Meribel Mottaret - Piste Ratings
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.
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'Combe du Vallon' 1'200m vertical