Méribel is a village with a true alpine heart. You won’t find blocks of hotels and purpose-built facilities here. Instead, the compact and lively town centre is picture-postcard perfect, and its atmosphere is quaint and fairytale-like. It offers an understated blend of elegance, modernity and tradition with its beautiful pine forests, gorgeous panoramas and cosy chalets. It is without a doubt the most romantic resort in the area, with great access to smooth doorstep skiing. If you’re planning a couples holiday in the snow you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at Méribel.
At the centre of the world famous Trois Vallées (Three Valleys), Méribel makes up part of the largest ski domain in the world. Across the valleys, it has six sister resorts. You can either get a single-resort lift pass and keep to the fantastic beginner and intermediate terrain there, but you also have the option of purchasing a pass that covers the whole area. With Méribel as your home base and unlimited access to the miles and miles of varied slopes that make up the Three Valleys, you won’t be ready to leave anytime soon. Luckily, ski season at Méribel often goes on until late April.
The advanced lift system at Méribel will let you maximise your time on the snow and make sure you’re not waiting around in queues. With 67 runs to try out just in the resort itself, there is no time to be wasted. Just beware of the afternoon sun cutting things short on the west-facing slopes and prepare to get up with the sun if you’re after untouched powder. At it’s highest skiing point Méribel reaches an altitude of 2952 metres and the descent from this point is the stunning Mont Vallon, known to be one of the most scenic runs around. It takes you sailing past wild terrain and panoramic views of the Gébrolaz glacier and Grand Casse. It’s one of the top-rated pistes in the Three Valleys for good reason.
Aside from the world-class skiing, Méribel is also known to be one of the liveliest resorts in the Three Valleys. Many of its residents and bar-owners (as well as plenty of its visitors) are expat-Brits who certainly know how to party. The après-ski scene here is truly top-notch, especially during times of big sporting events which are held here annually. A night on the tiles can sometimes err on the expensive side, but if you’re looking to let your hair down and have a truly electrifying night you’ll be well served.
Best for: Fun & romance
Popular villages: Méribel Village, Les Allues, Méribel Altiport & Mottaret
Airport: Chambery Airport (1h 45min transfer) or Geneva Airport (2h 30min transfer)