Méribel is located in the middle of the Three Valleys and at 1,450m is a brilliant base to explore this massive area. One of the bonuses of the Brits investing so much in this area is if you’re French is as bad as ours then you need not worry as you can spend a week here without needing to speak a word of French. There’s a wide choice of accommodation available in the area, shops, restaurants and a lively après ski scene provides something for everyone in the two main villages of Meribel and Mottaret. But what’s the snowboarding like?
Terrain/Powder & Ability
The resort of Méribel has enough varied terrain to keep every snowboarder of all abilities happy, from the beginner to the advanced. For the beginner snowboarder, Meribel does have good nursery slopes and several excellent snowboard schools. For those in a mixed ability family/group, Méribel is a great choice for all abilities to have their needs satisfied at one resort. There are two main parks in Meribel with plenty of features for all ability levels – The Moon Park and DC Park. Méribel has a huge freeride area but you’ll need to get up early for first tracks. The Three Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world with over 600km of pistes if you purchase the full lift pass. Meribel’s local pistes are enough to keep the average snowboarder occupied for a week. However, with the altitude of 1450m, Méribel can sometimes see the resort suffer from a lack of snow but there is good snow-making facilities although the runs into the village can become icy at times.
Like most places in the Three Valleys, Méribel has a wide range of accommodation from affordable 2 & 3-star hotels to 5-star hotels or luxury fully catered chalets. In terms of the ultimate luxury accommodation, Purple Ski offer some of the most exclusive chalets in Méribel with seven chalets available, perfect for groups of friends or family. The chalets combine traditional style with luxury, first class facilities, excellent service and exquisite food and wine.
There’s also the cheaper, more authentic option to stay in Brides-les-Bains which is connected to Méribel by gondola.
How To Get To Méribel?
Meribel is just over two hours’ drive from Geneva Airport. Chambery is the closest airport to Meribel (1h 15 mins) and has a good choice of airlines operating in winter only. The next closest airports are Lyon or Grenoble with a transfer time to Meribel of around 2 hours. Lyon is open year round with good international connections and Grenoble is only used in winter.