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Ski Meribel

Comprehensive Ski Resort Guide including; Accommodation, Apres Ski, Ski guides and other useful Meribel Information

Perfectly located in the heart of the world’s largest ski area, Meribel is the most British of all the resorts in the Three Valleys, probably because it was created just over 60 years ago by a British army officer, regenerating a then largely forgotten valley. Today it’s one of the world’s most vibrant ski resorts operating a high-speed lift network with more gondolas than any other resort on the planet.
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Meribel facts

  • Area: The Three Valleys
  • Village Height: 1450m
  • Avg. annual snowfall: 384cm
  • No. of lifts: 180
  • Season dates: Early Dec - Late Apr
  • Km of piste: 600km
  • Terrain parks: 1
  • Snow making: 55km of piste / 45% / 127 cannons
  • Distance to airports: Geneva / Geneve 135km
  • Runs: 3311412139

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Last snowed: 1st Jan
Report date: 30th Apr

Meribel Webcams

  • Village centre

    Village centre
    Last update: 07:15 / 24 Jul 14

  • The Resort Runs

    The Resort Runs
    Last update: 07:15 / 24 Jul 14

Beginner

3 stars

Intermediate

5 stars

Advanced

5 stars

Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing

5 stars

Families

4 stars

Aprés Ski

4 stars

Mountain Restaurants

4 stars

Resort Charm

4 stars

Overview of Meribel Ski Resort

Meribel ski resort was established in the late 1930s by a British military man, Peter Lindsay. The British influence has remained strong and it would be nice to think that it’s British taste that has kept much of Meribel to a very pleasing-on-the-eye architectural style of chalet style buildings in wood and stone while other resorts in the Three Valleys ski area have been more strongly influenced by concrete.

Either way, the resort remains supremely popular with Brits who are omnipresent in the resort and fill its many chalets, Meribel apartments and Meribel hotels. The original resort has expanded over 700 metres of vertical mountainside and four or five kilometres as the crow flies so it’s worth being aware of exactly where your Meribel accommodation is before you book in.

If we ignore the separate Brides-les-Bains ski resort down in the valley, a separate old spa town that was lift-linked to Meribel by a long gondola for the 1992 games, Meribel itself begins with the old village of Les Allues.

The main village, above, simply called Meribel or Meribel Centre, is at 1450m and the hum of most après ski and other facilities. Just below it on the road in is Mussillon, and heading out of town towards La Tania and Courchevel is Meribel Village (not to be confused with the afore-mentioned main village of Meribel that is the heart of the resort!). Then a few miles further up the valley is the largest, best positioned, and least architecturally pleasing development, Meribel Mottaret, up at 1750m which is perhaps the best located resort in the entire Three Valleys in terms of reaching all of its extremities quickly and easily.

So why is Meribel so popular? The two key elements to the success are, firstly, that the resort itself is a great place to stay with all the facilities, restaurants and shops you’d expect from a top resort, and it looks good; secondly, its position at the heart of the world’s largest ski area, the Three Valleys, makes it one of the best located ski resorts in the world.

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Skiing Guide

As the centre of the three valleys, Meribel boasts a huge amount and variety of terrain.

Après Ski

Dominated by the Brits, the Meribel après begins early and lasts well into the night.

Families

A good overall resort for families but just make sure you’re close enough to the slopes.

Off the Slopes

Rent a Segwey, a 2 wheeled electric buggy, and explore Meribel without getting your feet wet.

Restaurants & Dining

Pick up the free restaurant guide at the Meribel tourist office for the extensive list of dining options.

Spa Guide

Spoil yourself with a short trip to the traditional spa town of Brides-les-Bains.