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  • Intermediate 105 Pistes
  • Beginner 153 Pistes
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Resort Guide

Meribel lies in the heart of the Three Valleys, one of the worlds largest interlinked ski areas. The area incorporates Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Meribel, 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 beginners

Meribel is a great place to learn how to ski or to improve from beginner to intermediate. With a variety of nursery slopes and green runs it is a comfortable and easy-going resort to learn to ski or board. There are two designated beginner ski areas with free lifts. These are located in the centre of Meribel Mottaret and at the Altiport area of Meribel. They also provide a special beginner lift passes (mini-pass) giving access to the chairlifts and slopes suitable for those just starting off. Once ready to venture higher up the mountain, there are 4 green runs all of which come straight back down into the resort. These green runs are gentle and perfect for beginners who have built up enough confidence to go up the mountain and who want to try something different. Meribel has made efforts in recent years to further improve the ski area for beginners. These include a extra green runs at the Altiport area; a new green run starting at the mid-station of Saulire Express; an upgrade to the free beginner Doron lift in Mottaret centre (now a magic carpet) and the improved blue Martre run coming back into Mottaret.

Snow parks

In Meribel you will find the ‘Moonpark’, a freestyle zone open to everyone and offering a competition standard half-pipe, a smaller beginners half-pipe and a 1km long boardercross (with hips, tables and other obstacles). In Méribel-Mottaret, the DC Area 43 Snowpark is dedicated to fun and freestyle. Open to all, featuring: jumps, shapes, street lines, rails and an air bag where you can learn free styling in complete safety. Close to this snow park is a boardercross terrain for families and children. Watch out, it’s pretty fast!

Off Piste

At the heart of the 3 valleys, the off-piste opportunities here are endless, from steep colouirs in Meribel, long tree runs in La Tania and miles of easily accessible off piste skiing in the Les Avals valley of Courchevel. It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Cross Country Skiing

There’s nothing like cross country skiing (le ski de fond) for getting into shape... Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania offer 90km (55 miles) of cross-country tracks: green and blue for beginners and red for confirmed Nordic skiers. Meribel itself has 33km of prepared cross country trails in its valley. Situated in two different areas of Meribel one in the Nature Reserve of cembro pines at Lake Tuéda, and the other in the Altiport protected forest which is the starting point of the 8km (5 miles) track to Courchevel. You will find ‘walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing maps’ at the Tourist Office, alternatively lessons and guided excursions are available from the various ski schools, ask a member of staff for details.

For those who want more freestyle skiing or boarding, Meribel 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 Meribel and ‘Les Trois Vallees’ has to offer.

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, silver, gold 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

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates. We use 3 different ski shops in Meribel depending on the chalet location, prices can vary slightly.

Please note: For 2 Jan departures, we can provide 5-day ski hire. Please call for more information

Adult bronze  Cost
Skis only £75
Boots only £33
Skis & boots £104
Board only £75
Board & boots £97
Adult silver  
Skis only £97
Boots only £38
Skis & boots £130
Board only £97
Board & boots £130
Adult Gold  
Skis only £112
Boots only £43
Skis & boots £145
Board only £112
Board & boots £145
Adult Platinum  
Skis only £134
Boots only £50
Skis & boots £167
Child bronze (3-5 years)  
Skis only £27
Boots only £21
Skis & boots £65
Child silver (6-12 years)  
Skis only £64
Boots only £21
Skis & boots £101
Board only £63
Board & boots £94
Child gold (9-11 years)  
Skis only £75
Boots only £26
Skis & boots £114
Board only £97
Board & boots £116
Adult helmet hire £19

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to your chalet before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift. Prices detailed are for the 2015/16 season.

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates.

3 Valley lift pass
Adult - £261
Adult 65-75 years - £248
Child 5-12 years - £224
Family of 4 - £891
Family of 5 - £1113
Family of 6 - £1336

Meribel Valley lift pass
Adult - £219
Adult 65-75 years - £206
Child 5-12 years - £186
Family of 4 - £741
Family of 5 - £926
Family of 6 - £1111

Adult or child Carre Neige = £15

Please note: For 2 Jan departures, we can provide 5-day lift passes. Please call for more information

There are several ski school providers in Meribel, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below, and highlighted those we pre-book on your behalf.

New Generation +33(0)4 79 01 03 18

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

New Generation ski school was founded in 1988 in Courchevel, France and has been growing ever since. Started by four British ski instructors, New Generation now employs over forty highly qualified instructors in five of the top Alpine resorts. All of their instructors are highly qualified, many of them trainers in the British snowsports system. At New Generation you are guaranteed expert tuition with lessons designed to take you up to the next level. This is both a Ski and Snowboard school. Adult and children’s lessons with a maximum of eight per group. The New Generation office is situated next to Méribel Optic and opposite the Hotel Chaudanne. The ski school meeting point is at the bottom of the Rhodos gondola in the Chaudanne area.

Magic in Motion +33(0)4 79 08 53 36

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

Magic in Motion are a dedicated and motivated team, providing the perfect balance of fun on the mountain with a thorough professional learning experience. From timid enthusiast to powder hound and thrill seeker, they aim to surpass your expectations. Magic in Motion offer both group and private tuition for skiers and snowboarders, with small English speaking groups to ensure you receive individual attention and maximum enjoyment. Meeting place is by Rhodos Bubble. Instructors wear bright orange uniform.

Parallel Lines +33(0)4 79 00 32 21

Now the most popular British School in Meribel, Parallel Lines Snow Sports School provides the very best ski and snowboard lessons for all abilities with English speaking instructors. From their base in Meribel, and run by people who know Meribel inside out, they have built a top-level team of skiers and specialist snowboarders, committed to offering the very highest levels of service, from first contact to final turns. They offer a full range of friendly ski and snowboard lessons for adults and children, small group lessons, private lessons, off piste guiding and freestyle. 

ESF +33(0)4 79 08 60 31

ESF are a local branch of the French Ski School and provide private and group ski & snowboard lessons, for children, teens and adults. ESF are unique in offering Kindergarten ski school for children from the age of 3 years. Lessons are available for beginners or advanced abilities and you will find all their instructors are not only highly competent but extremely friendly to ensure you enjoy your lessons.

TDC +33(0)6 12 24 88 52

Quality ski lessons in Meribel. Clinics (3-6 people) and private tuition for adults, teenagers and kids. All native English speaking instructors. Small groups ensure the highest standard of personalised coaching.

BASS (British Alpine Ski School) +33(0)6 79 51 24 05

Bass supply BASI trained, English speaking instructors, with small group sizes to ensure personal and thorough instruction service. They have an effective lesson program that caters for absolute beginners to advanced, and are committed to helping their customers advance quickly, safely and enjoyably. Group and private ski lessons for adults and children.

Cab9snowboarding +33(0)8 44 81 127 79

British Snowboard School offering both group lessons and private lessons. Specialist lessons for freestyle and off piste available.

Meribel offers a variety of activities for both the non-skier and those wanting some alternative entertainment after a day on the mountain. Our resort staff will have further details and would be able to assist you in booking.

Husky dog sleigh ride

Get a taste of Alaska on a husky powered sledge whilst taking in the breath-taking mountain scenery. Dog sledding began in Canada and Alaska where, in the far north, people were dependent on their dogs for protection, companionship, hunting, trapping and, most of all, transportation. Daily tours are available weather permitting.


You will find the Meribel cinema 100m up the street from the Tourist Office. The Meribel-Mottaret cinema is actually in the Mottaret Tourist Office complex. Both Meribel & Meribel-Mottaret cinemas feature all the very latest releases. Pick up "Highlights of the Week" from either Meribel or Meribel-Mottaret Tourist Office for the week's schedule. English films are marked VOST and are usually shown 2 or 3 times a week in the evenings. Meribel cinema also opens in the afternoon if the weather is very bad.


Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? For the ultimate exhilaration, experience the silence and taste the freedom of flying in perfect safety. Paragliding can be experienced in numerous interesting and beautiful places worldwide but it truly has to be said none more beautiful than the Alps.


Situated upstairs in the Olympic Centre next to the Chaudanne. The Canadian 10 pin bowling alley (6 lanes) also has a bar, giant screen TV for sports, pool tables and video games. Tuesday and Thursday are fluorescent nights with a unique atmosphere and prizes for Strikes, etc. 

Helicopter rides

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Take in the sights with a helicopter tourist flight

For a truly amazing, thrilling and exhilarating panoramic bird’s eye view of the mountains choose a sightseeing scenic helicopter tourist flight. The Heli-pad in Méribel is situated next to the car park of the Altiport Hotel and the Altiport runway at an altitude of approximately 1800m - 1900m. Méribel’s helipad is also very close to the Altiport Green ski run for those wanting a quick getaway on skis. 

Hot Air Balloon Flights

See the 3 Valleys from up high in the comfort of a wicker basket! Whitetr@cks offers hot air balloon rides scaling across Courchevel & Meribel with spectacular views of the area and beyond. Probably the least strenuously way to see the region by far! Please note excursions may be cancelled dependent on weather conditions.

Massage and Beauty Therapists

Whether it’s a facial, massage, body treatment, waxing,  manicure, Reflexology/Kinesiology, Hydrotherapy, beauty and facial care, sauna, relaxing massages, hot stone massages, shiatsu, endermology or a hairdressing saloon you need – Meribel has the people on hand to pamper your every whim. There are several companies providing Beauty treatments in Meribel please ask our staff for more details.

Ice climbing

For experienced climbers looking for a new challenge or for those wishing to brave the cold rather than the indoor climbing wall at the Olympic centre, the man made Ice Mountain in Courchevel offers a (quite literally) refreshing challenge. There are a couple of companies providing Ice Climbing in Meribel please ask our staff for more details.

Swimming Pool

Situated in the Olympic Centre next to the Chaudanne. Here there is a 25m indoor pool, water slide, sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzis. Please note that for hygiene reasons men must wear tight shorts (e.g. Speedos), board shorts are not permitted.

Ice Skating

Meribel's ice rink is situated upstairs in the Olympic Centre next to the Chaudanne. Skates are available to hire and you can take lessons if you wish, including an introduction to figure skating and ice-hockey sessions (Thursday afternoon). For those who prefer to spectate, the local ice hockey team, play weekly and provide a very enjoyable night out.

Indoor Climbing Wall

The 14m high indoor climbing wall is inside the Olympic Centre at the Chaudanne offering walls with varying degrees of difficulty and inclines, allowing both beginners and experienced climbers to challenge themselves.

Walking & snow shoeing

Méribel has over 20km of beautifully maintained foot paths. Ask your Chalet Manager about organising a pedestrian lift pass (forfait piétons) for you. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this breath taking natural environment is to sign up for a guided trek with professional guides/instructors. They take you to the most remote spots to see the best of alpine scenery and wildlife, well away from the crowds. Ask for the “walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing map ” at the Tourist Office or ask your chalet host for more details.

We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in Meribel. Don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!

Le Rond Point - Rock your socks off at the Ronny! Le Rond Point is Méribel’s No. 1 apres-ski party. With the best live bands in the Alps 7 days a week, this is the most fun you’ll have with your ski boots on! Ski or ride to the terrace (just below Rhodos gondola mid-station) and make sure you sample their famous ‘Toffee Vodka’. Perhaps start off with a hot chocolate and then move on to a more serious effort once you’ve had a chance to warm your toes.

La Folie Douce - One of the most infamous après ski venues in the Alps. This place provides an open air party, on the piste. Check it out from 3pm (weather dependent) to enjoy live musicians, cabaret and an après-ski party like you’ve never experienced before! Located below the middle station of the Soulire Express Gondola.

Scotts - Located in the centre of town to the right of Le Pub. With lots of big sofas to relax into while listening to live unplugged music you can also appreciate their tasty bar food with happy hour cocktails offers on during the week. Scotts has Internet access. (Access from the slopes via the new escalator in the centre of town)

Barometer - Situated in the centre of town, next to Les Glaciers bakery. Barometer has a relaxed atmosphere and great music. They offer a modern and varied range of coffees, excellent wines, and the ever treacherous Mutzig Old Lager. The plasma screens are only switched on for major sports events and the pool table does not disturb those wishing to have a quiet drink.

La Taverne - Located in the centre of town they have a large screen TV for live sporting events along with live après ski bands.  They also serve bar favourites such as burgers, pies and sandwiches or more international food such as moules marinieres, shredded crispy duck or grilled salmon with Mediterranean vegetables.

Le Poste - Situated in the centre of town, next to the post office. Le Poste is probably Méribel’s most sophisticated French bar. With its interesting choice of international beers, wine and champagne it is definitely worth a visit. For the more adventurous après skier, they offer a tempting menu of cocktails.

Jacks Bar - Méribel’s famous après ski and late night spot. Jacks Bar kicks off with pitcher hour on the largest selection of beers in town between 4pm and 5pm and then again at 7pm to 10pm. Come here to warm up on their homemade Hot Chocolate or best Vin Chaud in town on the heated terrace. Late night is an altogether different affair with live music and DJs, party nights and general silliness abound. Also has a pool table.

Evolution - Evolution has it all… a cosy daytime ambience, sunny terrace and by night an intimate candle-lit restaurant. It is a very friendly and stylish café, bar and brasserie. They offer a set menu or a la carte dishes such as tiger prawns, Thai beef salad, falafel, steak, lamb shank and burgers. To sum it up - great upmarket pub type food.  Located down in the Chaudanne area, it is a great place to take a break from skiing, take in a few drinks after skiing or to spend the evening sitting by the bar.

Bar Fifty 50 - This is a great little bar on the main street down to the Chaudanne. There is Leffe, Stella and Kilkenny on tap together with some very tasty bar snacks such as Sushi and Chilli Con Carni. This season also sees a ‘Yard of Ale’ competition.

Meribar - The Meribar is in a convenient spot in the Chaudanne ski area. This is a very popular bar during lunch time with its great sun terrace and happy hour during après ski. It is one of the best places to watch sport with its four TV screens and one large screen TV. Great for pizza and Tex Mex in the evenings.

The Doron Pub (Le Pub) - Located opposite the Tourist office, by the new escalator. Entertainment consists of après-ski with live bands most evenings. It is busy at night with the live bands and usually full to bursting by 10.30pm.

O’Sullivans (Club) - Famous in the Alps, O’Sullivans was formally well known as Dick’s Tea Bar. O’Sullivans can be found in both Meribel and Val d’Isere and more than lives up to its reputation for a great night. It is a busy club with a dance area. €12 entry (free before 11pm) and drinks are fairly expensive, although every night before midnight, cocktails are 2 for the price of 1.

Once you’re on the slopes, you probably won’t feel like going back to your chalet to have lunch! There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the village.

Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. As your chalet host will have one night off in the week, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to sample the local cuisine.

In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in Meribel.

Mountain Restaurant;

La Fruitière - La Frutiere is an A la Carte restaurant providing high class dining on the mountain. The menu's are designed around sourcing high quality local produce. La Fruitiere is equally original in it's interior design, taking its inspiration from the old mountain diaries, with a modern interpretation. The young, enthusiastic, dynamic team guarantees you a good service in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Located below the middle station of the Soulire Express Gondola

Village Restaurants;

La Flambee - There is a great atmosphere in this lovely Italian restaurant serving traditional Italian and Savoyarde food. They have an exceptional offering of wine and the desserts are unforgettable. The pizza menu is extensive, and they make their own fresh pasta. La Flambee is located near the Chaudanne.

Le Grand Coeur - Situated in the heart of Méribel, Le Grand Coeur is an authentic Savoyarde restaurant, in a four star hotel with a bar. They offer a wide range of food and wine, with exceptional service. Also open for afternoon tea. Access to and from the piste.

La Galette - Situated in the centre of town, this restaurant serves local specialities, salads, crepes and pizzas. Open from midday until midnight, they also provide take away pizzas, chips and salads.

Le Bo a Mil - Situated just behind the chapel in Méribel Village, this Savoie restaurant is set in a fantastic vaulted cellar and offers speciality dishes from the area. Only open in the evenings.

Aux Petits Oignons - Situated in Méribel 1600, this Bistro style restaurant has a big log fire in the centre and with its candlelit tables and cool music you will always have a good night here. The food is excellent with some special French dishes on the menu. The bus stop outside makes it very convenient for a trip into town after dinner if you fancy a night-cap.

Chez Kiki - Located in Méribel 1600 not far from the Morel chairlift, this restaurant is very centrally located for most guests. M. Kiki himself still cooks his renowned Cote de Boeuf (€52 for two) on an open fire. The beef here is absolute top quality. In addition to a superb choice of steaks, the menu also includes fondues from €25 and fish from €25. The wine list is really quite incredible and crammed full of top quality wines. This is an absolutely wonderful venue for a very special night out.

Le Lodge Du Village - Excellently situated near the bottom of the slopes in Méribel Village, the LDV is a great spot for lunch and dinner - the terrace and balcony have a stunning view of the Méribel valley.  There's a Happy Hour every day from 4pm until 6pm with all your favourite drinks from Toffee Vodka to a lovely warming piping hot Vin Chaud plus an extensive wine list from France, Italy and the New World along with some great cocktails! Regular live bands appear throughout the season and we have Satellite TV to keep you up to date with all the live sports events plus free WiFi. Live Music at Aprés Ski and later in the evening throughout the Winter.

The Den Wine Bar & Kitchen - The Den Wine Bar & Kitchen is a great choice for an early evening drink, dinner or a late night bite -the kitchen is open every day from 6pm till late. It has a new look this season and now boasts a new, eclectic wine list. The kitchen offers an international menu made only with the freshest ingredients. Try their homemade foie gras, locally sourced cheese and charcuterie, something more exotic like the Chinese duck pancakes or share one of the Den’s platters, designed to pair perfectly with the wines. In The Den you’ll get great service, a friendly reception and delicious food. 

Le Refuge - This is a family run restaurant, one of Meribel's most popular eateries, always full and a buzzing atmosphere. Great pizzas, steaks and pasta right in the heart of Meribel, ideal for families on the staff night off, or party goers who want a quick bite to eat before hitting the bars. The ground floor restaurant offers mainly pizzas and a simple menu. Upstairs is more upmarket where you can sample more local Savoyarde dishes such as Raclette, Fondue and various fish.

Le Cepe - A traditional restaurant with gourmet specialities, great seafood and plats du jour. They are located further up the hill past 1600 but well worth the bus ride or taxi home.



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This is one of the most charming French ski resorts, and we’re pleased to offer 10 luxury ski chalets in Meribel.

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