Ski holidays in Méribel, France
Méribel lies in the very centre of the Three Valleys, the most popular French ski area and ski holiday destination in the world and with good reason. It is arguably one of France's most attractive ski resorts with the tree lined ski runs and pretty village.
A Méribel skiing holiday will give you the opportunity to explore the 600km of totally linked piste the Three Valleys has to offer; linking Meribel to the ski resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens.
The lift system is ultra modern (queues are almost unknown here), there is ample skiing in Méribel for all abilities including endless off piste possibilities.
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Méribel ski resort
Méribel consists of several different areas, all of which have access to the Méribel skiing area, but will offer a different experience during a Méribel ski holiday.
Méribel Les Allues is the main town, normally just referred to as Méribel and a popular choice for a Méribel skiing holiday. Approximately 2 miles out of town is Meribel Village. Developed only a few years ago, this village is very small and up market with luxury apartments and Méribel ski chalets, served by its own chairlift to
Meribel Altiport. Méribel le Raffort is another village also just out of town, with one restaurant and a gondola connection to the main ski resort. Raffort is mainly privately run chalets that usually have their own minibus service.
Meribel -Mottaret, usually just called Mottaret is a satellite resort higher up the mountain. It appeals more to the serious skier and with a good choice of ski in, ski out accomodation. A good choice for very early or late season Méribel skiing holiday. It has a very good choice of restaurants and several bars and is a resort that offers something for everyone!
Skiing in Meribel
Méribel Altiport area is perfect for learning with new protected areas. Mottaret also has a small protected tow lift for beginner skiers and snowboarders in Meribel.Skiing in Méribel and the 3 Valleys is perfect for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Purchase the full area 3-valley pass and go exploring.
For advanced skiers and snowboarders, you have several excellent mogul fields plus the famous couloirs in Courchevel and Mont Vallon in Meribel which is a fantastically long and challenging piste with guaranteed snow. Off piste is excellent and we would advise you to take a specialist mountain guide to make the most of it.
Apart from endless off piste you have two excellent snow parks. One in Méribel and one in Mottaret, plus more in Les Menuires and Courchevel.
Snow conditions in Meribel
Lack of snow is very rarely a problem in Méribel, with snowmaking machines increasingly used. Some of the runs that are west-facing tend to get slushy because of the afternoon sunshine; something to take into account if booking a late-season holiday. It is recommended to avoid the west side in the morning, because it gets unpleasantly frozen overnight.
The 3 Valleys has a fantastic snow record due to it's high altitude. 85% of the area is over 1800m including 10 summits above 2500m and 6 glaciers. There are 2007 snow cannons across the ski area to increase coverage.
Accommodation in Meribel
There is a large variety of ski chalets available in Meribel, sleeping from 6 to 30, and even 120 people in a chalet hotel. If you are looking for a homely and friendly atmosphere for your ski holiday in Meribel, and chalet will be the perfect choice.
There are several hotels located in Meribel, from affordable B&B style hotels to uber-luxury and all-inclusive Hotels.
Apartments in Meribel are a fantastic option for groups of friends or families looking for a more personal and flexible ski holiday. These accommodations have great access to the slopes and resort centre.
Family skiing in Meribel
Meribel is a beautiful resort and is the perfect backdrop for a winter wonderland-family ski holidays. There is so much for families to do off the slopes in Meribel, from ice skating to swimming to shopping to indoor climbing. Meribel is very convenient for families as the skiing is great, the village is large and the ski schools cater brilliantly for children and beginners.
Après-ski, restaurants and activities in Meribel
Après ski in Méribel is excellent, boasting many different bars places of entertainment. Try the Rond-Point (‘Ronnie’) at apres for live bands between 5-7pm and the large sun terrace. Jack’s bar is located at the bottom of the piste with great après, other bars include: Evolution Bar, La Taverne and Doron Le Pub.
There is a lovely variety of restaurants in Méribel, ranging from casual pizza and pasta places, to ambitious French and Savoyard cuisine.
Other activities in resort include:
- Ice skating
- Indoor climbing
- Gym / Fitness centre
- Swimming pool
- Show shoeing
- Horse sleigh
Transfer times for Meribel
Chambery Airport: 1h 30min
Geneva Airport: 3h 30min
Grenoble Airport: 3h 00min
Lyon Airport: 3h 30min
Turin Airport: 3h 50min
Lifts pass prices in Meribel
The Three Valleys lift pass is: an adult 6 day pass is 289 €, a group of 2 for 6 days is 279 € per person, child’s 6 day pass is 234 € and senior is 260, 10 €.
A six day lift pass includes a days skiing in Val d'Isere and Tignes, which are an hour and half away by car or La Plagne or Les Arcs which are an hour away. The ski season in Meribel runs through December, January, February, March and April.
Piste and mountain stats are for the entire 3 Valleys ski area