Learn to ski in Méribel
The ski resort of Méribel is situated in the heart of the Les Trois Vallées, within the French Savoie region. Skiers travelling to the region can take the convenient Altibus directly from Geneva airport to the resort. Les Trois Vallées is Europe’s biggest ski resort and was given the name because it extends over three valleys; Vallée des Belleville, Vallée de Méribel and Vallée de Courchevel. The Trois Vallées area encompasses 8 resorts: Méribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Orelle, La Tania, Les Menuires, Saint Martin and Bride les Bains.
Méribel resort has 4 villages, the highest being Altiport at 1,700m. In the lower lying areas are Brides les Bains at 600m, Les Allues at 1,200m and Méribel Village at 1,400m, and at the top of the valley lies Méribel-Mottaret at 1,750m. Altiport and Méribel-Mottaret are renowned for their beginners areas.
With more than 150km of runs, stunning views of Mont Blanc and various pretty, stone and wood villages to suit every accommodation preference, the ski schools in Méribel are the ideal destination for all those who want to learn to ski or improve their skiing technique in this exceptional resort.
Ski lessons for beginners in Méribel
Beginner ski lessons are arranged in groups of 3-6 for both children and adults. Beginner lessons start with learning the basics of staying steady on skis and the snowplough, before moving onto turns.
When it comes to easy runs, ski schools in Méribel have an extensive choice: The resort has two designated nursery areas at Méribel-Mottaret and at Meribel Altiport. The specially-designed beginner area in Méribel-Mottaret has its own magic carpet, a drag lift plus a new chair linking to the green Little Himalaya run. Mottaret also has two “Zen zones” with easy, learners’ slopes. The Altiport has gentle green beginner slopes, one top favourite for ski schools in Méribel being the Blanchot run, which starts at the top of the Saulire Express and leads back to the Altiport area. Most ski schools in Méribel meet directly at the Méribel-Mottaret and Altiport nursery areas for their beginner lessons.
Kids' ski lessons in Méribel
Ski schools in Méribel offer children’s ski lessons from age 5yrs and some kids’ lesson packages come with lunch and/or ski hire included. Group lessons have small groups of max. 3-6 skiers, which allows instructors to fully focus on each child. Ski schools in Méribel organise children’s ski lessons in groups according to six ability levels. Beginners lessons are usually taken directly at the two nursery areas in Méribel-Mottaret and Meribel Altiport, where they learn a stable body position and how to make their first snowplough turns.
Next-step beginners are taken to practice their parallel skiing on some of the 8 green and 25 blue runs within the area. A few of these blue runs are more difficult and so having an experienced ski instructor at hand definitely helps ensure a successful descent. The north-facing Choucas blue run is another favourite with ski schools in Méribel, thanks to its excellent snow conditions.
Ski schools in Méribel take advanced skiers onto red runs, such as the Combe Vallon, which is one of the longest runs in the valley, or the Creux, which starts at the summit of the Saulire express 1 & 2.
Ski school prices in Méribel
Ski schools in Méribel offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons. Kids group lessons have a lunch option. Lessons with equipment hire included are slightly higher. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include equipment or extras:
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The best ski schools in Méribel
The state-certified Prosneige team has 20 years of experience and offers small group lessons of 3-6 participants. Lessons are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian & Dutch. Moreover, Prosneige ski lesson packages also come with an option that includes ski hire.
La Chaudanne, at the gondola starting station and opposite the Kinderland.
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patient, experienced, reliable
Cab 9 snowboarding
6 snowboard fanatics make up the Cab 9 team and offer lessons with a focus on fun and technique. Lessons are offered in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
In front of the "La Chaudanne" hotel.
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beginner-friendly, patient, experienced
Elite Ski Team
The 3 professionals at Elite Ski Team have decades of experience between them and offer individualised lessons in English, French and Russian.
English ski lessons in Méribel
Ski schools in Méribel offer lessons in English, which makes for the ideal environment for fully understanding the directions of the ski instructor.
Ski hire in Méribel
Some ski lesson packages for both kids and adults come with ski hire included. For those who prefer the convenience of hiring the latest skiing equipment, there are 17 ski hire centres within the Méribel area,10 centres in Méribel village, 6 in Les Allues and 1 in Altiport. Ski schools in Méribel are happy to give recommendations.
What makes learning to ski in Méribel so special
Apart from the wide-ranging skiing possibilities, Méribel has some fun entertainment for the whole family:
The two main snowparks, Elements Park (formerly Moon Park) and Plattières Park are set up for freestyle skiers of all levels. Elements Park is easily accessible and open to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Beginners can try out the easier whoops and first tricks on the soft impact boxes, rails and jibs. The park’s location on the east-facing slopes above Méribel makes it ideal for an afternoon visit.
The new Plattieres Park - or DC Area 43 - is 1200m long with 2 access lift. The park has two half-pipes, one for intermediates one for experts, plus a competition-standard pipe, which is used for top-level freestyle events. Both parks have video systems set up so you can film yourself whilst freestyling.
For advanced skiers who are looking for an extra adrenaline rush, Méribel is one of very few resorts offering a day’s heliskiing, just over the Swiss border.