Located in the heart of the massive Three Valleys ski area, Meribel is a long standing favourite with the Brits. Indeed, if it weren’t for the chalet style buildings and dramatic alpine landscape, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were back home! Whether this holds an appeal or acts as a deterrent, there is much more to Meribel than its inhabitants.
One of its major draws is its location which offers easy access to its neighbouring resorts of Courchevel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires, in addition its own expanse of fantastic terrain.
Within Meribel itself, there’s a fantastic array of pistes to suit all abilities, and excellent snow making facilities mean that even busy runs on the lower slopes are kept in relatively good conditions throughout the season. Go higher and further afield though and you’ll experience the best of the area.
It also has some fantastic freeride terrain which, as always, is best explored with a guide. A popular spot for more advanced riders is the wide open bowl off the top of the Olympic Express which offers some great couloir lines and a long descent down towards St Martin de Belleville.
Meribel has two main parks which, between them, offer a wide range of features to suit all abilities. The Snowpark Meribel is aimed at beginners and intermediates and can be accessed by the Plattières bubble, while The Moon Park, off the Arpasson chairlift has some great hits for more advanced riders.
Off the slopes, the resort is pretty lively with things kicking off at Le Rond Point at the mountain base from around 4pm. When you’re ready to move on, popular bars with good happy hours are La Taverne and Le Doron pub. Later on, the crowds flock to Dick’s Tea Bar which is open until late and is inevitably always full of Brits.
If it’s a quiet, authentically French resort you’re looking for, Meribel probably isn’t for you, but if a lively resort at the heart of the world’s biggest ski area sounds like your thing, it’ll be spot on!