Meribel, France

Ski Facts

resort altitude: 1400m
ski area: 3 Vallées
height at summit: 3200m
marked runs: 600km
snow park: yes
snow rating:

Travel Facts:

nearest airports: chambery 2hrs
geneva 2½hrs
grenoble 3hrs
lyon 3hrs
rail: moutiers

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Meribel Ski, Snowboard & Summer Holidays

Méribel is at the centre of the Three Valleys ski area, the most extensive skiing area in the world. It is also, arguably where ski chalets and the concept of the ski chalet holiday first began.

The original Méribel was founded by British skier Peter Lindsay in the 1930's, who began developing the resort after World War 2 with the help of French ski racer Emile Allais. The area they created at 1450m became the hub of the resort with the main lift station at La Chaudanne, flanked by the majority of the shops, bars and restaurants.

Since then the resort has spread outwards in almost every direction with picturesque chalets stretching up the road towards the altiport and down the road towards the lower villages of Chandon and Les Allues. Lifts have been installed to provide easy ski access from these lower villages and regular ski buses make Méribel's lively apres-ski scene easier for everyone to enjoy.

At 1750m is Mottaret which provides more ski-in ski-out accommodation and 2km along the road towards La Tania is the newer satellite of Méribel Village, which has adopted the chocolate box architectural style of it's neighbour. A chairlift links it into the ski area.

Meribel can arguably be considered as the starting point for the classic chalet holiday - all buildings are chalet style, and low rise.

Ski holidays in Meribel:

As part of the Three Valleys, Méribel's skiing has something to offer everyone; skiers, boarders, beginners, experts, backcountry hiking, snowparks - pretty much anything you want to ski or board can be found.

Summer holidays in Meribel:

Summertime it is an ideal base to explore the beauty of the area.

Winter activities include:

swimming pool, olympic ice skating rink, hang gliding, para-sailing tandem flights, skidoos (Mottaret), bowling, good range of shops, snow shoe excursions.

Summer activities include:

mountain biking, climbing wall, walking, parapenting, fitness centre.

More info:

Eating out: good choice of restaurants, with menus, cuisine and prices to suit all.
Apres ski: ery lively with lots of bars - mainly British dominated - and clubs. Dick's Tea Bar, The Pub, La Taverne, to name just a a few.
Non skiers: sports centre with indoor swimming pool. Pedestrian lift passes available.