The elegant ski resort of Meribel is perfectly located in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, allowing skiers and snowboarders to explore new ski slopes every day and venture into Val Thorens and Courchevel. Meribel has a privileged location which allows access to a wide variety of pistes within the Three Valleys ski area, the largest in the world, with its state of the art lift system.
The best ski slopes in Meribel are probably on the Mont Vallon, which offers several unforgettable red runs, including the famous Combe du Vallon. Meribel is primarily a ski holiday destination of excellence for advanced skiers, although hikers and cross-country skiers will also find plenty to keep them busy here too. Meribel's centre consists of traditional, chalet-style buildings which create a kind of harmony with the surrounding mountain landscapes and a pleasant laid-back atmosphere. Being part of the world-renowned Les Trois Vallées, it's not surprising that prices in Meribel are generally quite high - however, look around as there is some reasonably priced accommodation and a few affordable restaurants to be found. Meribel's nightlife lives up to the Les Trois Vallées reputation with a good choice of apres-ski bars and late night partying to be had if you're looking for action-packed ski holidays.
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At the heart of the Three Valleys, the ski resort of Meribel cultivates all the pleasures of apres-ski to the delight of its guests: art exhibitions at the Tourist Office, concerts and shows at the Auditorium, out of the ordinary Valentine’s Day specials, ski shows with fireworks, a very British Street Party and even a whole week of poetry in March! Between the stone and wood walls and under the slate roofs in Meribel, many wellness centres and spas are hiding which offer relaxation and wellness formulas such as the Carita Spa in the Hotel Helios and the Valmont Spa in the hotel Grand Heart. The choice of apres-ski activities is endless in Meribel – enjoy!
Meribel, a worthy successor in the Olympic Winter Games in 1992, welcomes champion alpine skiers on its slopes, in particular on the famous Olympic piste the Roc du Fer every winter. In recent years, British skiers in the Royal Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force come to compete in telemark, snowboarding and skiing competitions in Meribel. Trials for the French downhill skiing championship are held every year in here on the Corbey Olympic Stadium, so watch out, you may just bump into some serious skiers on your ski holidays in Meribel.
When in Meribel, why not put on your cross-country skis and do the red loop of 17 km which takes you all the way to Courchevel? What a great way to take a breath of fresh air in the countryside and discover the stunning landscapes of the valley. Meribel has many hiking trails good for walking or snowshoeing and the 33 km of cross-country skiing trails are exceptional. Cross-country skiing routes are accessible from two beautiful sites: Lake Tuéda, a pine forest nature reserve and the Altiport, starting point of the red loop connecting Meribel to Courchevel.
If you like X-rated skiing, you must come to Meribel for your next ski holidays! Snow parks in Meribel are worthy of the XGames : the Moon Park, on the La Chaudanne is the slopestyle reference of the Three Valleys, the DC Area 43 snow park, accessible from the Plattières gondola is one of the best freestyle spots in the French Alps with its 22-foot eXpert halfpipe which meets the standards of international competitions. And just for the real adrenalin junkies, you should certainly not miss the black run, the Vertical Xperience, a couloir from the top of the Saulire "eXpress" to ride X-rated in Meribel.
To meet the requirements of the Famille Plus Label, Meribel has found a new mascot: Kenotte, a small hare from the valley. The resort has also made significant improvements to services for families such as the creation of the Kenothèque, a cozy space where books and games are available and or activities are offered regularly for kids on their ski holidays in Meribel. Many dedicated areas on the slopes in Meribel are reserved for children and families such as the village of Inouits (ski), P'tit Moon (freestyle), the Moon ride du Chevreuil (freeride) or even the Le Chemin des Écoliers (boardercross) and the Moon Wild (tracking animals). Will your kids have time to do all these activities in one week in Meribel? Maybe you’ll have to come back again for more skiing in Meribel!
Apres-ski & entertainment Méribel
|Restaurants 83||Theatre -|
|Bars & cafes 20||Casino -|
|Nightclubs & discos 3||Concert hall|
Ski school and ski lessons Méribel
|No. of ski schools 5||Private ski lessons Yes, price on request|
|No. of ski instructors 450||Ski lessonsYes, price on request|
|Area for beginners||Snowboarding lessonsYes, price on request|
|Ski lessons in||Cross-country skiingYes, price on request|
|No. of hotels 27||Supermarkets 5|
|Total no. of hotel beds 1970||Banks|
|Total no. of beds 37860|
Tourist information for Méribel
0033 - 0479 - 086001
Distances from Méribel
Moûtiers approx. 18 km by bus
Genève approx. 135 km by bus
|From the motorway:approx. 50 km 40 minuten by car|
Méribel for families and children
|Playground||Ski lift for children|
Leisure & sports activities Méribel
|Public sauna||Footpaths 25 km|
|Fitness centre||Torchlight descent -|
|Public solarium -||Indoor ice rink|
|Massage||Outdoor ice rink -|
|Spa & wellness||Curling -|
|Indoor swimming pool||Snow rafting -|
|Hot air ballooning -||Dog sledding|
|Indoor tennis court -||Toboggan run|
|Squash court -|
|Green slopes||96 km|
|Blue slopes||240 km|
|Red slopes||204 km|
|Black slopes||60 km|
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