Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
Freeriders have a massive area to explore with well maintained pistes and lots of powder faces. From the Saulire are some long reds down to Mottaret which in turn will allow you to gain access to the Mont Vallon area - the highest point in the
Get off the Olympic Express chair and keep going straight until you drop into a 845m off-piste descent towards St Martin de Belleville, be sure to keep left as you may run out of snow early or late season.
A short walk between two peaks off the Mont Vallon bubble will lead you to a huge off-piste bowl with some big drop-offs. Take Care as an avalanche is a real possibility here.
If you do leave the valley, dont miss the last lift home as taxis are ridiculously expensive.
Freestylers have a good funpark which is reached by the Plattieres bubble - get off at the second stage. There are 2 pipes, one of which was used one year for the British championships. Following the pipe are a number of graded hits which could do with steeper and longer run outs, but are fine overall.
Serviced by the Arpasson chair is the Moonpark (www.moonparc.net) which has a good wide pipe, and a new boardercross. A 3-day pass just for the Moonpark is available for 50 euros, and the days dont have to be consecutive.
On the piste there's some really sweet runs. The pistes are not as well maintained as in Courchevel but are plentiful and wide. Meribel has red runs with a vertical drop of almost 1300m. If you can't find somewhere to crank it over on a run that long, give up.
Beginners have lots of opportunities to master those linked turns around the Altiport area, although some of the lifts are very old and slow and you'll also need to use a drag. If heading for the Mont Vallon area, be prepared for some flat spots on the way home. If looking for a lesson, check out rtmsnowboarding.com a British board school who hold beginners, freestyle and carving clinics.READ NEXT: Village life, accommodation & nightlife
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