Cross Country Skiing in Meribel
Cross Country Skiing
Welcome to our guide to cross-country skiing in Meribel and the 3 valleys!
There are 2 main areas for cross-country skiing in the Meribel Valley - Meribel Mottaret and Meribel Altiport (more about those below). The lessons use both of these areas so if you are booking to ski school do remember to check with your instructor for which one you should meet them at.
For those who have never tried cross-country skiing...
Cross Country Skiing is often called "Nordic Ski", and in French it's "Ski De Fond".
Cross country skiing holds just a fraction of the popularity of its downhill cousin. More favoured by mountain locals, it's not a sport that has ever really connected with tourists from further afield. That said cross-country skiing does offer a few benefits that downhill cannot match. If you've not tried it before then is an experience like going for a good hike. Not a white knuckle ride, like downhill sometimes can be, more, some good exercise whilst getting off the beaten track; going exploring to places that you can see by no other method. My personal favourite part is that getting away from everything.
When downhill skiing there is always other people about, there's mountain restaurants, lifts in view and that constant background hum of a busy place even though you are atop a mountainside. With cross-country however you really get the chance to get away from everything and really feel like you are in an untouched mountain wilderness. You can hike most cross-country tracks, so if that's your preferred method then you don't have to go cross-country skiing to experience this. A set of snowshoes (or indeed most of the time a decent set of walking boots) can give you the same wonderful experience, exploring off to what feels like an untouched alpine wilderness.
Renting Cross Country Skis
Various ski hire shops in Meribel rent cross country skis. If you would like us to arrange any for you please just let us know. You can rent them by the day should you just wish to dabble for one day of your holiday.
ESF Meribel offer cross-country skiing lessons. They can be quiet, and sometimes a new group lesson in fact get your own private lesson! remember to check where you're meeting your instructor, they use both of the areas (Meribel Altiport and Meribel Mottaret) for the lessons. Click here for ESF's cross country skiing page.
It can be worth getting at least one ski lesson. It may look like a gentle & easy sport, but going round corners and slowing down on any downhill section is surprisingly difficult!