Meribel (3 Valleys) 

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Meribel

With wood clad and chalet-style buildings, it is one of the most tastefully designed of all French purpose-built ski resorts, with lots of fun for families and great nightlife. 

Méribel consists of 3 villages between 1400m and 1750m altitude situated in the heart of the Three Valleys ski domain with its 600km of piste 

Méribel-Mottaretis the highest village at an altitude of 1750 m. Méribel Village is the lowest at 1400 m and Méribel Centre (1,450m) is in between

You will also find several little hamlets further down the valley such as Le Raffort (1,300m), La Gittaz and Les Allues (1,100m) which might not have much snow depending on the snow conditions.

Season

December 5, 2020 – April 25, 2021

Ski area 

The Méribel Valley has 144 kilometres of terrain at an altitude of 1,100 to 1,750 metres and 23 lifts. It includes six green trails, 16 blue trails, nine red trails and four blacks.  

The terrain park Element Park has four zones catering to all levels. 

DC Area 43 has everything from a rookie zone to a pro zone for experienced freestylers, with kickers, rails and a superpipe.  

On-mountain restaurant, Le Clos Bernard is a lovely place to enjoy a long lunch in the sunshine. 

Accommodation 

Méribel Centre is the most centrally located of the villages, making it an ideal base to explore the Three Valleys. It offers a wider choice of accommodation than many other resorts, from basic hotel rooms to upscale apartments and chalets. 

Non-ski experiences 

Kids love the Yéti Park and outdoor games on offer at the Inuit Piste Village, with entertainment including an eagle show and huskies. 

The Olympic Centre has a pool, spa, ice rink, gym and climbing wall.  

Après-ski 

A cabaret kicks off the party at après ski bar la Folie Douce at 2pm every day. 

There are also plenty of bars and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred L’Ekrin. 

Resort altitude1,400 – 1,750m
Linked ski area

The 3 Valleys (7 resorts)

Courchevel, Bride-les-Bains, Meribel, Les Menuires,

St Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Orelle

Skiable area

600 km
327 runs (17% greens, 39% blues, 33% reds, 11% blacks)

Number of lifts166

Chalet Bambis
|Meribel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 8 Adults + 2 Children. Chalet Bambis is an ideal chalet for either a group of friends or families with children who ski, Chalet Bambis' most impressive feature is being able to walk out of the boot room, put your skis or board on outside and slide down to the Chaudanne to catch the first lifts

Chalet La Grange de Meribel
|Meribel

6 Bedroom - sleeps 12. Chalet La Grange de Meribel. Located in the hamlet of La Rosière near Meribel Mottaret, our private chauffeur service will allow you to access the slopes very easily. Ski in / ski out access for advanced skiers. The chalet is equipped with a ski room, 6 bedrooms, a large living room, a sauna, an incredible

Chalet Tichka
|Meribel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 10. Chalet Tichka. Located in the hamlet of Raffort, Chalet Tichka offers the perfect combination of luxury and authenticity. Our private chauffeur service (8am until 10pm) will allow you to access the slopes and the center very easily. With 5 bedrooms and an area of 250 m², this chalet will seduce you with an elegant decoration,

Residence l’Hévana
|Meribel

1 to 3 Bedroom apartments. Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence L'Hevana. Located right in Méribel Centre, the L’Hévana residence welcomes you in an enchanting setting amidst fir trees and snow-capped peaks, close to the ski slopes. This brand new residence, awarded 5 stars, subtly blends tradition and modernity.

Chalet Le Grenier
|Meribel

6 Bedroom - sleeps 12. Chalet Le Grenier is a stunning chalet, situated in the Morel region in the heart of Méribel. It’s enviably located just across the road from the Morel chairlift and the Hulotte piste allowing direct access to the pistes. The chalet is large and imposing, exquisitely designed by the well-known Alpine interior designer, Nicky Dobree, bringing

Chalet L’Arpege
|Meribel

6 Bedroom - sleeps 12 Adults + 2 Children. Chalet L’Arpege is a stunning, newly built ski in/ski out chalet, situated at the bottom of the Hulotte piste, next to the Morel chairlift at 1600m level in Méribel. Arranged over four expansive floors, this exceptional chalet offers guests spacious and stylish accommodation in a superb location.

Chalet l’Ardour
|Meribel

5 Bedroom - sleeps 10. Chalet L’Ardour is situated in a prime location. From here, it’s just a short walk to the boutique shops, bars and cafés of the village and only 200 metres from the edge of the home piste, making it perfect accommodation for Méribel ski holidays.

Hotel Le Tremplin
|Meribel

Hotel Le Tremplin. Offering a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, Hotel Le Tremplin is located in the centre of Méribel. The property is 50 m from the ski slopes. At Hotel Le Tremplin you will find a communal sauna and hammam. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage and ski storage. An array of activities can be enjoyed

Hotel Alpen Ruitor
|Meribel

Hotel Alpen Ruitor. Located in the heart of the Biggest Ski Domain in the World: The Three Valleys, in the centre of Meribel-Mottaret (1750m), our House offers a lot of services and advantages.

Chalet Trois Ours
|Meribel

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10. Chalet Trois Ours is one the best located ski chalets in Meribel – on the exclusive Route des Chalets, it is immediately on the Doron piste giving true ski-in ski-out access. This beautiful traditional chalet exudes charm and elegance and was completely renovated in 2011 to be the perfect choice for those looking for a

Chalet du Vallon
|Meribel

4 Bedroom - sleeps 8. Chalet du Vallon. This beautiful chalet is in the small hamlet of Meribel Village, the original resort of the valley. It is just 2 minutes walk from the Golf chairlift which connects you to the fantastic skiing that the 3 Valleys has to offer. The location of the chalet gives you the perfect combination of

Hotel Le Kaila
|Meribel

Hotel Le Kaila. A unique location in the heart of Méribel. 39 spacious bedrooms and suites with refined decor and high quality service. First 5-star hotel of the resort, Le Kaïla provides direct access to the slopes by lift from its ski shop. Take advantage of the spa NUXE , indoor swimming-pool with aquamarine course, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, fitness and

Hotel La Chaudanne
|Meribel

Hotel La Chaudanne. At the heart of the Méribel resort, lies the 4-star La Chaudanne Hotel, which is ideal for romantic getaways, or holidays with family and friends. The hotel perfectly marries together the fundamental values of welcoming guests, in a friendly and sophisticated setting.There is also direct access to the ski slopes to enjoy the largest ski resort in the

Chalet Tyrosolios
|Meribel

7 Bedroom - sleeps 14. Chalet Tyrosolios. In the charming hamlet of Raffort, less than 300m from the ski lift L’Olympe and 100m from the bottom of the Raffort piste, you‘ll find our lovely Chalet Tyrosolios. A huge chalet (1100m², with 250m² of terrace!) including 7 bedrooms or suites, a dormitory and 300m² of spa and relaxation/lounge/bar areas.

Hotel l’Eterlou
|Meribel

Hotel l'Eterlou. A charming three-star hotel in an ideal location, lying at the foot of the slopes within a well-known resort, for a stay where authenticity remains a priority. Enjoy the largest skiing area in the world, and hurtle down more than 600 kms of slopes, in the heart of the 3 Valleys in Méribel.

Les Fermes de Meribel
|Meribel

1 to 4 Bedroom apartments. Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Les Fermes de Meribel. The residence, located at the heart of Méribel, reflects the architectural traditions of the Savoie region. Distributed between six stone and wood chalets, the apartments prioritise comfort and tranquillity.

Residence Les Crets
|Meribel

1 to 2 Bedroom apartments. Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Les Crets. This intimate and comfortable 4-star Savoie ski-in, ski-out residence is located in a scenic wooded environment, just a short distance from the Méribel-Mottaret resort, at an altitude of 1,750 metres.

Chalet La Ferme de mon grand-père
|Meribel

8 Bedroom - sleeps 16. Chalet La Ferme de mon Grand Pere. Le Chalet “La ferme de mon grand-père” is situated in the centre of Méribel : mystical village full of winter sports, just 500m from the ski-lifts, the Olympic Park and the downtown shops. With its 500m2 of living space it can accommodate 16 people, the chalet combines perfection

Hotel Le Merilys
|Meribel

Hotel Le Merilys - Meribel. Set high amongst the pine trees overlooking the resort, this small and charming hotel is just across the road from the pistes and the Rhodos ski lift. The hotel is one of the few Bed & Breakfast residences in Meribel. Built in the early 90’s for the Winter Olympics in Albertville in 1992. The

Approximate (private) transfer time to Meribel from:

  • Moutiers train station (closest): 25min
  • Chambéry airport: 1hr 15min
  • Geneva airport: 2hrs 
  • Lyon airport: 2hrs 

Resorts altitude: 1,400m to 1,700m

The 3 Valleys ski area

Courchevel, Bride-les-Bains, Meribel, Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Orelle

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Méribel ski area

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What makes Meribel ski resort unique?

Méribel with its picture-perfect wooden alpine chalets, is located in the very heart of the largest linked ski area in the world – The 3 Valleys.

This equally gives Meribel guests easy access to the nearby world-class ski resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens, all on the one lift pass.

Meribel is spread across 5 main villages and is one of the most tastefully-designed, purpose-built ski resorts in France. You’ll find everything you need in this buzzing and beautiful resort.

Who would love Meribel ski resort the most?

Families looking for a truly magical alpine setting combined with the convenience of easy access to all the slopes and resorts of The 3 Valleys linked ski area will love Meribel.

Méribel also boasts one of the best après-ski scenes in all of France and attracts many English visitors, so you will have no problem fitting in or understanding the language. When the lifts close, Méribel comes alive with live bands and bars, open until the small hours.

There’s also a huge selection of restaurants offering everything from Michelin-starred fine dining to traditional Savoyard specialities and trendy on-mountain eateries.

What is there to do for non-skiers in Meribel?

Meribel’s non-ski activities include horse sleigh tours, ski joering, hot air ballooning, dog sledding, snow shoeing, an Olympic Park and Spa with a fitness area, ice rink, swimming pool, indoor climbing.. and the list goes on.

Kids love the Yéti Park and outdoor games on offer at the Inuit Piste Village, with entertainment including an eagle show and huskies.

In the evening, the sledging from Meribel Mottaret is lots of fun, as are the night-time quad bike and snowmobiling tours.  A cabaret kicks off the party at après ski bar la Folie Douce at 2pm every day.

For foodies there are plenty of fine-dining and gourmet restaurants to discover such as the Michelin-starred L’Ekrin or the Chalet Restaurant Le Clos Bernard, located in the heart of the Altiport Forest and accessible only by ski, foot or horse-drawn carriage. There are also plenty of local rustic restaurants serving traditional dishes such as cheese fondue, raclettes and good quality local produce and wines without the silver service.

A breath-taking yet very affordable highlight is catching a 15min scenic flight from Méribel’s altiport (tiny alpine airport)  over the entire 3 Valleys.

How do we get to Meribel?

Meribel is a 2 hour drive by private transfer from either Lyon or Geneva Airport.
It’s a 25min drive from Moutiers train station, the closest train station in France to Meribel.

A shared shuttle transfer from Geneva will take over 4hrs and will only drop you off at the village bus stop, not at your accommodation – not ideal if you are travelling with ski gear and luggage and don’t know your way around.

Top Snow Travel can also arrange transfers by helicopter from any of the regional airports or altiports.

What are the best festivals and events in Meribel?

Whether you are holidaying with your family, partner or friends, Méribel offers a wealth of varied and original activities to enliven your holidays. With the “Méribel In Lights” atmospheric Christmas celebrations, the New Year’s Eve outdoor disco and Russian Christmas, the holiday season will be particularly festive!

If you enjoy show-style entertainment, you’ll be delighted by the Piste Bash Festival, Soundclash, Jib Session or the Winter Film Festival.

Snow sports fans can watch major events such as the Men’s Europa Cup Giant Slalom, the French Moguls Championships, the Roc de Fer Challenge, the 3 Vallées Enduro, or the French Under-16 Alpine Ski Championships.

You can also explore the Vanoise National Park and Méribel’s wild spaces through outdoor activities during the Mountain Bike Winter Tour, the Yooni Moon Trail Run, the Zen Altitude theme fortnight, the Olympe Challenge or the Mountain Restaurant Nights.

How long does the Meribel ski season last?

Next winter, Meribel Ski Resort is scheduled to open from December 5th 2020 to April 23rd 2021.

When is the best time to go skiing in Meribel?

January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).

For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season.  This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time.  Even all the restaurants are booked out!

Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.

So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!