THE MERIBEL VALLEY RESORT
Located in the Allue Valley, at an altitude of 1450 m, at the heart of the 3 Valleys Domainm the largest ski area in the world, Méribel is a ski resort where charm hasn’t stopped enticing a diverse and expecting clientele fore more than 70 years. Méribel is a dynamic and chic resort at the heart of all the skiing that goes on in the ski area you can’t miss, the prestigious 3 Valleys Domain, the biggest in the world !
Méribel is one of the most attractive resorts for several reasons : its environment is very well preserved, its chalets are made with traditional Savoie architecture completely covered with wood and stone, all this conserves an authentic character in a valley composed of 14 villages which are inhabited all year long.
The Méribel Valley resort includes Méribel-les-Allues, Méribel-Village and Méribel-Mottaret. It’s an authentic Olympic station where you can go down the slopes in various forms of snow sports : Alpine skiing, freestyle or freeride skiing or snowboarding, whatever your level.
From the Méribel ski area, we can point out its panoramic view to take your breath away, its wooded areas of wild charm to ski through on days with not as fine weather, its sunny slopes directed toward the East and the West, the quality of snow guaranteed by its high elevation (80% of the slopes are above 1800 m high, 42% is equipped with snow makers), its snow equipment – cable cars, chair lifts, snow makers…–, state-of-the-art technology that allows us to get on the lifts without waiting too long and a big advantage : we can go with our skis on foot no matter where we start.
Méribel is also a hiker’s paradise, criss-crossing the many paths in the surrounding nature from the Altiport, Allues or Méribel-Mottaret. Easy paths will allow you to try a new route every day or choose a more suitable route according to your physical condition. Before heading out, just stop by for more information on the status of the snow that particular day.
A pedestrian pass will give you access to the cable cars at different starting points in the valley and will make it easier for you to get back to the station. It’ll even give you access to several ski lifts in the 3 Valleys Domain and you’ll be able to take the shuttles at these stations (except the Pass Montagne shuttles connecting Méribel to Courchevel).
Reserve your Alpine skiing lessons for beginners as well as competitive skiers for snowboarding, freestyle skiing, Telemark skiing, snow-skating, carving, and cross-country skiing at the Méribel ESF or through our agency.
Don’t forget to make your reservations in advance during vacations periods.
We strongly recommend hiring a ski instructor or a high mountain guide to accompany you to best initiate or help ameliorate your back country skiing in the biggest ski area in the world as back country skiing requires experience, knowledge of the surroundings and skill. With your guides, you’ll limit the risk of danger and you’ll be able to experience the high of the powdery snow on the secret routes away from the crowds.
With the help of your guide, you’ll be able to gain confidence and skill as well as explore the most beautiful paths. They’ll also introduce you to skiing on glaciers, heliskiing (Switzerland, Italy…), outings in sealskin, exploration hikes of the Gébroulaz glacier, natural and man-made icefalls, accessible to everyone in good physical condition. In addition, you can try ski trekking in Chamonix/Zermatt crossing over glaciers of la Vanoise, Haute-Maurienne, of the Massif du Grand Paradis, etc…
A specialized instructor can also accompany you in cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the powder, in the middle of breath-taking landscapes.
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN ?
No problem !
We’ll take care of finding you an experienced nanny who can speak the language of your choice to take care of your children of 3 months and older and we’ll gladly organize sports and cultural activities, for indoors (fun hands-on activities, reading, singing, movies…) and outdoors (sledding and different snow games, tobogganing, going on walks in the garden…) for your children of 18 months to 3 years old, a half-day or full-day.
Children above the age of 3 can safely discover the joys of the skiing : Exercises and various games will lead them to their first ski tests : Snowflake and their first Star.
A private lesson for those 18 months and older with special equipment will allow your child to discover the joys of snow sports.
ESF (Ecole de Ski Française)
Méribel Club Piou Piou
Set up by ESF instructors, children from 3 to 5 years old can safely discover the joys of skiing : ski slope games on foot, ski lifts in the play area. Tests can also be given so the children can reach their first skiing level : Flocon.
Private and Group Lessons
ESF Méribel instructors provide private lessons and small group lessons for children over 4 years old in several different languages and conduct full day training sessions :
– Half-day group lessons for children under 13.
– “Base Camp” training session of 5 or 6 days for 8/17 year old who have already earned a 3rd Star or Bronze Star level : discovering snow parks, all type of snow skiing, slalom. Tests to earn a Bronze star or Gold star level are also possible during the training.
– Kid and Junior Freestyle Camps of 5 or 6 days long.
– Competitive training sessions of 5 or 6 days for 11/17 year old.
– Goal of mastering the slaloms.
– Direct access to the competition include practices in the Méribel Olympic stadium; they can also participate in the Arrow and Chamois level tests, inter-training session games, and the national examinations for the Gold Star and Gold Ski.
Free Activities for children under 5
At the ski lift ticket counters you can get a free package deal for children under 5 years of age, just by showing any type of identification accompanied with a photo.
At the ice skating rink and swimming pool, entrance is also free with a photo ID or family record book.
The P’tit moon
With 60 meters of uneven terrain, this ski area of 3700 m² is reserved for children of 7 to 14 years old (and their parents) who can learn in the safety of raised turns and “whoops”.
This flagship station offers everything that you could ever dream of for your daily needs as well as numerous sports shops of name brands, from Patagonia to Docle & Gabbana on your way to Quicksilver’s design shop.
You can also taste local products during your stay, especially the cooked meats and cheeses that you won’t forget to take back home with you.
So that you can relax over a drink or recharge your batteries over lunch, Méribel offers a large variety of modern and traditional cuisine restaurants at affordable prices.
Between Méribel Village and La Tania, the Plantin restaurant is accessible on skis from Méribel Altiport (a route marked with arrows from Brides les Bains).
In a chic Savoie atmosphere, you’ll taste some superbly creative and original cooking. You can opt for the duck foie gras escalope cooked “à la plancha”, accompanied with mini pear poached in red wine with aroma of hibiscus flowers, and gingerbread toast. Why not let yourself be tempted to try the “Croustillant de Ris de Veau aux Morilles” with morel mushroom sauce and salsify fricassee.
Le Plantin offers free shuttle service after your meal to take you back to the cable cars in the Méribel Village.
Chalet Hotel Marie Blanche Restaurant
The reputation of Chalet Hotel Marie Blanche is well established and cannot be replicated in Méribel. There we can discover tradition French cooking and Savoie specialties on Tuesday. When the weather is nice, the dishes are brilliantly colorful and delicately aromatic appreciated much more on the terrace where you’ll doubly enjoy a beautiful view of Méribel Village.
La Table du Grand Coeur
Gourmets will be delighted to be able to enjoy for lunch, a light gourmet cuisine based on fish and meat, proposed by the chef, Marc Dach, whose inventive, gastronomic cuisine is constantly inspired by the infinitely varied and original cuisine of the Savoie area. On the south-facing terrace -which is always full- facing the 1992 Winter Olympics Women’s track, your happiness will be increased by the breathtaking view of Mont Vallon.
Under the soft lights, having a dinner at La Table du Grand Coeur is a treat for your taste buds and a moment of great conviviality. The cuisine of the Chef, traditional, gastronomic and inventive, will satisfy the most gourmets of you who can taste all the Savoyard specialities, accompanied by a wine list worthy of the name.
To enjoy a drink after skiing amongst friends or dancing in your ski boots, Méribel has no shortage of great spots where you can enjoy yourself when the lift shuts down for the day. You can enjoy a live band every day at Le Rond Point or a cocktail at the Doron Pub, which is another legendary spot.
Whatever activities you’re into, just ask In-Luxe Chalets France. We arrange parasailing, tobogganing, hot-air ballooning, ice-skating, Husky Sledding, Horse Drawn Sleigh rides, Trail Basher Driving, Snow Mobile rides, Glacier walking or ice climbing, Heli-skiing, Helicopter tours, etc.