Five Reasons to Make Meribel your next Ski Resort of Choice


The beautiful resort of Méribel has been popular among the British skiing public for many, many years – and with good reason. Ideally situated in the heart of the Three Valleys, Méribel offers easy access to some of Europe’s most exciting terrain alongside a lively nightlife and strong family-friendly infrastructure.

Today, the resort stands among the best ski destinations in the world, with terrain and amenities for visitors of all ages. Here, we take a good look into Meribel, with five reasons to make it your next ski resort of choice.

600 kilometres of skiable terrain for all levels

From the soaring peaks of the Saulire or Tougnete, visitors to Meribel can explore mile after mile of diverse terrain on a single full-area Three Valleys lift pass, or stick to the varied local slopes on a Meribel pass. And with a modern fleet of swift and comfortable chairs and gondolas in place to offer uplift to the high plateaux and mountaintops, exploring the mapped slopes is a pure joy.

Mighty peaks and sweeping valleys offer all the pisted and off-piste terrain you could wish for, and Meribel is also home to some of the finest snow-parks in Europe. Skiers and snowboarders in search of the steep and deep have a wide range of terrain to explore – though the best ground gets tracked out early. There’s a diverse choice of slopes wonderfully well-suited to intermediate-level skiers and snowboarders in Méribel, too, and experienced skiers hire guides on powder days – it’s the best way to head straight to the deepest powder and explore in safety.


Ski lifts in Meribel carry skiers to the four corners of the Three Valleys swiftly

Ski lifts in Meribel carry skiers to the four corners of the Three Valleys swiftly

Accommodation options to suit a broad range of budgets

From the base villages around les Allues and le Raffort through to Méribel Village, the Altiport sector, Méribel itself, and Méribel Mottaret, you’ll find a staggering selection of chalets, apartments and hotels with prices to suit all budgets.

Méribel’s catered ski chalet offerings include a fine range of warm and welcoming properties – both with and without UK flights and transfers included in the package. With a chalet host on hand to clean and prepare meals, you’re left free to relax and enjoy the snowy Alpine slopes.  Locations vary enormously, but many of the resort’s chalet companies run their own private shuttle services, whisking skiers and boarders to ski-lift bases like the Altiport and la Chaudanne in moments.

At the top end of the accommodation market, Méribel offers a truly impressive portfolio of beautiful luxury chalets, where guests enjoy the ultimate ski holiday experience. 5* and 6* residences nestle in exclusive hillside enclaves around the resort, offering the last word in alpine relaxation and indulgence.

Gentle terrain for learner skiers and snowboarders

Beginner skiers and snowboarders in Méribel can master the basics on a wide range of terrain – with broad swathes of the best learner-friendly ground located within easy reach of the resort’s diverse chalets and hotels – but visitors with young improvers or nervous leraners ought to be selective over location in order to enjoy the best ski access.

Nestled above Méribel Village, the Altiport sector is a great example. The Altiport is home to gently rolling green runs ideal for beginners and improvers. Tall pine trees shelter skiers and boarders from any bad weather closing in, and there’s a fine selection of steeper terrain nearby for gentle progression on the snow.

You'll find a great range of chalets and hotels in the iconic resort of Meribel

You'll find a great range of chalets and hotels in the iconic resort of Meribel

World class ski schools

In short, Méribel is home to some of the finest and most experienced ski schools in the Alps. Here, you’ll undoubtedly find the course or clinic suited to your level – from the basic pizza shape to advanced-level parallel turning, refresher courses, mogul clinics, guided freestyle sessions in the resort’s wonderful terrain parks, off-piste sessions and even professional-level instructor courses. Méribel’s reputation for the diversity and quality of its tuition is one of the resort’s trump cards, and visitors coming here in search of ski lessons have an outstanding array of options.  

Lively and diverse après ski scene

Visitors to Méribel looking to come off the slopes for a little lively après ski at the end of the day are pretty much spoiled for choice in Méribel, and the resort’s diverse bars, cafés, clubs and restaurants offer everything a thirsty visitor could wish for.

On the mountain, you’ll find piste-side après-ski venues like the Folie Douce and seasonnaires’ favourite, the Rond Point, which tend to get going around 3pm for their daily après ski sessions. It’s a similar story in the heart of the resort, too, where bars like Jacks and Barometer welcome thirsty revellers with live music, fresh food and a friendly atmosphere.

And as day turns into night, and holidaymakers fresh from their evening meals are joined in the bars and clubs by eager seasonnaires keen to let their hair down, favourite venuess like La Taverne, Scotty’s and Le Pub draw in the crowds as talented musicians sing their hearts out on stage.

For night owls keen to burn the candle at both ends, clubs such as popular new addition O’Sullivan’s attract big-name DJs to keep the dance floor jumping till the early hours every night of the week, (though you can forget first lifts the next morning!)

If Méribel is sitting on your list of resorts you’d like to tick off, we’re on hand to help. The winter 2019/20 ski season is on sale now, with a dazzling selection of traditional and stylish chalets and hotels offering early-bird deals. For more information on the accommodation options in Méribel that best match your group ski holiday requirements, we’re on hand to help. You can reach us on 020 3080 0200 or find us through our handy online chat service.


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