Links & activities: Meribel Resort Information
Skiing in Meribel
With a reputation as one of the world's top ski resorts, Meribel has everything you could want for your ski holiday:
- Unrivalled Three Valleys ski area with 600km of linked pistes
- A vibrant atmosphere in resort
- Great for shopping
- Plenty of activities for all ages
- Beautiful mountain scenery
- Easy to access from major airports & train stations
Meribel welcomes skiers from all over the world who come to experience not only the incredible high-altitude skiing, but also the fun and friendly atmosphere in the villages that make up this famous resort.
The four Chalets du Hameau are located in Le Raffort, a tranquil area of Meribel which is served by the ‘Olympe' gondola which takes our guests directly to the slopes.
• The 3 Valleys - The biggest skiing area in the world 8 resorts:
Méribel • Courchevel • La Tania • Brides-les-Bains • Les Ménuires • Val Thorens • Orelle • Saint Martin de Belleville.
• Skiing Area with 600 km of linked ski runs accessible to skiers of every level
• 330 runs: 13% green, 39% blue, 38% red, and 10% black.
With a long season running from mid-December until late April, skiers and snowboarders can access the whole of the 600km of pistes that make up the Three Valleys, which includes skiing up to 3230m altitude.
For beginners: There are designated areas which make Meribel ideal for new skiers and snowboarders. The gentle green runs by the Altiport and in Mottaret have been created for beginners, with a ‘minipass' available for those able to venture further afield to try blue runs. Children will enjoy spotting the local wildlife sculptures on the ‘Piste des Animaux' and the fun runs through the Yeti Park. There's also a tubing air bag!
For intermediates: With a huge number of blue and red runs, intermediates are spoilt for choice in Meribel. With a local area pass there are many pistes that can take you to pretty Meribel Village or up to the stunning views from Mont Vallon. Enjoy the runs around Tougnete, Roc de Fer, Col de la Chambre and Marches which all link over to the neighbouring valley which includes Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens. On the opposite side of the valley there are plenty of blue and red pistes with lifts linking over into the Courchevel Valley via Col de la Loze and La Saulire. To access Courchevel and the Belleville valley (incl Val Thorens) then a Three Valleys pass is required.
For experts and snow park areas: If you like a challenge on the slopes, then the Three Valleys' sheer size will provide an opportunity to exercise your ski legs. Should the 107 red runs not be a sufficient challenge, then there are 35 black runs on which to test your mettle! We're also lucky enough to have 46 fun areas and snowparks, with the legendary DC AREA 43 a breeding ground for serious freestyle talent. There are some seriously big kickers and a half pipe, as well as some less daunting jumps and boxes for ‘rookies'!
For children: We have plenty of opportunity for giggles galore in the fun park areas. Choose from the Yeti Park, Inuit Piste, Animal Piste, Moon Wild and the accessible Element Park. You can spot dragons hiding in the snow around the Meribel Village area and the Turn&Run area is a fun boardercross with tunnels and mini half-pipes.
• Map of the 3 Valleys ski runs
• Ski pass
Buy the ski pass online for 3 Vallées, or just Méribel...
• Go to the site
• Eskilibre, our Ski School at Courchevel and Méribel
Eskilibre is a group of fully qualified instructors, selected for their professionalism and motivation, who will guide you as you discover the largest skiing area in the world, on the runs and also "hors piste". Private lessons only, for a half-day, day or a week.
Starting from Courchevel or Méribel - Ski down the "poudreuse" at Courmayeur, Valgrisenche or Le Ruitor (altitude difference of 1000 to 2000 m)
• Ski equipment
EspaceGliss is our ski equipment partner, present at your chalet to meet all your ski equipment needs.
• Contact us
• Snow and avalanches
To get all the information you need about snow and avalanches, go to the ANENA website (national snow and avalanche association).
Follow signs to Albertville taking the A41 or A43 motorway
BARS & RESTAURANTS IN MERIBEL
With 53 mountain restaurants in the Three Valleys, our guests are spoilt for choice! We couldn't begin to list them all here, but here are our local's tips on which are worth a visit during your stay in Meribel:
- Mountain refuge restaurants
- Fine dining restaurants
Le Cepe on the Route du Plateau towards the altiport is a charming venue with mushroom-inspired treats from the chef. The restaurant has been awarded a ‘Bib Gourmand' (one level below a Michelin star) and diners can expect creative twists from local ingredients such as freshwater fish from mountain lakes.
Le Bistrot de l'Orée offers fine dining with a relaxed vibe in the colourful bistro restaurant. The sharing platters offer local cheeses and meats or crunchy prawns with wasabi mayonnaise. Main courses include pork belly with apple and onion confit, fillet of sea bass or cepe mushroom risotto with beaufort cheese. The restaurant also has a deli with treats such as soups, terrines, cheeses and charcuterie or you can choose takeaway options from the menu to dine at home!
QuatreVingt in the Hotel la Chaudanne is inspired by the explorers of yesteryear and has a gentleman's club atmosphere with leather seating and smartly-dressed tables. Try the chef's signature chestnut velouté with beaufort and walnuts, or the vacherin cheese with madagasan vanilla.
L'Ekrin at the Hotel Le Kaila is Meribel's has recently been awarded Meribel's first Michelin star. Chef Laurent Azoulay creates stunning dishes from the highest quality ingredients, whose suppliers are al noted on the menu. From the fish menu, the fera comes from nearby Lac Leman and is served with a parsnip mousseline with coffee oil and jus with maple syrup. Stunning cuisine.
- Relaxed dining
L'Igloo in the Galerie des Cimes is a fun pizzeria with a lounge bar feel. Drop in for one of their renowned stonebaked pizzas or select from the tapas menu. Children will love the chocolate and banana pizza for dessert!
L'Abreuvoir Easy to remember with the same name as our chalet! It has a laid-back atmosphere with fluffy sheepskins and friendly staff. Try the platters alongside something from the cocktail menu...
Le Clos Bernard - a new restaurant with lovely terrace in a romantic spot. A bit of a pole out but worth it for fantastic fire-cooked meats.
L'Adray Telebar - Take a seat in the snack bar for a quick lunch, or dine in the smarter restaurant - both with fab views.
La Folie Douce - A ski holiday in Meribel would be incomplete without a trip to this famous venue with its DJ and extravagantly-costumed dancers! There's a self-service restaurant as well as the smarter and highly-recommended La Fruitiere. Sit back and enjoy the show...
Le Plan des Mains - You'll deserve a good lunch after skiing down Mont Vallon! Enjoy fine dining in the upstairs restaurant, or a snack from the downstairs bar.
La Cantine d'Alvar - Great for meeting up with non-skiers and children, this easy-to-reach restaurant in sunny spot has a modern feel and friendly vibe.
- St Martin de Belleville
Le Corbeleys - Drop in to this charming restaurant for a drink or tasty lunch. Friendly service and a lovely sunny terrace.
La Bouitte - With three Michelin stars, this restaurant is a treat for serious foodies and takes inspiration from local flavours. Highly indulgent and great for special occasions.
Le Grenier - A smart restaurant with new terrace in the Hotel St Martin. Expect high-end local dishes.
- Val Thorens
La Folie Douce - Another branch of the famous eating, drinking and dancing venue!
La Marine - A mountain restaurant with a nautical theme! Large menu with some interesting treats and friendly staff.
Jean Sulpice L'Oxalys - A gourmet restaurant with two Michelin stars. Slick service in the cosy interior or on the smart terrace with stunning mountain views.
- Les Menuires
La Ferme de Reberty - This large popular restaurant represents good value and friendly service. What will you choose from the enormous dessert list?
Chez Pepe Nicolas - A little tricky to get to, but well worth the effort. This restaurant is chic, extremely friendly and serves their own cheeses from the cows that graze the mountain pastures.
La Bouche a Oreille - From the team that brought us La Bouitte, this mountain restaurant ensures customers realise the chefs prepare everything from scratch. Stunning views.
Le Bel Air - This long-standing mountain restaurant in Moriond has a sun-trap terrace over which you can enjoy a view of the slopes and hearty food or one of the very best vin chauds in the resort.
La Cave des Creux - This chic new establishment is popular with instructors. There's a good selection on the menu with a cracking beaufort tart and eye-catching dessert trolley!
Le Chabotté - Just across the piste from the Chabichou, the hote's bistrot has a good value and delicious lunch menu, with nice wines and a fab delicatessen for gifts afterwards. You could always combine lunch with a trip to the spa...?
- La Tania
Le Roc Tania - A cosy interior is a welcome place to enjoy a hearty lunch and friendly atmosphere. Relax with a drink in the deckchair and watch the paragliders take off...
Le Bouc Blanc - Visited by Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge on their Courchevel trip, this friendly spot has a sunny terrace and does a great omelette.
Le Farcon - This stylish restaurant has one Michelin star and represents good value at lunchtime with an innovative menu inspired by local ingredients.
Activities & Culture in Meribel
- THE VILLAGES OF MERIBEL
The four Chalets du Hameau are located in the Meribel village of Le Raffort, served by the ‘Olympe' gondola. This peaceful, pretty village is a lovely place from which to experience this famous resort.
The valley of Meribel has various village resorts from 1450-1750m altitude, which are linked by ski runs as well as a free bus service. The centre of Meribel is the largest village in the resort, and is home to plentiful shops, bars and restaurants as well as the Olympic centre which houses a swimming pool, ice-skating rink, gym and spa as well as a climbing wall. You'll also find a bowling alley for entertainment away from the slopes, and films are shown in the auditorium at the Tourist Office.
A legendary shopping resort, you'll find a plethora of ski and sport shops alongside fashion, footwear, gifts and souvenirs galore. For food shopping, as well as three supermarkets you'll find delicatessens, bakeries and wine specialists.
- MERIBEL ACTIVITIES
As one of the world's most famous ski resorts, you can be sure you'll have plenty to keep you entertained during your stay in Meribel.
Away from the slopes we are lucky to have the Olympic Centre which is home to a lovely spa, a gym area and a large swimming pool which has lanes as well as a slide and an infant pool. The spa includes a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and relaxation room with herbal tea bar.
Within the Olympic Centre there's also an ice-skating rink which is open daily from 2pm and in the evenings often has ice hockey matches which make exciting entertainment. Also part of the Olympic Centre is the bowling alley ‘Le Canadien', open from 2pm.
The Tourist Office is home to an auditorium which shows the latest films in French or English (‘VOST') at 9pm each evenings.
For a spot of culture during your holiday, Meribel has a museum which is located in Les Allues and is home to all manner of agricultural and ski-related artefacts which illustrate the farming and skiing history of this fascinating village.
In Le Raffort, near the Restaurant Le Martagon car park, we are proud to have the beautifully-restored watermill and sawmill which offer an insight into the rural history of Meribel.
For walkers, we would highly recommend a stroll around the beautiful Lac Tueda, just above Meribel Mottaret. Famed as one of France's best fly-fishing locations, in the winter you'll find walkers enjoying the stunning scenery and a peaceful bite to eat in the restaurant. A lovely visitors' centre next to the restaurant has a great display covering the local flora and fauna.
Snow-shoes can be hired from the local sports shops and it's a fantastic way to explore your surroundings at a slower pace.
For massage and beauty therapy, we can organise a specialist to visit you in the chalet which is a luxurious way to feel pampered.
If you enjoy the rush of adrenalin, then why not try paragliding? A truly memorable experience, you'll take off with your skis or snowboard from the top of La Saulire or Loze with a qualified tandem paragliding guide and take in the incredible vistas from high above the skiers on the slopes below.
It's also possible to book a snowmobiling trip. Like a motorbike on skis, this exhilerating experience is open to 1-2 adults after the lifts have shut, and even to children on a specially designated piste.
• Opening of the skiing area 2019-20
season starting date: Saturday 07 December 2019 to 26 april 2020