Guidebook

A Dozen Epic Freerides in Méribel's Backcountry

Lift accessed, smile-inducing ski lines in the middle valley of the 3 Vallées - the World's largest ski area.

Description

Nestled deep in the Vanoise National Park, Méribel marks the centre of the 3 Vallées ski resort. The village was founded in the late 1930's and in the years since has become one of the most famous mountain towns in the Alps. It is known for its superb (and extensive) piste skiing but there are also some epic freeride lines above Méribel too, and this guidebook showcases the best of them.

None of the lines here are particularly technical but they'll take you into to some pretty wild places so you'll need to be fully equipped and suitably experienced at moving through and making good decisions in avalanche terrain. If you are skilled enough to ski these lines, you'll have the obvious pleasure of doing them, and the added satisfaction that you'll likely have many of them to your yourself, despite the thousands of skiers on the Méribel pistes!

Having worked your way through these adventures, there is still a huge amount to be discovered in the 3 Vallées and we've got guidebooks galore to the area!

Creux de la Stetta
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Creux de la Stetta

3 Valleys
964 m
36 °
4 m
4.2 km
Fun tree-skiing down to Le Raffort
Moderate
Private
Col de Jean
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col de Jean

3 Valleys
999 m
44 °
SE
33 m
4.3 km
A real Meribel classic, with a bit of bushwhacking here and there!
Difficult
Private
Olympic
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Olympic

3 Valleys
473 m
43 °
E
1 m
1.3 km
Often loaded with snow up there and not skied that much
Severe
Private
Tougnete face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tougnete face

3 Valleys
286 m
41 °
SE
22 m
1.2 km
With only a 5 minute walk you get a steep, challenging and little skied pitch.
Severe
Private
Le Spot
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Le Spot

3 Valleys
422 m
34 °
NE
3 m
1.2 km
An absolute Mottaret classic!
Severe
Private
Main Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Main Face

3 Valleys
356 m
37 °
E
21 m
1.3 km
A wide open powder face that makes you smile!
Moderate
Private
La Becca
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

La Becca

3 Valleys
339 m
39 °
E
28 m
1.1 km
An easily accessible and very demanding couloir with a huge snowfield to follow
Severe
Private
Col du Vallon
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col du Vallon

3 Valleys
1,095 m
35 °
44 m
6.8 km
A mellow trip into the Vallon du Fruit.
Moderate
Private
Col du Fruit
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col du Fruit

3 Valleys
1,104 m
35 °
112 m
6.8 km
A brilliant really long face, a classic of the 3 valleys
Difficult
Private
La Grande Rosière
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

La Grande Rosière

3 Valleys
659 m
43 °
19 m
2.9 km
A surprisingly long descent on the edge of the Tuéda nature reserve.
Moderate
Private
Rocher de la Loze - Freeride face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rocher de la Loze - Freeride face

3 Valleys
282 m
45 °
245 m
1.6 km
Host to freeride competitions in the early 2000s - a short walk with an almost certain guarantee of cold snow!
Difficult
Private
Dou des Lanches Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dou des Lanches Face

3 Valleys
533 m
47 °
SW
4 m
1.3 km
An easily accessed powder field with lots of drops, trees and open fields of powder
Difficult
Private