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Summer Activities & Accommodation in the Three Valleys

Summer in Meribel

Meribel is part of The 3 Valleys, the world's largest ski-area. The well-groomed ski slopes, luxury skiing facilities and amazing snow covered scenery makes it a Mecca for thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year. As the winter gives way to warmer weather, during the summer months, Meribel becomes equally as attractive. The snow capped mountains and blanket of white powder, that had dominated the landscape previously, start to make way for green valleys and mountain streams. The summer season in Meribel and the 3 Valleys runs from July 1st to September 1st. The average temperature during the summer season in Meribel is 19°C. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 21°C.

During the summer in Meribel the free bus service, Navettes, still run but are less frequent. See here for more information on getting around Meribel in Summer. During the Summer Lyon and Geneva airports are the only two operating. Chambery and Grenoble both close after the ski season. Many of the transfer companies in Meribel run during the summer but it's always a good idea to check with them well in advance of your arrival in resort.

Meribel Summer Activities

Slopes that had, only a few weeks previous, been covered in snow become world renowned mountain bike trails. Simply watching one of the many mountain biking events held in Meribel over the summer can be enough of a thrill for some. With customised ski-lifts that allow bikers carry their bikes there are trails spanning 100's of kilometres across the Meribel Valley.

With many of the chalets and apartments in Meribel, that had previously been catered towards winter visitors, adapting to look after the summer market there is no shortage of accommodation during the summer. Ski storage rooms make way for bike storage and many of the chalets and apartments that were available as catered during the ski season become self-catered for the summer months. This is usually ideal for most bikers as there is no need to come off the trails at any given time.

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Meribel Summer Wildlife

Meribel offers stunning vistas around every corner and, as it is set within the Vanoise National Park, boasts some fascinating wildlife. Eagles, marmots (large squirrels) and ibex (a species of goat) can all be found in the surrounding landscape.

The Vanoise National Park is home to 20 pairs of resident Golden eagles and 120 different species of breeding birds. So if you are a hardcore ornithologist or simply enjoy bird watching while you sip your morning coffee then Meribel in the summer is an ideal location.

Marmots are a particular favourite with the younger generation as they appear to be overgrown guinea pigs. They emit a strange, high pitched whistling sound, especially when alarmed. During the summer they can been seen partaking in their favourite pastime, sunbathing.

Spotting an ibex may be a lot more difficult as they tend to live on the rough, steep terrain above the snow line. Part of the reason for the creation of The Vanoise National Park was to assist the ibex to thrive. The ibex features on the logo of The Vanoise National Park.

Vanoise National Park

The Vanoise National Park was originally developed as a protected area for endangered ibex in 1963. The ibex in the region were beginning to near extinction due to the increase in the use of guns in hunting from the 16th century onwards. There is evidence to suggest that the Vanoise National Park was inhabited by man during the Neolithic era and there is item found throughout the park that shows there have been people passing through the area since the Iron Age. The Vanoise National Park and the Italian National Park, Gran Paradiso, were joined together in 1972, forming the largest protected site in Europe. The two parks combined measure 1250km². You will need a car if you wish to travel to The Vanoise National Park and it is a 20 minute drive..

The Vanoise National Park has an abundance of common alpine flowers including saxifrage, edelweiss and mountain primrose as well as some lesser seen flowers such as the twinflower. The flora of the park changes depending on the altitude.

The diverse nature of the Vanoise National Park flora and fauna can be attributed to its extreme difference in altitude from one section to the next. The Montane level, the parks lowest, lies at between 800 to 1500m and is populated mainly with fir and beech trees. Coniferous forests, blueberries and pine trees can be found on The Subalpine Level which spans between 1500 and 2000m.

At between 2000 and 3000m lies the The Alpine Level and the snowfall here can last into the summer months. Much of this area is inaccessible by foot and it is where your are most likely to find an abundance of edelweiss. Be aware though that edelweiss is a protected plant in this region due to it's rarity so please avoid any temptation to pick them.

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3 Valleys in the Summer

The 3 Valleys

The Three Valleys is gaining ground on the Portes des Soleil and other French resorts as a popular summer destination. The mountain bike trails, which are less busy than neighbouring resorts, connect one valley into another. The marked routes within Meribel, Courchevel and St Martin de Belleville seem to roll on endlessly. For the more hardcore riders there is also a multitude of unmarked trails.

Walking and Hiking are also very popular activities during the summer in the 3 Valleys. Again the routes connecting the Valleys can seem endless and it is best advised to plan ahead as much as possible before setting out. Drop into the local tourist office to find out the days weather forecast and bring plenty of supplies if you are planning a particularly long walk.

To see the 3 Valleys in all of its summer glory you can also 'parapent' over the Meribel and Courchevel valleys. Parapenting is a hybrid of hang-gliding and parachuting where a parachute is modified to allow you to sit underneath and glide through the air, accompanied by a guide.

Summer Accommodation in the 3 Valleys

Finding accommodation during the summer in the 3 Valleys is far easier and less expensive than during the ski season. So if you're looking for an apartment in Courchevel, in St Martin de Belleville or for luxury chalets Meribel may be the answer. For whatever type of holiday you choose and whatever activity you are looking to partake in, we hope that you find what you're looking for in our 3 Valleys Summer directory below.

Summer Skiing

Summer Skiing is not available in the 3 Valleys but can be found, albeit after an hour and 40 minutes drive, in Tignes. The Tignes glacier has 20km of piste running, usually, from the end of July to the start of August. The lifts run from 7.15am to 12.30pm but be sure to check the times as these can vary and if you get on the slopes after 11.00am the snow has more than likely turned to porridge. the Funicular, which looks like a miniature subway system, can take you from the village of Val Claret (2100 meters) to 3020 metres in 6 minutes. Summer skiing in Tignes is mainly used for instructor training courses, snowboarding & skiing camps and race training.

Choose between our Accommodation and Activities Sections

Looking to spend some time in the Three Valleys during the summer months? If so, you've come to the right place. We have created this page to help you find the very best providers of summer accommodation and activities.

Accommodation

Activities

Summer Accommodation in the 3 Valleys

Chez Zita by I Wanna Ski
Chez Zita by I Wanna Ski, in Meribel.

Chez Zita

Luxury Apartment in Meribel Village, available as Catered of Self Catered. Near the Telesiege de Golf Chairlift which takes you into the 3 Valleys Ski Area. Available in Winter and Summer. Find out more...

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Chalet St Joseph by Alpine Ethos
Summer Chalet St Joseph by Alpine Ethos.

Chalet St Joseph

The ideal location to set up for a summer mountain biking stay in Meribel. Situated in Les Allues and only 1 minute from the free shuttle bus. Bike storage and Hot Tub included. Find out more...

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Chalet Vache Bleue
Chalet A by Chalet Vache Bleue, in Meribel Les Allues.

Chalet Vache Bleue

Chalet Vache Bleue is made up of two Chalets, both of which are Self Catered although Catering options are available if you need. Ideal ski Chalets in a great location in Meribel Les Allues. Find out more...

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Chalet Tomkins by Alpleisure
Chalet Tomkins in Meribel, Summer Chalet.

Chalet Tomkins

Located in the most exclusive address in Meribel and founded by one of it's founding fathers in 1958, Chalets Tomkins is a piece of Meribel history. Refurbished in 2014. Ideal for larger groups. Find out more...

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Summer Activities in The 3 Valleys

Alpine Airlines
Alpine Airlines Logo

Alpine Airlines

The only company on the planet that currently offers flights to Courchevel Altiport. All their staff are highly qualified and experienced with a shared passion for mountain aviation. Private and Charted flights available.

  • Courchevel
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Sports 1600
Sports 1600 Summer Meribel

Sports 1600

With a massive variety of mountain bikes catering for all age groups Sports 1600 is the ideal location for Mountain Bike Hire and information on Meribel and the 3 Valleys over the Summer months. They can also arrange mountain bike guiding and lessons​.

  • Meribel
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Le Coeur Equestre
Le Coeur Equestre.

Le Coeur Equestre

Offering horse riding lessons for beginners and games & obstacles for more advanced riders Le Coeur Equestre based on Route de Mottaret is the ideal way for all the family to spend some quality time in Meribel.

  • Meribel
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Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata is originally the term used by the Italians for the routes they created to transfer supplies through the high parts of the Dolomites in the first world war. Now they are used recreationally and have spread mountain and worldwide. Essentially, they are protected climbing routes made from steel cables, rungs, pegs and bridges fixed into the rock to create a route. You have to wear a helmet, harness and lanyard with 2 carabiners. You can rent this kit from shops in Meribel and you can either take a guide to complete the via ferrata or self guide.

There are 3 via ferrata routes in the Three Valleys:

  1. Meribel/Courchevel - Located at the top of Pas du Lac/Saulire Express/ the route is 800 metres in length and ascends 890 metres, in total it takes around 3 1/2 hours and is rated D (very difficult). It is an incredible route and the you are rewarded with the most awesome panoramic views. If you don't mind heights and like a challenge we can really recommend it!
  2. Courchevel 1650 - At Lac de Rosiere the route takes you up, over and down the other side in a route that is 600 metres long and takes around 2 hours. This is a brilliant introductory via ferrata rated A, easy, with just the right amount of thrill for everyone!
  3. Saint Martin de Belleville - The approach is 30 minutes walk from the lovely village of Chatelard. The route is graded a B, moderately difficult and is 700 metres long and should take approximately 2 hours including the walk there and back and a good stop at the top to take in the views.

Fishing

Fish in the beautiful Lac Tueda, with clear water and high number of trout the lake is reserved throughout the summer for fishing. Restricted to no kill fly-fishing using barbless hooks on one half and traditional fishing on the other half. A fishing licence is compulsory if you wish to fish on the lake and there are every evening is a no kill fish evening from 5pm to 8pm. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends the lake is open for fishing from 7am to 8pm and on Mondays the whole day is a no kill day. Fishing cards are on sale at the Tueda restaurant.

GOLF!

If you've ever wondered what lies beneath the pistes, you might be amazed to hear that once the snow recedes from the slopes around Altiport and Meribel Village, an 18 hole, excellent golf course is revealed. The course is technically challenging due to its narrow fairways and features water, rolling fairways and and some fairly steep walks. The mountain setting means the views are superb, and the ball obligingly flies further because of the altitude. Unless you are fit take a buggy or just play 9 holes.

Meribel TreeTop Adventure Park

Treetop adventure for everyone! Located on the side of what is normally La Truite ski run in the winter (and opposite the centre equestre) is this adventure park built into the trees. With all sorts of different courses for all sorts of abilities, this is the ideal activity for the whole family. Meribel Aventure

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Summer 2017: Lift Pass Prices

3 Valleys Evasion

(Ages 5-12)
Pass Type Price
1 Day € 10.50
7 Day € 31.50
7 Day Family € 31.50 (per extra child)
Season € 110.00
Season Extention € n/a
(Ages 13-64)
Pass Type Price
1 Day € 17.50
7 Day € 52.50
7 Day Family € 126.00
Season € 160.00
Season Extention € 49.00

Meripass

(Ages 5-12)
Pass Type Price
Individual € 52.00
Family € 42.00 (per extra child)
(Ages 13-64)
Pass Type Price
Individual € 72.00
Family € 176.00

Meribel Mountain Bike Lift Pass

(Ages 5-12)
Pass Type Price
1 Uplift € 5.50
2 Uplifts € 7.00
(Ages 13-64)
Pass Type Price
1 Uplift € 7.50
2 Uplifts € 12.50

Meribel Pedestrian Lift Pass

(Ages 5-12)
Pass Type Price
1 Uplift € 5.50
2 Uplifts € 7.00
(Ages 13-64)
Pass Type Price
1 Uplift € 7.50
2 Uplifts € 12.50