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Meribel at-a-glance

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Mountain Stats

  • Skiable Area:

    1043

    acres
  • Vertical Drop:

    6076

    ft
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A Méribel ski vacation serves as a quaint, laid-back access point to the never-ending terrain of France’s Les 3 Vallees.  The only way to truly appreciate the size and scope of Les 3 Vallees (The Three Valleys) area is to compare it to a collection of biggest North American ski resorts; combine Whistler, Vail, Squaw and Jackson Hole, and then throw in Breckenridge and Killington, and you'd still have room left over in Les 3 Vallées. You could spend a lifetime exploring the limitless peaks and valleys, and partaking in lunch, espresso or a class of fine French wine at Les 3 Vallees many charming villages.  

A special case among big French resorts: this modern well-equipped resort has retained its traditional Savoy village, making it an incredible destination to experience French Alpine culture on and off of the mountain. Méribel is an exceptional place to dine, shop and just peruse the pleasant streets. The most recent buildings respect the rules of the traditional architecture, perfectly fitting to the chalet-style setting. 

A Méribel ski vacation grants you access to the Les 3 Vallees resorts, which include Courchevel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, La Tania, and of course Meribel. Cross-country skiing is also popular in the 3 Vallees Region. Non-skiers can also enjoy the breathtaking heights and never-ending vistas, thanks to a special six-day pass including cable cars, gondolas and shuttle bus betweenMéribel , Courchevel and Brides Les Bains (which offers a casino).

Méribel Ski Resort

There are trails for all abilities from wide, gentle well-groomed slopes for beginners, to steep trails with moguls to challenge the experts. The sheer size of Les 3 Vallees terrain ensures that experts, and every other skier or snowboarder has ideal terrain. Specifically, Méribel’s Mont du Vallon, Mont de la Challe, Tougnete and Ecureuil have a lot to offer—long, fast, steep cruisers to moguls, and notable off-piste areas. The extensive snow making system guarantees good snow on major trails leading to the resort. For off-piste skiing, we recommend a guide who will take you to untouched slopes to ski your heart out.

Advanced intermediates and experts alike will enjoy cruising down the 1992 Olympics women’s downhill run. The vast majority of Méribel, and Les 3 Vallees area for that matter, is best left to intermediates. Nearly every single chairlift off every single mountain has a world-class blue or red run, making Trois Vallees one of the most intermediate-friendly places in the world. Méribel’s Altiport area provides beginners and first timers with ideal terrain. Rond-Point also provides some gentle green runs for new skiers and snowboarders.

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Expert Reviews (1)

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Expert reviews are written by our seasoned mountain vacation specialists based on their first-hand experiences.

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Anthony Luczkow
Anthony Luczkow
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
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Huge Terrain and Some of the Best Nighlife in the Alps!

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Meribel is located between Val Thorens and Courchevel, putting it at the heart of Les Trois Vallees, the largest ski area in the world.  Naturally, this provides the area with direct access to more terrain than most mortals could ski in a lifetime and unbelievable views from just about any point within its boundaries.

Whereas Val Thorens seems to focus a bit more on the skiing alone and Courchevel puts emphasis on high-end lodging and fine dining, Meribel is focused on the younger generation and is the nightlife epicenter of the area.  As we moved around the resort it seemed we there was always a party or concert within arms reach, even while on the slopes (i.e. la Folie Douce).  This area features every kind of nighttime entertainment and manages to spread it out so you are never far from the party.

Before I scare off anyone that values their sleep I should mention that the village does spread out both up the slopes and away from the village's core, providing a number of lodging options that sit outside of earshot of the aforementioned entertainment options.  It also includes a plenty of family-friendly dining options and activities.  The final thing worth noting is the area also features a number of chalets at far lower rates than are available in neighboring Courchevel and a great option for families and groups looking to all stay together at a more reasonable rate.  I personally was very surprised by the size of these homes, along with their amenities and beautiful modern French country décor.  These homes feature full kitchens (and private chef options) and do sit far enough outside of the core that guests can completely ignore the village area if so desired.

All in all, I would characterize Meribel primarily as the young person's access point to the largest and widest variety of terrain in the French Alps.  It can work for families and couples though Val Thorens or Courchevel are generally going to be safer choices.

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