based in Meribel (Parallel Lines, NextGen, Magic)
  • Increasingly more picnic spots have been added with things to keep the youngsters amused such as at the Yeti Park, the Inuit piste and animal track (both near Meribel) 
  • Night sledging a few nights a week is great for adults and kids alike (a bit of competition never hurt anyone)
  • Access to Méribel with free bus service to enjoy ice rink, swimming pool and more choice of bars and restaurants

Resort Cons

  • Long transfers from Geneve and Lyon of about 2 1/2 hours
  • Apres ski is pretty quiet, but you can head to Meribel for something a bit livelier
  • Local instructors don’t seem to appreciate my ’80’s style of skiing’ – not to mention some of my jackets from the same era

You can probably tell I’m a big fan for the resort and the ski area!

What do you think of Mottaret as a base for your holiday?

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