Three Valleys - Meribel
Review provided by a previous Chaletfinder advertiser.
The resort is a traditional Alpine village and has much charm. All buildings are finished in stone and wood and have sloping roofs.

In 1992 it was a major centre for the Olympic Games hosting all the women's Alpine ski events and the ice hockey tournament.

As a result there is an Olympic ice r
Meribel is situated in the Trois Vallees ski area, the most extensive ski area in the world with 197 ski lifts, 37 black runs, 89 blue runs, 116 red runs, 49 green runs, 2 Olympic runs in Meribel, 375 miles of marked ski runs and over 110 km of cross country skiing.

The resort is high, so skiing is always possible. The season usually ends in early May. Thousands of snow machines have been installed to keep the snow quality high.

There is excellent skiing for all levels. Experts can ski the Courchevel Couloirs and the many other black pistes.

Off-piste skiing is extensive, and the French ski school offer a guided group daily. Book for a day, or on their special weekly rate.

The Gebroulaz Glacier (an hour's climb on skins, from the top of Val Thorens) is a particularly spectacular run eventually returning to Meribel.

There are months of skiing for intermediate skiers. The Combe du Vallon piste at Mont Vallon, the Combe de la Saulire down to Corchevel, and the Col de Laudzin at Val Thorens are particular favourites.

Complete beginners have perfect pistes at Meribel Altiport and underneath the Rhodos bubble. After a week with the French ski school the school normally organise a day's excursion to either Courchevel or Les Menuires for the final day of the course.

If the spirit is willing, you can successfully learn skiing at any age up to 50, or even beyond!

Children over four also learn fast at an all-day kindergarten from 9:00 am. to 5:00 pm. The day includes about four hours skiing, a good lunch, tea and much playing.

Children under four but over 18 months are also welcome, but do not do formal skiing. Creches are available in Meribel for even younger children.

There are many excellent restaurants for lunch in the Trois Valley. By Rond Point is the Marie Blanc. Courchevel has many excellent restaurants among them are the Bel Air at the top 1650,and the Bistro du Praz at 1300.

The Vallee des Belville also offers a wide choice; try the Michelin rated La Bouitte by the church) at Saint Marcel.

On the chalet staff's night off, we recommend Le Croix Jean Claude in Les Allues or Le Refuge in the middle of Meribel.

There are many other restaurants and bars in Meribel. If you still have energy, the famous Dick's T-bar is 2 minutes walk from the chalet.

Of course Meribel boasts many ski shops, lovely boutiques, delicatessens and cake shops. Le Yeti guests can get 10% off ski hire.

There is an Olympic ice rink plus bowling and an indoor swimming pool with slide, among other facilities.
Distances to Airports
Meribel to Chambéry (France) is 1 hr 10 mins
Meribel to Lyon (France) is 1 hr 55 mins
Meribel to Grenoble (France) is 1 hr 55 mins
Meribel to Geneva (Switzerland) is 2 hrs 5 mins
Meribel to Turin (Italy) is 2 hrs 40 mins
Meribel to Sion (Switzerland) is 3 hrs 25 mins
Meribel to Berne (Switzerland) is 3 hrs 50 mins


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