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Explore the idyllic countryside of the Trois Vallées on a Méribel dog sledding trip. The perfect activity which the whole family can enjoy, the dog sledding tours will take you through the snowy forests around Méribel. With the opportunity to take total control of your own sled, this can be an exhilarating experience.
As a great activity for non skiers during the winter, tours range from one hour sessions to half day expeditions. Before embarking on your tour through the mountains you are given the opportunity to spend some time with the dogs and familiarise yourself with the equipment. If you choose to drive the sled yourself you will also be thoroughly briefed on how to drive the sled as well as given a full safety briefing.
Taking control of the sled yourself can be quite physically demanding so be sure to take this into consideration when choosing the type of excursion you wish to take. If you would prefer to take it a little easier, the more relaxing option is to opt for a seated excursion where you sit in the sled while an experienced instructor takes the reigns.
Dog sledding is a weather dependent activity; however, it is only towards the end of the season when temperatures start to rise where the weather may become an issue. A dog sledding excursion will only be cancelled if there is not enough snow or it starts to rain and the trails become slushy. In the event of a cancellation, most operators will try to reschedule the trip.
There are a range of companies which offer dog sledding tours in Méribel as well as the other towns in the Trois Vallées so visitors to the region can chose the company which is best for them. This is one of the most popular activities in Méribel so make sure you book at least 48 hours in advance to ensure that you and your group get a spot.
If you are a non skier or are travelling with children it is important that there are plenty of activities within the town for you to fill your time with. Many skiers and snowboarders come to Méribel not just for the superb skiing but also for the range of amenities the town has on offer. There is a fully equipped leisure centre with a swimming area, spa and fitness suite to name but a few of the activities available here. Children can enjoy themselves splashing around in the pool while adults can relax and unwind in the spa.
If you are a fan of extreme activities why not give ice climbing a go? Here you have the opportunity to scale frozen waterfalls and ice cliffs alongside an experienced guide. Ever fancied seeing the mountains from a different perspective? Paragliding is the perfect activity for adrenaline junkies visiting Méribel. Giving you the opportunity to soar above the mountains and look down on the ant-sized skiers on the mountain is a truly unique experience.
For more information on activities in Méribel as well as Mark Warner’s two chalet hotels in the town take a look at our Méribel resort guide.