There’s loads to do besides skiing and boarding in Méribel so it’s a great choice if you’ve got non-skiers in your group or simply want to make your own trip more of a multi-activity winter break.
The Olympic Park is one of the main leisure complexes with an indoor public swimming pool, ice-rink and indoor rock climbing.
Thrill-seekers will love the over two-miles (3.4km) long Black Forest Mission toboggan run, with its 470m drop and 28 corners. Méribel decided to create something more than just a sledge run and you have a mission to complete on your descent on behalf of a wizard called Galdwick, saving the people of the forest. Tickets include a gondola ride to the top of the run and helmet and sledge hire.
Snowshoeing is a fun activity that anyone can try and the Raquette Evasion company lead snowshoe outings in the snowy forest at the edge of the resort, rewarding your efforts walking through the beautiful natural setting with a chocolate fondue in an igloo once you’ve completed your hike.
You can also try ski-joëring, pony-sledging or traditional horse riding. Méribel’s Nordic Ranch offers you the opportunity to explore the fabulous countryside around the resort and discover Méribel’s unspoiled nature in a completely different way.
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For something a little different to what you’ll find in most ski resorts the Prosneige ski school offers a range of activities on snow but with a twist. For example there’s a blindfolded snowshoeing course or blindfolded archery. You can also try laser rifle shooting, descending a slalom course on different types of sliding equipment to skis or snowboard and there’s even a blind tasting of local produce. The whole “It’s A Knock Out!” type experience (If you remember that) lasts about two hours.
For those not in the know – are an idea from the United States; they’re essentially mountain bikes but with very large, under-inflated tyres and rims designed for riding on snow. They’re actually more stable on snow than regular mountain bikes with the tyres giving added grip and the resort’s very own MCF de Méribel mountain biking school (Tel + 33 (0)18.104.22.168.97) offers 2-hour long guided fat bike outings throughout the winter.
Of course there’s loads more to do, with the resort also having cross country ski tracks and you can try biathlon or outdoor yoga and there are many excellent spas.
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