Meribel in France Resort Guide
Meribel is situated in the centre of Les Trois Vallees - the Three Valleys, incorporating Courchevel, MeribelMottaret, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, as well as villages such as La Tania and Saint Martin de Belleville, describes itself as 'the biggest ski ares in the world', and some would say the it is the best. Ranging from sophisticated Courchevel to the, by direct comparison, more functional, cheaper and cheerful Les Menuires or the picturesque Brides les Bains and St Martin there are 615 km of prepared pistes, skiing to an elevation 3200m, a coplement of over 200 lifts, well groomed and attended conditions, inspiring scenery, and basically an unrivalled choice of well set out lifts to satisfy just even the most discerning piste basher. Meribel is British designed, purpose built but embraces the traditional Alpine styling throughout, to remain one of the more attractive resorts of reasonable size in Europe, with wood faced, generally low rise chalets of many differing sizes set in a mainly woodland setting. Meribel itself comprises several smaller, lively nucleii clustered each revealing bars, shops and restaurants,along the main road which rises through the town to the Altiport - a snow landing strip at 1700m. Up here there is a secluded woodland enclave of hotels and apartments that are well placed for the slopes. Positioned on a west facing aspect it is central for all of the 3 Valleys circuit, with Les Menuires and Val Thorens on one side and Courchevel on the other.With a greater area of local terrain and something for everyone - from good, long gently lolling greens to chutes and couloirs, Courchevel is many skiers preferred choice, if money is not too much of an object.Some prefer Meribel (1450m) for its greater choice of slightly more challenging runs. It is more a traditional, more compact, ensemble though linked to Meribel Mottaret (1700m) above, while purpose built Val Thorens (2300m) is the highest resort in Europe with two glaciers, and as such promises the best snow around. Les Menuires (1850m) wins few plaudits for its architecture, but it is cheaper, high and has plenty of ski in accomodation and good slopes. The La Masse ski area is superb and generally quiet.
Accomodation & Après Ski
Après ski is excellent, with many different bars and places of entertainment. Try Rond-Point (‘Ronnie’) at apres for live bands between 5-7pm or enjoy cabaret entertainment and groovy beats at La Folie Douce which you can get to by the Saulire Express gondola.
There is a lovely variety of restaurants here, ranging from casual pizza and pasta places, to ful French and Savoyard cuisine.
For non-skiers, a pedestrian pass offers the chance to admire the scenery on foot and is convenient when meeting up for lunch at a mountain restaurant with friends and family as the pass also allows gondola access.
Other activities in resort include:
Gym / Fitness centre
Meribel Mottaret is also pretty lively and venues include Rastro Bar & Restaurant, Le Zig Zag and L'Annexe. Le Rastro is the most well-known of the bunch with a Tuesday rock party which attracts happy snow-goers from around the valley! It is also possin=ble to travel between Meribel and Mottaeret in the evenings.
|RESORT HEIGHT||1450/1800||VERTICAL DESCENT||1850||OPENS||Dec - Apr|
|TOP STATION||3230||DRAG LIFTS||74||EXPERT RATING||8|
|BOTTOM STATION||1400||CHAIR LIFTS||69||INTERMEDIATE RATING||10|
|GONDOLAS/CABLE CARS||40||BEGINNER RATING||8|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : Meribel - €53, 3V - €63
- Adult Six Day Pass : Meribel - €260, 3V - €312
- Child One Day Pass : Meribel - €42.50, 3V - €50.40
- Child Six Day Pass : Meribel - €209, 3V - €249.60
- Senior Reductions available
- Family and group discounts available
The 3 Valleys is also covered by the Epic Season Pass which covers a lot of the best resorts in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia. Resorts include places like Vail, Whistler, Falls Creek, Hakuba, Skirama Dolomiti , The 3 Valleys,The 4 Vallees and The Arlberg ski area. Please contact us for details.
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