Luxury Chalets in Méribel
Chalet BorealisSleeps 10 + 2
Chalet Aurora ISleeps 10
Chalet LightbowneSleeps 12 + 2
Chalet L’ArpegeSleeps 12 + 2
Chalet ArollaSleeps 10
Chalet BaitaSleeps 8 + 2
Luxury Hotels in Méribel
The town of Méribel is a skiers paradise, with its roots dating back to the 1930s, it can claim to be one of the oldest French alpine resorts, and its charm and beauty still reflect this. Various runs cut through the town, enabling most of our chalets to offer a care-free ski-in ski-out experience. Horse-drawn carts deliver guests to their weather-worn, timber-clad chalets which adorn the winter-wonderland streets. Méribel is an impressive example of how contemporary has been exquisitely blended with traditional, the rustic ambience is ever-disarming, yet modern-day creature comforts also pervade the resorts everyday life. As illustrated in the extravagantly luxurious chalets on offer. The style of architecture throughout the town has been beautifully maintained and yet we have world-class chalets complete with hammams, cinema rooms, climbing walls and private gyms, the temptation to never leave your accommodation has never been so strong.
Boasting over 600km of elegantly designed pistes, accompanied with jaw-dropping vistas in every direction, this exclusive alpine resort has all the trimmings. 180 state-of-the-art lifts effortlessly connect these super resorts with a sleek smoothness that allows you to maximise your time racking up the miles on the descent.
Buzzing apres scene
Heart of a large ski area
Large chalet selection
Méribel Ski Overview
With a huge variety of skiing at hand within the Trois Vallées, there is ample potential for skiers of all abilities. If you’re looking for an early or late season trip, do not be dismayed by the resort’s south facing direction, the heavily fortified snow guns dotted throughout the valley make it is easier than ever to jump from one resort to another to reach the freshest powder of the day. Whilst Méribel sits at 1450m, there are various lifts within the town which make mince-meat of the surrounding ascent, up to dizzying heights of 3,200m. The height of these peaks, along with Mont du Vallon – the highest point in Méribel’s local ski area at nearly 3,000m – means good snow throughout the season, even if it can get a little slushy in March.
Founded by British skier Peter Lindsay in 1938 (plans are afoot for an eightieth anniversary celebration on February 14, 2018), the villages of Méribel Centre range from 1,600m to 1,700m and include Mussillon and Altitude 1600 to the east and Rond Point and Belvedere to the west. The highest area is Altiport (1,700m). Feeding into Méribel by shuttle bus and gondola are the lower outlying resorts of Brides les Bains (600m), Les Allues (1,200m) and Méribel Village (1,400m).
For an early morning blast, the red Creuz, that takes you from Méribel towards Courchevel is wide, long and, as the name suggests, cruisey. For your last run home in the sun, Biche from the top of Saulire is immense.
In bad visibility or if snow is falling head to the La Tania trees for fun runs off piste or some great groomed reds and blues. You can easily spend a whole morning or afternoon tearing up and down (although there’s few buses linking Méribel and La Tania so you will have to ski back to resort).
- Ski area: 3 Vallees
- Resort: 1400-1600m // Top: 3230m
- Pistes: 600km
- Beginners: 101
- Intermediate: 146
- Advanced: 28
- Ski Lifts: 198
- Snow Park: 4
- Nursery Areas: 2
- Cross Country: 34km
From relaxing, to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Méribel. From a range of alternative mountain pursuits to more sedate cultural or therapeutic options, it can be as intense or as relaxing as you wish. Some of the great activities on offer include Handiski / sit-skiing, Heli-skiing, Hot-air ballooning, Husky-dog rides, Ice-climbing, Ice-skating, Microlight Flights and Paragliding. There is no end to what Méribel has on offer!
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Méribel is a winter walker's paradise, with lifts giving access to the higher ground and a network of groomed trails in the winter, it's very easy to discover the resort on foot. If you fancy some walking at high altitude, meet your friends at the Plan des Mains restaurant (at the bottom of the chairlift of the same name above Mottaret) where there are some new walking paths laid out.
Méribel and the Trois Vallées boast many lovely and tranquil cross-country ski trails. Most sports shops hire both types of cross-country skis and boots, and it is fairly inexpensive to book a group or private lesson to learn the basics from most ski schools or private instructors. A number of adventure companies also offer cross-country skiing guiding, tours and lessons too.
For something less physical, Helicopter tours are thrilling and yet a beautiful way to admire and see the incredible landscapes of the Alps. Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.
If Geocaching takes your fancy, then the Trois Vall is inundated with the sport! The premise it to go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your phone, and once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
For those looking out for some aperitifs, digestifs and everything in between, this exclusive alpine resort certainly caters par excellence. There is plenty of other choice of lively and tasteful après ski available though, do not despair. Méribel is also a food-lover’s dream with a variety of gourmet restaurants to hand, although the fine-dining catering included within our luxury chalets often hinders many guests’ quests to discover new spots further than their dining rooms.
La Folie DouceInternational, Alpine, French, Bar, Après Ski
Sat just above Méribel Village is the infamous La Folie Douce, where skiers, non-skiers and people of all ages come to let their hair down, supported with some of the best saxophonists, DJs, dancers and sound systems the Alps can offer. Few come to see what all the fuss is about without spending the rest of their afternoons dancing on tabletops with champagne being shared around as if it were fondue.
The hottest hot chocolate in town (we reckon) is the Grand Marnier (in the town centre), well-worth taking your skis off for. Swap your après beer for an après chocolate heavily laced with Grand Marnier and a generous swirl of cream. It's a meal, a drink and a nice fuzzy feeling all rolled into one.
Le Rond PointBar, International, Pub
The Rond Point, or the Ronny as it's known, is the best place for live music and a beer piste side. Avoid bar queues by heading to the bar on the top floor where waitresses will fetch you pitchers of beer for no extra charge. The ski down to Méribel in the dusk when it closes at 7pm is magical (if a little unsteady).
The best bakery is Glaciers on Route de la Montée in the centre of the resort.
La FromagerieFrench, European, Cheese
For local Savoyard cheeses, head for La Fromagerie at Galerie des Cimes near the centre.
Most ski schools start children skiing from the age of 4, although ESF run a kindergarten for 3 to 5-year-olds that include playing about on skis. At this age, they normally can manage a couple of hours on the slopes before they tire and want to go home. Luckily in Méribel, there are other activities for little ones to enjoy – from tobogganing to swimming, the whole town caters for young ones. If your kids aren’t skiing all day, and you are, then you have various choices.
Méribel has designated several safe toboggan areas, at La Chaudanne (the main lift area), and at Altiport (the main beginner slope). There are also picnic tables there too. Kenotheque – new this year – an indoor play session, with games, books, arts and crafts, and other organized activities.
Bubble car rides are always a favourite, take the Olympe bubble from Méribel all the way down the mountain to Bride les Bains. Wrap up warm as it can be a bit chilly sitting in a bubble car but kids love the experience. Something as simple as watching the planes and helicopters taking off from the snowy runway at Altiport is a surprisingly fun for children. Also in Altiport, check out the nature trails. Alongside the animal ski-run is a walkers path, so you can take your toddlers for a stroll through the woods and see lifesize models of local wildlife – red deer, fox, badgers, grouse and more. You can read their names in French, see their footprints, and also learn about their stools – this is so much more than just a ski holiday.
If the weather is inclement, there is a French and English language cinema, where they regularly show child-friendly English films – or go to a French version, and improve their French whilst on holiday!
Fortunately for shopaholics, there is plenty to see and do to keep the kids amused and alongside your window-shopping. There are pancake restaurants, bakeries, hot chocolates – so many hang-outs for kids to indulge their taste-buds. Other fun activities include bowling, an arcade, and Ice rink. Méribel does not disappoint when it comes to caring for children, the only question is how you want to split your time!