Why Méribel Ski Resort?
- Perfectly located at the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area.
- Chalet-life atmosphere & popular ski resort.
- Family-friendly with good amenities & activities.
Meribel (3 Vallees) Information
Méribel is located in the Tarentaise area of the northern French Alps, at the very heart of Les 3 Vallées – the world’s largest ski area!
Set amongst a forest of Arolla pine trees, the ski resort of Méribel is in fact made up of five villages, each with its own identity and atmosphere: Méribel Les Allues (1100m), Méribel Village (1400m), Méribel Centre (1500m), Méribel Les Hauts (1600m) and Méribel Mottaret (1750m). Visitors at all the villages are well catered for with shops, restaurants and bars as well as being served by an efficient shuttle bus system.
Overall, Méribel is a tasteful purpose-built ski resort made up of traditional wood-clad, low-rise, chalet-style buildings and prides itself on its chalet-life atmosphere. Méribel remains one of the most popular ski resorts for British skiers and it is not hard to understand why, because of the combination of being a great village ski resort and its perfect location within the 3 Valleys ski area. The main two districts are Méribel Village and Méribel Centre.
Méribel Village (1400m) is located in a very sunny position on the road from Méribel to La Tania and Courchevel. Méribel Village is the most recently developed village in the Méribel Valley. It has become a quiet family-oriented mini-resort, which has kept its traditional Savoyard appearance with typical chalets, barn conversions, a chapel and old bread oven, all built around a lovely sunny village square. You can ski back to the village via the ‘Le Lapin’ blue run and the ‘Télésiège du Golf’ chairlift quickly links Méribel Village with the Altiport area (which is good for beginners) and the main lift system of the Méribel and the 3 Valleys ski areas. For more lively après-ski, you can take the free resort shuttle bus to Méribel Centre (2km away) which takes just a few minutes.
Méribel Centre (1500m) stretches up the hillside beside the home piste and is composed of several small and charming hamlets: Musillion, Centre/La Chaudanne, Le Plan du Moulin, La Renarde/Les Chalets, Morel/Altitude 1600 and Le Plateau. As the name suggests, Méribel Centre is the largest, liveliest and most attractive of the Méribel villages, located at the heart of the ski resort. The village has a real chalet-style to it as all the chalets and apartment buildings are traditionally constructed using light wood, stone and local slate. Méribel Centre boasts a vibrant main street atmosphere and offers by far the liveliest après-ski. This is also where you will find the most shops, services and activities plus high-quality sporting facilities within the Olympic Sports Complex. Méribel Centre does not offer the same ski-in/ski-out facilities as some of the other villages, but still has quick and easy access to the Méribel and Les 3 Vallées ski areas.
Meribel Les Allues
Méribel Les Allues is located at 1100m and is the original Méribel village. It has a charming and traditional village atmosphere and is easily identified by its ancient church. Les Allues has a supermarket, ski hire shop and several restaurants. The bus journey time from here to Méribel Centre is 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the Olympe gondola which will whisk you up to Chaudanne, in the heart of the Méribel ski area. The free local shuttle bus service is called ‘Meribus’, and serves all the villages of Méribel, running from 08:00 to 00:00 (approx.).
Ski Collection offers Méribel accommodation ranging from 3 and 4-Star self-catering apartments sleeping up to 9 to a 4-Star Luxury self-catering chalet with Jacuzzi. All of our Meribel ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a high standard, providing the ideal base for a Meribel ski holiday.
Ski Collection also features 3 & 4-Star self-catering ski apartments sleeping up to 8 people in nearby Méribel -Mottaret at 1750m (4km from Méribel).
The Méribel Tourist Office is open every day during the winter season, 09:00 – 19:00. Pop in to see them with any questions you may have or to check out what is going on in the resort during the week of your stay and they will be happy to help you. Their website is also full of useful information, tips and suggestions.
MERIBEL SKI AREA
Meribel is part of the large ‘Les 3 Vallées’ ski area (the largest ski area in the world), which many skiers rightly regard as the greatest intermediate ski-playground in the world! This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 8 ski resorts:
- Val Thorens
- Les Menuires
- Saint Martin de Belleville
- La Tania
Les 3 Vallées offers you a total of 600km of high altitude and snow-sure ski slopes - every ski enthusiast’s dream! Amazing skiing can be had right from the beginning of the winter season in the Les 3 Vallées ski area and there is something for everyone - no matter what your style or ability. Renowned for its quality of snow and modern ski lift system, Val Thorens is a perfect ski resort for everyone.
The 3 Valleys benefit from excellent snow coverage - the minimum altitude level for skiing is 1300m and the maximum is 3230m. This means that a huge 85% of the ski area is located above 1800m. Some 2000 snowmaking machines cover a third of the ski area as well. The 3 Valleys offer wide ski runs that are maintained nightly by 80 piste grooming machines.
Méribel is located at the very heart of Les 3 Vallées ski area, making it a perfect location to make the most of and explore the whole of the amazing 3 Valleys ski area: within a single lift trip you have access to Courchevel and La Tania in one direction and Mont du Vallon, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville in the other.
For those chasing the sun in Méribel, the Tougnète side of the mountain gets the best sun in the mornings. The Saulire area has the best afternoon light plus the long runs on this side of the mountain mean less time on the lifts and allow more time on the pistes!
- For Orelle, Saint Martin de Belleville, Brides les Bains, La Tania, see details with our sister company Peak Retreats
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Meribel Valley - 150km, 41 lifts (14 gondola, 16 chairlifts, 6 draglifts, 5 moving carpets), 64 slopes:
Green slopes: 8
Blue slopes: 26
Red slopes: 23
Black slopes: 7
793 snow cannons (55% of ski area)
Méribel is an easy-going ski resort to learn to ski or snowboard in and has excellent slopes for beginners, with some great long and gentle green slopes. For beginners as well as second-week skiers, the Altiport beginner area is the most appropriate, allowing you to cruise along tree-lined runs.
This area is particularly sunny during the afternoons. From the Altiport area you can easily take the ‘Loze’ chairlift over to Courchevel and La Tania, allowing progressing beginners to explore a little further afield. There is also another beginner area in Méribel-Mottaret.
Once you have gained some confidence in Méribel the beginner area and want to venture out a little, there are 4 green runs slightly higher up which all come straight back down into the resort – so there is no fear of ending up somewhere you don’t feel you can get back from. The easy ‘Le Blanchot’ green run is perfect for beginners and children, is accessed via the Saulire Express lift and will bring you back down to the Altiport area.
There are some lovely wide and winding blue runs in the Tougnète/Roc de Fer area: start with ‘Faon’, then take the Tougnète 2 lift onto ‘Crêtes’ and continue down ‘Choucas’. These very pleasant runs can be enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders of any level.
There are several free ski lifts in Méribel, to allow you to practice and gain a bit of confidence before purchasing a lift pass:
- Méribel: ‘Le Loupiot’ magic carpet, ‘Côtes’ drag lift (Rond-Point), ‘Altiport’ drag lift and ‘Fontanyl’ rope tow (Altiport).
- Méribel-Mottaret: ‘Chalets’ gondola, ‘Doron’ & ‘Ourson’ magic carpets (Laitelet).
- Méribel offers a special beginner lift pass called the ‘Mini-Pass’ which gives beginners access to the chairlifts and slopes that are suitable for those trying on skis for the very first time.
With the majority of the Méribel ski slopes being blue and red, intermediates are very well catered for and have a great choice to keep you busy all day long.
The sunny western side of Méribel (towards Val Thorens) has a good selection of blue and red slopes and it is best to head here in the mornings if you want to catch the best of the suns rays. From here it is also easy to explore Saint Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires. If you take the Tougnete 2 lift you will find a good red run called ‘Jersalem’, which is quiet, wide and fairly steep.
For intermediates (as well as experts) there is a great run from Mont-Vallon at 2952m (Méribel’s highest skiing point) down to Méribel with a vertical drop of 1450m: the ‘Combe Vallon’ red run is the longest in the Méribel Valley and is very enjoyable – it just keeps going and going so be prepared to stop a few times for a much-needed breather whilst admiring the glorious snowy mountain view!
For less adventurous intermediates the runs from the second station of the ‘Plattieres’ gondola back to the first station are ideal. You could also try the lovely wide ‘Choucas’ ‘Faon’ blue runs.
For experts (as well as intermediates) there is a great run from Mont-Vallon at 2952m (Méribel’s highest skiing point) down to Méribel with a vertical drop of 1450m. These two long red runs are steep, narrow at the start, challenging and are quite often full of moguls. This is a good place to head first thing or towards the end of the day. The best route back is via the ‘Plan des Mains’ lift and then the ‘Sittelle’.
The run down the side of the double ‘Roc de Tougne’ drag lift is good as is the steep black run all the way down the ‘Tougnete’ gondola back to Méribel. For the 1992 Olympic Ladies Downhill Skiing, the steep black ‘Face’ slope was created and is definitely recommended. As is the black ‘Combe Tougnete’ run.
Méribel’s most notorious black run is called the ‘Vertical Xperience’ (also known as ‘Couloir Tournier’) which is accessible from the top of the Saulire Express gondola. This 37° couloir offers guaranteed thrills and is only for the bold and brave of experts…..Some of you may just prefer to watch!
A whole freeride playground at your feet…offering a virgin environment, consistently good snow due to a northern exposure and arguably two of the best pistes of the Valley which ironically are amongst those the least known by the general public. The Mont de la Challe sector is reached via the new (2017) Roc de Tougne chairlift. This natural area is ideal for good skiers who want to carve on beautiful red and black runs or enjoy the sensations of freeriding on slopes with a relatively gentle gradient!
Meribel offers some amazing off-piste skiing, as does the whole of the 3 Valley’s ski area, with deep powder and fantastic views. For your complete safety, we would always recommend that you hire a mountain guide, whether privately or in a group, when skiing off-piste. Guided off-piste tours not only offer safety and peace of mind, but they allow you to experience the very best areas of this immense ski area.
Boarders will love the place, not just for its vast array of on and off-piste skiing, but also for the separate specialist parks. Méribel has two of the best snow parks in Europe!
There are 33km (21 miles) of magnificent cross-country trails to explore in Méribel and a total of 130km throughout the whole of the 3 Valleys. The main cross-country area in Méribel is the protected Altiport forest, which is suited to beginners. This is the starting point of the long tracks to Courchevel and La Tania.
The Lake Tuéda Nature Reserve of Cembro pines in Méribel-Mottaret is another great site with some gentle tracks. All the cross-country trails in Méribel are free to use and a detailed booklet/map is available from the Méribel Tourist Office.
Méribel Ski Hire
Please contact us for Meribel ski hire prices.
Our hire shop for Le Jardin d'Eden & Le Lac Noir is located 10-20 minutes walk (5-10 mins using the free shuttle bus) in Meribel Centre, on Route du Centre, within the 'Petaru' building. Our hire shop for La Foret is located 300m away, within the Plateau de Morel shopping centre.
We have selected Sport 2000, which ensures that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers.
For guests staying at Les Fermes de Meribel:
Our hire shop for Les Fermes de Meribel is located opposite the residence.
We have selected Skiset, which ensures that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers.
Méribel Lift Passes
Please contact us for Meribel ski pass prices.
You have the choice to purchase a lift pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Meribel at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non-applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Méribel Ski School
Please contact us for Meribel ski school prices.
Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
In 2013 Meribel was awarded the ‘Family Plus Mountain Resort’ label, which represents commitments to being a very family-friendly ski resort – guaranteeing they will do all they can to ensure families and children have the very best conditions in which to spend the perfect ski holiday in France. Thanks to this new status, the ski resort of Méribel is now fully committed to offer the following 6 points:
- A personal welcome for families.
- Activities for all ages.
- Appropriate pricing structures for toddlers and adults.
- Activities for children adults which can be done together or separately.
- Medical help nearby for minor injuries.
- Pampering for every child from childcare professionals.
There are lots of activities for children and the whole family to enjoy in Meribel: sledging, snow-shoe outings, walking, nature reserve, dog sled and horse-drawn tours, cinema and not forgetting the brilliant Olympic Park housing a swimming pool with flume, ice rink, bowling alley and climbing wall.
The Moon Wild Slope
The animal piste – is a themed piste located within the Altiport forest with life-sized models for children and families to learn about woodland animals, their lives and their habitats. The start has been recently reshaped, making it more easily accessible. Parallel to this piste is a walking and snowshoeing path, so you can learn whilst having fun! Access on skis via the Rhodos gondola lift & served by the Altiport chairlift.
Baby-sitting can be arranged in your own accommodation. English and other languages spoken. A comprehensive list is available from the Méribel Tourist Office or on www.meribel.net.
In Méribel Centre you will find the ‘Les Saturnins’ crèche for children aged 18 months to 3 years old and also the ‘Piou-Piou’ children’s club which is part of the ESF (Ecole de Ski Francais) ski school for children aged 3 - 5 years old.
Indoor Picnic Areas:
Head to the new relaxation and rest area at the start of the Saulire Express gondola lift. Here you can eat your picnic in peace and quiet or simply relax.
Below the Pas du Lac gondola: picnic tables, benches and toilets.
Safe Skiing with Children in Meribel
Magnestick is a new safety device for children, which can now be found on 4 chairlifts within Méribel-Mottaret: Combes (4seater, 2 seats Magnesticked), Arolles (4 seater, 1 seat Magnesticked), Chatelet (6 seater, 1 seat Magnesticked) and Plan des mains (6 seater, 1 seat Magnesticked).
This is a simple yet very effective device: A permanent magnet is fixed to the seat of the chairlift and is activated for the whole ride up including when the child gets on.
A light (200g) back protector worn by the child includes a metallic plate. Children wear this protection throughout the day's skiing (not only when taking the chairlift). This vest comes in a bright colour so that children can be seen on the slopes and to avoid collisions with other slope users. On their way down, this CE-approved back protector protects their backs if they fall or collide with someone else.
On arrival at the top, the magnet is automatically deactivated when the child gets off. The child can then get up from the seat normally. The risk of a child falling off before getting to the top is prevented as the magnet is only deactivated when the child puts their skis on the snow (even if someone lifts the restraining bar well before arrival).
As soon as the metallic plate in the back protector comes into contact with the magnet on the chairlift, the child is ‘attached’ to the seat. The aim is to protect children at each stage of the chairlift transport process!
STAGE 1 - Getting on: As soon as the child is sat with their back against the back of the seat, the system prevents any risk of sliding off even if the person accompanying does not immediately lower the restraining bar.
STAGE 2 - The ride up: The child can still move about freely but is ‘attached’ to the seat during the whole ride up. The system avoids any risk of sliding under the restraining bar.
STAGE 3 - Getting off: Even if the restraining bar is lifted before arrival, the child remains safely ‘attached to the seat' until their skis touch the snow.
Magnestick Vests can be purchased or hired in Meribel from:
- Sport Boutique, Place de L’Office de Tourisme, 73550 Méribel.
- Muller Sports, Sport 2000, Centre Commercial Le Ruitor, 73550 Méribel Mottaret.
There are numerous winter sports and activities to try in Méribel.
The Olympic Park
Located in the La Chaudanne area of Meribel is a fantastic sports complex boasting an indoor heated 25m swimming pool with baby pool and giant flume, aqua-gym and aqua-biking sessions, swimming lessons, Jacuzzi, saunas, steam room, fitness centre, herbal tea bar and a new Spa offering numerous body and facial treatments as well as massages. Opening times vary for the different activities but everything is open most afternoons until approximately 20:00. There is also an ice rink, bowling alley and climbing wall (see more details below).
Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 00 58 21.
Olympic Ice Skating Rink
Located within the Olympic Park sports complex in La Chaudanne area of Meribel, the ice rink is open 14:30 – 19:00.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 80 00
Figure skating lessons for all levels are also available for adults and children 4 years + with a qualified instructor. Approximate cost (including ice skate hire, ice rink entrance & tuition): €63/child under 14 years & €80/adult.
The bowling alley is located within the Olympic Park sports complex, in the La Chaudanne area of Meribel. It offers 6 automated bowling lanes, pool tables, arcade games, bar, large TV screen to show live sports, Wi-Fi internet access, themed evenings, entertainment and live music. Open daily 14:00 – 02:00 and from 10:00 during bad weather.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 36 44.
The 14m high indoor climbing wall within the Olympic Park in La Chaudanne area of Meribel, is open free of charge to experienced climbers from 10:00 – 20:00, except during the mountain guides’ use.
Parc Olympique, Meribel.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 58 21.
Evening climbing sessions are organised by the Bureau des Guides with beginner tandem climbs as well as advanced tuition for all, from 5 years +, 18:00 – 19:30 Tuesdays & Thursdays, (Tuesdays to Fridays during the Christmas and February French school holidays). Approximate cost: €6/person/climb (equipment included) or €45/10 climb pass.
Contact: Bureau des guides - Parc Olympique.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 30 38.
Sledging is a super fun winter activity that can be enjoyed by every one – excitement and laughs guaranteed! There is an enclosed sledging area equipped with padded barriers in the Chaudanne area of Méribel (next to the ‘Rhodos’ lift station). It is not too steep, so also suitable for younger children. If you take the ‘Rhodos’ lift to the Rond Point area you will also find numerous areas that are suitable for sledging.
‘Le Grand Coeur Hotel & Spa’ with Valmont, Méribel Centre.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 03.
Fitness centre with cardio training machines, Powerplate, massaging armchair, endermology LPG System (Cellu M6), sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi, facial and body treatments, waxing, pedicure, manicure, sports massages, relaxing essential oil massages, hot stone massages.
‘Spa Carita de L’Hotel Hélios’, Route de la Renarde, Méribel.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 24 22 42.
The spa and wellness area offers balneotherapy equipment and Turkish bath. Face and body treatments on appointment from 14:00 – 20:00. Treatment packages from 1 to 6 days available.
‘Spa de L’Hotel Le Yeti’, Le Rond Point, Méribel.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 51 15.
Steam room, sauna, showers, rest and massage rooms. Treatments from 15:00 – 20:00.
‘Spa des Neiges’ by Clarins, Hôtel Allodis, Le Belvédère, Méribel.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 56 00.
The 500m2 centre is decorated in a calming mountain style and the contemporary design is based on natural materials such as wood, stone, slate and water. Treatment and massages rooms, gym and jet massage. Clarins trained specialists offer a wide array of treatments to relax or re-energise you.
‘Spa Nuxe’, Hôtel le Kaila, La Chaudanne, Méribel.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 69 34.
600 m² with large windows offering lovely views, the pool is enhanced by an aquamarine course, jets, aquabikes, waterfall, hydromassage seats, Jacuzzi and air loungers. There are also 6 treatment rooms, including two double massage booths and a tisane bar. Open 10:00 – 20:30.
‘Spa Themae’ de L’Hotel Le Savoy’, Méribel Centre.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 55 55 50.
Wide range of treatments available including Thémaé facials, massages, body scrubs and much more. Open 10:00 – 20:00. By appointment only.
Winter magic, climbing on natural and artificial ice cascades. Open to all.
Bureau des Guides (Mountain Guides’ office). Olympic Park sports complex.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 30 38.
Méribel Auditorium - Maison du Tourisme, Meribel.
Tel: +33 (0)9 67 43 11 61.
All digital equipment with Dolby stereo. Sundays: 18:00 & 20:30; Mondays: 18:00 & 20:30 (+16:00 if bad weather); Tuesdays: 20:30; Wednesdays: 18:00 & 20.30 (+16:00 if bad weather).
Have great fun and experience the slopes on another level by riding a snowmobile! Various packages available, from beginner to expert plus one-on-one tuition. Approximate cost as a passenger behind the guide : €50/person.
Discovery Package: A beginner package open to everyone, guaranteeing an incredible first experience! You will learn the basics of snowmobile driving in a safe and secure environment. Approximate cost: €110/person.
Sport Package: For more experienced drivers, or beginners with some related experience, this package delivers a little more oomph! You will be in small groups (no more than 5 per guide) on your own snowmobile. 1 Hour. Approximate cost: €130/person.
Exclusive Package: Set off on an adventure and explore with your very own guide. Excursions can be tailored to your skill level and expectations!
Mini Package: Let the kids loose on our specially designed mini track, using our smaller snow scooters, all under the watchful eye of our guide! Age 4+, accompanied by parents. €10/child/lap.
Contact: Snow Biker in Le Hameau, Meribel-Mottaret.
Tel: +33 (0)6 09 94 18 11.
Their office is open from 13:30.
Experience unforgettable moments and see the whole of Meribel from the sky! Approximate cost: €90-€110/person.
Tel: +33 (0)6 80 11 86 77
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 45 67 or +33 (0)6 05 00 45 67
Walking and Guided Visits
Méribel offers walkers 25km of specially groomed walking trails. A map/guide is available from the Tourist Office.
From Méribel Centre:
- Itinerary towards the villages (the chapel path)
- Altiport to Morel
- Les Rhodos
- La Traie, le Plan des Danses
- Méribel-Mottaret via La Petite Rosière.
- The animal path (a themed piste located within the Altiport forest with life-sized models for children and families to learn about woodland animals. Parallel to this piste is a walking and snowshoeing path, so you can learn whilst having fun! Access on skis via the Rhodos gondola lift & served by the Altiport chairlift).
- Les Rhodos
- The Fontany forest
- Le Clos Bernard
- Morel, Méribel centre.
- Tuéda lake
- Méribel through La Petite Rosière.
From Méribel Les Allues:
- The poetry path
- Méribel via the villages (the chapel path)
- Les Allues
- Le Plantin
From Le Raffort: (the mill path)
From the top of the gondola lifts: towards the mountain restaurants.
A fun winter activity for all the family, to discover the natural beauty of Meribel.
E.S.F – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 31 – Website: www.esf-meribel.com
Raquett’ Evasion – Tel: +33 (0)6 09 40 20 28 – Website: www.raquettevasion.com
Dog Sled Tours
Brilliant fun through the beautiful scenery of Meribel with these amazing animals. Discover the Great North, on Jack London’s tracks. From Le Plantin (La Tania road). Every day: morning departures at 11:30, afternoon departures at 14.30 and last departure at 16:00. Advanced booking required. Approximate cost: €60/person/ 1 hour dog sled ride.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 81 55 or +33 (0)6 68 60 48 24
Horse-drawn tours with family or friends on an enchanting trail around Meribel’s Tuéda lake. Departure between 10am and 7pm. Meeting point: Chatelet bridge, Méribel-Mottaret, opposite the ESF Piou Piou kindergarden. By reservation only. Approximate cost: ½hr, 1 to 4 passengers €55 or Lake Tuéda tour, 1 hour €95.
Les Attelages Molinas
Tel: +33 (0)6 03 55 20 89
Flying School - Air-Club
Come to the Altiport and discover the mountains of Meribel from above, whether you are a pilot or a passenger taking in the amazing views.
For qualified pilots, enthusiasm, passion and thrills are guaranteed. Come try out or perfect your skills, train for a site qualification or for the all-mountain qualification.
For non-pilots, several tourist flight options (local flight tour of the 3 Valleys, views of the Mont Blanc flying over Les Arcs). Approximate cost: €90-€120/person.
Aero-Club – École de Pilotage, Altiport, Meribel
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 61 33
The Tuéda Nature Reserve
Come and discover the Nature Reserve’s natural riches at La Maison de la Réserve visitor centre (above the Tuéda Restaurant). Here you will find a free exhibition and a hostess to tell you about the local biodiversity (Arolla pine, flora and fauna) and answer any questions. Entrance is free. Open Monday - Friday, closed weekends. January – end of February: 10:00 – 12:00 & 12:30 – 16:30. March - April: 10:30 – 12:30 & 13:30 – 17:30.
District of Méribel
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 81
Meribel Les Allues is the original Meribel village, easily identified with its ancient church, and was discovered back in 1936 by Scotsman Peter Lindsay. Located in an old village house, the valley’s history and traditions can be discovered in 4 exhibition rooms. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 14:00 – 18:30. Free entrance.
Les Allues Museum, Bonnevie House – Meribel Les Allues (1100m).
Terre des Allues
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 59 08
Meribel Resort News and Events 2018/19
- Hosting - Courchevel and Meribel will host the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships! This fantastic news means exciting new developments in the area, with a total of 42 million Euros being invested
- New lifts - the Cherferie draglift is being replaced by a new chairlift increasing capacity to 2824 people per hour and cutting time down to 4 minutes. A new premium chairlift (a first in France) will replace the Plan de l'Homme and the Roc de Fer lifts, increasing capacity to 3600 people per hour. On board, enjoy the highest level of comfort with its 6 thermo-regulated seats and weather-shield. The seats commemorate the Alpine ski champions who have earned their place in Méribel’s history. The blue and black leather seats give a pure and streamlined look to the equipment, complementing the departure and arrival stations built in wood and stone.
- New look lift - an iconic symbol of the Méribel Valley since 1987, the Mont Vallon gondolas have had a make-over! In comfortable 8 seat cabins that offer panoramic views over the entire ski area you will now travel to the top of the Meribel Valley in first-class style. At the top is a dramatic glacial environment that opens up before your eyes, and two famous red pistes to delight and challenge good skiers: long, steep, demanding...
- Kid fun - with the success of last season, the 'Mission Black Forest' luge will now be open 7 days a week. It's a 3.4km forest run with 278 bends and a vertical drop of 470m! Also, the Inuit and Elements Park fun zones are being expanded with different themes and race challenges, aimed at families and beginners
- Chairlift photos! - lift up your goggles, strike a pose, give a great big smile, and CLICK – the photo will be taken automatically, all you need to do is head over to the big screen at the top to collect it. Keep your smartphone or camera safely in your pocket and take home your chairlift selfie this winter. Available
on 2 chairlifts:
• Combes chairlift, Méribel-Mottaret
• The new Legends chairlift, la Chaudanne
- More snowmaking - to ensure that the 3 Valley links are viable from the beginning to the end of the season and good quality snow over the whole of the Méribel Valley, the main altitude reservoir in Mottaret, used to produce artificial snow, has been extended, thereby doubling the snowmaking capacity!
- Freeride - a whole freeride playground at your feet offering a virgin environment, consistently good snow due to a northern exposure and arguably two of the best pistes of the Valley which ironically are amongst those the least known by the general public. The Mont de la Challe sector is reached via the new (last year) Roc de Tougne chairlift. This natural area is ideal for good skiers who want to carve on beautiful red and black runs or enjoy the sensations of freeride on slopes with a relatively gentle gradient!
This ambitious investment programme will continue in 2019 with two new pistes, a cultured-snow network and a tunnel to improve skier comfort.
Future resort news 2023:
- Courchevel and Meribel to host THE ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS! To provide the best possible welcome to athletes, journalists and the general public, a number of projects are already underway:
Le Praz building, the Alpinium: building work began in spring 2018 and will be finished in December 2019. It will offer a comfortable, modern finish line enclosure, as well as more parking. PLUS Reorganising Les Jockeys run in preparation for hosting the Men’s races (clearing, safety, artificial snow, new hillside dam…)
- Santa Claus visits Mottaret - 24th December 2018 - 5pm-7pm - Santa Claus at the snow-front, photos, enjoy a torchlight descent, fireworks and complimentary hot drinks and sweats
- Santa Claus leaves the resort, torchlit descent, fireworks - 25th December 2018 - 4.30pm-6.30pm - Santa Claus leaves the Chaudanne, torchlight descent and fireworks. Complimentary hot drinks available
- Russian Christmas - Sunday 6th January 2019 at 5.30pm - Live an unforgettable show! Four Slovenian artists from the collective Anta Agni will offer you a black light show and the instructors will ignite the slopes during the usual Torchlight descent terminated by fireworks.
- Yooni moon trail - Saturday 2nd February 2019 at 6.30pm - Trail amateurs or experienced runners, trade your skis for your sneakers and a headlamp for one night and come to run on the snow in the moonlight. Registration: https://www.meribel-sport-montagne.com
- Parade, Dragon time - 20th February 2019 at 6.30pm - Duringa night and pyrotechnic show, an incredible dragon with translucent colours wanders the streets of Meribel and amazes young and old together with the character Astro Diva! Departure Meribel Center
Check the Meribel tourist office website for more exciting news: www.meribel.net
Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
Méribel is a lively ski resort with more than 60 restaurants, 12 mountain restaurants and a selection of bars and nightclubs.
There are 12 mountain restaurants to choose from in Meribel, so why not plan your route ahead and take a much-needed pit-stop. You could opt for a full lunch, light take-away options or simply just a hot chocolate or cold beer – all whilst taking in the wonderful snowy mountain scenery around you…
At the top of the Roc de Tougne chairlift, facing Mont Blanc and the Saulire, a small wooden hut is the ideal place to take a break: tables, chairs and splendid panoramas of the surrounding peaks, total immersion. Modern perks include glove warmers and chargers for your smartphone!
The overall ski resort of Meribel boasts more than 60 restaurants, so you are sure to find something for every taste and every budget. The cuisine is predominantly French traditional with many restaurants offering regional specialities such as raclette, fondue and pierrade – these delicious Savoyard dishes are not to be missed!
There are 13 restaurants in Meribel Centre, 12 in La Chaudanne area (not far from Meribel Centre), 2 in Meribel Village, over 20 spread over the different smaller districts of Meribel and 10 in nearby Meribel-Mottaret.
There are clearly too many to list them all but here is the selection for Meribel Centre and Meribel Village:
‘Le Bar’ (within Hôtel Le Savoy)
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 55 55 50
Bar, traditional cuisine, regional specialities, sea food, tea room, take-away options. Wi-Fi.
‘Le Bar La Taverne’
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 36 18
Bar, regional specialities, tea room, take-away options. Wi-Fi.
‘Le Saint Amour’
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 35 27
Wine-Bar, regional specialities, tea room, take-away options. Open evenings only.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 41 06
Bar, traditional cuisine, tea room, take-away options. Wi-Fi.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 74 69
Traditional cuisine, regional specialities, tea room, take-away options. Wi-Fi.
‘La Fromagerie Chez Fromton’
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 55 48
Regional specialities. Open evenings only.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 53 90
Traditional cuisine, regional specialities, pizzeria, creperie, tea room, take-away options.
‘Le Genepi’ (within Hôtel Eliova)
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 61 66
Bar, traditional cuisine, regional specialities. Wi-Fi.
‘Le Grand Coeur’
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 03
Bar, traditional and gastronomic cuisine, tea room. Wi-Fi.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 61 97
Bar, traditional cuisine, regional specialities, pizzeria, tea room, take-away options.
‘Le Resto’ (within Hôtel Le Savoy)
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 55 55 50
Bar, traditional cuisine, tea room. Wi-Fi.
‘Le Scott’s’ (within Hôtel Le Doron)
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 39 61
Bar and pizzeria. Wi-Fi.
‘La Taverne’ (within Hôtel Le Roc)
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 32 45
Bar and traditional cuisine. Wi-Fi. Open evenings only.
‘Le Bo à Mil’
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 75 48
Traditional cuisine, regional specialities and take-away options.
‘Le Lodge du Village’
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 01 03 55
Bar, traditional cuisine, regional specialities, pizzeria, tea room and take-away options.
There are 6 bars in Meribel Centre:
‘Bar La Taverne’ located within Hotel Le Roc, ‘Le Saint Amour’ wine bar located in Les Soldanelles, ‘La Maison’ located in La Tougnète, ‘Le Bar’ located within Hotel Le Savoy, ‘Le Poste’ mountain bar located in Les Gentianes and ‘Le Pub’ located within Hotel Doron in the Centre.
In the Chaudanne area you will find another 5 bars:
‘Bar Bowling Meribel’ within the bowling alley of the Olympic Park sports complex, ‘Bar de L’Eterlou’ within Hotel Eterlou on Route Albert Gacon, ‘Bar Le Kaila’ within Hotel le Kaila on Route de la Montée, ‘Fifty 50’ located on Montée de la Chaudanne, ‘La Chaudanne’ within Hotel La Chaudanne located on Route de la Montée.
Plus there is ‘L’Altair’ in the Belvédère area located within the Club Med residence at the Rond Point des Pistes and ‘L’Aviatic’ located in the Altiport area.
But to experience a truly unique atmosphere and totally amazing après-ski then what ever you do, please do not leave Meribel without having at least one drink at ‘La Folie Douce’! You may have already heard the name as there are a few of these amazing open-air clubs in other ski resorts of the French Alps: Val d’Isere/Tignes, Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez (all resorts that Ski Collection feature!).
Open everyday from 09:00 until when the ski lifts close, the balcony comes alive and the fun starts from around 14:00 with DJs, live musicians and singers entertaining the crowds below on the dance floor with their funky deep house music – many are seen really letting their hair down and dancing on the tables! There is even a separate VIP lounge area with huge comfy pillows, to sit back and relax. So whether it’s a mid-ski stop-pit or an après-ski gathering, La Folie Douce is a must.
There are also 2 different dining options: ‘Nuvo-Self’ relaxed self-service restaurant offering bourgeois cuisine, grilled meat and Asian recipes from the barbecues and wok on the terrace and freshly made waffles. Or for more high-class altitude dining you will find the reputable ‘La Fruitiere’, offering delicious and inventive traditional cuisine and regional specialities. La Folie Douce is located the middle-station of the Saulire Express gondola. Also accessible to pedestrians.
The Partying in Meribel
There are 2 nightclubs in Meribel:
‘Discotheque Les Saints Pierres’
Located within the Olympic Park sports complex in the La Chaudanne area. Open everyday 23:00 – 05:00. Free entrance (except for special events). Resident DJ, guest DJs and live bands. VIP area available. Website: www.lessaintperes.com
‘O’Sullivan’s’ (Dicks Tea Bar), located in the Mussillon area. Very popular with Brits.
You are sure to find all the shops and services you will need in Méribel, the main selection of amenities are located in Méribel Centre.
Méribel Centre has Tourist Office, Post Office, bank (open Mon-Thurs 08:50-12:00 & 13:40-17:30 & Fri 08:50-12:00 & 13:40-16:20, closed weekends and bank holidays, bureau de change & cash point), supermarket and several smaller food shops, 2 bakeries, chemist, launderette (open daily 07:00 – 21:30), garage (repairs to all makes, breakdown & recovery) cinema, sports shops, clothes shops, newsagents, interior design shops, jewellery shop, wine store, cheese & regional products shops, hairdressers and beauty salon.
Méribel Village has a small supermarket, bakers, sports shop and clothes shop.
Wi-Fi Internet Access
There are Wi-Fi hotspots located all over Méribel Centre and Méribel Village as well as Meribel-Mottaret. Once in one of the designated areas, connect to INTERNET-ICI (payable).
Superette Sherpa, Meribel 1600 – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 68 40 – Website: www.sherpa.net. Delivery service and take-away food options. Butchers.
Superette Sherpa, Le Plateau – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 51 20 – Website: www.sherpa.net. Delivery service and take-away food options. Butchers.
Supermarché Spar – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 54 26 – Website: www.spar.fr. Delivery service, butchers, fish and sandwich counters and take-away food options.
Supérette Spar – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 51 58 – Website: www.superettemeribelvillage.com. Also offers take-away options. Butchers. Newsagents.
There are 2 medical centres in Méribel:
Cabinet Médical du Parc Olympique, Olympic Park sports complex in the Chaudannes area. Open 7 days a week 09:30 – 18:30, no appointment necessary. 24 hour telephone service. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 41.
Cabinet Médical Altitude 1600, ‘Le Télémark’ in the Altitude 1600 area. Open 7 days a week 09:00 – 19:00, no appointment necessary. 24 hour telephone service.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 65 40.
In case of emergency during the night, call 15 or 112.
There is a pharmacy in Méribel open Monday - Saturday: Pharmacie de Meribel, Le Chardon Bleu. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 63 59.
Until 20/12: 09:30 – 12:30.
21/12 – 14/03: 08:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 19:00.
15/03 – 11/04: 09:00 – 12:00 & 15:00 – 19:00.
From 12/04: 09:00 – 12:00 & 17:00 – 19:00.
Moûtiers – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 60 60.
Albertville – Tel: +33 (0)4 79 89 55 55.
Getting to Meribel, France
From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes, then A5 Motorway to Dijon, then A39 motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier and Bourg-en-Bresse, then A40-A42 Motorway heading towards Lyon. Take exit 8, drive through Ambérieu-en-Bugey, follow N504 towards and up to Chambéry, then take A43 motorway and A430 motorway to Albertville. Continue on N90 to Moutiers and follow signs to Meribel (sharp climbing starts at a right turn on D90). This will take you to Méribel Centre.
Chambery to Meribel: 60 miles, approximately 1hr 30.
Lyon to Meribel: 113 miles, approximately 2hrs 30.
Geneva to Meribel: 115 miles, approximately 2hrs 30.
Private taxi transfers from airports to Meribel are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris). See our Train Services page for more information.
The nearest train station to Meribel is just 12 miles away in Moûtiers. www.sncf.com
Private taxi transfers from Moûtiers to Meribel from £33.50 per person return (based on 4 people sharing) are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our transfers page for more information.
‘Altibus’ offers bus lines from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genève-Cointrin (Geneva), Chambéry/Aix les Bains airports and Moûtiers SNCF train station to the ski resort of Meribel. Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68 Website: www.altibus.com
Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. 7 day rental ranges from £230-£549 (any other duration possible).
See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus in Meribel:
The ‘Méribus’ free resort shuttle bus runs from the beginning of December to the end of April (with a reduced service up until the Christmas week).
There are 7 different routes:
- La Chaudanne/Meribel Centre/Rond Point/Altiport runs 07:45 – 23:50.
- Altiport/Rond Point/La Chaudanne/Meribel Centre runs 08:00 – 00:10.
- Rond Point/Belvédère runs 08:45 – 00:15.
- Meribel Centre/La Chaudanne/Meribel-Mottaret/Châtelet & Hameau runs 07:40 – 23:48.
- Meribel-Mottaret/Hameau & Châtelet/La Chaudanne/Meribel Centre runs 07:25 – 00:10.
- Les Allues/Chandon/Nantgerel/Meribel-Village/La Chaudanne/Meribel Centre runs 07:30 – 23:20.
- La Chaudanne/Meribel Centre/Meribel-Village/Le Raffort/Nantgerel/Chandon/Les Allues runs 08:15 – 00:30.
Resort Parking in Meribel:
There are 3 free outdoor public car parks in Meribel: ‘Les Ravines’ (near La Chaudanne) with 300 spaces; ‘Le Blanchot Altiport’ with 200 spaces and ‘L’Altiport’ with another 200 spaces.
There are 4 payable covered public car parks: ‘La Chaudanne’ (under the Olympic Sports Complex) with 110 spaces and max. height of 2.30m; ‘Les Ravines’ with 156 spaces and max. height 1.90m; ‘Les Rhodos’ with 214 spaces and max. height of 2.15m and ‘Le Rond Point’ with 200 spaces and max. height of 2.15m. The first hour is free of charge then the approximate cost is €55/car/week.
Taxis in Meribel:
- Easycabs - Vion Benoît +33 (0)6 09 49 09 88 - Website: www.easycabs.net
- Puy Pascal +33 (0)6 09 44 25 35 - E-mail: email@example.com
- Taxi Le Savoyard +33 (0)6 11 40 88 19 - Website: www.taximoutiers.com
- Alpes Taxis Transports Leray A.T.T. +33 (0)4 79 00 47 37 or +33 (0)6 08 06 80 05 - Website: www.meribeltaxis.com
Car Garages in Meribel:
There is a car garage in the Mussillon area of Meribel which performs repairs to all makes plus breakdown/recovery services. ‘Alp’Auto’ - Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 59 60 & +33 (0)6 09 85 66 64.
3 Valleys/Meribel resort season dates
3 Valleys ski area is open: 15/12/18 – 22/04/19
Meribel ski area is open: 08/12/18 - 22/04/19