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 2017/18
The double drag-lifts from above Mottaret to Mont de la Challe will be dismantled and replaced by a quick-loading six-pack which will take just over three minutes to reach the top. From there you are able to ski back down in what is often excellent snow because of the north-facing aspect, or drop over the top towards Les Menuires or St Martin de Belleville. The Turn&Run zone of the DC Area 43 terrain park will have extra features such as a ‘snail’, snow bridge, mini-kickers and short, wide boxes. The Inuit Village for children above Altiport has been entirely regenerated and the Yeti Park above Mottaret has additional features for family fun.
New for 2016/17
Meribel's fantastic terrain parks will be further developed this season. The big DC Area 43 park next to the Plattieres 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 Tougnete. A breakfast-up-the-hill First Track deal will be offered to a small number of people one day a week.
- Central to the Trois Vallees
- The largest lift system in the world
- Lovely chalet-style architecture
- Superb lift network
- Extremely vibrant apres-ski scene
- Great piste maintenance and snowmaking