Thinking of skiing in Meribel? Known as 'the heart of the 3 Valleys', Meribel set amongst a forest of pine trees and so is discreetly nesteled in harmony with the mountain setting.
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.
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Meribel ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 318
- Green slopes: 51
- Blue slopes: 129
- Red slopes: 108