One of the big French Alp resorts, Meribel is at the heart of the largest ski area on the planet, The Three Valleys. A model example of a fluid modern ski lift system, the total skiing area encompasses over 600km of pisted skiing and snowboarding. Originally developed by a Brit, the resort is very much favoured as the British home from home ski destination. The purpose built area is teeming with traditional style chalets strengthening its character and appeal for your all important skiing holiday to the mountains.
Skiing in Meribel
Meribel is a broad valley with 150km of downhill pistes to keep you busy. Lift linked to Couchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens and Les Menuires, the area grants a total of 600km of pisted runs. With heavy investment into its lift system, it has more speedy gondolas than any other lift system world-wide. The valley runs from North to South, giving sunshine to different parts of the resort all day long, and the whole resort in the sun at around midday for you to catch some rays at lunch time!
Meribel is a great all-rounder for mixed ability groups on their skiing holidays as there is such a choice of runs to take advantage of. Beginner skiers have easy runs toward the Altiport and Ronde Point des Pistes slopes to build confidence on. Amongst the abundance of intermediate slopes, there is a noteworthy 3.6km red run down Combe du Vallon or a picturesque snow-laden tree run down the Col de la Loze to never let you down. Expert skiers can unleash their wild side on the off-piste Mount Vallon face or black run Les Bosses.
Snowboarding In Meribel
Snowboarding holidays in Meribel are also very popular with the Bristish looking to ride in France. Freeriders will be happy to know they have a massive area to discover with well-maintained pistes and plenty of powder faces. One tip is to get off the Olympic Express Chair and ride straight until you meet an 845m off piste descent towards St Martin de Belleville, keep left as you head down though for the best route. Check out the ‘Moonparc’ suitable for all abilities with a good wide half pipe and new boarder cross.
Apres in Meribel
Meribel Centre is a hub of excitement with heaps of cafes, bars (with happy hours!) and restaurants. Apres ski for skiing holidays to Meribel is talked about for its lively atmosphere. With over 30 bars and 4 nightclubs, you’re bound to find somewhere you like to have a pint or cocktail whilst exchanging funny stories from the day’s snowy activities. Meribel Village is perfect for family skiing holidays due to its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It’s quiet yet close to all the action should they wish to indulge. There are good facilities in the village following the Olympics (where it hosted the women’s downhill) with a swimming pool and ice rink now.
Accommodation in Meribel
Meribel is a spread out resort, from 1850m down to 1400m. There is a bus linking the resorts now, but it can be a long walk to the slopes in some parts. There are some luxury hotels, especially at the Altiport region and Chaudanne areas. There are not a lot of apartments to choose from, however it’s mainly chalets here, lots and lots of chalets. If you are looking for a cheaper skiing option, you can stay in Brides les Bains and get the gondola up from the valley floor into Meribel. Check out Eclipse Ski’s best ski deals for Meribel…