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Meribel Ski Resort
Located at the heart of the 3 Vallées ski area, with its 600km of pistes and breath-taking views of the most beautiful peaks in the Alps, Méribel is home of the Ski Chalet Holiday and is one of the most popular European ski resorts… and it’s easy to see why; luxury chalets, excellent restaurants, a lively apres ski scene and most importantly, world-class skiing.
Meribel’s history is revealed through its various districts, located at different altitudes. From authentic hamlets to modern developments, tranquil settings to lively apres scene, there’s a Meribel for everyone.
Méribel Village, 1,400m:
This lively little hamlet is grouped around a sunny central square with shops, bars and restaurants. Access to the vast 3 Valless Ski Area is easy, via the Golf chairlift. There is also a free bus connecting Meribel Village and Méribel Centre, which runs throughout the day and evening.
Méribel Centre, 1,450m:
As the name suggests, Meribel Centre is at the heart of the Resort with everything within walking or skiing distance. Here you’ll find the tourist office, numerous boutique shops, restaurants, shops and a swimming pool.
Méribel Mottaret, 1,750m:
A satellite resort, located at the highest point of ‘Meribel’. Due to its altitude, Meribel Mottaret is ideal for early/late season skiers. It’s well-connected to the wider 3 Vallees, enabling quick and easy access to the neighbouring resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens.
Welcome to the Worlds Largest Skiing Domain
Comprising seven resorts – Courchevel, Brides-les-Bains, Méribel, St Martin de Belleville, les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle, the 3 Vallées is the largest ski area in the world and a Mecca for skiers. Both vertically and horizontally, the expanse of ski area is a dream come true for even the most insatiable skiers. The stats alone give you the measure of this incredible playground: 20 kilometres as the crow flies between Courchevel and Orelle, and 600 kilometres over a network of more than 1,500 hectares of ski runs make up the ski area. Here, you’re guaranteed exceptional skiing from the beginning of December to the end of April, on a wide variety of runs, which can be categorised as follows; 17% green runs. 39% blue runs, 33% red runs and 11% black runs
Situated at the heart of the 3 Vallées, Méribel is perfectly located to make the most of this extraordinary ski area for all abilities. With 45 Ski Lifts giving access to 150km of piste, plus plenty of easily accessible off-piste opportunities, this picturesque resort has plenty of variety to keep all levels of skiers and boarders occupied. The Valley also boasts two of the best snowparks in Europe, complete with a beginner jump line and a superpipe.
The neighbouring Courchevel Valley is made up of five different villages – Courchevel 1850, Courchevel Moriond (1650), Courchevel Village (1550), Le Praz (1300) and La Tania, all linked by high-speed lifts and a network of pistes. The wide-open pistes are ideal for beginners, or the nervous skier looking to regain their confidence behind tackling the more challenging terrain. The more advanced are spoilt for choice, with dreamy long Reds such as Creux and Chapelets, and plenty of off-piste powder bowls and Couloirs.
The Val Thorens valley is made of three separate villages, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Saint Martin De Belleville. With its own glacier and a peak elevation of 3,200m, one thing you’re guaranteed is amazing snow conditions throughout the season and into late spring. For piste-lovers the ski run Jerusalem is regularly rated in the world’s top ten red runs and the runs from the top of Pointe de la Masse are breath-taking. Due to its height, the Val Thorens valley receives huge snowfalls and there are acres of fresh powder to be enjoyed.
Après is almost as important as skiing itself…. Enjoy a refreshing cold beer or glass of rose with friends and family whilst reminiscing about the best runs, biggest fails and endless powder bowls. Whilst Meribel has never-ending après options, here are a few to get you started.
‘La Folie Douce‘ this world famous apres-ski bar is located under the mid Station of the Saulire Express, and is the perfect spot to enjoy the late afternoon sun, live music, dance performances and a beer or 2… the VIP area is available if you book in advance and continues the party vibes with a birds eye view of the crowd dancing and spraying bubbly. Le Rond Point (known by locals as the Ronnie) is located just below the mid-station of the Rhodos gondola as you ski back down into Meribel centre, it is also accessible via the local free bus service “route C”. This lively après bar has regular live music and events including “Ronnie loves music” a week of guest DJs and artists, it has gained a reputation for being one of the best apres-ski bars in Europe. Lodge du Village (LDV) located at the foot of le lapin piste and the golf chair lift in Meribel village, this après bar with its large terrace and heated umbrella is the perfect venue to listen to live music and continue the party into the evening. For those staying in Meribel centre there is a free local bus service that stops across the road “route A”. Jack’s Bar is located at the foot of the slopes, Jacks has firmly established itself as one of the most popular apres-ski hangouts in Meribel. From ‘Bad Boy Burgers’ to Craft Beer on tap, this centrally located bar is the perfect place to meet up with friends. Based in the heart of Meribel.
Moving into the evening there are several bars to choose from; Copiña has quickly established itself as Méribel’s must-visit, Galician-inspired cocktail and tapas bar, located next to the bus stop in Meribel centre. Copiña boasts a range of professionally designed cocktails, carefully hand-selected craft beers, an array of world wines, and an exceptional spread of traditional homemade tapas. This cosy bar is the perfect place for a pre or post dinner cocktail or an alternative to restaurant dining. La Coursive des alpes hidden away in the old cinema in Meribel centre, alongside their gastronomic restaurant they have a pre-dinner bar which serve local wines, cocktails and apero snack boards, it is a hidden gem from the hustle and bustle of the busy ski resort. Barometer a new team have taken over the well establish “Baro” located in the centre of Meribel, this venue shows lots of live sport, has a large bar and a restaurant serving food all day.
Le Doron Pub is Meribel’s largest late-night venue with a mixture of live music, DJs, live sport and drink promotions from 16:00 until late. O’Sullivans, known locally as ‘Sully’s, this popular Irish bar is quintessential part of Meribel. With live music 7 days a week, you’ll find the party animals of Meribel, tourist, seasonaires and even the odd celebrity raising the roof until the early hours of the morning! ‘La Taverne (known by local as “The Tav”) is just a snowball throw away from the piste, located in the main square of Meribel. With its quirky wooden clad interior and an instantly warm atmosphere, this ‘locals’ pub serves up great food, regular live music and screening of all the major sporting events.
Whether it’s for a quick snack or a long lunch, a caffeine fix or a chilled bottle of Rose, the 3 valleys have numerous mountain restaurants to choose from. Our concierge team will be more than happy to recommend the best spots to ‘do lunch’, preventing the last minute head-scratching.
Maya Altitude brought to you by the famous Maya Collection found in Monaco, located at the top of the chair lift Tougnette 2. The high-end brasserie-style menu was created by Christophe Dupuy, the Executive Chef of Maya Collection, in collaboration with the Michelin-starred chef Akrame. The interior design of the building is stunning and artistically derived by Hong Kong architect Sylvestre Murigneux. This restaurant is booked up well in advance so speak to your personal concierge to reserve a table for you.
Le Blanchot is a fantastic restaurant accessible on foot, by car or piste located a Meribel Altiport, just next to the bridge under the Golf chairs lift. Owners Delphine and Mattieu will welcome you to their family run business, serving fresh local produce and amazing wines on their sunny terrace next to the private Meribel runway.
Le Clos Bernard is located in the heart of the Altiport Forest, in Meribel, accessible by ski, foot or even by horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy a cosy, gourmet meal next to the open fire or a sunny lunch on the terrace. L’Adray Telebar also has direct access to the piste, and welcoming south-facing terraces. L’Adray serves traditional French cuisine with a few Savoyard specialities. As one of the oldest restaurants in the Valley, L’Adray is a great option for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. La Folie Douce La Fruitiere offers fine dining on the slopes, with a side helping of music and dancing that La Folie Douce is world-famous for. Combining authenticity and modernity, this restaurant celebrates all the best things in the Savoie region. From Burgers to Oysters and a wide variety in between, La Folie is a must for all those staying in Meribel.
Lilie located underneath our beautiful chalet de l’Oree opposite Le Rond Point and accessible by piste, or the local bus route C. This restaurant is new to Meribel and has been receiving fantastic reviews. Owners Hélène et Sylvain pride themselves on their modern take of simple, homecooked French cuisine.
Meribel Centre Restaurants
Catered Chalets are what we do best. However, with numerous award-winning restaurants in Meribel, we highly recommend dining out whenever possible.
Le 80 at La Chaudanne hotel’s gorgeous restaurant decorated with a theme of hot air balloons, this high-end fine dining, restaurant has an incredible wine list and serves simple high-quality produce. Le Savoy Hotel restaurant a fine dining culinary experience, choose from the a la carte menu or taster menu with wine paring, located in the heart of the town centre. Beautiful decoration and a modern approach to fine dining, they have an extensive wine cellar and an experienced sommelier on hand to guide you through their menu and food parings.
Le Fromagerie hidden in the basement of the local cheese shop in Meribel centre, this surprisingly large venue serves traditional Savoyard raclette and fondue. Choose from 2-3 types of cheese, served with simple side salad, potatoes, and cold meats. Les Coursive des Alpes a unusual venue located in the old cinema in the heart of Meribel centre this restaurant offers a fine dining experience off the beaten track. L’Ekrin by Laurent Azoulay 1 Michelin Star * restaurant located at le Kaila Hotel a gastronomic experience in the most prestigious hotel in Meribel.
Tsaretta Spice Restaurant Meribel is located in Morel 1600 close to our beautiful Parc Alpin apartments and headed up by Chef Yousuf Mohammed, Tsaretta Spice, Méribel brings inventive high-end Indian cuisine to the French Alps. It’s a favoured destination for the local community, providing a vibrant environment to catch up with friends, enjoy a drink and to sample Yousuf’s culinary delights. Le Cepe is a chic, traditional restaurant, with an Alpine-style interior and a relaxed and welcoming ambiance. The chef highlights cep mushrooms, fresh fish and meat, all of which are shown to customers. A varied menu with set-price menus and a wide price range. In each range, there is a choice of fresh produce selected by the chef, plus a blackboard offering daily specials to meet contemporary taste.
Meribel Village Restaurants
Bo a Mil Hidden behind La Terrasse Brasserie this very traditional Savoyard restaurant transports you back to the resort in its farming days and before it became a world class ski resort, located in an old barn with a vaulted ceiling the style is relaxed, wholesome Savoyard food and a small la carte menu.
La Terrasse Brasserie is situated in the heart of Meribel Village, and is renowned for their warm and welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and stunning views. Whether it’s for a coffee, lunch, light apres or dinner, La Terrasse is the perfect venue to refuel after a day on the slopes.
Non ski activities
“Méribel, heart of les 3 Vallées” is not just a slogan: the ski resort of Méribel is situated at the geographic centre of les 3 Vallées ski area and so offers the best access to the 600km of linked ski runs. In addition, due to its enviable location, there’s numerous ‘non-ski activities’, catering for all ages.
Downhill skiing has long been the predominant winter mountain sport. However, it has to be admitted, ski touring is the best way to access more remote and unseen places. Certainly, ski touring requires some effort but it offers all the pleasure of skiing, plus contact with untouched nature and all the thrills of discovery. Méribel allows you to experience touring excursions adapted to your physical and technical level, on a half- or full-day basis. For beginners and experts, the possibilities are endless thanks to the valley’s professional guides.
A holiday in the mountains wouldn’t be the same without some tobogganing. These special family moments and fun times with friends are some of the simple pleasures that put a smile on our faces, year after year. Whether you are looking for a secure tobogganing area for young children or a several kilometre-long toboggan run through the forests, you’ll find it in Méribel.
Situated at the Olympic Park, the ice-skating rink is open to the public throughout the Winter Season. Whether you’re a beginner wanting lessons or a wannabee pro fine-turning your Axel, get your skates on and hit the ice! If all seems too energetic, why not grab a beer and watch an Ice Hockey match on a Tuesday evening?
Also situated within the Olympic Pak, the 14-metre indoor climbing wall is a the perfect family après activity, or for those looking for a skiing alternative. This artificial wall is open every day throughout the season for adults and children above six years old.
Located in the Olympic centre along with a gaming arcade.
The Olympic centre also has a swimming pool open to adults and children.
Walking routes and snow shoeing
There are some fantastic walking routes in the Meribel valley, starting at the top of the Vanoise National Park where you will find refuges, breathe taking mountain views and wildlife. All the way down to Bride les Bains at the bottom of the valley, passing stunning Savoie Mountain villages. If you purchase a pedestrian lift pass, non-skiers can join their skiing family and friends on the mountain for lunch. La Folie Douce La Fruitiere, Lilie, Le Blanchot and Le Clos Bernard are accessible on foot or by lift.
The best spa in Meribel is located at Le Kaila hotel, sit back, relax and unwind in their indoor pool surrounded by bay windows, try your strength in their swimming lane against a current. Relax in the waterfall jacuzzi or treat yourself to a massage in one of the 6 relaxation booths available for individuals or couples.
Les 3 Vallées ski area lies in the Savoy in France, in the Northern Alps. It is the largest ski area in the world with 600km of runs directly linking three mountain valleys and several internationally known ski resorts, including the ski resort of Méribel. Plane, train, car, shuttles or taxis; all means are available to reach the peaks of paradise.
The 4 nearest airports to Meribel are Geneva (180km), Lyon (175km), Grenoble (180km) and Chambery (100km). Whilst Chambery may offer the shortest transfer time, Geneva is always worth considering but the numerous scheduled and charter flights departing the UK and European Cities.
Once you’ve arrived at your ‘Gateway to the Alps’, we can arrange for your private airport transfer to pick you up and whisk you up to resort… where you’ll soon be sipping Champagne in your own exclusive Chalet.
The quickest way to get to resort is with a transfer bus. We work with a reliable, local service to provide you with a stress-free journey to and from resort. For group bookings, a private transfer is cheaper than you think, and you can often make a saving compared to the price of individual return transfers. Please contact us for prices and to book.
Whether it’s an overnight sleeper train from the UK, or a fast train from Geneva, why not sit back, relax, and take the train to Meribel? Not only is taking the train more environmentally friendly, but it’s also a great way to see the landscape change as the Mountains get closer. The nearest train to Meribel is the SNCF station of Moutiers-Salins-Brides-Les-Bains, approx. 20km from resort.
Beat the crowds, ski on quiet slopes during transfer day while everyone else is sitting in an airport. Our Concierge t
Travel safely with no luggage limits, avoiding airport ques, and with the freedom to visit neighbouring resorts, self-drive is a no-brainer for groups or families. With the door to door travel time on par with flying*, we do promote safe driving with leisure stops along the way.
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