Southeast of Chambery and Moutiers, the Meribel area has a total of 33km of groomed ski du fond pistes. There pistes are divided into two regions.
The Meribel Altiport ski du fond pistes start at the Restaurant Le Blanchot. There is a 5km blue piste with 110m of elevation change that runs through forest. There is also a 10km red piste with 230m of elevation change that offers excellent vistas. In addition, there is a 17km red piste that leads to Courcheval or to La Tania (just watch for the intersection).
The Meribel Mottaret ski du fond pistes are near Lac de Tueda and tend to be easier. A good place to start is the Plan Ravet car park. There are green, blue and red pistes.
For apres ski, check out the Rond-Point.
To reach the ski du fond at the Meribel ski domaine by air, fly in to Lyon Saint Exupery airport. Take the train to Moutiers Salin Brides les Bains and then the hourly bus 18km to Meribel. In addition, there is a shuttle bus from Lyon Saint Exupery airport to Meribel that operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.
Note, there are access lifts from the lower valley town of Brides-Les Bains. Also, you may find that Meribel is quite popular with tourists from the UK, so it may not be quite the classical French resort experience.
TIP: If you are planning to arrive by train, keep in mind that the regular bus up to the resort is primarily during daylight hours. After dark, the bus runs infrequently, if at all. Therefore, you will need to take a cab from the train station to the resort. If you plan to fly into Lyon, you may want to check the train schedule before buying your flight to make sure there is a convenient transfer. If you plan to arrive Friday through Sunday, the shuttle Altibus might be a more convenient option.
Overall, Meribel is the 15th most popular cross country ski area of all 19 Nordic ski destinations in France.