Méribel's central position in the heart of the huge Les Trois Vallées ski area, combined with a vast array of catered chalets, has made it enduringly popular. Both on and off slope, there's plenty going on here.
Founded in 1938 by British skier Peter Lindsay, Méribel has grown into a flourishing resort with a loyal following.
British clients make up about 40% of the clientele, coming time and time again for the ambiance, après ski, resort life and of course the epic terrain.
There are plenty of slopes that suit all levels, with lots of wooded runs that make it a good place to ski in any weather.
The resort is made up of several villages, the main hub being Méribel Centre where the majority of bars and restaurants are found. Nearby is Méribel Village, with its clusters of independent chalets, village vibe and quick access to quiet slopes.
Méribel has plenty of gentle local slopes for children to start out on, including a huge snow garden in the Chaudanne area and a 300m green run accessed by the Altiport chairlift.
At the top of the Tougnette lift, Les Cretes has a large sun terrace for warmer days and a chalet-style rustic interior when you want to be in cosy surrounds. At the mid-station of the Saulire cable car, La Fruitière uses fine organic ingredients and the creativity of head chef Franck Mischler to reinvent Savoyard classics.
Méribel is one of the big hitters for après ski in the French Alps, with legendary favourites like the Rond Pont being joined in recent years by La Folie Douce, situated further up the slopes.
Méribel has one of the largest collections of catered chalet accommodation anywhere in the Alps – which is one of the reasons for its popularity with the British market.
The nearest Eurostar station is Moutiers.
By bus: around 25 - 45 minutes; Adult 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)
By taxi: around 20 - 35 minutes; about 80€ for an 8-seater taxi.
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