Cycling Guide to Méribel in the 3 Valleys, France
Welcome to Méribel, a picturesque alpine village nestled in the heart of the world-renowned 3 Valleys in France. Known for its stunning natural beauty and incredible cycling opportunities, Méribel offers an unforgettable experience for cyclists of all levels. Whether you’re an adrenaline-seeking downhill mountain biker, a dedicated road cyclist, or just want to give e-biking a go, this guide will provide you with essential information and tips to make the most of your cycling adventure in Méribel.
1. TYPES OF CYCLING
Méribel offers a diverse range of cycling experiences to suit every preference. Here are the main types of cycling you can enjoy:
Mountain Biking: Discover an extensive network of thrilling mountain bike trails suitable for all levels. From beginner-friendly cross-country trails to adrenaline-pumping downhill tracks, Méribel has it all. The resort has lift access, making it easy to explore the trails and take advantage of the stunning alpine scenery.
Ready to find your MTB trail? Check out these interactive maps to help plan your routes.
Road Cycling: If you prefer road cycling, Méribel offers a perfect base to explore the surrounding valleys and mountain passes. Enjoy challenging climbs and breathtaking descents as you navigate through the French Alps. The roads are well-maintained, and the routes cater to various fitness levels and interests.
The alpine stage of the Tour de France is arguably one of the most visually, and literally, breathtaking sections of the prestigious racing event. In 2020, Méribel were host to the highest climb of the event at the Col de la Loze summit of 2,304 metres. Spectators, cycle enthusiasts and hotel guests alike, were treated to the spectacle as riders whistled by our doorstep on their way to the finish line. Hotel Grangettes were even host to two of the competing teams!
In 2023 we are excited to be welcoming back “The world’s biggest sporting event”. The Col de la Loze will once again prove to be the highest and most spectacular point of the race where the prestigious Souvenir Henri Desgrange award will be at stake.
Plan your road cycle with a GPS map and take on the Col de la Loze this summer!
E-Biking: Allowing you to go further, higher and longer than before, the mountains have never been more accessible than on an e-bike. Perfect for experienced and beginner cyclists alike. Méribel boasts an astonishing 58km of E-MTB routes ready for you to explore! There are six routes designed specifically for E-MTBs, split into three green and three blue. Alternatively, you can retrace the steps of Tour de France athletes along the 20.5km Courchevel e-bike circuit – climb 930m to the Col de la Loze for a once-in-a-lifetime panorama, before descending to the picturesque village of Courchevel, and finally returning to Méribel via the Altiport forest.
Never tried E-MTB, but want to? From the 8th to the 19th of July you can try an e-bike for free! Find out more from the Méribel Tourist Office.
2. Trail Highlights
Here are some popular cycling trails and routes in Méribel:
Méribel Bike Park: Explore the Méribel Bike Park, which features an extensive network of downhill trails for all abilities. From flowy green trails to technical black runs, there’s something for everyone. The bike park is accessible via the lifts, allowing you to easily access the starting points.
Vanoise National Park: Go on a cycling adventure and discover the natural beauty of the Vanoise National Park. The area offers a range of cross-country trails that wind through alpine meadows, forests, and stunning mountain landscapes. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, including chamois and marmots.
Cole de la Loze: A 7km cycle route constructed specifically for the 2020 Tour de France and has been maintained as a cyclist-only route ever since. This a tough challenge for even the most experienced riders, with gradients of over 20%. At the summit, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Terantaise Valley as well as the iconic Mont Blanc.
3. HOTEL LES GRANGETTES
Located in the centre of Méribel, the heart of the 3 valleys, our hotel provides the perfect base for your cycling vacation in the mountains. Situated at the base of the main chair lifts that service the 3 valleys and bike tracks, with the stunning Plan de Tuéda natural reservation only 5km away.
Our rooms cater for families, groups, couples, duos and solo travellers, providing bike storage, bike wash, bike maintenance facilities and E-bike charging – free for all our guests to use. All bookings include an energy-packed breakfast as standard to get you started on your day. We also have sports massage available on site for those days when you just need to recover.
We pride ourselves on making your stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible, at a price point that is reasonable for all. So, book with us now for this summer and focus on enjoying the things you love doing.
4. Bike Rental and Services
If you don’t have your own bike or equipment, Méribel has several rental shops that offer high-quality bikes and gear suitable for different cycling disciplines. Additionally, you can find professional bike maintenance services and guides who can provide expert advice and help plan your cycling itinerary.
At Hotel Grangettes we understand that equipment maintenance can make all the difference to a good day cycling the mountain. So, at no extra cost to our guests, we provide bike washing facilities, repair stations and E-bike charging.
5. Local Amenities and Accommodation
The village also boasts a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops where you can relax and refuel after a day of cycling. Visit the Méribel Tourist Office for a full list of places to visit.
If you fancy something different, then make a visit to Jacks, our onsite bar/restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with an international menu. The sunny terrace is also the perfect place to make a quick coffee stop or even relax with a demi.
6. Weather and Seasonality
Méribel’s cycling season typically runs from late spring to early autumn. The weather can vary, so it’s essential to check the forecast before heading out. Be prepared for temperature changes at higher altitudes and carry appropriate clothing and gear for varying weather conditions.
Check out the weather for your visit.
7. Safety and Etiquette
To ensure a safe and enjoyable cycling experience in Méribel, keep the following tips in mind:
- Always wear a helmet and appropriate protective gear
- Follow the designated trails and respect the signage
- Be mindful of other trail users, including hikers and other cyclists
- Familiarise yourself with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) trail etiquette guidelines.
your cycle adventure awaits
Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist looking for a new challenge or a leisure rider seeking stunning landscapes, Méribel in the 3 Valleys is an ideal destination. So, pack your gear, explore the trails, and embark on an unforgettable cycling adventure in Méribel.