Meribel Ski Tips For Beginners
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Meribel Skiing & Snowboarding Guide For Beginners,
Beginners:Skiers & Snowboarders.
- Do some ski preparation exercises for at least 6 – 8 weeks before your holiday.
- Maybe lose some weight? You sure are not going to lose it in Meribel, with all that chalet food, tempting restaurants and French wine.
- Get fitted correctly for boots and the latest easy turning short skis. Ski boots should NOT under any circumstances be cold or uncomfortable. (If they are then take them back immediately !!! before you do any damage to your shins or toes or ankles ). However they should be a firm, tight fit.
- In cold weather make sure you have the best quality ski socks and eat a good hot breakfast.
- Wear warm clothing all over including a full ski hat / helmet and high quality ski mittens (much warmer than gloves).
- In hot sunny weather wear good quality large lenses sunglasses (to totally keep your eyes out of direct sunlight) and carry strong sun cream (organic is best – many regular sun creams are thought to be carcagenic!).Re – apply regularly.
- Don’t forget the ears if you have short hair. Mountain sun, combined with the reflection from the snow, is far stronger than normal so please be very careful.
- Now, if you are reading this in the comfort of your living room somewhere in the UK then here’s a good idea. E mail the Meribel Tourist office at www.meribel.com or the Meribel Lift Company at www.meribel-alpina.com asking for a few hard copies of the 3 valley piste map. Read this article later in the company of the piste map and it should then all make sense to you. Good luck.
LAST DAY WITHOUT SKI SCHOOL = COURCHEVEL 1650 = VERY CONFIDENT BEGINNERS ONLY
- This is a long WHOLE day out but only for those of you that have made REALLY good progress and have no more ski lesson.
- Courchevel 1650 is a great place for practice and not so busy as either 1850 or Meribel.
- On this route today it is VERY important to get the 9am lift.
- The first run of the day is actually a red but early morning it is perfectly groomed, not busy and not too difficult. It catches the early sun too so enjoy my favourite run of the day.
- 9AM: Take Saulire express 1 & 2. Be the first. Arrive at 8.45 for departure at 9am sharp.
- At the summit ski off to the right. At the restaurant go left following the pathway down and then round to the right , ending up at the beginning of “Creux”. (See the top picture)
- If you are first in the morning this is one of the best runs in all 3 valleys. Wide and always perfectly groomed. For a red run it is quite easy at 9.15 in the morning with good snow.
- Go all the way to the bottom arriving at Chanrossa chair. You will lose the sun ¾ way down and you must wait 10-15 minutes for Chanrossa to open. Be patient . It is worth it.
- At the top of Chanrossa chair you reach “Roc Merlet” 2734m. Here you will find another well groomed red piste of the same name. It is very short and you will make first tracks normally so not difficult.
- It leads on to “Pyramide” , then “Ariondaz” . Now enjoy a beautiful relaxing run all the way down to Bel Air restaurant.
- Time should be about 10am. Just right for a coffee or hot chocolate on the Bel Air terrace. This is a fabulous place for lunch. If you fancy eating here be sure to reserve. I suggest 12pm for lunch in 1650. It’s a long way back later.
- After the break ski down to the start of the “Indians” run, near the base of the Signal chair.
- At the end of Indians it joins “Marquis” and you will arrive Courchevel 1650 centre. Just through the gap by Portella Hotel are is a great little restaurant for lunch. Petite Savoyard. Read my review.
- Now take the Ariondaz gondola back up. You have now a superb choice of “blues” to explore. Personally I would recommend going right back to where you started at top of “Pyramide” and staying on the “blues”. The reds can get worn and icy later in the day.(“Especially Roc Mugnier”) This is one to avoid!
- Suggested Return Route:
- The return to Meribel takes 1 hour or more so leave plenty of time.
- If you are tired you can always catch the free Courchevel ski bus from 1650 to 1850 centre.
- Otherwise take Pte Boss Draglift to “Gravelles” piste & down to Aguille du Fruit chairlift.
- From the top of the chair ski down to 1850 centre again.Easy blue run.
- At 1850 take Chenus gondola. Ski “Arolles” down to Dou Les Lanches chair in the La Tania valley. This chairlift brings you back up to Col De La Loze.
- From here is it the easy run back on the “Boulevard De La Loze” to familiar territory above the “Altiport” again. Ready for the Folie Deuce or the Rond Point apres ski sessions.
- A long day but hopefully a good one.
- For any extra advice for beginners feel free to mail me.
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