Meribel lies at the heart of The Three Valleys ski resort, and is an extremely popular village, not only because of its excellent location and access to snow-sure skiing, but also it’s lively yet laid-back atmosphere. Ideal for families, friends or corporate groups alike, the variety of pistes suits beginners through to experts. With the largest linked area in Europe to explore, there are more kilometers of skiing than most legs can cope with in a week!
This variety continues through the bars and restaurants of the bustling village; from La Folie Douce, renowned for lively après-ski, a smattering of Michelin-starred establishments, and the many charmingly traditional Savoyarde restaurants there is genuinely something for everyone. For those not skiing, there are accessible walks or hikes, mountain restaurants to access via the gondolas, and the stunning vistas of the Tarentaise valley to marvel at. Meribel is a pretty alpine village with a bustling high street, featuring gorgeous interior shops, excellent cafes and a range of ski wear boutiques. The twice-weekly market is ideal for picking up souvenirs and sampling local gastronomic delights. For the quintessential alpine experience, why not explore the area from the comfort of a private horse-drawn sleigh…
Meribel is at the heart of The Three Valleys, one of the largest and most famous ski areas on the planet.
- Pretty, bustling and snow-sure mountain village
- Skiing for all abilities and a wonderful family resort
- Beautiful walks and activities for non-skiers
- Part of the fantastic 3 Vallées – largest linked ski area in Europe
- Michelin-starred mountain restaurants and lively après-ski
Live Like A Local
There is a hidden door, a secret place, an untold secret. That is the essence of travel, that journey of discovery when you uncover a gem, stumble upon the unique; when you truly manage to live like the locals. If you are looking for the authentic here are a few places to start.
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Resort altitude: 1450m
Highest lift: 2592m
Vertical drop: 1142m
Winter season: Runs from approximately 8th Dec to 22nd April
Summer season: Runs from 6th July to 30th August
Local population: Year round
Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble Airport
Transfer to resort in around two hours.
If you can get a flight to Chambery from your regional airport, the transfer to resort is just an hour and a quarter.
NEAREST TRAIN STATIONS
Moûtiers (full name Moûtiers Salins Brides Les Bains)
25 minutes from Meribel centre.
If you’re travelling from the UK, the Eurostar leaves from London or Kent and takes you either direct to Moûtiers or into Paris, where you pick up a connecting TGV train to Moûtiers.
Parc Olympique, located in the heart of Meribel, houses an indoor ice rink, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and wellness area and spa. The swimming pool is open everyday of the week throughout the summer and winter seasons. As with much of France, swimming shorts are not permitted for men and speedos must be worn. Something to do with hygiene, apparently. The fitness centre and gym offers cardio training, fitness training, weight rooms, rowing machines and fitness bicycles. The wellness area and spa consists of massage rooms, a sauna, Turkish baths and steam room.
Things To Do
It is easy to forget in the midst of a ski holiday that there are other equally exciting things to experience. In reality, such is the plethora of non-ski activities, they warrant an action-packed week’s holiday of their own…
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LE CLOS BERNARD
On-piste, near Altiport
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LE GRAND COEUR
Route du Grand Coeur
Close to the Le Morel chair
Alpine nightlife can be hit and miss. Gregarious après, repetitive music and a general sense of excess over excellence can become wearing to the discerning traveller. So what if your holiday time is too precious to waste and your palate too discerning for disappointing drinks? Here are a few of our preferred destinations for the famous aperitivo hour and beyond.
LE ROND POINT
Le Rond Point, or Ronnies, is the most raucous après bar in Meribel. Some more words would be nice.
LA FOLIE DOUCE
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Rue de la Shopping
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