Brides les Bains
Why Brides-les-Bains Ski Resort?
- Gateway to 600km of pistes in the 3 Vallées (Meribel in 25mins)
- Superb value-for-money ski holidays
- New large spa centre offering traditional baths, steam rooms and saunas
- Offers bars, restaurants & nightclubs as well as the only casino in the 3 Valleys
Brides Les Bains (3 Vallées) Information
The high-speed Olympe gondola connects Brides-les-Bains to the bottom of the slopes in Méribel in 25 minutes and then allows access directly to the heart of the famous 3 Vallées ski area (Méribel, Méribel Mottaret, Courchevel, Les Menuires, and Val Thorens).
Brides-les-Bains has a number of bars and restaurants as well as two nightclubs and the only casino in the Three Valleys, all with prices well below those of Méribel and Courchevel.
Non-skiers or après-ski enthusiasts can relax in the new large spa centre which offers traditional oriental baths, aromatics steam rooms and saunas.
Brides-les-Bains is widely recognised as offering an exceptional value-for-money gateway to one of the world’s most prestigious ski areas.
Peak Retreats offers a range of Brides-les-Bains accommodation options. All of Brides-les-Bains' ski apartments and hotels have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a 3 Valleys ski holiday.
BRIDES LES BAINS SKI AREA
The Méribel valley is part of the largest ski area in the World: The 3 valleys ski area, with slopes suitable for all abilities, has 220 ski lifts, 600km of slopes between 600m up to 3200m and 1300 snow cannons. To the west, on the Saulire slope, you’ll find the valley of Courchevel and La Tania while to the east you can discover the Belleville valley with Les Menuires, Saint Martin-de-Belleville and Val Thorens. There are nine high points on the ridges above Méribel - two entry points to the Courchevel valley, and six entry points to the Belleville valley.
The 3 Valleys benefits from excellent snow coverage - the minimum altitude level for skiing is 1300m and the maximum is 3230m. This means that a huge 85% of the ski area is located above 1800m. Some 2000 snowmaking machines cover one-third of the ski area as well. In Méribel itself, snow cover is guaranteed on 51% of the ski area thanks to 711 snow cannons. The 3 Vallées pistes are situated between 1300m and 3230m and 85% of the ski area lies above 1800m. Twenty-five peaks are reachable by lifts, ten of which are above 2500m.
There is no actual skiing in Brides itself so the high-speed gondola from the village (built for the 1992 Olympics) takes you to Méribel where you have access to the 3 Valleys ski domain. South of Mottaret you’ll find some of the best slopes in the Valley (Plattières-Vallon sector). Most of the slopes in Méribel are above the tree-line but there are some sheltered runs for bad weather days. At the end of the day skiers and snowboarders return to Brides by gondola. There are off-piste routes you can ski to mid-stations (so you’ll only need to catch the lower section of the gondola down). And if conditions are exceptionally good you can actually ski off-piste all the way down to Brides itself.
For children, Méribel-Mottaret also benefits from the ‘Magnestick’ lift system. See more information on the ‘Resort’ section above under Childcare. Courchevel/La Tania/Méribel-Mottaret are always on top of technology for skiers’ safety. Three years after the development of Magnestick®KID - special safety equipment for children on chairlifts - La Société des 3 Vallées (S3V) which operates the Courchevel / La Tania/ Méribel-Mottaret resorts will be the first skiing area in the world with 100% of its chairlifts equipped with the new Magnestick®BAR.
Magnestick®BAR is a universal safety-bar locking device. This innovative system can be adapted on all brands and all types of chairlift. It works with the same "magnestism" technology as Magnestick®KID. When the passenger pulls down the safety bar, the bar locks automatically. It is then impossible to pull up the safety bar. It is automatically unlocked until just before the arrival station. So no skier can raise the bar too early, which can sometimes make other passengers feel uncomfortable.
- For Val Thorens, Meribel, Mottaret, Les Menuires, Courchevel, see details with our sister company Ski Collection
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Meribel Valley - 150km, 41 lifts (14 gondola, 16 chairlifts, 6 draglifts, 5 moving carpets), 64 slopes:
Green slopes: 8
Blue slopes: 26
Red slopes: 23
Black slopes: 7
793 snow cannons (55% of ski area)
BRIDES LES BAINS SKIING
BRIDES LES BAINS BEGINNERS
For beginners Méribel has a few excellent slopes and beginners areas, including three enclosed areas (‘Zen Zones’) at Plattières above Mottaret. There’s an excellent long green run (tree-lined lined and gentle) at Altiport. A green run goes from the mid-station of the Saulire gondola so that novices are able to ski from that point.
A new play area was created recently inside the Espace Ski Cool, next to the Blanchot slope. It includes a rest area with tables and benches, new games for the children and two new slopes for sliding and simply having fun!
BRIDES LES BAINS INTERMEDIATES
Méribel and the 3 Valleys are considered a ‘paradise’ for intermediates. The 3 Valleys have one-third intermediate slopes with big lift networks. For less adventurous intermediates, the Sittelle blue run from the top of the new Plattières gondola back down towards Mottaret is an ideal cruise. However even early intermediates should find Twenty-five over in the other valleys within their capabilities - there are a vast amount of opportunities!
BRIDES LES BAINS EXPERTS
For experts, you are well catered for! The “Face” run was built for the women’s downhill in 1992 Olympics. There are steep runs running from Tougnete back to Méribel. Also, Mont du Vallon has lots to offers for experts. The start of Méribel’s most notorious black run, the Vertical Xperience was completed in 13/14. Only the bold tackle this 37-degree couloir - the majority prefer simply to watch. Enjoy the spectacle of experts tackling this impressive slope from the top of Saulire Express gondola lift.
BRIDES LES BAINS OFF-PISTE
There are lots of runs suitable for the more accomplished. Mont Vallon offers a big choice of routes –quite steep at top with easier slopes from the middle.
BRIDES LES BAINS SNOWBOARDERS
Méribel is a favourite amongst the British snowboarders with good, varied terrain and tree snowmaking. Steep free riding can be found untracked on Mont du Vallon. Lots of red runs for intermediate boarders and plenty of blues and greens for those starting out.
Brides les Bains Ski Hire
Pre-book your Brides les Bains ski hire with Peak Retreats.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
Brides les Bains Ski Passes
Pre-book your Brides les Bains lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
3 Valleys ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €43.60 children, €54.50 adults
Day - €48.80 children, €61 adults
There are several free lifts for beginners in Meribel: Loupiot, Cotes drag lift (at le Rond Point) Altiport drag and Fontany telecord and also some in Mottaret. Special reduced area beginners' passes, called Mini-passes, are also available in both Meribel and Mottaret, to buy locally.
Meribel Ski School
Ensure your lessons start at La Chaudanne.
Creche available for 18 months to 3 years. See our childcare tab. Skiing from 3 years+
ESF Meribel Group Lessons (Not pre-bookable via Peak Retreats)
Private lessons also available from the ski school and include heli-skiing (In Switzerland or Italy), Glacier skiing, Ski Touring, in whatever discipline you choose: Alpine skiing, Carving, Snowboard, Freestyle, Télémark, Snow Blades, Cross Country, or Snowshoe outings.
See group prices on www.esf-meribel.com
Meribel Private Lessons (2017/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Morning private ski lesson for up to 6 people from €172
Please contact ESF Meribel direct to make a ski school booking.
Tel: 0033 479 08 60 31
Meribel Child Care
There is no childcare in Brides les Bains.
Les Saturnins day nursery (Meribel)
Situated within the grounds of the Olympic Park at la Chaudanne, the Les Saturnins daycare welcomes children from 18mths old to 5 years. Play areas, rest rooms and a restaurant are available for the children and the qualified carers offer indoor activities; fun reading, songs, videos, arts and crafts... And also outdoor activities like sledging, snow games, snowshoe, slides and rides in the garden...
All season 9:00-12:00 am and 2:00-5:00 pm
Do not forget proof of age and heath record
Meals are optional: 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Book 5/6 half days or days in advance. Also available on site one-off half day or full day.
6 mornings & afternoons - 262.00-284.00€
5 mornings & afternoons - 223.00-242.00€
6 mornings - 163.00-177.00€
5 mornings - 138.00-150.00€
6 afternoons - 161.00-177.00€
5 afternoons - 136.00-150.00€
6 meals (Price includes childcare and meals) - 140.0€
5 meals (Price includes childcare and meals) - 118.00€
Le Parc Olympique - La Chaudanne
‘Magnestick’ System in Meribel-Mottaret
Meribel-Mottaret also benefits from lifts using the ‘Magnestick’ system.
This is a reasonably new concept to keep children safe while using the chairlifts. As soon as the metallic plate in the back protector (worn like a backpack on a child’s back) comes into contact with the magnet on the chairlift, the child is ‘attached’ to the seat. The aim is to protect children at each stage of the chairlift transport process!
- Combes (4 person detachable doppel, 2 places magnesticked)
- Arolles (4 person Fixed Gripp skirail, 1 place magnesticked)
- Chatelet (6 person detachable poma, 1 place magnesticked)
- Plan des mains (6pax detachable leitner, 1 place magnesticked)
With the two PAS DU LAC and PLATTIERES gondola lifts, you will be able to ski freely and safely with your children over practically the whole Méribel-Mottaret ski area. A "mini-pass" ski pass will also be available for skiing on this part of the ski area.
Meribel and Brides les Bains Resort Activities
Dog sledding, climbing, fishing, paragliding, ice skating, ice climbing, Olympic ski runs, mountain flying, snowshoeing, snow hiking, ice driving, ski jump, spa.
Ice rink in Meribel
In the Olympic Centre, La Chaudanne. Open from 2.30pm to 7pm, except Thursays from 5pm to 7pm (last entry 45 mins before closing).
FAMILY ICE GAMES. For all the family, mini-tennis, ringuette, balloon-broom, agility course, football and badminton. Free entertainment except for the entrance fee and skate hire.
Indoor swimming pool in Meribel
At the Olympic centre - La Chaudanne
Bowling in Meribel
In the Olympic Centre, La Chaudanne, 6 lane bowling alley equipped with automatic barriers for children from 3 years old. Bar, billiard, video games, TV screens for sports broadcast, Wifi, snacks...Open everyday from 2pm to 2am, and from 10am if bad weather.
Largest Spa in the Alps in Brides les Bains
Brides-les-Bains is renowned for its slimming cures. After skiing it is possible to relax in the spa centre for some massage and hydro-therapic treatments.
As France's leading slimming Spa resort, Brides has become the must for recharging batteries and getting back into shape. It is the biggest Spa in the French Alps...Grand Spa des Alpes® (open 7 days a week) is a palace dedicated to your relaxation. Enjoy the 2100m² site which will take you on a journey designed to give you a new lease of life in a glamorous atmosphere.
The Recreation Area of the Spa consists of:
- 1 hammam
- 1 inside jacuzzi and 2 outside jacuzzis
- 1 aromatic steam bath
- 1 plant steam bath
- 1 sauna Ice cold showers and Ice Fountain Experimental showers
- 1 divana Relaxation rooms
Herbal teas, Terrace and solarium
Brides les Bains Markets
Place du Centenaire
Place du Centenaire (Brides les Bains) - Parc Olympique de la Chaudanne (Meribel)
Phone: +33 (0)4 79 55 20 64
Every Tuesday, Brides-les-Bains give you an opportunity to spend an evening in Meribel with its shuttle. Leaves around 8ish and returns around midnight.
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Brides-les-Bains Tourist Office
BP 28, 73572 Brides les Bains.
Tel. 00 33 4 79 55 20 64, Fax. 00 33 4 7 55 20 40
Meribel Ski Activities
Terrain Parks in Meribel
There are two parks in this area. The main Moonpark is accessed by the Arpasson draglift (www.moonpark.net). It includes a triple kicker line for all levels with smooth take-offs, and the rails are advanced. There is a step-up to step-down obstacle and S-Box. There is a beginners area – mini jumps, boxes and even a small boardercross.
The Rider Pass. You can access to the Moon Park (10 hecs) and the Snow Park of les Plattières. Price: 24 €.
Skilift access: Olympe and Tougnete gondola, Plan de l'Homme chairlift, Arpasson draglift, Combes and Chatelet chairlift, Cittelles draglift.
Off-piste - A new Moon Ride area! Situated under the new Tougnete skilift. Be careful! These areas remain off-piste.
Snowpark in Meribel
Created in 1995, this 6 hectares snowpark is the oldest of the 3 Valleys. It stretches between 2100 and 2400meter high at the heart of the Mottaret ski area. Famous for its big half pipes, it is adapted to the majority of skiers and snowboarders.
And for kids…
The P'tit Moon, Younger brother of the Moonpark, is specially designed for children from 7-12 years who are good skiers.
It has a miniature boardercross which allows kids to progress in complete safety on the banked turns and whoops.
For those with less confidence
Cool skiing, a quiet space for skiing. Ideal to learn and improve your ski.
To enhance ski run safety, Méribel has created ZEN Zones for families and skiers lacking in confidence.
Cross-country ski in Bozel
Located close to famous ski domains (3 Vallées and Paradiski) Bozel is a pretty village, lively all year long thanks to the shops and the activities on every season. Bozel has got a cross-country ski domain and footpath available in snowshoeing or by walk
Blue run 1 piste(s) / 4 km, Ski slope 19 km, Black run 1 piste(s) / 7 km, Red run 1 piste(s) / 5 km, Green run 1 piste(s) / 2 km
Inuit village in Meribel
A fun area which is composed of whoops, banked turns and slaloms. You could also discover lots of games on the theme of Inuit. On the Louveteaux piste (Altiport area), try out various Inuit-themed children’s games. The Ski Cool area, dedicated to tranquil skiing, is now even bigger!
Brides les Bains & Meribel Resort News and Events 2018/19
- Hosting - Courchevel and Meribel will host the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships! This fantastic news means exciting new developments in the area, with a total of 42 million Euros being invested
- New lifts - the Cherferie draglift is being replaced by a new chairlift increasing capacity to 2824 people per hour and cutting time down to 4 minutes. A new premium chairlift will replace the Plan de l'Homme and the Roc de Fer lifts, increasing capacity to 3600 people per hour
- Kid fun - with the success of last season, the 'Mission Black Forest' luge will now be open 7 days a week. It's a 3.4km forest run with 278 bends and a vertical drop of 470m! Also, the Inuit and Elements Park fun zones are being expanded with different themes and race challenges, aimed at families and beginners
- Renovated spa - the Grand Spa Thermal in Brides les Bains has reopened after 16 months and €15 of renovations. The new 2700m2 spa boasts indoor/outdoor Jacuzzis, swimming pools, relaxing areas and treatment rooms
Future resort news 2023:
- Courchevel and Meribel to host THE ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS! To provide the best possible welcome to athletes, journalists and the general public, a number of projects are already underway:
Le Praz building, the Alpinium: building work began in spring 2018 and will be finished in December 2019. It will offer a comfortable, modern finish line enclosure, as well as more parking. PLUS Reorganising Les Jockeys run in preparation for hosting the Men’s races (clearing, safety, artificial snow, new hillside dam…)
- Santa Claus visits Mottaret - 24th December 2018 - 5pm-7pm - Santa Claus at the snow-front, photos, enjoy a torchlight descent, fireworks and complimentary hot drinks and sweats
- Santa Claus leaves the resort, torchlit descent, fireworks - 25th December 2018 - 4.30pm-6.30pm - Santa Claus leaves the Chaudanne, torchlight descent and fireworks. Complimentary hot drinks available
- Russian Christmas - Sunday 6th January 2019 at 5.30pm - Live an unforgettable show! Four Slovenian artists from the collective Anta Agni will offer you a black light show and the instructors will ignite the slopes during the usual Torchlight descent terminated by fireworks.
- Yooni moon trail - Saturday 2nd February 2019 at 6.30pm - Trail amateurs or experienced runners, trade your skis for your sneakers and a headlamp for one night and come to run on the snow in the moonlight. Registration: https://www.meribel-sport-montagne.com
- Parade, Dragon time - 20th February 2019 at 6.30pm - During a night and pyrotechnic show, an incredible dragon with translucent colours wanders the streets of Meribel and amazes young and old together with the character Astro Diva! Departure Meribel Center
Check the Meribel tourist office website for more exciting news: www.meribel.net
Meribel and Brides les Bains Restaurants, Bars & Casino
5 Bars, 9 restaurants, casino, nightclubs, cinema, shops, tea rooms. Two or thee evenings per week the tourist office organises themed evenings with entertainment like live concerts, pool tournaments, darts competitions, karaoke….
In Meribel - The Choucas restaurant near the mid-station of the Saulire gondola is to be redesigned to become another Folie Douce (alongside Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and Alpe d'Huez). La Folie Douce is a unique concept created over 30 years ago by Luc Reversade. Just like its big sister in Val d’Isère, La Folie Douce Méribel offers a variety of generous, gourmet cuisine and an ultra-festive, welcoming atmosphere topped off by impeccable service.
Boutique Farto is a new deli in Meribel, set up by local Jonathan Chantemesse, his brother and his wife. The three of them carefully select the best cheeses and the best regional specialties. They favour short-circuit distribution and travel the Alps, across Burgundy and the Maconnais region in search of new flavours. Their wine cellar is a hidden gem.
« Le Cythère »
Quartier de l’Olympe
Open from Mid Dec to Mid April, everyday from 4-7pm and then 10pm-4am
« Blue Night »
Casino – Esplanade des Thermes
Open end of Nov to April
Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 4am.
Rue Emile Machet
Brides les Bains Restaurants
Immeuble le royal, Quartier du vieux brides
Esplanade des Thermes
La Petite Auberge
Rue Emile Machet
Le Chalet des Arcades
Rue Aristide Briand
Rue Emile Machet
Rue Aristide Briand
Fast food - eat in or takeaway (salads, panninis, pizzas)
Brides les Bains Amenities
Brides les Bains is served by a range of amenities including: bank, bakery, shops, hairdresser, vet (in Bozel or Moutiers), doctor, chemist, perfume shop, mini market (Spar open 7 h30 – 12h00 / 15h00 – 19h 30), tabac, newsagent, gift shop, garage, laundrette, pharmacy, post office.
Getting to Brides-les-Bains, France
Driving Distance from Calais to Brides-les-Bains 568 miles or 8hrs. Motorways access to Moutiers (6km from Brides-les-Bain)
Lyon – Moutiers: 2hrs30; Turin – Moutiers: 4hrs; Paris – Moutiers: 4hrs30
Moutiers train station private transfer - from £14pp based on 4 sharing pre-bookable with Peak Retreats.
Chambery Airport is 91km from Brides-les-Bains (1 hour)
Grenoble Airport is 160km from Brides-les-Bains (1 ¾ hours)
Lyon St Exupery is 167km from Brides-les-Bains (1 ¾ hours)
Geneva Airport is 170km from Brides-les-Bains (1 ¾ hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers from airports
Lyon Airport - Brides via Moutiers (www.lys-altibus.com).
Geneva Airport - Brides via Moutiers (www.coach-station.com).
Chambery Airport - Brides via Moutiers (www.lys-altibus.com).
Access around Brides les Bains
Free Ski shuttle from Brides-les-Bains accomodation to Olympe gondola.
Free shuttle bus service on Tuesday evenings to take you to your après ski activity, shopping or dinner in Méribel.
Brides les Bains Airport Transfer
For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here.
3 Valleys Opening Dates
3 Valleys ski area is open: 15/12/18 – 22/04/19
Brides les Bains ski area is open: 14/12/18 - 12/04/19