Meribel Resort

 Summary

The Meribel ski resort, in our opinion, is the most beautiful part of the Three Valleys ski resort in France. Sandwiched between soaring peaks of Val Thorens valley and the wide open pistes of the Courchevel valley it is hard to beat Meribel ski resort as a ski destination. These valleys make the vast ski terrain of the Trois Vallèes.

Meribel centre itself has lots to offer; numerous bars and restaurants; the Olympic centre with its gym, ice-rink, bowling alley, swimming pool, climbing wall; lots of shops for perusing; and daily events such as torchlight processions and bands playing in the square. This is all a few minutes away on the public bus or in our minibus.

All of our Meribel Chalets are based in Meribel Village – a location that  can’t be beat for its ski in, ski out convenience. Meribel Village offers some of the best access to the Three Valleys ski area and is only a short bus or taxi ride into Meribel centre. The Village is a beautiful and peaceful spot with a fantastic quaint atmosphere whilst also offering everything you need right there on your doorstep. Built in the traditional chalet style, the Village has something for everyone – peace and tranquillity, superb access to the slopes and some of the best après ski in the resort. In our opinion you can’t better the Village and once you get there you won’t want to leave!

Resort Features

  • Vast ski area
  • Excellent facilities
  • Great for non-skiers
  • The best après ski
  • Activities for children
  • First class nightlife

 Skiing

The Meribel valley is a huge ski area in itself. It has everything from rolling greens and blues for beginners and more challenging and lengthy reds for more technical skiers. There are mogul fields to be found under lifts and up at Bartavelle, 2 snow parks to play around in, vast amounts of off-piste just off the piste and further afield and a large number of mountain restaurants.

The Meribel valley sits in between the Courchevel and Val Thorens valleys. These 3 valleys combined make up the largest ski areas in the world, Les Trois Vallées. This huge terrain provides some of the most fantastic skiing in the Alps, with over 600km of runs, peaks rising to 3300m and 550 snow cannons on standby when the heavens are not obeying. There are gentle runs around the Altiport for beginners, miles of blues and reds in all directions for the intermediates, couloirs for the experts, excellent off-piste for the experienced and two snow parks for the more extreme. The lift system is one of the best in the world and is constantly being updated, gone are the days of long queues or freezing lifts. The 3 Valleys is home to some of the finest and most varied mountain restaurants. You will be hard pushed to explore the whole of this fantastic ski area in just one week, so you’ll just have to come back!

Skiing in Meribel Key Stats 
Height Slopes from 1200m to 3300m
Pistes 600km
Skiing / snowboarding level Beginners / Intermediate / Advanced
Glaciers 1
Snow Parks 4
Lifts 180 Modern
Cross-country 55k (including tracks to La Tania and Courchevel)
Snow-making Yes – 500 canons

Meribel Pistes

Our Favourite Pistes Beginners Off-piste
Les Creux (best in morning) Altiport Itinerary route to Raffort
La Combe de Saulire (best in morning) Verdons Meribel and Grand couloirs
Jerusalem (best late morning/early afternoon)   Bourgne Glacier
Georges Mauduit   La Masse to Planchet
Combe Vallon   Aiguille de Fruit
Bartaevelle    

Meribel Skiing Map

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Three Valley Piste Map

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 Non-Skiing

The Meribel Valley has much to see and do, not only for the skiers amongst us. If skis or boards are not for you, or you just fancy a day off the mountain the there is plenty on offer here.

Olympic Centre

Built for the 1992 Albertville Olympics, this centre has been developed into a swimming pool, new spa and gym complex, ten-pin bowling, ice-skating and even a climbing wall. Well worth a visit especially with the family. The ice-rink and pool are free for children under 5yrs.

Walking

With a good pair of boots with a grip, you can walk to some of the most beautiful places in the Three Valleys. There are 25km of excellent pedestrian trails in and around Meribel. As a non-skier you can purchase a ‘walker’s pass’ which enables you to enjoy some of Meribel’s finest walks higher up, to take the bubble to the very top to admire the view across the Three Valleys, to take the lifts to Courchevel and to join the rest of your group for a spot of lunch on the mountain. Do ask your chalet staff for a booklet of recommended walks; here are some of our favourite:

Altiport

The Altiport is easily accessed from our chalets in Meribel Village – you can take the walker’s path that goes from the top of the village, get the bus from Meribel centre or ask our driver to take you up there in the morning. The Altiport is a beautiful spot with walks through the trees and over-looking the valley. Why not end your walk with a drink on the terrace of the Blanchot or soak up the sun in a deckchair at the Altiport Hotel.

Lake Tueda

Lac Tueda is just beyond Mottaret in the heart of the Tueda Reserve which lies within the Vanoise National Park, http://www.parcnational-vanoise.fr. The reserve is easily reached from Mottaret, only a few minutes’ walk from the bus stop. The reserve is home to a rare and protected evergreen, the Cembro pine, and offers walkers beautiful, untouched scenery. Look out for Marmottes in the later months of the season. There is a small refuge there where you can stop for a Vin Chaud, a cup of coffee or a platter of Savoyard cheese and ham.

Les Allues

The first Alpine settlement you see on your way up to Meribel from Moutiers, Les Allues is a lovely original Savoyard village with narrow streets, beautiful old barns (many converted into luxurious accommodation) and home to the Mairie of the Meribel Valley. There is a path that runs from Le Raffort all the way to Les Allues, and when the snow is not too abundant, this makes a beautiful walk. Ask a member of our team to show you the route! Once there, look out for the old bread oven in the heart of the village; the museum and the beautiful Church are worth a visit.

St Martin de Belleville

At the Chaudanne, buy a walker’s pass from Meribel Alpina and head up on the Tougnete bubble. You can then ‘down load’ on the St Martin chairlift and bubble and will find yourself in the heart of the village of St Martin de Belleville. This pretty village in the Val Thorens valley is well worth visiting with several of our  favourite restaurants.

Courchevel 1850

Courchevel is easily accessed with a walker’s pass as well. Take the brand new Saulire Express bubble to the top; see the AMAZING panoramic views from the top before hopping on the ‘James Bond’ cable car down in to Courchevel 1850. Once there, wander round the expensive boutiques or sit and have a café enjoying the ultimate people watching!

Snowshoeing

If you wanted to be a bit more adventurous with your walking, then this is a great way to experience what the area has to offer. A half-day excursion starts from €21.50 with the ESF, but we also have a couple of pairs available at the chalets. Snowshoeing is relaxing and peaceful way to explore the valleys.

Meribel Market

There is also a twice-weekly Meribel market on Tuesdays and Fridays with many stalls displaying a selection of cheeses, cured meats, confectionary, array of sweets that makes the eyes boggle and the occasional clothing bargain.

Meribel Restaurants

 Weather

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 Webcams

Have a look at the webcams below, courtesy of Merinet, for live views from Meribel.

Meribel Village:

Meribel Village

 

Meribel Centre:

Meribel Centre

 

La Chaudanne:

La Chaudanne

 

La Saulire:

La Saulire