Méribel can satisfy everyone; but it's intermediates and advanced who are spoilt for choice on the many long runs, on mostly south-facing, tree-lined slopes - which have made Méribel it a favourite amongst British skiers for over 50 years.
For beginners long, gentle green runs at the altiport above Méribel and a smaller area at Mottaret + "The Trout" green, which links both centres, are ideal.
There's almost limitless choice for intermediates on long blue and red runs descending into Mottaret and Méribel. The longest and toughest red runs are from La Saulire, Mont Vallon and the ridge between the valleys of Méribel and Val Thorens, descending to Mottaret.
For experts the greatest challenges are above Mottaret, on the descents from Mont de La Challe, Mont Vallon & La Tougnette - with big moguls on other runs a great test of technique and fitness.
The 17 acre Mottaret Snow Park, and the Méribel Moon Park offer a great range of dedicated slopes and obstacles for beginner and experienced boarders.
20 miles of scenic forest trails, linked to Courchevel, are reserved for X-country.
As a ski resort , Méribel's origins started with the British in the 1930's. Over the years it's lost none of its original appeal and now has apres-ski activities and nightlife to match the attraction of the slopes.
The mix of British and anglophile French visitors is reflected in the range of pub-style apres-ski bars and quieter piano bars, restaurants ranging from cheap & cheerful pizza & pasta, through rustic Savoyard, to gourmet French cuisine.
When the lifts close try Jack's or Le Rond Point (with live music) in Méribel or Le Rastro & Zig Zag in Mottaret. Later Saint Amour, Les Enfants Terribles, Scott's & Le Doron Pub. For late nights, music & dancing try Dick's T-Bar, Le Loft, Downtown and Privilege - to keep the party going late enough for you to see the piste bashers at work on your way home!
resort 1450 - 2950 metres
167 lifts & 600km of marked runs in Les Trois Vallées (3 Valleys)
green 23% | blue 32% |
red 30% | black 10%
3 Valleys Pass with Courchevel, Val Thorens-Les Menuires |
cross country 33km | winter footpaths for walking & snow shoeing 25km | snow park with tables, wall, boxes, jumps, banks & 2 half pipes & boarder-cross + Courchevel & Val Thorens parks
extras indoor ice rink for skating curling & ice hockey |
scenic flights from altiport |heli-skiing |snow shoeing | sleigh rides | indoor bowling | snow scooters | well-being centre with pool, sauna, turkish bath, hydro-massage & gym | kindergarten from 18 months | baby sitting | FREE ski pass for under 5years
AIRPORTS Geneva 88 miles
Chambéry 68 miles
Lyon 113 miles
At the centre of the immense 3 Valleys, Méribel is the perfect destination for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders who want to clock up huge distances on more than 600km of well-prepared runs, served by a highly efficient lift system - with excellent ski-in ski-out convenience.
The picturesque chalets and hotels of Méribel hug the slopes from the centre to the upper parts of the village at 1600 meters. Higher still, Méribel at 1700 metres gives speedy access to the neighbouring valleys of Courchevel and Val Thorens/Les Menuires.