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 along the valley and provides faster links to the other Three Valley resorts.
Skiing in the resort
Situated in the heart of the Three Valleys, Meribel 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.
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.
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 is energetic both on and off the piste. The lively après bars on the slopes include La Rond Point and the famous Folie Douce. 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.