WEsayThe highest of the Meribel satellite villages this is a great option for those looking for doorstep skiing and linked well to the main village by ski buses.
In the middle of the Trois Vallees, Meribel is the ideal place for exploring the largest ski area in the world. With over 600km of pistes there is plenty of skiing for all abilities and the super efficient lift system keeps everyone moving. Mottaret is a satellite town up the valley from Meribel, the town sits 400m further up the mountain and was built in 1972, consisting of two main areas separated by the central piste area: Le Laitelet and Le Chatelet. The initial development centred on Le Laitelet and then Le Chatelet was developed in preparation for the 1992 Olympics.
Mottaret is all about convenient skiing, with fast access to the rest of the Three Valleys. Nearly all the accommodation is either ski-in/ski-out or is no more than a couple of minutes to the slopes. The central lifts running out of Mottaret go directly to the peaks of the valley. In the Trois Vallees area the pistes and gondolas spread out in all directions providing lots of picturesque, gentle skiing for beginners or those who just want to take it easy. For a more vertical challenge experts can head up to the highest point Souliere with the infamous Couloirs. Only the grand couloir remains a marked piste, but it is something of a rite of passage for all good skiers and is much trickier than it looks.
Mottaret typically attracts seasoned skiers and families looking for good value and ski convenience in ski in/ski out accommodation. In terms of apres ski both Meribel and Mottaret have buzzing night life with bars and clubs open until the early hours.
New for 2016/17
Méribel s impressive terrain parks will be further developed this season. The big DC Area 43 park next to the Plattières gondola has lots of brand new features. Elements Park is new a fun area accessible to all levels. A tricky new 3km toboggan run will be opened in the woods below Tougnète. A breakfast-up-the-hill First Track deal will be offered to a small number of people one day a week.
New for 2015/16
At Mottaret the Combes quad chair was taken place by a six-pack, and two new beginner areas were created. A brand new sledging area was created in Méribel proper.
New for 2014/15
The Loze chair to Col de la Loze was upgraded to a fast quad, making this novice-friendly route to Courchevel much more attractive. Two new fun trails were created in the woods at the beginner area at Altiport.
New for 2013/14
A couple of disused rooms at the Chaudanne lift base were turned into a picnic room and lounge area. Inuit Village is a new children s area beside the altiport. It has whoops, banked turns and slalom. The Moon Park now has features made from foam rubber for beginner riders to practise on, and the snowcross has been enlarged. The Roc de Fer run has been improved. And the Doron blue back to Chaudanne has been widened.
New for 2012/13
The first two sections of the Plattières gondola were replaced by a significantly faster10-person gondola. The lower stage of the Saulire gondola was replaced to match the upper stage installed for 2011/12, again halving the ride time to the top. A new Folie Douce (like those in Val d Isère and Val Thorens) opened near the mid-station of the Saulire gondola.
- Central to the Trois Vallées
- The biggest lift network in the world
- Lovely chalet-style architecture
- Superb lift system
- Extremely vibrant après-ski scene
- Great piste maintenance and snowmaking