Resort Guide: Meribel
Resort Guide: Meribel
Resort Guide: Meribel

Resort Guide: Meribel

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Founded by a British skier, Peter Lindsey, in 1938, Meribel has attractive architecture, woodland surroundings and enjoys access to some great skiing.

 

It’s Meribel’s location at the heart of one of the World’s largest linked ski areas in the World, Les Trois Vallées, that makes this resort one of the best possible choices for a luxury ski holiday.

 

>>See our luxury ski chalets in Meribel

 

 

Getting There

 

The nearest airport is Chambery at 1h 15m away whilst Geneva is a 2h 10m drive away.

 

 

Quick Facts

 

Ski area: Les Trois Vallées

Pistes: 600km

Lifts: 186

Top lift altitude: 3230m

 

Meribel

Pistes: 150km

Lifts: 45

Altitude: 1100m – 2952m

 

 

Green: 9%

Blue: 40%

Red: 37%

Black: 15%

 

Les Trois Vallées ski area also links to resorts such as Courchevel, Val Thorens and Saint Martin de Belleville.

 

 

The Skiing

 

Beginners

 

The green slopes around Altiport, accessed from the Rhodus gondola offer a gentle introduction into learning to ski. For the kids, there’s the ‘Family Cool’ set up with obstacles and tunnels set up on the slopes and various tree runs to whizz through once little ones have built up their confidence.

 

The neighbouring village of Mottaret is also a great spot and has some beginner areas serviced by magic carpets (travelators) where you can find your ski legs and then finish your day cruising down the long green Truite run back into Meribel centre’s main lift hub.

 

Intermediate

 

With 77% of the runs in being blue or red in Meribel itself and access to 600km of pistes across Les Trois Vallées, Meribel is a haven for intermediate skiers looking to get in their ski miles.

 

Head up the very top of the Saulire Express where there is a playground of red runs on your descend back into Meribel.

 

Expert

 

No expert will be able to come to Meribel and resist the lure of the ultimate challenge in resort: Coloir Tournier. Watch skiers tackle the famed moguls as you ascend the mountain in the Saulire Express gondola… do you dare?

 

If you are not quite ready to tackle coloirs, the Grande Rosière or Sanglier runs feed onto red runs down into Mottaret offer an excellent alernative. There are plenty of off-piste options in Meribel and the Trois Vallèes and we would recommend hiring a guide to help you explore these options.

 

For any budding freestyle skiers, the Moon Park, accessible from the Plan de l’Homme chair and the DC Park above Mottaret offer a range of features and jumps for beginners and pros.

 

 

The Resort

 

Meribel is made up of several villages that feed into the centre via gondola and bus services. Siting at an altitude of 1450m, Meribel Centre is a traditional Alpine Village, filled with restaurants, bars and shops teaming with life to a backdrop of traditional chalet architecture. On Tuesdays and Fridays there’s a small market on the Route de la Chaudanne.

 

If you’re after a bit of an après scene, Meribel is the resort for you. Enjoy some on-mountain music at La Folie Douce or Rond Point before cruising down to Jack’s Bar or Meribar if you want to get a few more drinks in before dinner.

 

On your chef’s night off, you are spoilt for choice for restaurants to enjoy your evening out. Sample grilled steaks cooked over an open fire at Chez Kiki or the chicken tagine at Aux Petits Oignons where the bar fills up after dinner and remains open until 1.30am.

 

Meribel has a wide selection of luxury ski chalets, all beautifully designed in keeping with traditional Savoyard stone and wood styles.

 

 

Non-skiers

 

If you want to make the most of the mountain scenery without clipping into a pair of skis then Meribel has 25km of winter walking trails, horse drawn sleigh trips and snowshoe tours.

 

The Olympic centre, built in 1992, is open daily and has a pool, ice rink, bowling alley and climbing wall.

 

The pretty village has plenty of shops to wander around and sunny bar terraces to relax on. Fancy joining the rest of the group for après ski up the mountain? No problem. The Saulire Express mid-station is located just above the famous La Folie Douce and the live music at the Rond Point Bar is accessible by road§.

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