Méribel may well be the picture-postcard idea of a ski resort, thanks mainly to the insistence on maintaining chalet-style architecture throughout the town – you won’t find any concrete or tacky blocks of flats here. This gives Méribel a quaint, almost fairytale atmosphere, and it’s easily the most romantic looking of the resorts around the Trois Vallées.
Having said that, the snow at Méribel may not be quite as challenging or as robust as that found at Chamonix or Courchevel, and while there’s a great mix of difficulties for all skiers (and undoubtedly many miles of piste) the afternoon sun can cut things short on west-facing slopes – and untouched powder is rare unless you’re willing to get up at the crack of dawn. That’s not to say that the skiing at Méribel is bad (quite the opposite), it’s just that what the resort might lack in piste perfection it more than makes up for with other amenities – including a fantastic lift system that will rarely leave anyone waiting.
The après-ski scene at Méribel is also top-notch, but that’s hardly surprising considering many of the bars are owned and run by ex-pat Brits (who certainly know how to party!) A night on the tiles can 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.
- Loads of lift and ski pass information can be found here.
- There’s some great links to equipment hire here.
- Closest airport: Chambery is the closest airport to Méribel at just over 60 miles away, with transfers to the resort starting at around €36 for a one-way coach trip.