Meribel

 

The Méribel valley is the central valley of the Three Valleys.   In the Meribel valley there are two main ski resorts, Meribel itself which is located at 1400m and then Meribel-Mottaret which is located at 1700m a further 3km further up the valley.  More recently a third resort is springing up: This is Meribel Villages which is located on the road to La Tania and Courchevel.

Meribel

Méribel is beautiful and sunny, has lots of easy skiing and has great shopping & après ski in Meribel centre.

Meribel is the home of the fully catered chalet holiday looking after many first time skiers who have been attracted by its famous nightlife and party atmosphere.  There are a lot of young Brits in Meribel, with a large population of English speaking "saisonaires" working in the many chalets or bars for the season. 

The tourist office runs an ever expanding site on Meribel with a large amount of information on the facilities, including accommodation and restaurants. - www.meribel.net 

Other websites with useful information on Meribel include:

 

www.merinet.com  

 

www.Meribelexperience.com  

 

www.meribel-unplugged.co.uk 
www.natives.co.uk (a site dedicated to workers in the Alps)
    

Meribel is a well established resort with an international reputation and a well known character and identity. Meribel has a huge number of private catered chalets, many of which have their own minibuses that  will drive you to the slopes and collect you from the slopes at the end of the day.  There is a large selection of restaurants, bars and shops in Meribel-Centre giving Meribel its lively reputation.  

Meribel is a charming resort to look at and in many ways rivals Courchevel which has traditionally attracted the French jet set crowd.  Meribel has a great number of huge luxurious private chalets that rise up the hill above Meribel Centre and more recently in the exclusive Belvedere area next to the Georges Maduit red run.  It has more catered chalets than virtually any other resort in France.  There is even a small airstrip in the Altiport area a couple of kilometres up from Meribel Centre for those skiers transferring by plane!

Meribel centre is located on the west side of Meribel Valley at 1400 metres.  Most of the resort then rises up the west side of the valley, with Altiport at 1700 metres.  The shops and restaurants are at the bottom in "Meribel Centre" and down towards the main piste area at La Chaudanne. If you are staying further up the mountain it can be a trek to get to the centre, however a second centre has formed at what is known as Meribel 1600 with the odd restaurant further up the hill.