Méribel resort guide
Méribel is situated right at the centre of The Three Valleys ski area, which is truly massive.
With 600km of piste available it is considered the largest ski area in Europe if not the world.
The resort of Méribel itself is made up 150km of pistes. Most are blues but around 25% are red and about 10% black. There are two main beginner zones.
As you ascend the mountain there are a few villages leading up to Méribel Centre at 1450m. First is Brides-Les-Bains at 600m, then Les Aulles at 1100m, Méribel Village is situated at 1400m then you reach Méribel Centre where there is easy access to the slopes and where most of the hotels, bars and restaurants are situated.
Méribel Mottaret is the next village along at 1750m and is the other main resort in the Les Allues valley. All villages are connected by a free shuttle bus and there is a gondola lift bringing guests up from Brides-les-Bains and Les Allues into the Centre.
The villages themselves are well maintained and still full of charm; the drive is pleasant and enjoyable.
The best thing about Méribel Centre is location. Where ever you stay in Méribel there is great access to the rest of The Three Valleys. For the experienced skier or snowboarder the options are endless.
Plan a day trip to either side of The Three Valleys and visit Val Thorens in one direction or Courchevel in the other.
The skiing here is spectacular, snow sure and quite often you will see chalet hosts digging their driveways clear after yet another big snowfall.
Fun facts - Méribel hosted the ice hokey and the women’s alpine skiing events in the 1992 Winter Olympics, and was the host for the acclaimed Altitude Festival in 2010.
Skiing in Méribel
Skiing with children
There is lots of fun to be had with children in Méribel including the Yeti park, the Intuits piste by the Altiport run, Altai Dragon spotting - where children spot a dragon all the way down a blue piste, The Moon Wild - a path through a forest and Turn & Run where parents encourage skiing by chasing their children.
Méribel is a really good resort to learn skiing or snowboarding, with two nursery areas and 8 green pistes - which are the easiest pistes of all.
The two nursery (beginner) areas have free lifts so you can practise your new sport to your hearts content. These are the Zen Zone at Méribel Mottaret and the Ski Cool zone which is the Altiport area of Méribel, accessed from Méribel village by Rhodos 1 & 2, the gondola.
Once you are equipped with a few skills you can take the Blanchot run starting at the top of Saulire Express 1 gondola. This takes you back to the Altiport area, then you can travel along Foret back into Méribel village.
Once you are equipped with a few skills there are plenty of large blue and red runs to turn your skills to.
If the black and red runs are not enough to keep you entertained in Méribel guided ski touring is available. A wonderful way to improve skiing and to see more remote mountain areas.
From driven skiing with ESF to learning to ski yourself, you will find Méribel full of options. Oxygène ski school offers adaptive ski lessons for visually or hearing impaired, amputees or a paraplegic. The Three Valleys is open to all.
Snowpark DC Area 43: With big half-pipe, little half pipe, boxes and jumps - small and large and a big air bag.
Elements park: A smaller park area, close to the village at the top of the Tougnete 1 lift. With boardercross and a minizone with soft impact boxes, rails and jibs. There is a picnic and BBQ area here too.
What we like about Méribel
- The central location within The Three Valleys ski area.
- Snow sure skiing.
- Brilliant off piste.
- Masses of bars, clubs and restaurants.
- Picturesque wooden chalets.
Useful Méribel links
- Official tourist information website
- Méribel piste map
- Meribus 2018-2019: shuttle bus service
- Map of Méribel
Ski hire in Méribel
Slide Candy: Ski and snowboard hire in Méribel & La Tania with delivery service. Pre book to save 30% on equipment hire.
SkiSet: Centre of Méribel village. Quality and personalised service for ski and snowboard hire.
Happy Ski: Very close to the piste. Order online and have skis and boots ready for your arrival. Variety of the latest ski brands. Next day repair service.
InterSport: 50 metres from the tourist office in Méribel village.
Méribel Ski Service: Snowboard and ski rental take the time to listen to your requirements, expectations and budget. Special attention is given to your children's needs too. Book online and save up to 50%.
Méribel ski schools
Parallel Lines: Ski and snowboard school Méribel. Cruising the blue runs and taming the reds in no time. Adults, children, private lessons.
Oxygène Ski School: Friendly fun ski lessons for all levels. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, cross-country, snowshoeing or freestyle that takes your fancy, our expert instructors know how to help you summit. Adaptive skiing (for disabled people for example wheel chair users and people with visual impairments).
ESF Méribel & Mottaret: All winter sports. From beginner to very advanced. Off piste adventures. Skills lessons. Children's day care centre.
New Generation: New Gen instructors know the resort inside out, and can help you find the most suitable terrain to build confidence, hone your technique and have fun. Skiing and snowboarding for adults, children, beginner to advanced.
Accommodation in Méribel
Catered chalet accommodation
Ski Out of the Blue: Luxury catered chalet Neve in Méribel. Located on the slope, 150 metres from Méribel Centre. Ski in and out.
Ski In Luxury: Luxury chalets in Meribel
Delicious Mountain: Two luxury catered chalets, side by side in Les Allues. Passionate about the food served. Ten minute walk to Méribel Centre or use the gondola or free shuttle bus.
Ultimate Luxury Chalets: Luxury ski chalets in Meribel
Simply Alpine Ski Chalets: 1000’s of ski chalets and apartments online
Self catered accommodation
Chalet Kitchen: Self catered chalets and apartments in Méribel with chalet meals delivered to the door.
Things to do in Méribel
Toboggan run (luge): A 3km run on a sledge for both adults and children, from top of the Tougnète gondola. Great fun as a group! Open every afternoon except Saturdays, see website for dates. Minimum height 1.40m
Cross country skiing: 33km of cross country trails in two areas - Lac de Tueda in Mottaret and Altiport area of Méribel. Nordic ski classes are available from ESF Méribel.
Ski touring: For beginners and experts ski touring is a fabulous way to see Méribel's backcountry. Requires some fitness for walking. Always go with a guide. ESF offer ski touring in Méribel.
Husky sledding: With Whitetracks where you are in charge of your own sledge. You will be taken through woods, up and down hills.
Horse tour: Pulled by sledge, by ski-joering (skiing whilst being pulled by a horse) or on horse-back discover Méribel by horse.
Ice fall climbing: Climb on frozen water falls using specific ice axes and crampons. Starts at 12 years old.
Snowmobiling: 500cc motorbikes built for snow, to go up and down the pistes once the resort is closed.
Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing paths are based in the Parc de la Vanoise or the Tuéda Nature Reserve. Or plan a longer trip with ESF.
Parc Olympique: Olympic Park is where the public ice rink arena, swimming pool and spa are situated. There is a fitness centre, climbing wall for children and also meeting rooms if you need to do some business.
Bars & après ski in Méribel
La Folie Douce: One of the most famous on piste après ski bars. Located just under the top station of the Saulire Express 1. Great views. Take the red run back down into Méribel Centre.
Le Rond Pont Bar: Also known as The Ronnie. On piste party atmosphere. All day entertainment, such as live bands and DJs, on a sunny terrace. Great for après ski. Also serves good food and snacks. Situated on the main piste as you return to Méribel Centre. Also on the bus route.
La Terrasse du Village: Just off the round about in Les Allues. Sun-trap terrace or modern yet cosy restaurant where La Terrasse de Village serve coffees, lunch and dinner. Or just stop by for a refreshing beer while you take in the breathtaking views.
Restaurants in Méribel
Restaurant d'Altitude Rok: An altitude restaurant that is accessible on foot or skis via the lift Pas du Lac 1. Enjoy a sunny lunch with a breathtaking panorama or settle into a warm, open interior restaurant. Friendly atmosphere and home-made dishes.
The Brewer's Den: Smokehouse and craft beers.
Le Clos Bernard: Situated at the top of the beginners area, Méribel Altiport. On piste but accessible for skiers and non-skiers if they take the lift. Nestled in the trees.
Childcare in Méribel
Jelly and Ice Cream: Jelly and Ice Cream provide childcare in the form of private nannies and babysitting services day time or evenings.
Méribel airport transfers
Mountain Rescue offer Méribel transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambéry airports direct to your holiday location in resort.
Transfer time from Geneva airport to Méribel is around two and a half hours. Visit our Geneva to Méribel route page for more information.
All our Méribel transfers include
- Clean and comfortable Volkswagen Caravelle minibus.
- Smart, helpful English speaking drivers.
- Child and booster seats (on request).
- In car entertainment (on request).
- 24/7 contact with our Alps office.
- SMS and email reminders of pick up times.
- A fully licensed and insured business.
For more information feel free to get in touch or go to our online transfer booking page for help with making a reservation.