at a glance...

600km of pistes
1700m resort height
2.25 hours transfer time
All levels great for
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Meribel Ski Breaks Overview

With its efficient lift system and prime location in the Three Valleys ski area, Meribel remains a firm favourite with British skiers. Undoubtedly the prettiest ski resort in the Three Valleys, Meribel has been sensitively developed with attractive chalet-style buildings – think peaked wooden roofs coated in snow only interrupted by glimmering conifers and mountain views. Although now a large and cosmopolitan resort, Meribel retains a friendly alpine atmosphere.

The resort is made up of two main villages. The larger of the two, simply known as Meribel, offers a good choice of bars, restaurants and ski shops with the resort centre focused around the main lift station La Chaudanne. The quieter satellite village of Meribel Motteret is a couple of miles up the valley and provides faster links to the other Three Valley resorts. You can't beat the amount of skiing on offer on a ski weekend in Meribel.

Skiing in Meribel

Situated in the heart of the Three Valleys, Meribel ski resort forms part of the largest linked ski area in the world. Huge investments to the lift systems have ensured easy and efficient access to the 600km of pistes on offer Between Meribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens and Le Belleville.

Within Meribel itself, there are some great areas to learn to ski with nice nursery slopes around the Altiport and plenty of wide green runs to progress to. Intermediates have a generous choice of blues and reds throughout the Meribel area with large amounts of tree skiing on offer.

For advanced skiers, the Mont du Vallon offers some steep reds and long off-piste runs. However, the appeal of ski holidays in Meribel for experts lies more in the resort's positioning with its easy access to Courchevel and Val Thorens. Both neighbouring resorts boast enough advanced runs and off-piste itineraries to satisfy any keen skier.

Après ski in Meribel

Après-ski is energetic both on and off the piste. The lively après bars on the slopes include La Rond Point and the famous Folie Douce - this is the straight-off-the-slopes, ski boot dancing on tables aprés ski we've grown to love. Once back in the resort centre, you will find an abundance of bustling bars offering live music and sports until the early hours. Meribel is home to a good selection of restaurants serving everything from international cuisine or traditional fondue to pizza and pasta.

Looking for things to do? Take a look at our roundup of non-ski activities.

Want the low down on the best restaurants? Read through our guide to dining in Meribel.

Planning your ski route? Discover our favourite ski runs in Meribel.

Dreaming of après ski? Find out where to party in style.

Best for...

  • Après
  • Groups
  • Foodies
Accommodation in Meribel

Meribel is a fairly spread out resort so it pays to look into the location of your accommodation if you don’t want a long slog to the lifts each morning. Our hotels are focused around the Olympic centre for Meribel ski weekends. You'll find yourself set right next to the slopes as well as all the bars, shops and restaurants offered in town. 

We also have a chalet just above the town, it's run by us so you'll have all the flexiski staff to take care of you. So sit back and relax whilst they take care of all your reasonable needs. There's even a couple of hot tubs on the terrace looking out down the valley.

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3* Hotel L'Eterlou
3* Hotel L'Eterlou

Hotel L'Eterlou, Meribel is less than 50m from the piste. Complete with outdoor pool, hot tub and a cosy cabins worth of sauna and steam.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool
More info
5* Hotel Le Coucou
5* Hotel Le Coucou

Situated in one of the best locations in Meribel this gem of a hotel is on the slopes with fantastic spa facilities and three amazing restaurants.

  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Pool
More info

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Meribel ski weekends

The resort
Resort height - 1,400-1,700m
Highest point - 3,230m

Ski areaLes Trois Vallées - 600km of piste
Meribel - 150km


In the heart of the three valleys, Meribel is the central valley in the world's largest ski area. It feels like a blue slope haven full of tree-lined skiing, perfect for the cruisy skiers out there. But with the sheer extent of the ski area, there is more than enough for any type of skier (or boarder).

Green runs 13%
Blue runs 39%
Red runs 38%
Black runs 10%

Lifts - 180

Season length - December to April

Buses - There are numerous buses that run throughout Meribel and all are included on your lif pass. Take a look at the bus timetables here.

Resort ratings
Beginners - 4/5
Intermediates - 5/5
Experts - 4/5
Snowboarders - 4/5
Families - 3/5
Après - 5/5
Eating out - 4/5
Charm - 3/5

Bowling | cinema | cross-country skiing | heliskiing | horse-drawn tours | ice skating | indoor wall climbing | paragliding | snowshoeing | snowmobiling | swimming

Transfer times
Due to the fact that flights into Chambery and Grenoble tend to only be available on the weekends, we use Geneva as our main airport.

Chambery - 1 hour 15 minutes
Grenoble - 1 hour 14 minutes
Geneva  - 2 hours 15 minutes

Meribel local lift pass
3 day lift pass from £151
6 day lift pass from £237

Three Valleys area lift pass
3 day lift pass from £178
6 day lift pass from £282


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