7 free ski lifts scattered around the lower reaches of the Méribel and Méribel Mottaret ski areas are at your disposal, so you can start skiing without pressure or worrying about the return on your ski pass...
So no excuses, just slip on your ski boots or snow boots, pull your hat over your ears and strap on your skis with the certainty that you're going to make it - just like everyone else!
These lifts provide access to secure ski areas where you can learn to ski with complete peace of mind:
Nets protect the area and prevent skiers on the slopes from infiltrating your learning zone. The slope is gentle, so you're less likely to pick up speed The area is wide, so you can take your time learning to make turns, snowplough, etc. These zones often end up on the flat; if you pick up speed and don't know how to stop, you're bound to end up on the flat. The snow here is softer than elsewhere: these beginners' areas are groomed every night by our groomers, so you can progress on soft, delicate snow!
Already got the basic snowplough sorted? Access the green and blue runs in Méribel for your first real descents with our special MINIPASS. A smaller ski area means a reduced price lift pass whilst you build confidence. Learn more about this minipass
No need to be a child to have fun on your skis: in Courchevel and the 3 Valleys, we have created blue and green activity pistes to help the young-at-heart enjoy sliding into parallel worlds! The Yeti Park, travel to the Himalayas / Follow the tracks of Yooni the Yeti! Bang the gongs with your ski poles, bend your knees and duck into the speaking tunnels and push on that downhill ski to take the loop like a pro!
The Inuit piste Fish for sweets, play music on animal skin instruments, enjoy a hot chocolate with our friend Penguin…
La piste des Inuits pêche aux bonbons, musique sur des peaux de bêtes, chocolat chaud avec notre ami Pingouin…
And on the neighbour valley of Courchevel :
The Canyon de Yepa, home of our Indian brave Head under the chief’s giant head dress, slide on the spirits of nature... An immersive ski experience! The Family Park, world of the Incas THE snowpark dedicated to families in the 3 Valleys: a mini boardercross, snow tunnel, small boxes, little jumps… The Incas will help you discover the world of freestyle in safety.
Kick off your slippers, clip up your boots and walk out onto the snow…
No need to spend hours travelling on public transport, make it a really relaxing break and take time away from your normal routine – in Méribel - Mottaret all the village resorts have their own ‘snowfront’ where you can get straight on the lifts.
And for optimal comfort, especially for families, our gondolas take you straight to the top. Gondolas are perfect for little ones to rest and snack between blue runs, to be ready and re-energised to spread their wings and fly off on their next adventure!
rather in the morning, but not at dawn. The slopes will still be groomed, smooth and free of tracks and bumps. Avoid the end of the day, when the snow tends to tighten up and make skiing more complicated. Choose times when the sun is shining - it's more pleasant, especially for snack breaks!
Leave without poles - you'll have LOTS of time to walk around with them!
As a beginner skier, they'll be more of a nuisance than anything else, and you won't know where to put them or what to do with them.
Rent equipment adapted to your level. The ski rental company won't judge you if you're new to the activity, and the equipment will be much more suitable for you to progress quickly. Skis and snowboards will be more forgiving of mistakes, and softer boots or boots will only hurt your feet less. So really, don't be shy - take your beginner's equipment with pride!
Take a water bottle with a little water or tea, and a small snack: skiing is a sport, and you can quickly feel dehydrated and need a little booster!
Wear a helmet. Not compulsory, but ESSENTIAL. For everyone: adults, children, grandmothers, dogs, cats... Wear it!
Don't stop in the middle of a run, or behind a bump. Choose the sides and stay visible to everyone. Give priority to the skier below you. Avoid cutting into their trajectories and respect their speed.
And don't forget to take out insurance: if it's not covered by your credit card, we advise you to take out our daily insurance option. In the event of an accident, we can reimburse your ski pass and rescue services. And it works for skiing, snowboarding and even tobogganing!