About Méribel Ski Resort
Private Ski Lessons in Méribel
Méribel is nestled in the Les Allues Valley, at the heart of the World’s largest ski area, The 3 Valleys (les Trois Vallées), giving access to over 600km of piste and almost unlimited off-piste terrain.
The resort has been popular with British skiers since it was founded by Colonel Peter Lindsay, with the first lift opening above Les Allues in 1938. The attractive traditional chalet architecture Méribel boasts makes it a stunning location ski in, with a varied selection of accommodation to suit most budgets and tastes. There is an active and vibrant apres-ski scene, for those wishing to unwind after a day on the slopes, along with a plethora of other activities to keep you (and the family) entertained during your stay.
Méribel key facts
- Altitude: 1450 – 2952
- 150km of pistes across Méribel
- Links to Courchevel 1650, 1850, La Tania and Val Thorens
- 42 ski lifts across Méribel
- 7 black ski runs
- 24 red ski runs
- 25 blue ski runs
- 8 green ski runs
Fast, modern ski lifts offer easy access to the Méribel valley ski area (150km of pistes from 1450m up to 2700m) and the 3 Valleys (Meribel is linked by ski lift to Courchevel and Val Thorens, giving you access to 600km of pistes). Méribel Centre is the largest of several villages in the resort and is home to the main shopping area and the greatest selection of après-ski bars and restaurants. The bi-weekly street market adds charm and sense of tradition to the town centre.
Méribel is ideal for beginners
We have always found that Méribel is the best resort to teach in, especially for beginners, there’s no better terrain out there in our opinion, the green runs from the top of the Rhodus area are the best progression for everyone new to the sport. The only thing that we wouldn’t recommend is being a complete beginner on a peak week as the Chaudanne does become way too crowded to provide a safe teaching environment for you guys. Anything at or above level 2 is perfect for you in the Méribel area.
Pistes in Méribel Valley
Méribel has a lot of good pistes for beginner skiers with lots of cruisy blue runs to choose from. There are also a couple of reds and blacks that you might want to try out, including one of the longest pistes in the whole valley.
Best pistes for beginners
For beginner skiers, the Blanchot run is ideal. Starting from the Saulire Express 1 lift this easy green winds down towards the Altiport area and is the perfect piste for beginners and children to practice on. Head to the Tougnète/Roc de Fer area to enjoy the loveliest rolling blues in the valley, which are enjoyable for skiers of all abilities. Start with Faon, a swooping, winding blue. Next take the Tougnète 2 lift and head down Crêtes, which is sited on a ridge with spectacular views in every direction. Continue down Choucas, a north-facing blue run which is a favourite with ski schools thanks to its excellent snow. Continue part of the way down Gelinotte then take the Olympic chair and enjoy the competition piste, the Roc de Fer blue run. On the other side of the valley, don’t miss the lovely Lapin run which descends from Altiport to Méribel Village. This is another tree-lined run, ideal in flat light or bad weather.
Best pistes for intermediate skiers
The red Combe Vallon is one of the longest runs in the valley, starting at Méribel’s highest skiing point, the Mont Vallon (2952m). Mainly north facing, it keeps excellent snow on it all season. Starting out steep and narrow, it twists and turns, widens, and then just keeps on going for a total 1000m drop. Unless you’re very fit you’ll need to stop for several breathers (pretend you’re admiring the view).
Pic Bleu is quiet with gorgeous, tree-lined views. Now it’s been remodelled it keeps better snow on it too.
But our favourite piste in Meribel is Eterlou, it is a red run that has a quick turnaround drag lift, the top section is an easy going red that goes over a roller on to a steeper section, offering the perfect place to train for both you guys and us.
Best pistes for expert skiers
The black run, Face was created for the 1992 Olympic Ladies’ downhill. It’s very steep and sometimes moguled, and it’s difficult to believe that humans could straight-line it without dying in the process. (Please don’t try.) The Couloir Tournier is the newest run in the valley, starting from the summit of Saulire Express gondola, this is the steepest run in the valley, with a scary 37-degree slope at the top. Narrow and with no escape routes, this couloir is only for experts.
Once every few winters there is enough snow to ski all the way down to Brides les Bains. The lower part of the descent is an un-patrolled itinerary, so go with an instructor or guide. Start at the top of the Saulire (2738m) and end up at 600m after a long run through forests, terraced fields and orchards. Have a big lunch in Brides, and then take the Olympe gondola back up.
TOP TIP: ski in the sun on the Tougnète side in the morning and cross over to the Saulire in the afternoon.
Meeting points with Alpine Pros
Morning and afternoon meeting points in Méribel chudanne will be sent to our clients when they book.
If you have been propitious enough to book Alpine Pros for the full day, the meeting point is totally up to you, We can come to your hotel or chalet. Or meet you up the mountain or in the chaudanne area, the choice is yours.
Best way to get to Méribel
If you are travelling from outside of France, then flying into Chambery is likely to be the quickest way to get to Méribel. Méribel is then a transfer (taxi or minibus) or a bus ride away from the airport, unless you’re driving yourself.
Chambery is the closest airport to Méribel (1h 15 mins) and has a good choice of airlines operating in winter only. The next closest airports are Lyon or Grenoble with a transfer time to Méribel of around 2 hours. Lyon is open year-round with good international connections and Grenoble is only used in winter.
Grenoble airport is also used by a number of winter tour operators and again I’d recommend a private transfer to resort from here. Lyon and Geneva Airports are extremely well connected from most UK and European cities. Flights to either of these airports are much more competitively priced because of higher passenger volumes and you can fly into either one year-round.
Popular Ski Passes
There are two main types of ‘Méribel Ski Pass’: the 3 Valleys Pass (full area) and the Méribel Valley Pass (local area). The 3 Valleys Pass is more expensive and comprehensive, covering all the lifts in Méribel and the neighbouring resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens. The Méribel Valley Pass covers the lifts in Méribel and Mottaret but no further, so is best suited to beginners. Most skiers buy the six day 3 Valleys pass, as this allows you to explore many more pistes, mountain restaurants & bars and the neighbouring resorts without having to worry if you’ve ‘crossed a border’!
The spa is the perfect place to recover after a day on the slopes. They have various water facilities, plus relaxation and beauty treatments. Here are some of the places available to you guys and you don’t have to be a guest at the hotels to get access to their spas and treatments.
Le Kaila Nuxe Spa,
Spa Le Grand Coeur
Chemin du Grand Coeur, Méribel
Spa Hotel Le Yeti
Le Rond Point des Pistes Méribel
Spa Des Neiges by Clarins
Hotel Allodis, Le Rond Point des Pistes
Route du Renard, Méribel
Parc Olmypique Spa
Olympic Centre, Méribel
Favourite places to eat and drink in Méribel
Copiña Tapas Bar, Méribel – Centre
A cracking cocktail list and fantastic Spanish tapas.
Current drink of choice is the garden Collins. But we love the espresso martini in here. From 19:00-21:00 they offer 2 hours of cocktails for 7 euros and ‘The Midnight Hour’ offers 20% off house spirits plus mixer from 00:00-01:00.
Tsaretta Spice Restaurant, Méribel – 1600 Morel
Getting a home comfort like an Indian is such a treat for us. The samosas and the Rogan josh are some of our favourite dishes to eat here.
Tsaretta Spice is the sister venue of Tsaretta, located in Les Allues, just a short taxi or bus ride from the centre of Méribel. Tsaretta is a friendly, exciting bar and restaurant – open all year round, it provides a great venue to meet, relax, have a drink, enjoy some delicious food and party to the Méribel Valley’s best live bands. Plus has a great poker tournament in a Monday night that starts at 8pm.
Tsaretta, Les Allues
Tsaretta has become a firm favourite, offering a fantastic menu that includes fresh Pizza to eat in or takeaway we would recommend the alpine hot. Plus, also showing the all important sporting fixtures.
Le Clos Benard
This restaurant is located in the ski resort of Méribel, ideally situated near the ski slopes. Their terrace, on the edge of a forest, is a great place for sunny lunches while their traditional dining room is perfect for cosy dinners. The fondue and raclette are always a winner in here but the sausage they cook is their speciality and is particularly good.
Le Cro Magnon Restaurant, Méribel – Rond Point
A great little place to eat. Classic French dining. We always have the fillet de boeuf with the foie-gras then a café gourmand for dessert (a small selection of desserts with an espresso shot to kick). The wine list here in very comprehensive. They also have options for children including pizza.
La refuge, Méribel centre
If its cheese you’re after then look no further than here, with a strong selection of different styles of fondue, and a great selection of wines this place will hit the spot. It’s also a great place for kids as well.
La Folie Douce La Fruitiere Restaurant, Méribel
It goes without saying you don’t come to Méribel and leave without checking out this place. Its party central. But also offers great food in both the self-service and the full sit-down dining (La Fruitere). Anything with cheese on or in it is to die for here, we’ve never had a bad cheese-based meal.
This restaurant is ideally situated right on the slopes at the Saulire mid station with easy access from the Maudit and Biche pistes. It serves some of the best food to be had on the slopes with their dishes lovingly prepared by Franck Mischler, Maître Cuisinier de France.
Lunch is available from for two sittings only – at 12:30 and 14:30, but like me you may find it hard to leave after lunch as the après ski at the Folie Douce begins at 15:00.
Le Rond Point Restaurant, Méribel
Known locally as “The Ronnie”, this restaurant and bar is open daily from 09:00 – 19:30 and serves food from 11:30 – 15:00. They offer a wide range of hearty, fresh and delicious dishes from rostis to pizzas to substantial salads. Their menu has something for all tastes.
The vibe is always good, they have some of the best bands in resort playing daily. This restaurant is renowned throughout Méribel as being one of the best places for a piste side meal. Situated where the Foret and Rhodos green runs meet, it is easy for every level of skier and boarder to access and it can also be reached on foot from town.
Always got to make sure you return here after your skis as it turns in to one of the best après bars. It is a Three Valley experience not to be missed.