Méribel ski resort and village is the heart of the Les Trois Vallées, Europe’s
largest interconnected ski resort. Because Méribel is located the very center of
between Courchevel to the east, Les
Menuires and Val Thorens to the
south west, it’s an ideal ski resort to stay at to ski all three valleys.
Besides, Méribel is a very classic ski village, with beautiful alpine chalets,
gorgeous valley scenery surrounded by the French Alp peaks, and a very friendly
atmosphere- lots of local boutiques, bars and pubs for après ski and plenty to
do after the ski lifts stop.
Méribel is considered France’s most well-designed ski resort, from its central
location to the tasteful and traditional chalet architecture throughout the
villages - so authentic compared to some French Alps towns – including
neighboring Les Menuires. There’s plenty of ski slopes in Méribel, most of which
is above 1800 meters, so high elevation for good snow. Some great long trails
Méribel flank both sides of Méribel valley, including the World Cup and Olympic
slalom courses, where Méribel hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics. Méribel also
hosted the Olympic ice hockey and you can visit the Olympic Park, which now
holds a bowling alley and a pool.
Known for its sensation views, you can see Mont Blanc from the upper ski slops
From Méribel you can ride one gondola, stay on at midstation, and be at the
summit of Courchevel or head in the other direction toward Les Menuires, and
soon be skiing St Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens. Around the ski slopes
you will find wonderful, highly
chalets and huts serving ski in lunches in a cozy alpine atmosphere or
outside on a scenic sun terrace.
Après ski at
Méribel, the place to be is La Folie Douce, reached by the Saulire gondola, at
2pm a cabaret kicks off an afternoon party, they say its “soft après ski”
meaning its not too wild so you can bring the kids (interesting choice bringing
up future drinkers). The real wild après ski dancing and drinking also goes off
the hook at Rond Point where live bands play outside on the deck and the crowd
goes bananas- including banana suits and crowd surfing in ski boots.
well-located 3-star hotel to stay at in Méribel is
Hotel L'Orée Du Bois,
nothing fancy (and the owners sure fancy cats), but the chalet hotel is completely slope-side
with beautiful balconies overlooking the slopes, a ski room, two restaurants and
a plentiful breakfast included in your room rate, next to the après ski party at Rond
Point, and on the free bus down to the village. More on