Aside from skiing, Méribel offers a fabulous range of activities. It is advisable to book these before your arrival to avoid disappointment. We would be delighted to make any reservations on your behalf. Your dedicated
Purple Ski minibus will be available to drop you off and pick you up for any of these within the Méribel valley. For further afield, we can of course book a taxi for you. For further information or to make a booking
please speak to your chalet manager.
Exploring the 3 Valleys
Snow-shoe Walking: There is no better way for the non-skier to explore the history of the area and the wildlife than by snowshoe walking. Mark Tennent (Simply Savoie) offers half day trips for €140 and day trips for €250 for 1 guest, additional guests are charged at €20 per person up to groups of 4 but he can also arrange to accommodate larger groups. Mark can meet you at your chalet or another agreed meeting point.
Hot Air Ballooning: Why not indulge yourself in a once in a lifetime experience and take a hot air balloon ride over the Alps? The cost is €280 per person for a 45 min - 1 hour 15 minute flight, weather permitting. A private basket (2-5 people) is €1,400.
Parapenting: For a change of scenery, why not get a bird's eye view of the Alps by trying your hand at parapenting? Weather-permitting, you can parapente any day of the week. For around €110 you can glide from the top of Saulire, dropping over 1000m down to the Truite piste near the centre of town. You can easily book this on the day from the top of Saulire and Col de la Loze at one of the many operators' stalls, but we can also help arrange this for you in advance if needed. You must be able to confidently ski a blue piste. Make sure you wear warm clothes.
Snowmobile: What fun to whiz around the pistes after dark on a snowmobile, either on your own on or with a friend on the back. With Snow Biker, adults can hire a snowmobile (accompanied by a guide) for €120 for one hour, €160 for 90 minutes, and an extra €20 per passenger. Children can also experience the thrill of tearing around at a cost of only €10 for 10 minutes (14:00 - 17:00). The minimum age is 4 years if accompanied by an adult (maximum 12 years). Outings can be booked on the day, depending on the weather. Make sure you wrap up warm! Helmets are provided.
Val Heliski: Catering for all off-piste ski and snowboard abilities, Val Heliski offer all-inclusive day trips that promise to show you unbeatable heliski terrain accessed directly from their private heli-landing zone. They offer a range of packages including guided ski excursions, heli-scenic tours and split boarding courses. Prices start at €100pp and include a door-to-door service.
Scenic Flights: Take a flight high above Méribel resort to see the mountains in all of their snow-capped glory. A beautiful treat for yourself or a loved one. Flights take-off from Méribel Altiport and are chartered by experienced, fully-qualified pilots. Prices depend on your flight time and path; all prices quoted are per person and approximate, minimum 2 people per flight:
Méribel Valley (duration 15 minutes): €49
Méribel and Courchevel (duration 20 minutes): €69
Trois Vallées (duration 30 minutes): €98
Children under 10 are half price.
Family fun in the Snow
Night-time Tobogganing: A 2km sledging run takes you from the top of the Combes chairlift down into central Mottaret. €6 gets you one run, with roasted marshmallows and hot drinks awaiting you on completion (€12 gets you as many runs as you like). Free for children under 11 if accompanied by an adult. From 5.30 to 7.30pm every Thursday. Helmets compulsory, sledges can be rented from many of the Mottaret ski rental shops (very popular so arrive early!).
Alternatively you can book your own private guide to take you down the Lapin piste in pitch black - not for the faint hearted! Professionals accompany you the whole way down, and provide an extensive safety briefing, helmets, glow sticks, and of course the sledges themselves. Quotes dependent on group numbers and available upon request.
Igloo-building: A fun evening activity for children aged 6-13. A mountain professional will help them be creative, designing and building their own igloo. The two-hour session ends with a hot chocolate. Every Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm, €29.
Horse-drawn sleigh ride: Enjoy the beautiful Lac de Tueda on the edge of the Parc National de Vanoise from a traditional horse drawn sleigh. Prices start from €55 for 30 minutes and €95 for 1 hour (the hour excursion takes you around the Lac de Tueda). There is also a special champagne option where you can enjoy a glass of bubbles in the carriage; the price for this is €120 for 30 minutes and €160 for an hour (includes one bottle, each additional bottle is €80).
Equestrian Centre: Located at the heart of the valley on the Truite piste, Méribel's equestrian centre offers a number of horsey activities, including excursions into the snowy forest, pony sledge rides for children, and ski-joëring (a horse pulls you along on your skis - they even have a slalom and jumps for you to try…!). Open every day from 9am - 8pm.
Fitness, Spa & Relaxation
Massages: If you're heading to the slopes for the first time, looking to tackle the backcountry powder fields or simply keep up with the children, pre-book your massage and physio treatments to make the most of your ski time this winter.
But it's not just for the skiers. Treat yourself and loved ones with the ultimate luxury of relaxation in the comfort of your own chalet. Our dedicated therapists are experts at listening to you and your body to deliver exactly what you need.
Le Spa Nuxe: Based at the Kaïla Hotel, the Spa Nuxe offers a variety of beauty treatments, steam room, spa, and sauna. It is open from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 8pm every day. Booking is advised.
Fitness area at the Olympic Centre: Run by a fitness professional, the fitness area offers cardio-training, fitness-training, a weights room, rowing machines, steppers, running machines, and fitness bicycles.
It is open from 9am-9pm Monday - Friday, and entry costs €12 (or €14 for gym + pool).
Méribel's indoor treats
Ice Skating: Fun for adults and children, the ice rink in Méribel (situated next to the swimming pool in the Olympic Centre at La Chaudanne) is open every day from 16:00-19:00. Adults skate for €5, under 18s for €3.50; children under 5 years can skate for free. All skate rental is charged at €3. Be sure to wear warm clothes and thick gloves. Ice hockey matches are also frequently held there at 8.30pm, making it a great activity for the chef's night off. Ask your chalet
manager to find out what's on when you are in Méribel.
Swimming Pool: Méribel's 25m pool is open every day from 14.30 - 19:00. Entry is €6 for adults, €4.50 for children and free for under 5s.
Bowling: Méribel's bowling alley is also situated at La Chaudanne along with the ice rink and swimming pool. There is a 6-lane bowling alley, billiards, bar, and snacks. So why not visit with friends
and family for some alternative après ski? It is open daily from 2pm-2am, but book early as it can get very busy. It is also open from 10am if the weather is bad.
Indoor Climbing Wall: Another exciting addition to our well-equipped Olympic Centre, the 14m climbing wall is open every day and free for those with their own equipment, insurance, and proof of experience.
For less experienced climbers, the Bureau des Guides can offer a 2 hour session assisting you in your first climb, or helping you to improve your skills and climbing techniques. Children must be 6 years old or over.
Casino de Brides les Bains: For those with a penchant for a spot of gambling, why not visit the casino down in Brides les Bains, open Tuesday - Saturday from 6.30pm. The casino also has concerts and weekly entertainment.