Meribel is in the middle of the Three Valleys vast ski area with over 600km of pistes and so is ideally placed for you to explore the whole area. It's also a very pretty resort with the buildings mainly being low rise and there is a great choice of activities for both skiers and non-skiers. Meribel has a good snow record and its nightlife is one of the best in the French Alps, as well as being home to two snow parks, The Moon Park can be found next to the Arpasson drag lift and another located above Mottaret.
Skiing in Meribel
The whole of the Three Valleys ski area includes the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires and Val Thorens which are all linked by a vast network of lifts, mainly chairs and Telecabines and cable cars. From Meribel, the Valley of Courchevel is easily accessible via the Saulire bubble or the Col de Loze chair and you can even ski to Val Thorens!
Meribel is good for all level of skiers and snowboarders with over 50 runs for beginners, over 200 red and blue runs for intermediates together with 27 black runs for advanced and expert skiers, including the difficult couloirs such as the Grand Couloir on the Courchevel side of the mountain. The runs are well groomed overnight but there are always some moguls somewhere and of course there is lots of off piste skiing off the slopes of La Masse and Mont Vallon.
The highest peak in the Three Valleys is at 3300m and the vast majority of runs are over 1800m, which assures you excellent skiing throughout the winter. Meribel also has a large snow cannon network which ensures good cover until late in the season so you really cannot complain. The resort provides endless opportunities to develop your skiing and explore the Three Valleys for a trip to remember.
Chalets in Meribel
Our chalet in Meribel is in a great location being just a few hundred metres away from many bars and restaurants. Chalet La Cote overlooks the mountains providing superb views, especially great for witnessing the sunset. With 5 rooms and a hot tub on the balcony, it is a great choice for your stay in Meribel.
For those that like lunch on the mountain, there are numerous places to eat suited for all budgets, such as La Terrasse la Brasserie du Village and La Taverne. You can end the day in one of the bars on the mountain such as La Folie Douce and enjoy live entertainment, or head on over to Jacks Bar which is a very popular relaxing apres ski venue. O'Sullivans bar also has live music and is a short walk away from all the other bars and restaurants in the village of Meribel itself and a very short bus ride away from the main skiing area.
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Things to do in Meribel
There are lots of things to do in Meribel and the surrounding area, please ask our chalet hosts for more details of the best bars and restaurants but there is a list of some of our favourite activities.
The swimming pool is located in the Olympic Centre at La Chaudanne.
Snow Shoe Walking
There are lots of trails in the area and you can go by yourself or with a guide
Bowling & Pool
The bowling alley is within the Olympic Centre at La Chaudanne. There are 6 lanes as well as pool tables, a games arcade and air hockey.
The ice rink in Meribel is located in the Olympic Centre at La Chaudanne.
The cinema is part of the Cimes shopping complex and shows films in English.
There are a number of companies offering tandem paragliding in the area
Sightseeing flights Over Meribel
For great views try a good value plane rides. Planes carry up to 3 passengers and depart from the Altiport in Meribel.
Our catered ski chalets in Meribel are within easy reach of four different airports - Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon (around 2.5 hours) and Chambery (around 1.5 hours. Journey times are estimated and are likley to increase during the peak periods. All airports mentioned have fantastic links from the UK and some of the airlines which operate include British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Swiss etc.
We are pleased to be able to offer a transfer service to our guests, this is complimentary for our catered chalets.
Car Hire: Car hire is often a cheap way of getting to the resort if there are only a small number of you.It's an easy drive from all of the airports, largely being motorway. If you are planning car hire yourself, it is recommended to pick up your vehicle from the Swiss side of the airport as hire cars already have the Swiss motorway.
Cars hired in Switzerland will also come with snow tyres already fitted because they are a mandatory requirement, unlike in France. Cars hired in Switzerland are also likely to come equipped with snow chains. Wherever you hire your vehicle from, its worth making sure that snow chains are pre-booked as a matter of safety.
Please note that whilst traveling in the Alps snow chains are mandatory from December to April and you can be fined and denied access to the mountains if you do not have them.
Bus: You can reach our resorts by bus Geneva airports. Pre-booking of the buses is advised (but is essential during the busy periods), please see the following web sites for more information and on line bookings: Alpski-Bus and Altibus. To get from Chambery airport Mobisavoie operates a shuttle service.
Our chalets are approximately 600 miles from Calais, which is about a nine-hour drive (at peak times this may be much longer). It's an easy drive, being largely motorways, but you might well want to take your time and enjoy the French countryside too.
To get across the English Channel there are plenty of ferry services, plus the Eurotunnel. If you want to take a more leisurely drive down there are ample opportunities to stop off in scenic and interesting tourist spots.
You can travel directly via Eurostar or on the combined (and cheaper) Eurostar and TGV services directly from Paris and you can get a taxi from Moutier to our chalets in Meribel - we provide transfers to and from Moutiers for our catered chalets