Méribel piste and lift changes for 2012-13

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.

New Saulire Express

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.

Latest from Méribel

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

Snow falling…resorts opening

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.

Where to ski tomorrow

Here is a quick round-up of where you can ski in the French Alps this weekend:

Courchevel

Only one piste (Verdons) open, but lift pass is free, as is parking at la Croisette

Val d’Isère

Opened on 26th November, and currently has 16 pistes open. Lift pas is 27.50€ for the day.

Val Thorens

Also opened on 26th November, with 18 pistes open. Day pass is 31€

Tignes

Tignes too has been open since 26th November, with 25km of pistes open, and the pass at 32.50€ for the day.

Les Deux Alpes

Opened today, with around 12 pistes open in the Toura sector and the glacier. The snowpark is also open, and reduced-price passes are on offer for the early season.

Serre Chevalier

Also opened today, with several pistes in the Monêtier-les-Bains sector. Lift price for the day is 25€.

Let us know if we’ve left a resort out !

Méribel planning to open on 10th December

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.

Snow arriving on Friday?

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…..