Welcome to Meribel, a skier’s paradise proudly sitting in the heart of the breathtaking 3 Valleys in the French Alps. For skiing enthusiasts, Méribel is more than just a resort; it’s a dream come true. Positioned at the core of the expansive 3 Valleys skiing area, it promises a haven of slopes catering to every skill level, accompanied by panoramic Alpine vistas that will steal your breath away.
As you explore the charming trio of Méribel Centre, Méribel-Mottaret, and Méribel Village, you’ll be captivated by an elegance that defines the region. But Méribel isn’t only about skiing; it’s a tapestry of experiences. Discover a range of accommodation, from luxurious chalets to cosy apartments, ensuring your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable.
The magic of Meribel extends beyond the slopes. Immerse yourself in a vibrant après-ski scene, where delectable dining options and lively nightlife create evenings as unforgettable as your days on the mountain. And for those seeking adventure off-piste, indulge in activities like paragliding and snowshoeing, transforming your holiday into an exhilarating journey of exploration and delight. Méribel isn’t just a destination; it’s an invitation to live your Alpine dreams to the fullest, promising memories that will last a lifetime.
- Méribel is an elegant ski resort in the French Alps, part of the extensive Les 3 Valleys skiing area.
- The resort offers various accommodation options, dining experiences, and vibrant nightlife.
- Non-skiers can also enjoy a wide range of alternative activities in Méribel.
Where is Meribel?
This picturesque resort comprises three neighbouring villages: Méribel Centre, Méribel-Mottaret, and Méribel Village. Located along the Vanoise National Park, the area offers stunning panoramic views and easy access to the surrounding ski slopes.
As you explore Méribel, you’ll find that each village has its own unique charm and character. Méribel Centre serves as the main hub, where most of the shops, restaurants, and amenities can be found. At an altitude of 1,450 metres, it’s perfectly situated to provide you with plenty of skiing opportunities on the 600km of pistes in the Three Valleys ski area.
Venture slightly higher, and you’ll come across Méribel-Mottaret, sitting at 1,750 metres. This village offers a more intimate atmosphere, with cosy accommodation options and convenient ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes. Boasting panoramic views of Mont Vallon and Dent de Burgin, Mottaret is an idyllic spot to enjoy the natural beauty of the French Alps.
For a more tranquil experience, head to Méribel Village, which lies at short drive from Méribel Centre at 1,600 metres. Although this quaint location has limited facilities, its lively Lodge du Village bar boasts a vibrant après-ski scene during the peak ski season. The higher altitude means that Méribel Village boasts longer-lasting snow, making for a fantastic ski-in, ski-out experience throughout most of the season.
In Méribel, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most impressive peaks in the French Alps, including Saulire and Tougnète. These mountains serve as a backdrop to the enchanting alpine landscape, creating an atmosphere that’s both friendly and inviting. So, strap on your skis and let the adventure begin in this beautiful part of France.
Skiing in Meribel
Meribel is situated right in the centre of the Three Valleys ski area, the largest linked ski area in the world, alongside Courchevel and Val Thorens. With 600km of marked pistes, you’ll have plenty of ground to cover, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier. The resort offers a diverse range of ski runs, from easy blue runs for beginners to challenging black runs for more advanced skiers.
When planning your ski holiday, you’ll want to ensure that you have the right equipment. White Storm’s Meribel ski hire shop is conveniently located in the centre of the resort. With professional and friendly staff we offer top-quality skis, boots, and accessories at competitive prices. For friendly service, high-quality gear, and even delivery to your accommodation.
If you’re new to skiing or looking to improve your skills, Meribel has a variety of ski schools to choose from. Beginner-friendly slopes and experienced instructors make learning a breeze. Research different ski schools, and their offerings, and read reviews to find the perfect fit for you. We recommend Marmalade, Oxygene, and New Generation ski schools for friendly and experienced instructors.
For those seeking a bit more excitement, Meribel offers a number of incredible terrain parks catering to different skill levels. These parks are perfect for practising jumps, rails, and other freestyle tricks. Don’t forget to stay within your skill level and always follow park safety guidelines for a fun and safe experience.
Advanced skiers looking for a more challenging experience can venture off-piste in Meribel, exploring untouched powder and hidden routes. Always check mountain conditions and hire a local guide if you’re unfamiliar with the area. Some ski schools offer off-piste courses, and ski touring is also available for those seeking a leisurely adventure. Enjoy the breathtaking views and unforgettable Alpine experiences while staying safe on your off-piste adventure. If you’re looking for off-piste skis and safety equipment then we supply everything you need in our ski shops.
When you visit Meribel, you’ll have a variety of hotel options. Many of the centrally located hotels offer modern amenities and easy access to the slopes. For example, L’Hélios & Spa hotel is only a 1-minute walk from the slopes, providing convenience for a day of skiing. Or spending a night at Hôtel & Spa Le Mottaret, nestled in Méribel Mottaret invites you into the heart of this 3 Valleys ski resort.
Meribel also boasts a range of lovely chalets, perfect for families and friends seeking a cosy place to relax after a day of skiing. Many chalets come with fireplaces, adding warmth and charm to your stay. There’s a huge choice of fully catered chalet options throughout the resort, many of which are nestled in quiet hamlets among the snow-covered trees!
If you’re looking for more budget-friendly and independent accommodation, consider booking an apartment. With over thousands of rental apartments and chalets at in Meribel, you’re sure to find something that suits your needs. These apartments give you the flexibility to cater for yourselves and enjoy your holiday at your own pace.
Dining and Nightlife
Méribel offers a variety of restaurants that cater to different tastes and budgets. You can find traditional Savoyard dining experiences as well as international cuisine throughout the resort. Many restaurants offer a well-priced ‘Plat du Jour’ (dish of the day) during lunchtimes, featuring locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables. For a memorable experience on the slopes, be sure to visit Le Monchu, known for its delicious food and south-facing terrace. Or for Tapas and Cocktails, Copina is a sure fire winner for a relaxing evening, while Tsaretta Spice is a delicious curry house to warm you up during a cold winter evening. Whether you’re looking for traditional Savoyard cuisine or something more international, you’ll find something to suit your taste buds. Some more popular options include Le Clos Bernard, La Galette, and Le Plantin.
Bars and Après Ski
Once the ski lifts close for the day, it’s time to kick back and enjoy Méribel’s vibrant après ski scene. From laid-back wine bars to lively pubs, there’s a spot for everyone. Whether you prefer a quiet glass of French wine in the sun or dancing on tables with a beer jug in hand, the resort’s bars and clubs are sure to keep you entertained. You won’t want to miss a boogie at the famous La Folie Douce where live DJs and dance shows kick off every afternoon high up on the slopes. In Meribel Centre, Le Rond Point is always waiting for a pitcher of beer and good times. Plus Jacks Bar and Scott’s Bar offer even more options. There always an Apres party to be found, just listen for the music and laughter!
The nightlife in Méribel doesn’t stop at après ski. As evening turns to night, the resort comes alive with an array of pubs, nightclubs, and venues that stay open until the early hours. You’ll find a lively selection of establishments that offer something for every occasion. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual drink with friends or singing and dancing the night away, Méribel’s nightlife scene has you covered.
Snow shoeing is a fantastic way to discover the beauty of nature and explore the forests and mountains around Méribel. This activity is perfect for those who want to escape the ski slopes and immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the snow-covered landscapes. You can either venture out on your own or join a guided tour, where experienced instructors will take you through serene forests and wildlife-rich areas. Don’t forget to explore the edges of the nearby Vanoise National Park, home to picturesque trails and stunning views.
Fancy a fun and active way to enjoy your time in Méribel when not skiing? Why not head over to the Parc Olympique sports centre, located in the heart of Méribel Centre. Apart from a swimming pool, gym, and indoor climbing wall, you will find an ice rink where you can strap on a pair of skates and glide across the ice. It’s an activity suitable for all ages and skill levels, so don’t hesitate to give it a go during your stay.
Méribel offers a wide range of shops where you can find everything from ski gear to souvenirs. Stroll through the charming streets and browse the local stores, offering a mix of sports shops, supermarkets, and gift shops. Don’t forget to pick up some local delicacies from the village, where you can find fresh produce, cheese, and cured meats.
Getting to Meribel
Méribel is a popular part of the French Alps so accessl is relatively easy, with several airports and a train station nearby. Chambery airport is the closest option, but Geneva remains a popular choice among international visitors. Transfers to Méribel by car, shuttle or taxi typically take between 2-3 hours, depending on the airport. You could also consider taking a train, as the nearby Moutiers station connects to the ski train from London. From here it’s a 20-minute drive up to resort.
Prices and Bookings
When planning your trip to Méribel, consider booking well in advance to secure better deals and availability. Prices can vary significantly depending on factors such as accommodation type, season, and duration of stay. Keep in mind that peak seasons, such as Christmas, New Year’s, and February half-term, are likely to be busier and more expensive. If you’re keen on saving money, look out for special offers, multi-pass discounts, and package deals that include travel, accommodation, and ski passes.
If you have any questions or require assistance during your stay in Méribel, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful staff at the Méribel Tourist Office. They can offer valuable information on the local area, events, and amenities, as well as guidance on the best skiing experiences tailored to your interests and abilities. The Tourist Office also provides ree WiFi access and an assortment of brochures to enrich your holiday experience. You can find the Méribel Tourist Office located at 27 Place Maurice Front – BP 1, 73550 Méribel.