Activities in Meribel
On Snow Activities
Big Air Bag
Located in the centre of Méribel-Mottaret, the Big Air Bag is great fun and the perfect place to try out those big jumps and tricks that you’re not quite ready to land on snow!
Learn to take control on your own team of huskies as they pull you around the resort’s forest tracks. Or, if you find that a bit daunting, you can let a guide take charge while you enjoy the experience seated on the back of the sled. Tours leave at 11.10am, 2.30pm and 4pm each day from Le Plantin on La Tania Road. Call +33 (0)4 79 08 81 55 to book.
In addition to ski touring and heli-skiing packages, the Bureau des Guides (+33 (0) 479 00 30 38) can teach people of all abilities how to climb one of the area’s spectacular icefalls. The company provides harnesses, helmet, crampons and ice axes, and they also have an artificial icefall for initiation sessions.
Once the lifts have stopped running, adrenaline junkies will love tearing around the resort’s empty slopes on a snowmobile. The experienced guides at Snowbiker (+33 (0) 609 94 18 11) will teach anyone from the age of 4 how to drive these powerful machines, with smaller bikes and a special mini track available for kids. There’s also the option to be driven by a guide if you’d rather just sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Raquett’Evasion (+33 (0) 609 40 20 28) runs a range of snowshoeing excursions for those who want to explore the beautiful surroundings at a more sedate pace. They also run a programme especially for kids. Alternatively you can just hire some snowshoes from one of the resorts’ many ski hire outlets and take to the slopes at your own leisure.
Off Snow Activities
Located in La Chaudanne, in the heart of Méribel Centre, the Parc Olympique is a huge sports centre that’s home to a large number of Méribel’s off-snow leisure facilities.
Swimming Pool and Spa
There’s a large indoor swimming pool that’s open seven days a week and has lanes sectioned off as well as an area for just splashing around. There’s also a spa area with a sauna, steam room, relaxation area and treatment rooms where highly qualified therapists offer a wide range of massages and beauty treatments.
The centre also has a large, well-equipped gym with cardio machines, weights and Power Plates, and there’s also an aqua gym with underwater bikes.
Attempt to emulate the athletes of the ’92 Winter Olympics on the same ice rink that played host the ice skating events. If you’d rather spectate, there’s plenty of seating, and ice hockey matches are played weekly if you’d like to go and see the pros in action.
If you want to warm up for an ice climbing expedition or just have a bit of fun, head to the centre’s indoor climbing wall. It’s open seven days a week for adults and children over the age of 6. Access is free for experienced climbers who are insured and can prove their ability, but lessons are also available for the less experienced.
There’s also a bowling alley and sports bar attached to the Parc Olympique, which has six bowling lanes, pool tables, video games and large screens that broadcast live sport. The venue is open daily, from 4pm until 1am, except on bad weather days when it opens early at 11am.
Méribel has two decent sized cinemas that show a good selection of the latest releases, and with such a strong British influence in the resort, many of the screenings are in English.
The Auditorium Cinema (+33 (0)9 67 43 11 61) is a modern facility in Méribel les Allues, which seats 310 people and has Dolby stereo sound. It’s open Sunday to Wednesday, with additional screening at 4pm on bad weather days.
Cinema Le Mottaret (+33 (0)4 79 55 43 15) is located in the Mottaret tourist office, next to Les Bluets apartments and is open everyday except Saturday, with an extra screening at 2pm on bad weather days. You can pick up a guide to what’s on at both cinemas from the tourist office.
If you’re staying at Hotel l’Helios you can enjoy a movie in the comfort of the luxury hotel’s own small cinema.