There are several changes to the pistes and lifts around Méribel for this season. The Saulire Express gondola is now complete, and also boasts a completely redesigned bottom lift station and new entrance ramp to the front.
The Saulire Express will now reach the top of the Saulire in just 12 minutes, compared with a previous journey time of over 20 minutes. It has eight-seat cabins, carrying 2,400 people per hour.
The narrow blue run coming into the Chaudanne from the Saulire side, the Traversée bourbon, has been made easier. It is now broader and gentler at the bottom, having been re-shaped following the removal of the old Saulire pylons.
Wonderful skiing conditions in Méribel over the last few days, with intermittent snow, some sunshine fresh tracks and no crowds. High winds and continuing avalanche risk has kept most of the higher lifts closed over recent days, but the skiing lower is excellent, and many pistes have been left ungoomed.
This picture taken today shows Méribel from the Moonpark
This photo shows the view across to the Saulire as the sun appeared mid-morning, along with some blue sky.
… and in our last photo for today, Ollie getting a little air
As the snow continues to fall, around 20 resorts should be open by this weekend. Whilst the weather outlook over the next few days looks very uncertain, another half meter could fall at altitude before the weekend. In addition to the Savoie and Haute Savoie resorts already open (Courchevel, Tignes, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens), we expect the following will probably open on Saturday:
Les Arcs, Avoriaz, Chamonix/Grands Montets, Châtel, Flaine, Les Menuires, Méribel, Montriond, Orelle, Peisey-Vallandry, La Plagne, La Tania and Valloire.
Following the decision to postpone the planned opening this weekend, Méribel have announced that the resort will open next Saturday 10th December. Temperatures are expected to fall next week, allowing greater production of artificial snow. Some natural snowfall is also expected over the coming week. The links to the rest of the Three Valleys are also expected to open on 10th December.
Could the snow arrive towards the end of the week? The ensembles are still showing good possibility of snow from Friday, Méteo France and other sources seem to agree. We expect the resorts to confirm over the next couple of days whether they will open this weekend, and we are hearing rumours that Les Menuires have delayed opening to 10th December. We will try to get confirmation…..
Courchevel are doing everything possible to ensure that they are able to open on 3rd December, as planned. Priority for snow making is in the Verdons-Saulire sector, the slalom course for the World Cup, and the beginners areas. The snow canons will operate whenever the temperature permits.
Serre Chevalier has decided to bring forward its opening date from 10th December to 3rd December. In the Monêtier-les-Bains area, snow conditions are sufficient to open the Bachas, Cibouit, Eychauda and Yret lifts. The resort is reporting 30cm of snow at 2000m and 100cm at the summit.