At a glance
The Méribel valley, including the purpose-built Mottaret area, suits skiers of all levels
The Meribel ski resort is widely considered one of the prettiest when it comes to the famed Three Valleys, France.
Its traditional Savoyard style wooden buildings, groomed runs and unparalleled views of Mont Vallon are all details to boast about.
But, this isn’t all Meribel ski holidays have to offer. Want a taste of what’s in store should you visit this prestigious resort? Here’s a closer look.
History of Meribel, France
Also known as Meribel Les Allues and founded in 1939 by British Colonel Peter Lindsay, it was stipulated that all buildings had to be constructed in traditional Savoyard style using only wood, stone and slate. To this day, this style has been retained, giving the resort an attractive appearance that is admired by all guests.
The resort is also home to a giant chalet-like Olympic centre (originally built for the 1992 Albertville Olympics). Here, games such as ice hockey and women’s Alpine skiing were hosted.
As well as this, Meribel sits within the Vanoise National Park. Home to stunning wildlife and a plethora of exciting activities, this is just one reason why the resort comes to life in the warmer months. Meribel in summer is an exciting place to visit, proof that mountains aren’t just for winter.
Luxury chalets in Méribel
A Closer Look at the Meribel Ski Resort
Located in the heart of the Three Valleys
The Meribel valley is one of the largest of the French Alps extending from Brides-les-Bains at 600m to Péclet-Polset at 3,560m. The town has 57 ski lifts in its immediate vicinity to serve 74 groomed ski runs that total 150 kilometres of pistes.
Meribel Ski Season
While snowfall can differ widely year to year, the ski season usually runs from December to April. However, the resort itself is open all year round.
The Three Valleys
Meribel sits directly within the world’s largest linked ski area, les Trois Vallees, sharing 600km of pistes with infamous resorts such as Les Menuires and Val Thorens.
Evidently, those looking for a taste of Three Valleys skiing are spoilt for choice. Each resort is home to its own charms and unique features. Some pride themselves on their apres-ski, while others perfectly tailored to families.
Within this, Meribel appears to encompass the best of both worlds. Many students visit for its eclectic social scene, home to a number of famous spots, such as Jack’s Bar.
Meribel Ski Area
The Meribel ski area suits all skill levels. Beginners can cruise down the wide gentle slopes of the Altiport, a tree-lined area ideal for those skiing for the first time. Many fledgling skiers have found this the perfect spot for getting to grips with their skis.
Plus, a number of highly-rated, hugely popular ski schools can be found all over the resort.
For intermediates the range of runs is near limitless, with 89 blue and 116 red runs.
For the truly advanced skier, every day here is filled with both challenge and adventure. Whether you’re searching for acres of off-piste, endless mogul runs or kilometres of groomed perfection – you’ll find it all in one place.
A Slope Tailored to All Alpine Ski Holidays
One particularly popular run is the Olympic women’s downhill run. As the epicentre of the world’s largest ski domain, there are endless stretches of off-piste to enjoy.
Meribel has two areas dedicated to freestyle riders. In Meribel-Mottaret lies the Plattieres snowpark with its 17 acres – over a length of 1,300 yards – of jumps, whoops, banks and two half-pipes. The Meribel Moonpark offers one competition-standard half pipe, a half-pipe for learners and a boarder cross with whoops, tables and other obstacles.
Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania offer 90 km of cross-country tracks. There’s also a combination of green and blues for beginners and reds for the more experienced Nordic skiers.
What Makes Meribel Modern?
Despite its traditional appearance, Meribel has managed to retain its popularity by constantly updating its technology.
Queuing is a rarity thanks to the electronic lift pass system, two 50 person cable cars, over 40 gondolas and 25 high speed chair lifts.
Adding Adventure to Meribel Holidays
To accommodate the non-skiers, there’s an array of mountain restaurants which are accessible on foot and by car.
If you fancy a change from the slopes, there’s a plethora of activities to choose from. For a lower intensity sport, head to the ice rink. Alternatively, the thrill-seekers can push themselves with husky-sledding or snow-shoeing.
We can also advise you on local walks, as well as other activities such as tobogganing, parapenting, swimming, ice skating, tennis, squash and quad biking. In addition, the beautiful Lac de Tueda is the perfect spot from which to appreciate the snow-clad peaks without donning skis or a snowboard.
Map & Location
- Nearest airports Meribel:
- Chambery 95km
- Geneva 130km
- Grenoble 170km
- Lyon 185km
- Nearest airports Courchevel:
- Chambery 110km
- Geneva 149km
- Grenoble 174km
- Lyon 187km
What Else is on Offer at the Meribel Resort?
Luxury, relaxation and adventure in the Three Valleys
The Meribel town offers a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants, from the bustling après-ski bar Le Rond-Point to the cosmopolitan cocktail bar La Poste.
Staying in your own lodge? Unwind and relax in your chalet swimming pool, or enjoy some homemade cakes, bread and jam, tea, coffee and vin chaud (or something a little stronger) in front of a roaring log fire.
Alternatively, head outside where you’ll be greeted by a host of lively après-ski bars, alongside a range of other activities both skiers and non-skiers alike can enjoy. Venture closer towards Meribel’s centre and you’ll find everything from an international cinema to boutique shops to nightclubs.
Scenic flights over the Tarentaise region
Start planning your stay
More than just a chalet holiday, we offer an experience like no other
Meribel Ski Chalets
Make your holiday an unforgettable one by staying in one of the many Meribel chalets on offer for you to choose from.
Looking for ski in ski out accommodation? Still searching for the perfect choice for family skiing? Want a degree of luxury in your trip? A decadent lodge can offer you all of this and more.
Browse our range of catered chalets in Meribel to make your next trip to the Three Valleys as memorable as possible.
Meribel Accommodation – Chalet or Hotel?
Struggling to decide between a hotel or a chalet in Meribel? Ask yourself what you’re looking for from your holiday.
A private lodge is perfect for those looking for the VIP chalet experience. A dedicated team of staff will cater to your every need, ensuring you receive the best service possible. From your own private fine dining chef to a private chauffeur, our services have taken care of every detail to ensure your needs are met. At Alpine Infusion, your enjoyment is paramount.
Meanwhile, despite hotels being a hugely popular option for skiers, you may not receive the same five-star service found with catered chalets in the Three Valleys. Particularly for large groups, you can’t find the same experience in alternative accommodation.
Private lodges are specifically tailored to your specific needs. Although there’s an abundance of hotels in Meribel village, it’s more of a challenge to find the same high standards.
Catered Ski Chalets in Meribel
So, why will staying in your own lodge add a new dimension to your ski trip?
From a hot tub to your own personal bar, there’s a range of amenities to suit your personal requirements. Meribel chalet holidays are hugely popular, having skyrocketed to fame in recent years, and they haven’t earned this following for no reason.
We believe a ski holiday should be as relaxing as it is thrilling. For this reason, we’ve left no stone unturned in creating the perfect ‘home away from home’ environment for our guests.
There’s no better feeling than coming home after a long day on the slopes to a sumptuous meal cooked by your own personal chef.
We pride ourselves on marrying 5 star levels of service with a cosy home from home atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble and attention to detail is our byword. We cater for the ultimate luxury getaways, corporate ski trips and family ski holidays.
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