Heading to magical Méribel? Read our handy guide and you’ll be in the know about all there is to know about the skiing and the après action!
In a Nutshell
- Superb access to the Three Valleys
- Gorgeous traditional Alpine architecture
- Vibrant après ski scene – fun on and off the pistes!
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Positioned smack bang in the middle of the Three Valleys (or Les Trois Vallées for those who want to make like a local), Méribel ski resort is acclaimed as one of the best on the planet for intermediates. Flanked by La Tania, Courchevel and Val Thorens, the Méribel ski area provides direct access to more than 600km of diverse terrain, affording avid skiers the opportunity to challenge themselves at whatever level they feel comfortable.
Due to its steep terrain, the resort comprises four separate villages on the side of the mountain that come under its collective name: Méribel Centre, Mottaret, Les Allues and Méribel Village. They range in altitude from 1600-1750m, with Mottaret (2km away) built as a satellite. The main central village is the most expensive (and best for partying), while Mottaret is generally considered the more cheap and cheerful choice for the serious skier.
The traditional architecture of the villages has been thoughtfully designed in keeping with its delightful alpine setting. Wherever you choose to stay in Méribel, ski-in, ski-out accommodation allows you to explore the entire expansive Three Valleys at your leisure.
“The gorgeous Alpine architecture of the resort is the perfect complement to the picturesque mountain setting.”
On the Slopes
While there are good facilities and slopes for novice skiers, which makes it great for groups of mixed abilities, the Méribel ski area is most renowned for what it can offer those with intermediate skills and above.
In addition to the more than 100 red runs throughout the Three Valleys, which include the picturesque forested run down from Col de la Loz (Pic Noir) and the long, sweeping Combe du Vallon, intermediates can challenge themselves on the famous Olympic Women’s Downhill Course (1992).
For advanced skiers with a sense of adventure, there are more than 30 black runs to sink your blades into. And, if you’ve got a taste for moguls, the jaw-shuddering Bartavelle that runs straight back down to Mottaret and Les Bosses is easily accessible from the village centre.
Other facilities include:
- Area 43 Snowpark
- Moon Park (snowpark)
- Plattieres snowboarding park
If you’re looking for serious off-piste, there’s a lot to keep you happy just beyond Méribel. Ski over to the top of neighbouring Courchevel and you can take your choice from the Grand Couloir or the very steep Couloir Tournier. For something to really take your breath away, at end of the valley past Mottaret you can launch yourself off the spectacular peak of Mont Vallon. There’s also the chance to explore the bowl around Cote Brune or, for those willing to push themselves to the limit, head out past Les Menuires to Point de la Masse.
Top tip: There’s also about 25km of exhilarating cross-country ski trails around the resort, which cater to all abilities. Why not try something different?
Off the Slopes
If you like to play as hard as you ski, the après scene in Méribel ski resort won’t disappoint. No matter what your style you’ll find some fun, with the lower part of the main village renowned as party central. There’s action aplenty from late afternoon, with some of the best après starting on the venues on the mountain. While the resort offers plenty of choice, a couple have reached local icon status.
Known fondly as “the Ronnie”, Le Rond-Point has been named multiple times as one of the world’s best après ski bars, so of course it’s one of the most popular spots in Méribel. Ski in for a drink right off the piste at the end of the day, although it’s also accessible by road for the non-skiers (there’s a regular bus). As well as offering fantastic food and wine, the party kicks off with world class DJs every night of the week. It’s open every day from 9am until late, so there’s no excuse not to sample the hospitality.
La Folie Douce
La Folie Douche has its own legendary reputation to uphold, which it does without a problem. Sister venue to the ones in Val Thorens and Val d’Isere, its location close to the Saulire cable car makes it extremely popular with those skiing right off the pistes at Biche and Maudit. By late afternoon the terrace is packed with revellers, and with live music, great food and plenty of heaters, it provides one of the friendliest party atmospheres in the Alps.
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Where to Stay
No matter how many there are in your group or what kind of ski break you’re looking for, our range of catered and self-catered accommodation in Meribel ski resort means you can do you and we’ll take care of the details.
Right in the dead centre of the resort, Cristal 10 puts you on the doorstep of the pistes and the shopping in Méribel. Ski accommodation in this location is highly sought after, so if you’re looking for a comfy place to say in the thick of the action, this one ticks all the boxes. With three bedrooms it’s big enough for groups, and because it’s set over two levels there’s room to move. The apartment takes in lovely elevated views over the mountains and has a cosy lounge room with a fireplace. With two bathrooms and a well-facilitated kitchen it can accommodate up to eight guests comfortably.
- 200m to pistes and centre
- Great views over the mountains
- Covered parking and ski lockers
Lac Blanc 02
With room for up to five guests, Lac Blanc 02 makes for a cute and cosy home-from-home in Mottaret – where the serious skiers hang out! So if you want quick access to the slopes and a pleasant place to lay your head, you’ll love Lac Blanc 02. Set on the second level, the apartment has a balcony with north facing views, so you can survey your ski playground at your leisure. With the shops on the doorstep, this comfy apartment can’t be beaten for its convenience and facilities, which include a well-equipped kitchen, ski locker and a bathroom with separate toilet.
- Double bedroom plus sleeping area with bunks
- Balcony overlooking the slopes
- Walking distance to pistes
Bergerie des 3 Vallees 1D
The two-bedroomed Bergerie des 3 Vallees 1D sets you in the heart of a delightfully bustling village atmosphere and is perfect for friends or family groups. Its south facing terrace offers a picture perfect view over the mountains and, while the apartment isn’t huge, it can easily accommodate four people. There’s a spacious lounge area and the well-equipped kitchen means you can self-cater in style. With a great ground floor position, everything is just outside the door.
- Free parking nearby
- Balcony with views
- Walking distance to everything
How to Get There
Getting to Méribel ski resort isn’t a problem at all, with lots of choice when it comes to flights from the UK. Multiple airlines offer regular routes to get you to the region, including plenty of budget options. The closest airports are Chambery (1.5 hours by road) and Geneva (2.5 hours away). If it’s more convenient, you can also fly into Lyon or Grenoble Airports, which are both around 3 hours away from the resort by road.
We offer a shared minibus transfer service from both Geneva and Grenoble.
Want to make an adventure of it and factor in a road trip to the Alps? We provide easy-to-understand self-drive instructions to our guests, so you’ll always be on the right path. From Calais the journey is about 610 miles (975km), with all but the final 20km on motorways or dual carriageway. We also offer the option of a supplement to your booking to include your Eurotunnel or ferry crossings from the UK.
If Méribel ski resort sounds like your kind of place for a winter break, Ski Amis will make it happen. Our fabulous range of catered and self-catered accommodation means that we can take care of the details while you worry about the serious business of skiing and having fun. Let’s get this party started!