Meribel, The Heart of France’s Three Valleys
Meribel can claim to be the prettiest village in Les Trois Vallées partly because Meribel’s natural alpine character is enhanced by the insistence of the villagers that every new building should reflect traditional values. Meribel nestles at the heart of the world’s largest linked skiing area. As such, Meribel gives the visitor access to over 100 acres of marked pistes making this vast skiing playground ideal for all grades of skier. Meribel, as a ski resort, has an abundance of Savoyard charm and atmosphere.
With many privately owned chalets and apartments – like CHEZ ZITA – interspersed with those that tourists fall in love with, Meribel, with its dedication to après ski, is immensely sociable and friendly at whatever time of the long ski season you visit.
Les Trois Vallées – Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens -which hosted the 1992 Winter Olympic Games, is the largest linked skiing area in the world with more than 600 kms of pistes which are served by one of the most advanced ski lift systems to be found anywhere. Meribel is at the heart of the ski area. One ski lift pass – purchased at the bottom f any lift in Meribel – covers the whole area making Meribel the ideal base both for those who simply want to enjoy the local Meribel skiing and also for the more daring skiers who want to put as many miles as possible under their skis.
As the Good Skiing Guide puts it about Meribel and Les Trois Vallees: “most holidaymakers will barely come to terms with one corner of it in a week… truly to explore the on-piste and off-piste possibilities takes a full season”.
Lying at the heart of Les Trois Vallées, Meribel is in the best location from which to explore the region’s other resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and St Martin de Belleville. Ski excursions from Meribel are truly unlimited.
With a vertical drop of nearly 2000 metres, there is more than enough skiing for everyone from beginner to expert and, with some great off-piste and itinerary routes to explore, Meribel and Les Trois Vallées are way out in front of all Alpine resorts.