Some ski resorts resonate with British skiers so powerfully that even non-skiers know them; Meribel is one of them. With its traditional low-lying architecture that blends into the surrounding mountains, its many pubs, and restaurants that are full of fun, beautiful people.
Lest we forget it’s part of the largest ski domain in the world, the Three Valleys! There are many reasons to check out this fabulous resort and why it continues to bring in the crowds year after year. Starting with its traditional alpine architecture that seamlessly blends into the scenery is one of the reasons why it is so popular. There aren’t any of those purpose-built 1960′ s/1970’s characterless buildings that were thrown up to cater to the masses. Here, people come to feel they are in a genuine chocolate box ski resort that dates back many decades or even longer. Strolling through the main street, you’ll see wood and stone buildings, chalets, and hotels that all represent the atmosphere of a traditional ski village. For example, there is the Hotel Eterlou which provides traditional-styled bedrooms, an outside heated swimming pool and all only 2 minutes from the ski lifts!
However, you can still find ultra-modern amenities such as top of the range lift systems and chic restaurants that’ll cater to your every whim. Meribel gives you the chance to experience whatever style of ski holiday you are looking for and some of which you wouldn’t expect to find. If you are looking for pubs or perhaps sophisticated bars and night clubs, then Meribel is the place to find them.
Of course, then there are limitless skiing possibilities with the entire 600km Three Valley domain right on your doorstep.
From the centre of Meribel at 1450 metres, you have no less than five different lifts. Each taking you in a different direction allowing you to access Courchevel on the left side and Les Menuires or Val Thorens on the right side. You can reach the heights of 2738 metres within 15 minutes if you take the Saulire Express and spend the day down in Courchevel. If you prefer make your way up the Tougnette lift and ski for a day in Les Menuires and Val Thorens. Meribel is literally in the heart of the 3 Valley domain with enough variety to keep even the hungriest skier happy for weeks of skiing.
You can choose to spend your holiday in one of the satellite villages called Meribel Mottaret which sits at 1750 metres. At this height, you are sure to be able to ski until the end of the season. With incredible conditions guaranteed right into late April, and sunny conditions at Easter. Of course, Meribel being what it is, you can still find traditional offerings such as the Hotel Alpen Ruitor with the employees’ traditional uniforms, open fires and wooden furnishings throughout. All of this, and the skiing is 15 seconds away with another 4 lifts all at your disposal.
This article was written by France Skiing who will help you create a unique and memorable ski holiday