Méribel Between lakes and mountains
Discover the Plan de Tueda nature reserve, the jewel in Méribel's crown, where each trail reveals a different facet of unspoilt Alpine beauty, offering a deep immersion in the heart of nature every season.
In the heart of Savoie, nestling between the majestic peaks of the Alps, Méribel reveals one of its most precious treasures: the Plan de Tueda nature reserve. When you open the doors to this oasis of tranquillity, you’re invited on a journey through winter and summer, where each season reveals its charms.
Let yourself be lulled by the soft murmur of the wind in the cembro pines in autumn, these sentinels draped in reds and oranges that rival the Canadian forests.
Soak up the tranquillity of this natural setting, which stretches from the sparkling Lac de Tueda to the Gébroulaz glacier, proudly adjoining the legendary Parc National de la Vanoise. This unspoilt sanctuary is an ode to nature in all its splendour.
Every path tells a story, every corner invites discovery. And while the adventurous may be lucky enough to spot chamois, ibex or birds of prey, the dreamers will lose themselves in the immensity of the panoramas on offer.
The Plan de Tueda reserve is the jewel that makes Méribel so much more than a resort: it’s a paradise for souls in search of pure beauty. Embark on this adventure and discover why Méribel is not just a destination, but an unforgettable experience.
Winter wraps the Plan de Tueda nature reserve in a soft white mantle. Every tree, every path seems to come straight out of a winter’s dream, where nature stands still, waiting for the sun’s gentle kiss. The stone pines are cloaked in snow, glistening in the sun’s rays, adding an enchanting touch to the landscape.
Where Lake Tueda used to shine brightly in summer, winter hides it beneath a thick layer of snow. Although invisible, its presence is palpable and adds to the magic of the place, offering visitors a breathtaking winter picture.
For winter sports fans, two Nordic ski trails wind majestically through this magical reserve. And if you’re in the mood for heights, why not opt for a climb to the refuge du Saut? Whether on ski touring or with a guide, it’s an experience not to be missed.
But the reserve doesn’t just appeal to ski enthusiasts. It’s also the ideal spot for snowshoeing or simple family winter walks. The site, easily accessible thanks to the free shuttle service from Méribel-Centre, is a haven of peace. And for those wondering, the “Chatelet” stop is your destination.
In winter, the Plan de Tueda is not just a natural site: it’s a journey, an invitation to discover nature at its most majestic. The place seems to whisper in your ear: “Welcome to Méribel’s winter fairytale”.
Focus on the Maison de la Réserve
Whether it’s the sun dancing on the lake in summer or the immaculate picture of the frozen surface in winter, the view from your terrace is a feast for the eyes. But that’s just the start of the adventure. Inside, a member of the Tourist Office reception team is on hand to reveal all the secrets of this corner of paradise, from the botanical trail to the Gébroulaz glacier.
For nature-lovers of all ages, the House is alive with captivating exhibitions and fun activities for all ages. Children can draw, do arts and crafts or play a variety of games, immersing themselves in the flora and fauna of the Alps in a fun way. As for the more curious, they can attend enriching lectures or even set off in search of animal tracks.
The Maison de la Réserve is much more than just an information point, it’s a fully-fledged experience combining education and wonder.
Summer in Méribel is all about wonder, especially when you set out to explore the 1,100 hectares of the Plan de Tueda nature reserve. Imagine a living canvas of luminous greens, punctuated by colourful touches of vibrant wildflowers, all bathed in gentle summer sunshine.
For walkers, it’s the starting point for exceptional hikes such as the tour of the lakes, offering breathtaking panoramas. Every path is a promise of discovery, every turn a new postcard. Trail enthusiasts will also find something to suit them, with paths designed for challenge and beauty.
Mountain bikers are not to be outdone. Demanding but rewarding routes will guide them to the refuge du Saut. And once up there, what could be better than savouring a delicious blueberry tart or quenching your thirst with a local drink, while taking in the panoramic views?
But the reserve isn’t just for adventurers. It’s also a playground for the contemplative. With a little patience, you can spot marmots basking in the sun or playing hide-and-seek among the rocks. Take binoculars or a camera to capture these moments, while respecting their tranquillity.
When it’s time for a break, nothing beats a family picnic on the shores of Lake Tueda. The picnic tables invite you to enjoy your meal surrounded by the majesty of the mountains.
If you feel like it, spread your tablecloth on the soft grass, get out your board games and let the time fly by as you laugh and share moments with friends.
And in summer and winter alike, discover Explor Games: a story where you are the hero.
Whether you’re a sportsman or a dreamer, the nature reserve in summer is a promise of wonder and adventure. An invitation to live every moment to the full, between effort and contemplation.