Is Meribel really the place to be?
I have worked in many different and varied alpine resorts over a period of 25 years and truly believe that there are plenty of reasons to love Meribel. One of the main reasons is its location – in centre of the huge 3 Vallees ski area. Access to Val Thorens, La Tania and Courchevel is easy and there are ski runs to suit all levels of skier.
Meribel welcomes the British and was, in fact, founded by a British skier in 1938. It has several villages, which all vary in style – from Meribel Village at 1400 metres to Meribel Centre at 1600 metres. Don’t forget Meribel-Mottaret at 1750 metres!
Access around the resort is provided by an excellent, and free, bus service which runs regularly until midnight every single day – so no matter where you are staying – you can get around easily.
The Apres Ski scene is varied and there is something to suit everyone! From the famous Folie Douce, located at the mid station of La Saulire. Loud music and entertainment along with dancing on tables between 3pm and 5pm every day. The Rond Point is a well established favourite. Known locally as the ‘Ronny’ it is one of the most reasonably priced bar. Party time is from 5pm until 7pm and there is great live music every day.
If you like something a little more sedate, you could try the Barometer – located in the middle of Meribel Centre. With a bit of an English pub atmosphere and a wide selection of wines, it has a more relaxed atmosphere and serves good food.
If you are staying in beautiful Chalet Isba, Chalet Lys Blanc or Chalet Petit Coeur, you may like to try a visit to Aux Petits Oignons at Altitude 1600. It is a restaurant-bar and there is music on Monday evenings from 10pm. They serve excellent (and cheap) lunches and a full menu in the evenings.
There are also plenty of things to do with the family. For example, the Parc Olympique, located in the heart of Meribel. It has an indoor ice rink, indoor climbing wall, bowling alley, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and wellness area and spa. It is open every day of the week and children under 5 are free! There are weekly passes available too.
Feeling the need to improve your jumps and tricks? In the Moon Park, there are sessions from 1pm on Thursdays, where you can just turn up, lay down your best tricks and win prizes for your efforts! With a multitude of cameras shooting your run, you can watch, download and share the best of your runs. On Mondays, there are the Family Moon sessions where you can challenge your family and friends in the snow park and there are free activities for everyone! More or a freestyler? Then the Plattières should shoot to the top of your list! Currently run by the DC Area 43 Project, there is new equipment, new shapers, new machines and new modules in the park. What more could you want?
So you see, Meribel really is the ‘place to be’ this season! The team here are all looking forward to greeting you and showing you all there is to offer!
Yvonne MacFarlane, Meribel Resort Manager.
Yvonne has worked in the ski industry for over 20 years in resorts such as Val Thorens, La Plagne, Chamonix and Val d’Isere. She is the Resort Manager in Meribel where she works with her husband Iain.