Located at the heart of the 3 Vallées ski area and developed in a traditional Savoyard style, Méribel is one of the most popular European ski resorts and rightly so. Made-up of many beautiful private chalets, which are constructed using local stone and light-coloured wood, the resort really does blend itself into its woodland surroundings.
This endlessly charming resort also has all of the amenities and shops you would expect, including the Parc Olympique sports centre built for the 1992 Albertville Olympics. Après-ski and live music is plentiful and the lively bars buzz late into the night. There are many quick and easy lifts to the 150km of pistes in Méribel Valley and the 600km of pistes of the 3 Vallées to make your stay a truly enjoyable experience.
Being at the centre of the 3 Valleys, the world’s largest linked ski area, Méribel is ideally positioned and with a highly efficient lift system, the perfect place for quick access to the extensive slopes of the whole ski domain. Courchevel is just one bubble lift away, whilst it is 2 ski lifts to St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires and 2 or 3 to get over to Val Thorens, depending on where your chalet is located.
With such a large extent of slopes there truly is something for all levels of skiers and snowboarders and with numerous British and International ski schools, this is the perfect place to learn to ski for all nationalities.
For those skiers who love to ski endless slopes this place is paradise and for experts, with steep and challenging pistes, abundant off-piste, couloirs, mogul fields you really are spoilt for choice.
For those just starting out on your adventure with skiing then look no further than the green Fôret run located just above Méribel. This tree-lined ski slope is a lovely mountain sanctuary where you have the time and space to practice those first turns.
Moon Wild, on the western slopes by the Altiport, is a wooded area for children with animal sculptures and information boards explaining the local flora and fauna. Other areas for small children include the Inuit Village accessed by the Altiport chairlift or Rhodos Gondola.
For intermediates and those who love to rack up the kilometres on piste, then the Tougnette lift will whisk you up towards the Vallée de Belleville, where you can glide for what seems forever whilst gliding down the rollers of the famous Jerusalem red run. For those with a sense of adventure there is the iconic Mont Vallon, which is an absolute must for those who enjoy a good blast on long pistes.
If you’re an expert, the Aigle red run beginning at the top of the Méribel Valley descending through 950m of vertical to bring you out into Mottaret, or perhaps you could tackle La Face, a black run that leads from the top of the Olympic chair lift and heads back into the Chaudanne at Méribel Centre.