Off-Piste skiing in Meribel
For some great off-piste skiing head from Loze to Dent du Burgin take the chairlift up and ski along the flat track that leads over to the Dent du Burgin chair (take care, this run is often closed due to the avalanche risk and it is not advised to enter a closed piste). When you are about halfway along the track, drop off to the right for large, swooping open plains of fresh tracks and powder. Also underneath the Loze chairlift there is a very popular off piste run that gets tracked out very quickly. Great fun if you are one of the first to ride it, so make sure on a fresh powder day you head up there on the first lift. Try cutting off to the right and riding in between the trees, and it's even possible to enjoy powder in between the trees all the way down to Meribel Village on a good snow day!
The area around the Cote Brune chairlift is a beautiful area to ski in fresh powder. It pays to be imaginative and put in a bit of hard work around here. A short hike can take you to some incredible descents and some amazing fresh tracks.
Another great off piste route is from Olympic to 'Le Raffort' to do this cut immediately right as soon as you come off of the Olympic Express chairlift. Hike along the ridge until you are satisfied that the slopes down to the right are suitably untouched. For the more daring, the further along you hike, the bigger the initial drop to get onto the slope is. Careful not to ski into the stream at the bottom - once you reach the stream, find a crossing point and enjoy the winding 'Le Raffort' piste all the way down to Brides les Bains.
Take the Roc de Tougne (it's Meribel's toughest drag lift, especially on a powder day) and it will immediately become apparent where you should be skiing. Long off-piste runs stretch out on either side of the drag track and a bit of a traverse at the top will be sure you find you some untouched fluff!
If you are heading back from Val Thorens, head straight off the 3 Valleys chair lift to find a lovely pitch of powder that will be sure to get the adrenaline going, before joining up with the long schuss of the Lac de la Chambre.