Meribel is best known for its snowy slopes that provide endless thrills for skiers and snowboarders alike.
However, what most people don’t know is that Meribel is also the ideal summer holiday destination. Even after the snow melts, the resort has plenty to offer holiday makers!
Whether you fancy tackling the whole host of exciting sports activities, or you’re looking for a more relaxed holiday, Meribel is an exciting place to be in the warmer months.
Here’s some more about Meribel in summer and why it’s the perfect choice for your holiday.
Summer in Meribel
Exploring Meribel in the summer is something every member of the family can enjoy.
From relaxing spa trips to the fine dining experience, the resort transforms during the warmer months. See a side to Meribel that you haven’t seen before!
The Vanoise National Park
It’s easy to appreciate the stunning Alpine views under the sun!
The resort is set in Vanoise National Park, the first of its kind in France, boasting hiking, rambling and sightseeing.
Take advantage of its numerous peaks and high altitude! Those who visit the Vanoise massif can delight in the breath-taking views and admire its wildlife.
In fact, exploring Meribel in summer gives you the chance to discover some amazing wildlife. The park is home to some fascinating animals, such as golden eagles, marmots and pine martens. You’ll just have to stay as quiet as possible!
If you take an interest in plants, there’s plenty to discover in the Vanoise National Park. The range here is both diverse and beautiful, from rare twinflowers to colourful black vanilla orchids.
Relaxing Spa Retreats
Meribel caters to everyone!
For those looking for a more relaxing experience, Meribel is home to plenty of spas that offer a range of treatments, from jacuzzies to massages. Is there are better way to unwind?
If you’re looking to feel rejuvenated at the end of your trip, you won’t be disappointed here.
Enjoying some delicious food is one of the best parts of any holiday. Luckily, Meribel’s restaurants keep their doors open even after the snow has disappeared!
From quick and tasty meals to the fine dining experience, Meribel has something on offer for all hungry holiday makers.
Restaurant le Grand Lac aux Menuires is one of our favourites, boasting a mountain brasserie style of cooking and a terrace that’s perfect for the summer months. Its menu is also great value for money!
With its generous portions and à la carte menu, L’Allodis offers traditional French cuisine with a modern twist. It’s perfect for those looking to enjoy the authentic taste of France!
There’s a plethora of restaurants on offer in Meribel, so every member of the family is sure to have their taste buds satisfied!
On paper, Meribel might not seem like a great place to shop.
However, the town boasts some great stores, from outdoor sports shops to fashionable clothing boutiques.
Summer Lift Opening Dates
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Meribel’s lifts close at the end of the ski season. But you’d be wrong!
In fact, since so many holiday makers head to Meribel to take part in its summer activities, the lifts reopen from July until September.
This allows those visiting the resort to take full advantage of the mountains! Both pedestrians and mountain bikers can use the lifts.
This year, Meribel’s lifts will be open from the 8th July until the 31st August 2018, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the mountains!
Activities for Summer Mountain Holidays
Meribel’s summers are famous for the activities they offer, from hot air ballooning to canyoning.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do first! This wide range of activities is sure to provide you with as many thrills as the slopes.
The list of summer activities on offer in Meribel includes:
White Water Rafting
If you haven’t experienced the thrill of white water rafting before, now’s your chance!
The Alpine rapids provide both entertainment and a challenge for beginners or experts alike. Since it’s a group activity, it’s the perfect choice for families. It can be a great bonding experience!
Fishing is both a family-friendly and charming activity that Meribel happily accommodates.
In fact, fishing in Lac Tueda is an unforgettable experience! The lake has crystal-clear waters that make the activity enjoyable and entertaining.
You’ll need a fishing license, and you won’t be able to fish between 5pm and 8pm every day, however the experience is not to be missed.
For thrill seekers, mountain-biking is the perfect activity to get both the adrenaline racing and your heart pumping.
Meribel boasts a huge area that keen mountain bikers can explore at their leisure. It’s the perfect playground for those looking to get to grips with the sport, or put their abilities to the test!
But, it can also be a chance to see the mountains as you have never seen them before! For this reason, the experience can be both calming as well as energetic!
Put your archery skills to the test against a backdrop of stunning Alpine views! Kids and adults alike enjoy taking part in this popular summer activity in Meribel year after year.
If you’re looking for a relaxing activity, this one isn’t for you. But, for those who are seeking the taste of adrenaline, canyoning is the perfect activity to get your heart racing.
Canyoning involves plunging into mountain streams and natural water slides from great heights. So, it’s unsurprising that this is a strictly summer activity!
Geocaching is a popular summer activity, especially in Meribel!
The activity involves hunting for treasure using a GPS system. It’s the perfect chance for the whole family to explore the alpine environment!
Love water sports? Make sure you give hydro-speeding a go!
There’s no more exhilarating way to tackle the river! The sensation is entirely unique, making it hugely popular with those on holiday in Meribel in summer.
Want to experience the crisp mountain air like never before? Paragliding (also known as parapenting) is the perfect summer activity!
You’ll see the Alpine views in a completely different way, and there’s no experience quite like it. It can be thrilling, but it’s mostly a relaxing activity!
Cycling through the Meribel is both rewarding and challenging.
In fact, the roads around Meribel are home to part of the Tour de France, which gives you some idea of their difficulty!
Love to explore?
Hiking is the perfect activity to discover the mountains and get close to the wildlife! As Meribel is home to plenty of trails, there’s always somewhere new to discover.
Hot Air Ballooning
See the mountains as you’ve never seen them before!
If climbing the mountain wasn’t enough, take a shortcut. Travel by hot air balloon is an exciting way to get around. Plus, you’ll witness some simply incredible sights.
Looking to satisfy your golf fix on holiday? Meribel is home to an 18-holes course along the slopes beneath the Dent de Burgin.
For younger holiday makers, there’s a crazy-golf course in the centre of Meribel-Mottaret.
No matter your area of expertise, Meribel is a great place for rock climbing. You’ll be safe in the hands of a trained guide!
If you’re not quite ready to take your skills outdoors, there are plenty of indoor climbing centres that are the perfect place for you to get to grips with the sport!
Using a Segway is a popular way to get around. It’s even more entertaining on the mountains!
Whether you prefer indoor pools or outdoor swimming, Meribel is home to plenty of places where you can take a dip!
Especially if you’ve been enjoying some of the higher intensity sports for a few days, swimming can be a welcome change!
If scaling a mountain sounds too daunting, have a go at Via Ferrata. This allows you to take on the mountains in a more accessible way!
Adults and children over the age of eight can enjoy this daring and exciting activity!
If you’ve got a competitive streak, why not challenge your family and friends to a game of paintballing?
This highly energetic, exciting game is perfect for those looking to let off some steam, or show some team spirit!
Is there a better way to enjoy Meribel’s trails than on horse back?
These winding routes are just waiting to be explored, and doing this on horseback adds an exciting dimension to the experience!
Summer Accommodation in Meribel
If you’re tempted by the thought of spending summer in Meribel, where should you stay?
Make your holiday an unforgettable one by staying in a luxury chalet, located in the heart of Meribel.
If you choose to stay in one of our chalets in Meribel during the summer, your lift pass will be included in the price. You’ll also enjoy a range of entertainment and leisure facilities, including:
- Swimming pool
- Table tennis
- Wine cellar
- Massage room
Check the availability and book your stay today!