Meribel at a glance
- Traditional village charm
- Great night life
- Good resort for non-skiers
- Transfer from Geneva 2.5 hours
- Resort altitude 1450m
- Skiing altitude 1250 -3230m
- Pistes 600km
- Flights from Gatwick
Méribel lies in the heart of Les Trois Vallées, one of the worlds largest interlinked ski areas. The area incorporates Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Méribel, La Tania and Courchevel, rises to 3200 metres altitude and is crisscrossed by 615km of well-groomed pistes. From first time skier to powder thrashing expert, every morning will provide a new and exciting challenge. The best place to start off for a beginner is probably around the Altiport where there are a lot of gentle green and blue runs.
For the intermediate skier the choice is fantastic with meticulously groomed and well signposted blue and red pistes in every direction. For more daring skiers there are a variety of black runs, especially down from the Saulire lift, an abundance of off-piste and a number of challenging couloirs.
For those who want more freestyle skiing or boarding, Méribel offers 3 snowparks catering for all different levels. Whether you prefer the rock strewn glacial terrain above Val Thorens, the sunny open bowls of Courchevel or the tree lined slopes down into La Tania, there is a perfect playground for every skier or boarder. As soon as you arrive in the resort, we want you to be able to find your way around as easily efficiently as a regular visitor, in order to enjoy everything that Méribel and ‘Les Trois Vallées’ has to offer.
There are two nursery slope areas in the resort, one in the Altiport area and the other up at the Rond Point. These are areas with gentle beginner slopes, allowing you and your children to progress quickly and safely.
The 3 Valleys offer several board and terrain parks, 2 main ones in the Meribel Valley with alternatives in the Courchevel and Val Thorens areas. There is a terrain park above Arpasson on the Tougnète side of Mottaret and a designated snowboard area below the second Plattières station above Mottaret. Plantrey boasts a terrain park with an obstacle course as well as a dedicated trick space and a giant half-pipe. A third terrain park has been created at the Biolley area of Courchevel as well as parks in at Les Menuires and Val Thorens.
Cross Country Skiing
There’s nothing like cross country skiing (ski de fond) for getting into shape...
Méribel, Courchevel and La Tania offer 90km (55 miles) of cross-country tracks: green and blue for beginners, red for confirmed Nordic skiers. 33km in the Méribel Valley, over two free magnificent sites: in the Nature Reserve of cembro pines at Lake Tuéda (Méribel-Mottaret), and in the Altiport protected forest which is the starting point of the 8km (5 miles) track to Courchevel.
Make it easy and pre-book - Call us on 0844 557 3119 to book
In Meribel we provide our ski hire from 3 difference shops. Depending on where you are staying we can either provide an in-chalet fitting service or, if you’re staying in VIP Club Pierre, the shop is a short walk from the chalet.
We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.
We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from the shops we have selected. We have also negotiated that they will stay open later on your day of arrival, or open earlier the next morning to ensure your ski fitting is as hassle free as possible, should any delays occur due to bad weather.
Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as bronze, gold, silver or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;
Bronze – for complete beginners
Silver – for intermediate level
Gold – for intermediate/advanced level
Platinum – for advanced/expert level
Guide prices for equipment hire in Meribel are shown belowfor the 2012/13 season
|Skis & boots||£95|
|Board & boots||£95|
|Skis & boots||£116|
|Board & boots||£116|
|Skis & boots||£130|
|Board & boots||£130|
|Skis & boots||£151|
|Child bronze (3-6 years)|
|Skis & boots||£55|
|Child silver (7-12 years)|
|Skis & boots||£68|
|Board & boots||£83|
|Child gold (7-12 years)|
|Skis & boots||£90|
Prices below are for the 2012/13 season and you can pre-book lift passes with us.
3 Valley lift pass
Adult - £215
Adult 65-75 years - £206
Child 5-12 years - £183
Family of 4 - £730
Meribel Valley lift pass
Adult - £178
Adult 65-75 years - £168
Child 5-12 years - £149
Family of 4 - £595
Please see below for some of Meribel's ski schools
New Generation (www.skinewgen.com)
All instructors are English speaking. Offer group courses, clinics and private lessons, snowboarding and children’s lessons (from age 4) during school holidays.
British Snowboard School offering both group lessons and private lessons. Specialist lessons for freestyle and off piste available.
RTM Snowboarding (www.rtmsnowboarding.com)
Offer both group lessons (maximum of 8 per group) and private lessons