9 Best Things To Do In Meribel, France, For Non-Skiers

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Adrian Chew
Adrian Chew 

Meribel, along with its neighbors Val Thorens and Courchevel, form ‘Les Trois Vallees’ of the Savoie Alps, the largest ski area in the world. Meribel is one of the most prestigious ski regions in France and its ski resort is comprised of three villages, including Meribel Village, Meribel Centre, and Meribel-Mottaret.

This explains why Meribel is now the most popular and vibrant alpine ski resort, in Europe. Apart from this, Meribel offers great amenities and alternative activities for non-skiers. There are numerous leisure activities for you, ranging from saunas and fitness centers to popular restaurants, bars and boutiques.

1. La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel

Les 3 Vallées, Courchevel La Soucoupe
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For non-skiers, you can pamper yourself by checking out the cabaret of La Folie. While you are here, you can watch live music, professional dancers, as well as singers, strutting their stuff in exotic costumes with flying champagne bottles. The music itself is so loud you can even hear it from the opposite side of the valley.

There is nothing in Meribel quite like the afternoon cabaret at La Folie. To get here you can take the Saulire Express 1 Gondola lift. Get ready to enjoy this wild party on the mountain on a nice sunny day. Sounds interesting right? Head over now and see it for yourself.

La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel

Address: Vanoise National Park, 73550 Les Allues, France

Website: La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevele

2. Oxygène

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This ski school is the central English-speaking ski school in La Tania, Courchevel, Val Thorens and Meribel. Oxygène offers a wide range of snowboard and ski lessons, for adults and children. The magic of Meribel, at the heart of the Magic Ski School Foundation, has been around for the past 25 years. It offers a wide array of activities for different levels, be it beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Besides this, you can access its perfectly groomed pistes, as it is well-connected to neighboring valleys. You can also rent various equipment as well as engage with instructors and take part in all sort of activities, while you are at the ski school. With a lively social scene and so much to do, both on and off the slopes, Oxygène has something for everyone.


Address: 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France (Formerly Magic in Motion 3 Valleys)

Website: Oxygène

3. Lac de Tueda

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Why not, for a change, visit a different type of attraction and head over to a lake? Sounds great, right? Lac de Tueda is not an ordinary lake - it has a large number of trout, specially reserved for fishing during the summer season and the water is crystal clear. The lake is almost certainly one of the best sites in France because of its flora and fauna. Be prepared to be impressed with the natural beauty of the alps. While walking along its botanical trail, you will see over a hundred species of alpine flora.

Lac de Tueda is a natural reserve, offering fantastic opportunities to explore the unspoilt beauty of the Alps. Anybody visiting the 3 Valleys, in summer, should take the opportunity to visit the nature reserve and the lake. This nature reserve is protected from any ski development and while the ski area of the valleys is beautiful, the nature reserve is particularly spectacular. There is also a restaurant, nearby, if you are hungry.

Lac de Tueda

Address: Réserve Naturelle du Plan de la Tuéda, Chemin de Tueda, 73550 Les Allues, France

Website: Lac de Tueda

4. Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux

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The resort of Meribel has plenty to offer children of all ages, once they are out enjoying skiing. Moon Wild, also known as La Piste des Animaux, is an animal-themed slope, for children. It is situated in the woodlands and while you are skiing here, you will come across some animals. Your kids will definitely feel excited about this. You need to follow a trail in the middle of the mountain and forest to see these animals. This is a recommended place to visit during the winter.

Besides this, kids can also learn about the mountain animals and take part in Inuit-themed games. The extended Moon Wild Park and new Inuit Village will really make you fall in love with the place and both kids and their parents can have a great outing together. There are so many activities to share as a family, while in Moon Wild. Did you know that this place features life-sized models to teach kids about woodland animals? It’s an interactive learning experience.

To make learning even more exciting, there are snowshoeing and walking trails, beside the Animal Piste. Don’t let your kids get restless, take them to this attraction and let them roam, freely. Apart from this, kids will also learn to identify animal calls and their tracks, as well as learning how to spot the animals. Tourists and visitors will indeed take home unforgettable memories of this holiday, by visiting Moon Wild.

Moon Wild- La Piste des Animaux

Address: Secteur Altiport Ski Cool, 73550, France

Website: Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux (in French)

5. Le Dragon de l'Altaï

Méribel, 73550 Les Allues, France - panoramio (2)
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This is another point of interest you need to check out. Bring along your kids, as there is a unique dragon statue at this ski resort. According to local legend, a dragon hides in the forest, so, embark on a journey to search for the Altai Dragon. This is the main attraction, that attracts both kids and their parents, to check out this place.

Le Dragon de l'Altaï

Address: Secteur Loze, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France

Website: Le Dragon de l'Altaï (in French)

6. Horse drawn sleigh

Uphill Sleigh Ride
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This is a relaxing and gentle way to discover the surrounding area, with a magical, horse drawn sleigh ride through Lac Tueda, with Les Attelages Molinas. Whether you are with your loved ones, friends or family, take this sleigh ride and be prepared to soak up the mountain view, both in summer and winter. The sleigh normally takes a maximum of four passengers for a one hour or 30-minute tour of the lake and its surroundings. This activity is most suitable for families with children and for non-skiers.

Horse Drawn Sleigh

Address: Chatelet Bridge (opposite PiouPiou Ski School) Meribel 73550 France Meribel - Centre

Price: From 55 EUR (Starts from 60.65 USD). Booking required.

Website: Horse Drawn Sleigh

7. Husky dog sledding

Husky dog sledding
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This is great fun for families and is surprisingly aerobic. It is not a riding or sitting activity, but it is a suitable activity for those who are not into skiing. Whitetracks offers this husky dog sledding activity, which operates from La Plantin, a small village about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) from Meribel. You will be assigned three to four husky dogs and you need to take care of them, as well as instructing them where to go.

Are you in for a once in a lifetime experience? If you are, get ready and take charge. Hurdle through the forest paths and slopes (where you might have to help the dogs push to the top). This is where the fun begins. This activity requires a lot of energy and stamina both mentally and physically. While sledding, the husky dogs will take you under the trees, around a flat lake, through the woods as well as up and down the hills. So, you will have a lot of fun and excitement.

When it is snowing, it makes the dog sledding action even more authentic and the scenery and surroundings are magnificent when covered with thick snow. This is an incredible experience for people of all ages.

Husky Dog Sledding

Address: La Plantin, Between Meribel and La Tania

Price: About 58 EUR (around 64 USD) per person. Booking required.

Website: Husky Dog Sledding

8. A relaxing spa deep in nature

Spa Picture
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Since it is so cold, in Meribel, take the time to go to a spa, deep in nature. It will keep you warm and you can revive your aching muscles. What are you waiting for? It’s time to give yourself a break. You can even take your kids as there are spa treatments for them, too. This spa is located within one of the Pierre and Vacances premium residences, the Les Fermes de Meribel. As the building is near to both the Golf Chairlift and pistes, this place can be easily reached by visitors and locals.

A place of well-being and relaxation, this place combines the tranquility of the mountains with the serenity of the spa. Take time to unwind after a full day of non-stop action. You can opt for either the Naturelle d’Orient or Algotherm treatment options. While you are here, don’t forget to bring your kids to enjoy the “My First Spa” massages and treatments. If you choose to stay at the residence, you can have full access to the sauna, indoor pools and steam room.

Spa Méribel - Deep Nature

Address: Les Fermes de Méribel, Meribel Village, 73550

Price: Depends on which spa treatments you choose

Opening Hours: Refer to website as summer and winter seasons differ

Website: Spa Méribel - Deep Nature

9. Hot air ballooning

Hot air balloon
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This activity is specially catered to non-skiers. As you are up in the balloon, the pilot will point out the attractions around Meribel. Traveling low between the valleys and rising high above the mountains, it is a magical and unique experience for tourists and travelers, alike. To mark a special occasion, you can even splash out and add a champagne breakfast. The hot air balloon departs from Courchevel Airport in the morning and it takes approximately three hours, for the tour.

Enjoy the unique and breathtaking views, while you are up in the air. From above, you can snap pictures or record videos of Meribel’s beautiful villages and its surrounding areas. This is indeed an incredible experience and unforgettable adventure, for all ages.

Hot Air Ballooning

Address: Courchevel Region | Meribel Region | Val Thorens Valley / Belleville Region

Price: Around 255 EUR (About 281.40 USD) per person. Booking required.

Website: Hot Air Ballooning

Not just another ski destination

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There are many reasons to love Meribel, not only for its friendly village atmosphere and beautiful chalet style architecture but also for its central position within France’s huge Trois Vallees ski area. Meribel sits in the middle of this famous area and is billed as one of the world’s best ski resorts. However, Meribel offers a wide range of activities and great amenities for visitors and tourists, even non-skiers. You will, for sure, take away some unforgettable memories and experiences, after spending your vacation here.

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