Ski Holidays in Meribel, France
Charming and picturesque resort in the heart of the Three Valleys
Méribel ski resort has always featured great wood clad Chalet Style architecture and retained its original charm and appeal, one of the most tastefully designed French resorts. The resort was founded by a Brit and has had a strong British presence/following since its Opening in 1938, the lift system continues to improve and is connected to one of the largest lift systems in the world. The Three Valleys is home to many ski resorts and has something to offer every level of skier or boarder. The satellite resort of Meribel-Mottaret, slightly higher than Meribel and more modern in its architecture, gives super fast access to Val Thorens, Courchevel and the rest of the Three Valleys.
Meribel Ski Resort Key Facts
|No. of lifts:||180||Intermediate:|
|Total piste length:||600km||Snowboarding:|
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Méribel has one of the biggest selections of catered ski chalets in Europe, there really are ski chalets to suit everyone's needs. Accommodation can be found piste-side but a lot of the Chalets are in the main town however with Meribels great bus network makes it easy to get access to the lifts.
Whether you want a no expense spared luxury ski chalet for 8 with your own private Jacuzzi and steam room or just a no frills cheap double in a 40 person chalet hotel, if you're Budget conscious and looking to ski the Trois Vallées or want a traditional wood clad chalet then Méribel is perfect choice for your ski holiday.
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The Hotel L'Eterlou offers comfortable, spacious accommodation, great facilities and excellent cuisine,
About the Skiing and Boarding in Meribel
Skiing in Meribel offers something for everyone. With an unrivalled amount of skiing and boarding (600km), the Trois Vallées is a magnificent ski area. The Méribel Valley is in the middle of the three valleys making it the ideal base for exploring the whole ski area From the main lift station you can climb either side of the valley by gondola and find yourself either at Saulire admiring the view down to Courchevel, or at La Tougnete with its access to Val Thorens and Les Menuires.
For the advanced skier the area's blacks and off-piste will need little introduction, but do try the black from the top of the Roc de Tougne and the pistes around La Caron which will test any experienced skier.
Take some runs down the through attractive woods leading to Méribel Village from where you can catch a chairlift back to the wide open runs of the Altiport area.
The facilities for snowboarders are excellent across the whole Trois Valleés ski area. Two terrain parks can be found in the Meribel area, the Moon park and the Mottaret Park and often a mini Boardercross run, there is certainly enough for beginners to get some air time and more than enough to test the more advanced rider. Snow making has dramatically increased in recent years to ensure a good ski right back to your accommodation in all conditions.
Après Ski in Meribel
Le Rond Pont aka The Ronny, above Méribel Centre at the Rond Point des Pistes is a must-visit venue. It has a 4-5pm happy hour features live bands/music and a really positive atmosphere. It tends to get lively right from the end of the skiing day and runs pretty late into the night.
Le Poste is one of the smartest bars in town, it was revamped a few years ago and has a good cocktail menu and a high profile atmosphere.
Jacks Bar and more intimate Evolution down in the valley, at the lower end of Méribel centre, near the Chaudanne lift nexus, is another key venue and has a fabulous bar feel
Good Places to start or warm up with food Head to La Taverne in Méribel Centre for a well deserved 'Tav Burger' or the Doron Pub, which also has a 4-7pm happy hour and serves good snacks and food.
Dicks Tea Bar - The Venue for the serious party goer. You don't want to be queuing out in the cold so be sure to get there early. Doors open at 9pm and there's a happy hour going till 11.30pm. Is now under new management as of 2010-11 season, If you don't fancy Dick's, but want to dance, head to Le Loft, by the ice rink and bowling alley in Méribel Centre, which is favoured by the French and the Locals.
The Olympic Centre hosts top-level ice hockey matches and has a heated swimming pool, climbing wall and bowling alley. New to the Centre in 2009 will be a gym, saunas, Jacuzzis, massage and relaxation rooms. There are countless alpine activities to partake in within the Meribel area, including paragliding, ice skating, climbing, karting, snowmobiling, and helicopter trips.
Up at Mottaret, check out Le Rastro and Zig Zag. The Tuesday rock parties at Le Rastro are famous for going off. Then there's Downtown, which has been refurbished in recent years and The Annexe which has a good modern feel. Quiet drink? Then try the Piano Bar at the Mont Vallont Hotel in Mottaret, or the Barometer in Méribel Centre which is quite expensive but does serve the famous 'Mutzig'
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Meribel Snow Conditions
|Last Snow||20th Apr|
|Lower Snow Depth||30 cm|
|Upper Snow Depth||95 cm|
|Weather||Partly cloudy, some sunny spells|
|Piste||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
|Last Report Update||23rd Apr @ 12:00|