Meribel Ski Resort

At the heart of the Trois Vallees, the Meribel valley is the centre of the world's largest lift-connected ski area. Mostly comprising of low-rise chalets, Meribel is pleasant to stay in and has slopes to suit most standards, plus convenient access to the other valleys.

Nowhere else can quite match the 600km and 200 lifts of the Three Valleys for the breadth and depth of skiing on offer, and Meribel sits snugly in its central valley.

The local runs are mostly aimed at intermediates, and the resort has a reputation for being 'piste basher heaven' but there are challenges for advanced skiers too, mostly off the piste. It's also a good place to learn to ski, and novices who are keen to start exploring will benefit from the clear signage, excellent piste grooming and the opportunity to ski from Meribel into both of the adjacent valleys and return entirely on green and blue runs.

And generally if Meribel lacks something, it can usually be found elsewhere in the Three Valleys and easily reached. There are no lifts ascending over 3000m in the Meribel valley for instance (although Mont Vallon gets very close), but there are plenty in Val Thorens. Local tree skiing is limited, but there's lots in Le Praz and La Tania. The Meribel black runs are not very steep, but just across the Saulire ridge in Courchevel, the Grande Couloir certainly is.

As a village, Meribel is a purpose-built resort in France like no other. The original low-rise chalet style has been preserved and so has the British legacy. Meribel was conceived by Colonel Peter Lindsay in 1938 and even today over a third of winter visitors come from the UK. The main village is also quite low (at about 1400m) and rather spread out - some of the accommodation is a long way from the main lifts. For real slope-side convenience, you have to stay up the valley in the satellite village of Meribel Mottaret which probably has the best location in the whole of the Three Valleys in terms of skiing, but has less charm and less nightlife than the main resort.

Meribel Pros & Cons

+ The middle of the world's largest lift-linked ski area

+ Local pistes have something for everyone

+ A purpose-built resort that's easy on the eye

+ Good snowmaking and modern lifts

- Too spread out to be convenient

- Main resort is not very high

- Expensive (unless compared to Courchevel)

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Meribel Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionThe Three Valleys
  • Base1,450 metres
  • Peak2,952 metres
  • Vertical1,502 metres
  • Beginner57 %
  • Intermediate31 %
  • Advanced12 %
  • Longest Trail4 km
  • Total Lifts18 
  • Gondolas16 
  • Surface Lifts14 
  • Riders per hour75,465 

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