Skiing in Meribel - Mottaret in the heart of The Three Valleys, the World's largest ski area.

Mottaret is situated at the top of the Meribel valley and is at the very centre of The Three Valleys ski area between Courchevel and Val Thorens. Excellent high altitude, snow sure, skiing is on offer for all abilities. There are tree lined paths and nursery slopes for beginners, wide open red pistes for the Intermediates and plenty of challenging black runs and off piste for the advanced skier. 
 
Mottaret is the highest resort in the Meribel valley and its central position offers the fastest access to the other Three Valleys resorts. A single cable car journey  links you to the other resorts and gets you to the top of the mountain, beating the queues. The Three Valleys is the biggest inter-linked ski area in the world and due to its north-facing aspect and 1,200 snow cannons, skiing is virtually guaranteed from December to late April.
Ski Schools
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English Speaking Ski Schools

With the exception of the ESF all group lessons depart from Meribel which is an easy green run ski from Mottaret. If you are a complete beginner we recommend ESF in Mottaret.

Marmalade - Our recommended ski school, mention that Scott of InsideOut Skiing sent you for a discount.

Parallel Lines  - British Ski School which only uses BASI (UK) qualified native english speaking instructors

ESF - Ecole de Ski Francais is the largest ski school in Mottaret and offers International English speaking group lessons. The level of English can vary however and children's class sizes can get big in Half Term weeks.
Ski Hire
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Ski Equipment Hire

There are several hire shops a short 200 yard walk from the apartment near the Huit a Huit up the stairs.

SkiShop aka AlpSki has a nice selection of hire skis ski shop.mottaret@orange.fr
Lift Passes
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Lift Passes

On line ski pass ordering  you can order on line and have your rechargable lift pass delivered to the UK. We recommend getting the full "Three Valleys" pass so you can explore the whole mountain.
Off-Piste Skiing
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Off-Piste Skiing

Off Piste Skiing Tours - With Simon Christy, a British instructor trainer and local guide. He has a range of activities from short tours to week long adventures.

Piste Hors - A very informative site for all off piste skiing in france, including weather, snow conditions and avalanche safety information.

Ski Patrol Telephone Numbers - Program the local mountain rescue numbers into your mobile in case of a problem.


Courcheval +33 479 089 900
La Tania +33 479 089 900
Meribel +33 479 086 532
Mottaret  +33 479 008 860
Orelle +33 479 568 801
Val Thoren +33 479 000 180

Helicopter Rescue outside resort boundary +33 4 79 07 01 10

You can dial 112 from your mobile and you will get an English speaking emergency services
Ski Tours
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Ski Tours of the Three Valleys

Download our recommended ski tours including lunch stops, these are a few years old and are not 100% up to date with regards to lifts and pistes.

Ski Tips and Tours for Beginners
3 Valleys Ski Tours for Intermediate & Advanced Skiers
Black Runs of the 3 Valleys
The Courchevel Couloirs - An old but good explanation on skiing the Couloirs
Insurance
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Insurance

EHIC card, if you haven't yet done so apply online for your free European health care card. Use the EHIC card in conjunction with your insurance to minimise any costs.

Carre Neige - Add this to you ski pass (2.50 Euro/day) when skiing in the 3V's and you will be instantly covered for rescue by sled or helicopter as well as getting you home or the hospital if needed. Although your travel insurance may cover you the pistueurs will require payment unless you have the CN. The carre neige gives you absolute, no quibble, peace of mind which doesn't involve any payments, or forms. I used it after an accident and would never be without it.