Three Valleys - Meribel
Review provided by a previous Chaletfinder advertiser.
Summary
Slap bang in the middle of the Three Valleys, Méribel has a fantastic
location, access to some of the best skiing in the world, and a vibrant
nightlife. Created by a Brit, and decidedly un-French, this purpose-
built resort is very popular with UK skiers in search of varied pistes
and riotous evenings.
Description
Skiing in Méribel
Méribel itself is home to 150km of pistes and a couple of decent
snowparks, putting it in an excellent position even before considering
what lies beyond. Some of the best blacks and off-piste are to be
found on Mont Vallon and Mont de la Chambre, while intermediates
will find lots of varied terrain to hone their skills on closer to the
village.
Beginners, meanwhile, are better off heading to the linked resort of
Méribel-Mottaret and the Altiport area there. From Méribel you have
easy access to the entire Three Valleys area, which is home to 600km
of pistes, and is considered one of the best and largest ski areas in
the world. It contains a staggering 52 green runs, 128 blue, 123 red
and 33 black, not to mention endless off-piste opportunities and some
really wonderful scenery. For more information on skiing in the Three
Valleys, see our pages on Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel-Mottaret, Les
Menuires and Val Thorens.

The resort
The round of happy hours, live music and general revelry starts
relatively early in Méribel, and usually carries on into the wee small
hours. There are plenty of pubs to choose from, and a wide-ranging
selection of restaurants, including some top-notch Michelin-starred
establishments. During the day, there are plenty of non-ski activities
on offer, including swimming, skating, hiking, snowshoeing, hang
gliding, ice climbing and dog sledging.

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Vital Statistics
Resort Height Top Lift
Meribel
1450-1750m 2952m Mont du Vallon

Mottaret

Val Thorens
2300m 3300m Glacier de Peclet

Courchevel
1300-1850m 2738m Soulire


Pistes - The Three Valleys
km 600 Rating Beginer *****
Lifts 200 Intermediate *****

Off Piste Extensive and Interesting

Artificial Snow 90km

Children Creche for young children
Les Saturnines (04 79 08 66 90) for children from 18 months - 3 years
in the Olympic Centre.
Pt'tt Loup Jardin de Neige (04 79 08 60 13) for 3 - 5 year olds. Open
9am - 5pm.
Childrens Ski School
All the ski schools in Meribel offer child tuition. Book in advance for
high season.


Other
Passes available for Meribel valley only or 3 valleys. 6 Day 3 valley
pass includes a day in nearby resorts inclucing Tignes, Val d'Isere or
La Plagne



Extra Information
Apres ski Extensive choice of bars, restaurants, shops, nightclubs,
live music, cinema with occasional English films. Large leisure centre
with pool, fitness, sauna, bowling, climbing wall etc.
Other activites Paragliding, snow-mobiling, sledge runs, snow-
shoe, motor trikes, sleigh rides and hot air ballons

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

 


Skiing Facts
Green runs
47
Blue runs
94
Black runs
33


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