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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
– 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 Chapalets, and plenty of off-piste powder bowls and Coiuloirs.
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.
Apres is almost as important as skiing itself…. Enjoy a refreshing cold beer with friends whilst reminiscing about the best runs, biggest fails and endless powder bowls. Whilst Meribel has endless apres options, here are a few to get you started.
Le Rond Point is located above the town of Meribel, Le Rond Point is up their as one of the best apres-ski bars in Europe. Come snow or shine, live music and DJs blasts out 7 days a week, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Expect singing, dancing and crowd-surfing! The world famous ‘La Folie Douce‘ apres-ski bar, located near the mid Station of the Saulire Express, is the perfect spot to enjoy the late afternoon sun, live music, dance performances and a beer or 2… just don’t forget to catch the last lift home. 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, 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 and is a 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! ‘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.
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. Le Rond Point Restaurant is a fantastic piste-side snack bar, serving up flavoursome and affordable food, along with some of the best views of the valley. Dine in or snack and go! Le Cookie’s Club, with direct access to the piste, is an ideal pit-stop to refuel, with a variety of international cuisine, with a la carte, soups, salads, burgers, paninis and much more…. All available daily from 11:00 until 15:30. 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.
Catered Chalets are what we do best. However, with numerous award winning restaurants in Meribel, we highly recommend dining out whenever possible.
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. Tsaretta Spice Restaurant Meribel is located close to the piste 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. Born out of the love for all things BBQ and Beer, the Brewer’s Den Bar and Smokehouse Restaurant in Meribel has rapidly become a resort landmark. Locally sourced, slow-cooked and smoked to perfection. Eat in, take away or have it delivered to your door. Le Cepe is a chic, contemporary Restaurant, with and 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
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.
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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