The pretty alpine resort of Méribel is at the heart of The Three Valleys which needs little introduction as one of the world’s biggest and best ski holiday destinations. It incorporates the resorts of Courchevel (including La Tania), Meribel and Val Thorens and with 200 ski lifts, 600km of pistes and 1500 snow cannons, you can be assured of quality skiing throughout the winter season.
The picturesque and vibrant village of Méribel has a traditional alpine feel, being largely made up of attractive chalet-style buildings in local stone and wood. Méribel has its own extensive ski area that provides easy access to the neighbouring ski resorts offering limitless action and terrain options, for which it is as famed as for its buzzing nightlife. This attractive Savoyard resort has long catered for skiers and boarders of all levels and tastes and has deservedly developed an outstanding reputation for delivering the best of the Alps both on and off the piste.
Ski Beat has 4 catered ski chalets in Meribel very close to each other in Méribel Mussillon. These catered chalets are about 700m from the centre of Méribel and 250m from the ever-popular Dick`s T-Bar nightclub, a Méribel favourite: Chalet La Vieille Grange (sleeps 10-12), Chalet Daurel (sleeps 12-14), Chalet Cervin (sleeps 12-13) & Chalet Emilie (sleeps 6). Chalet de Meribel (sleeps 10-12) is in the centre of Méribel, a couple of minutes walk from the main shopping street with its choice of bars, restaurants and shops. For guests staying in any of our Méribel chalets, if you pre-book your equipment hire via Ski Beat, you will benefit from our in-chalet fitting service.
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Méribel, being part of The Three Valleys ski area, has a very good snow record. It has over 700 snow cannons covering 1/3 of its pistes and with much of the ski area located above 1800m, it offers some very reliable snow conditions. The Three Valleys are renowned for their piste maintenance; there are snow cannons throughout and more being installed to enhance the natural snow and keep routes open. Stretching up to 3230m at its highest, The Three Valley’s pistes at altitude can offer skiing and boarding throughout the season.
The Meribel valley offers a vast choice of pistes suited to all standards of skiers and snowboarders. Beginners can enjoy the tree-lined runs around the Altiport whilst leisurely skiers can take pleasure in the flattering boulevard pistes flanked by gourmet restaurants. There are plenty of challenging runs for intermediate and advanced skiers; higher up on the Saulire are steeper blues and reds which allow mixed-ability groups to ski in the same area. Over on the western (Tougnète) side of the valley is another good mixture of blues, reds and blacks. Meanwhile the notorious Courchevel couloirs over the ridge from Meribel and the Chanrossa bumps will keep even the most expert skier occupied. The Three Valleys also has vast off-piste terrain to tempt powder addicts looking to carve their tracks in deep, virgin snow surrounded by stunning alpine scenery.
In the Meribel valley itself there are over 120km of prepared slopes with loads more just over the hill from Meribel in The Three Valleys where you have the whole of Courchevel and Val Thorens (Europe’s highest ski resort) to choose from. For a detailed review of each ski run see our guide to skiing in Meribel or for those in Courchevel our guide to skiing in La Tania.
The Three Valleys has a vast array of snowboarding opportunities from parks and pipes to almost unlimited off-piste terrain making it suitable for all levels. Snowboarders have the benefit of the Plattières snowpark above Meribel - Mottaret with its jumps, banks and halfpipes; or head to the Moonpark in Meribel to try out your freestyling skills on jumps, rails and boxes. Further afield La Tania also has a snow park for freestylers and Courchevel has a larger dedicated railpark.
There are many cross-country trails to explore across 33km in the surrounds of beautiful alpine scenery and you can also roam The Three Valleys on foot, hiking along the marked trails, or using the pedestrian ski lift passes with many trails created and regularly maintained especially for snowshoeing.
The constantly evolving and state-of-the-art lift system is efficiently operated and queues are rare. With plenty of snow cannons to ensure good snow coverage along with excellent piste grooming and a sunny aspect, it’s difficult not to be impressed.
Meribel offers a huge selection of après ski – there are bars and restaurants spread across the resort offering a great choice of après ski and nightlife. The now infamous Dick's T-Bar has always been popular and is just 200m from many of our Meribel ski chalets. The bar/club Les Saint-Pères’ house and guest DJs will entertain the energetic until late. Other popular haunts are The Pub, The Ronny (Rond Point), The Tavern and Jacks Bar so you’ll never be short of choice if you’re looking for happy hours, live music, theme nights or big screenings of your favourite sports events.
The Olympic Sports Centre is only a few hundred metres from our Chalet de Meribel. It hosts top-level ice hockey matches as well as having a swimming pool, climbing wall and bowling alley. In fact the range of sports and leisure activities available in Meribel is vast with tennis, squash, ski-mobiling, hiking, paragliding and ice-karting all on offer. If you prefer a little less action, you can spend the time browsing the shops; as well as the numerous stores in the centre of Meribel, a regular market along the main street sells local products and specialities of the region. Meribel also offers a relaxation area and spa in the Olympic Sports Centre and several of the hotels also offer spa and beauty treatments. Or for something a bit different, how about a spot of star-gazing at the planetarium and observatory?
Meribel’s choice of cuisine is as broad as it is tempting from bar snacks and finger food to fabulous gourmet cuisine. You can chose from traditional Savoyard dishes, Italian, Mexican or Japanese fare amongst others, so every palate can be catered for.
If you would like to visit the different districts, Meribel - Centre, Meribel - Village and Meribel - Mottaret, you can use the convenient Méribus that connects the villages with each other.
There are plenty of good childcare agencies available locally. We would be happy to speak to you to help you find a service to suit your requirements, alternatively Ski Beat does have in-house childcare facilities in La Plagne, Les Arcs & La Rosiere
Resort Height: 1450m
Ski Range: 1300 - 3230m
Marked Piste: 600km
No. of Lifts: 200
No. of Lifts in Ski Range: 200
snowparks & boardercross
1500 throughout Meribel and The Three Valleys
A large selection of bars, restaurants and night clubs throughout Meribel.
Grenoble to Meribel - 3hrs 30 mins
Moutiers to Meribel - 30 mins