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Resort guide to Meribel - France

Pretty ski resort situated in the middle of the mighty Three Valleys (Trois Vallees) ski area

Overview

Meribel resort information - a general overview

This resort guide to Meribel, one of the most popular resorts with the British market, gives an overview of the ski area, the restaurants (both on and off the mountain), the apres ski scene and also the nightlife options available to those that choose to take their ski holiday in this fabulous Three Valleys ski resort.

An Englishman, Peter Lindsay, came across Meribel in 1938 and returned in 1946 with architect Christian Durupt. Strict guidelines were set for Meribel to retain all its Savoyarde style and as a result, all the principal buildings and the chalets in Meribel have been built with the traditional local stone, slate and wood. There are none of the concrete blocks you get in some purpose built French resorts. This makes Meribel one of the prettiest of all the Three Valley ski resorts - with its lower tree-lined runs and the afternoon sun shining on the Burgin side of the valley it really does look like the perfect Alpine resort. The lift links over to both the Courchevel valley (to the East) and to the Val Thorens valley (to the West) are very good and makes skiing anywhere in the Three Valleys hugely accessible.

Situated in the centre of the biggest linked piste network in the world it is ideal for intermediates who love covering the miles. There are great ski schools many of which cater especially for the British market, lots of apres ski options and further activities to do off the slopes. Meribel is very difficult to beat with around 200 lifts which are generally queue free and over 600km of piste.

Meribel should not be confused with Meribel Village, Meribel Les Allues or Meribel Mottaret as all four are quite distinct villages with their own characters. Meribel is the main resort with the largest choice of hotels, chalets, restaurants and bars etc. With approximately 100 catered chalets in Meribel it's not hard to understand why this Three Valleys resort is highly popular with the chalet loving British market.

If you want to read more about this fantastic Three Valleys ski resort please check out our blog posts on Meribel.

600km

1,400m - 3,195m

Airports

CHAMBERY
(2 hours)
LYON
(2hr 30mins)
GENEVA
(2hr 30mins)

Ski chalets in Meribel (110)

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Hotels in Meribel (6)

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Resort statistics

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • With a great range of hotels and ski chalets, Meribel has plenty of Alpine charm.
  • Apres-ski and nightlife.
  • Ease of access to the whole of the 3 Valleys ski domain.
  • Varied terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
  • There is a vibrant music scene with live bands performing.

Cons

  • Not many ski in / ski out properties.
  • Full of British.
  • Resort spread out.
  • Slushy spring conditions in April on the lower home pistes.

Meribel Resort Restaurants

Meribel has a good selection of restaurants but you won't find better than the fine dining at the hotels. Some of the best hotel restaurants include the Grand Coeur, Allodis and Kouisena (in the Eterlou hotel). Additionally the Zinc Brassiere and Escale gourmet restaurant are highly recommended at the Altiport hotel. For a French dining experience head to the Oree du Bois with an excellent 5 course menu. Up at altitude 1600 Les Enfants Terribles has fantastic reputations. La Taverne restaurant downstairs has a diverse menu. Le Refuge and Flambee offer local specialities as well as pizzas and steaks. The Tsaretta in Les Allues is very popular with the locals and provides a free taxi service back to the ski chalets in Meribel after your meal. For a cheap option head to either Scott's, La Taverne or Jacks bar.

Meribel Mountain Restaurants

A welcome addition to the slopes of Meribel has been the Folie Douce. The self service Folie Douce has had good reviews with wide selections of Savoyard dishes at reasonable prices. Fruitiere is their table service restaurant, with a delicious menu and exclusive dining experience with first class entertainment and cabaret. The Chardonnet at the mid-station of the Pas du Lac gondola is a restaurant with excellent food especially popular for their steak tartare prepared at the table. Le Rond Point, just above the resort, is not only a great après ski venue but also serves excellent a la carte meals at lunchtime or cheaper Panini's for those who just like a quick lunch stop. Le Yeti is a smarter option in the same location, with a more expensive but excellent menu. Cretes on the Tougnete ridge is perfectly position with stunning views, and although a limited menu it has amazing food. Further afield, just above Mottaret, the Grain de Sel is a great place to visit known for its great burgers and chips. At resort level, there a three popular slope side hotel terraces - The Adray Telebar, The Allodis and the Altiport - all excellent and definitely worth a look.

Meribel Apres Ski

The après bar rivalling the hot spot for mountain bars is the new Folie Douce by the mid station of the Saulire gondola. Packed and electric by 4pm this après bar with live entertainment and cabaret has knocked Le Rond-Point off the top spot, making it a must to visit. If you've heard of/ or visited other Folie Douce venues around France this one won't disappoint with people drinking and dancing on tables in ski boots. L'Arpasson hut is also an up and coming après place to try opposite the Tougnete 1 lift. For something a bit different and sophisticated Le Poste de Secours injects a cool French vibe into the après scene in this stylish and funky bar.

Meribel Nightlife

Around the main town Meribel has a great choice of bars and clubs to carry on partying into the night. Barometer is a great place to try the local Mutzig beer or have chilled drinks in Scotts and Jacks bar. Evolution and La Poste offer a bit more of a sophisticated venue to drink in. For nightclubs the famous Dick's Tea bar is open late and a very popular place with the British located a short walk from the main centre. Meribel's Le Loft, by the Olympic centre, is a great nightclub if you are looking for something with more French style and clientele.

Meribel Resort Map

Meribel Ski Hire Shops

Location Name Stars Discount
A Skiset: Sport Boutique 1
Up to 45%
B White Storm (delivery & collection)
20%
C Freeride
20% - 40%
D Skiset: Espacegliss 2
Up to 45%
E Skiset: Sport Boutique 2
Up to 45%
F Sport 1600 (Skimium)
Up to 30%
H Slide Candy (delivery & collection)
On-line discount

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AlpineAnswers

The star rating for the ski hire shops is an indication of the level of service; quality and variety of stock, and the space and decor of the shop. It is also a reflection on the price. A five star rated shop will offer great service and equipment but also will charge the highest price. Ski hire shops with a two star rating have less variety and older, poorer quality of stock but are cheapest.