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Meribel Ski Resort, France

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Key Features

  • Families
  • Good for self-drive
  • Good for après
  • Activities for non-skiers
  • Groups
  • High resort - snow sure

"Nestled in the centre of the Three Valleys, Méribel is a skier’s paradise renowned for its incredible location and traditional Alpine chalet-style buildings. There are lots of lively bars and restaurants, including the famous Folie Douce."

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Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 1850m, 6069ft
  • Highest lift: 2950m, 9678ft
  • No. of lifts: 169
  • Guide lift pass price: £265
  • No. of slopes: 336
  • Total piste: 600km
  • Eurostar : Yes
  • Transfer times:

    Geneva: 3hrs

    Grenoble: 3hrs 30mins


Overview of Meribel

Meribel ski resort is the convivial warm heart of the legendary Three Valleys ski area. The resort makes for a perfect base to explore these world-class mountains, but also holds its own in the big leagues of must-ski destinations.

Chances are you will already know Meribel skiing, the British legacy here runs deep. The resort was conceived by Colonel Peter Lindsay in 1938 and is a prime example of a well-planned purpose-built ski resort thanks to strict building regulations and a solid and ongoing investment in its mountain infrastructure and eco-credentials. Add to this the array of après-ski activities and the fantastic nightlife and you may find yourself gravitating back to this resort year after year – and you wouldn’t be alone.

The resort is made up of 4 villages: the old village of Les Allues, the quieter ski chalets of Meribel Village, Meribel Centre and ski-in/ski-out Mottaret which is 4km up the hill. Meribel Centre is the resort’s main hub and from here you'll find roads lined with chalets, beautifully constructed solely of the local stone, wood and slate. All the villages are linked by a free efficient bus service (no need even for a lift pass) as well as well-maintained pavements and footpaths. Accommodation in Meribel consists of ski chaletsbeautiful ski apartments and hotels. Therefore you'll find both catered and self-catered options available.

The 150km of pistes in Meribel are accessed by a world-record-breaking system of high-capacity gondolas that gets more skiers up the hill quicker than any other ski resort.

Keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Meribel ski holiday.

3 Things We Love About Meribel

  1. Les Trois Vallées – Méribel makes up one-third of Les Trois Vallées (The 3 Valleys) and with 600km of pistes, it’s the largest ski area in the world. Méribel is situated in the middle, with Courchevel and Val Thorens either side, which means there is certainly enough skiing for the week.
  2. The Village Feel – Unlike many French resorts, Méribel doesn’t have towering hotels or apartment blocks. The resort is made up of chalets or chalet hotels, which give it have a lovely village feel.
  3. The Après-Ski – Voted one of the best après resorts in France, Méribel definitely has a lot of options when it comes to dancing to live music after skiing. 

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    Ski hire in Meribel

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
    Adult   (13+ yrs) Skis | Poles £116 £151 £177 £211
    Ski | Poles | Boots £125 £166 £207 £263
    Snowboard £151 £177
    Snowboard | Boots £166 £192
    Child   (4-12 yrs) Skis | Poles £108
    Ski | Poles | Boots £116
    Snowboard £108
    Snowboard | Boots £116

    Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

      Hand-Picked Rental Shops - Every year, we hand-pick our rental shops based on location and service and negotiate great discounts to keep your holiday price low.

      Convenient Locations - We allocate all our ski accommodation with ski hire within easy access or will alternatively offer a pick-up and drop-off service for your convenience.

      Excellent Range & Service - All our rental shops offer an excellent range of equipment for all abilities and have a fully trained technician on-site to offer advice and guidance so you will be confident taking your equipment out onto the slopes.

      For Meribel: Model changes available for small fee (€15 approx)

      All changes are subject to availability
      Changes from skis to snowboard or vice versa is not counted as a model change and therefore an additional charge applies

      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • Ideal for beginner skiers and intermediates - designed for skiers looking for comfort and to develop their skills
      • Great performance ski equipment for all over the mountain and on any type of snow (mainly piste skiers)
      • Good for anyone on a budget
      • Ideal for intermediate skiers to advanced - designed for skiers looking for specific types of skis including carving, on piste, freeride, freestyle, race skis etc.
      • Greater choice of high performance ski equipment
      • Perfect for anyone looking to master technique or looking for a new challenge
      • Ideal for advanced / expert skiers with a wide range of types available including downhill race skis, fat off piste, etc.
      • The very ‘best of the best’ skis, boots and poles - best suited for skiers looking for the latest thrills on the latest technology
      • Our widest range of choice from this season’s latest ski models

      Find out more about our ski hire

      Lift passes in Meribel

      A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 40 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you.

      Six Day Local Area Pass Six Day Full Area Pass
      Senior   (65-75 yrs) £251 £297
      Adult   (13-64 yrs) £279 £329
      Child   (5-12 yrs) £223 £264
      Family   £223 £264

      Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

        • Free lift passes are available for under 5 years and over 75 years with photo ID
        • All Skiworld lift passes are sold at the ‘Tribu’ rate offering savings over buying in resort
        • More options/combinations for family lift passes are available – please call for prices
        • Carre Neige can be added to your pre-booked lift pass with our in-resort team

        Find out more about our ski pack terms and conditions

        The Trois Vallees is arguably one of the largest and most famous linked ski areas in the world. In each of the three resorts it is possible to buy a local area lift pass covering that sole area; these are great for first time beginners or for those that do not want to venture too far. To make the most of the terrain a full area lift pass is available from each resort that covers all three valleys. Due to the great links between resorts and a variety of runs connecting each, anyone from intermediate ability and above will benefit from the full area lift pass which will allow them enjoy and explore a world class ski area.
         

        • For beginners catch Rhodos 2 from Méribel centre for a number of cruisy greens and blues perfect for beginners. Skiing used to be more inclined towards intermediates on the Mottaret but a brand new green ‘Little Himalaya’ has just opened from the Combes 1 that leads to Truites and all the way into Méribel centre.
        • For intermediates head up the Tougnète 2 lift, take a right along the ridge following signs for Cretes run. The first bit is flat but it gets lumpy and bumpy and opens up into a big run with lots of space. Do it in the morning on freshly pisted snow! The Combe de Vallon is one of the longest runs in the valley; it starts out steep and narrow; twists and turns; widens and then just keeps on going.
        • For advanced the Niverolle runs into the Aigle; combined they make a nice long run (the first section is normally quite quiet). For those looking for more of a challenge the Face is very steep and often moguled.

         

        Find out more about lift pass options we offer

        Ski lessons in Meribel

          What level do you need?

          • Beginner – Never skied before or just a little dry slope experience.
          • Intermediate – Has completed the beginner ski level lessons or can control own speed, change direction on blue/gradual slopes and can bring skis together when turning.
          • Advanced – Has completed intermediate ski lessons or can finish turns with confidence, has good control of speed on red runs and is looking to attempt and master blacks.
          • Kids Club – A safe and secure environment for young ones to gain their first experience on snow and skiing. Kids club is the best place for children to get used to the equipment and slopes whilst having fun.

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          We pride ourselves on working with top-rated and endorsed ski schools in all resorts.

          • Quality - Working with English-speaking ski schools which maintain good group sizes and can cater for all abilities
          • Convenience - You can select the ski schools which are most conveniently located to your accommodation
          • Satisfaction - We only choose to work with the best ski schools in resort and ask for your feedback to ensure the highest standards are being maintained
          • Less hassle - Visit Manage My Booking once you've booked your holiday and save yourself the time and effort of shopping around.
          • Better value - By pre-booking your lessons we can ensure that you get the best possible price, locking in the cost

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          Snow Forecast

          Next 7 Days 55cm

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          Report last updated at: Thu 29th Feb 2024