Méribel Ski Resort Guide

Based at the heart of the Three Valleys, Méribel is a popular resort, especially with British holidaymakers, and its easy to see why. With Courchevel, La Tania and Val Thorens only a lift or two away, Méribel makes the perfect base from which to explore all of the ski area. Then, once you’ve hung up your skis, there’s a lively après scene which will have you dancing in your ski boots before you can say ‘sante’!

Meribel has a large variety of pistes, boasting something for everyone, including two parks: the large and advanced DC park in Mottaret and the Elements Park in Méribel Centre. And with its situation on the mountain, it enjoys tons of sun.

Méribel consists of a number of different villages each with different charms. The central hub is known as Méribel Centre is a charming village that has luckily escaped the high-rise concrete buildings of other resorts due to strict building regulations. It is the largest village in the valley and is home to the main shopping and après scene.

Higher up is Méribel 1600 and Méribel-Mottaret. Mottaret is great if you’re looking for some great off-piste access. Then slightly lower is Méribel Village, which is great if you’re looking for somewhere a bit quieter that still has all the access to the skiing. Les Allues is even further down the mountain and is where many locals reside. As it does have a gondola running up to Méribel Centre, it can be a good budget option.

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Méribel Resort Information

Méribel Key Facts

  • Altitude: 1450 – 2952
  • 150km of pistes across Méribel
  • Links to Courchevel 1650, 1850, La Tania and Val Thorens
  • 42 ski lifts across Méribel
  • 7 black ski runs
  • 24 red ski runs
  • 25 blue ski runs
  • 8 green ski runs

Méribel Piste Map

Meribel Piste Map

3 Valleys Piste Map

3 Valleys Piste Map

Click on the images for high res downloadable piste maps of Méribel and The Three Valleys.

Recent Méribel Blog Posts

Where to Après in Méribel

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Skiing in Méribel

Best Ski Runs in Méribel – our pick of the bunch

Méribel is based at the heart of the  Three Valleys, the world’s largest ski area. There are 150km of pistes in Méribel alone and once you add in those in nearby CourchevelVal Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin you have over 600km of runs to ski. So bags of skiable terrain to help you burn off your lunchtime tartiflette. And two impressive snow parks to boot. For those starting out in their freestyle careers, there’s the Méribel Elements Park and then for some serious hot dogging heat up to the DC Park AREA 43 above Mottaret.

Méribel is ideal for those who like cruising the blues. The resort boasts 36 blue runs as well as 8 greens, 23 red and 9 blacks. So it offers for something for all levels of skier and boarder. And for the ultimate leg trembler try the ski from Mont Vallon without stopping. An amazing descent and incredible views!

For beginners and intermediates, there are the gentle slopes around the Altiport. And more advanced skiers or boarders can test their leg muscles on Mont Vallon, practise their skills in the two well-equipped snow parks or explore the endless off-piste.

For Beginners:

  • Altiport – Gentle green runs, as well as some fun kids areas for tiny beginners.
  • Mottaret – Or head up to Mottaret where you’ll find magic carpets, the Yeti Park beginners area, and a few ‘Zen’ zones.

For Intermediates:

Take your pick! The mountain is your playground with so many blue runs in Méribel. You can follow the sun all day long – the Tougnette side in the morning and the Saulire side in the afternoon.

  • Plattieres gondola – There are a handful of nice blue runs under this bubble up in Mottaret.

For Advanced:

  • Combe Vallon – Work your way from the top and then tackle some of the couloirs for some off-piste action. We also love the red pistes under the
  • Saulire Express – The red pistes under this chair, such as Mauduit where you can ski from the top all the way back to the base of resort are awesome.
  • Courchevel Saulire couloirs – Drop over to Courchevel to try these well-known couloirs.

Ski Hire in Méribel

Want to know where can you get ski or snowboard hire in Méribel?

We recommend getting your ski hire with Ski Set in Méribel. They offer great quality and a large selection of skis, provide an easy way to book online and best yet – you get an exclusive New Gen discount when you book through our website. Book your ski or snowboard hire in advance via the button below.

Méribel Restaurants

No trip to Méribel would be complete without enjoying the local Savoyard fayre.

After a year of testing and trialing all the local eateries here are our pick of the bunch:

Best Cheap Eats

  • Mottaret Snack Bar – Serves huge and tasty burgers with lashings of melted raclette cheese in crusty french bread.
  • The Rond Point – Or The Ronnie, as it’s more commonly known, has a snack bar on the terrace with reasonably priced food.
  • Pizza Emporter – If you’re looking for a quick bite, get some takeout pizza, just next to the Spar supermarket.

Mid Range

  • La Refuge – If you’re keen for some Savoyard fare, this is the place to go. Delicious food for a reasonable price with an umber of Savoyard dishes.
  • La Taverne – In the centre of Méribel, La Tav serves delicious freshly prepared evening menus featuring international cuisine alongside Savoyarde classics.
  • L’igloo – Just what the name states – an igloo inside! Furry seats and quirky decor, this place is a fun night out with reasonably priced pizzas, pasta and meat dishes.
  • La Barometer – Located just in the center of town has a small but good menu with things such as steak sandwiches, Chinese duck pancakes, and spare ribs.

Fine Dining

  • Aux Petits Oignons – This place has a long-standing reputation for their excellent menu and friendly ambiance with a log fire or sunny terrace depending on the weather! They have a reasonably priced 3-course lunch menu but are a bit more high end in the evenings.
  • Chez Kiki – Another Savoyard favourite in town for tartiflette or fondue, they also have a large variety of grilled steaks.
  • Le Clos Bernard – A newer addition to the Méribel valley, this restaurant is tucked into the forest near the Altiport. You can ski up to this place for a lunch break on the terrace or inside. They have an open flame grill in the center of the restaurant so you get to watch your steak being flamed up!

Méribel Après & Nightlife

Méribel is well known for it’s lively après scene and nightlife, with tons of young holidaymakers showing up for a good time.

We love to après in Méribel and here are the places you shouldn’t miss.

  • La Folie Douce -If you’re looking for some flashy après on the mountain, this place parties all afternoon until the pistes close. With dancers, singers and a DJ putting on a show each afternoon, expect table top dancing, champagne showers, wild costumes, and pricey drinks. Definitely worth it seeing what it’s all about!
  • The Rond Point – After a stint at La Folie Douce, ski right on down to the infamous ‘Ronnie’. With a massive terrace and live music on the regular, the beer flows freely here and you definitely feel the atmosphere.
  • Meribar – Just near the bottom of the Chaudanne, see some bands, drink some booze and sit out on the terrace. It’s a good spot to grab a drink before you make your way back to your chalet.
  • Copiña – A tapas bar in the Alps. Fun and friendly vibe in this cozy bar, with some yummy cocktails and lots of nibbles.
  • La Taverne – Affectionately known as La Tav, this hot spot is right in the centre of town and has a south facing terrace for the sunny afternoons. Along with live music, pub grub and reasonably priced drinks, this perfect location pub gets busy.
  • Doron Pub & Scott’s Bar – Also in the centre of town with ski in ski out ability. It’s a good spot to catch your favourite sports game.
  • O’Sullivan’s – The former Dick’s T-Bar is the one true nightclub in town that parties late into the night. From 22:00 – 4:oo this underground club and lounge has free entry until midnight.
  • Lodge du Village (LDV) – If you’re heading a bit further afield, LDV in Meribel Village is a great spot for some afternoon beers in the sun or partying late into the night with bands on many nights of the week.

A bit of history

Méribel has a huge British influence, and it all started from the beginning with Scotsman, Peter Lindsay.

Lindsay first set out to find a suitable resort in France in 1936. With help from French skier Emilie Allais, they found a spot just above the village of Les Allues. And within two years the first lift was built. But due to the war, after just one season, the project was put on hold for 6 years. During which time the area was occupied by the Germans and was a center for the Resistance.

But Lindsay returned after the war and was determined to make it great. The original chalets were situated at 1450m, near present day Mussillon. The area was actually renamed Méribel after a pasture area near the current Méribel Village because they thought Mussillon was too hard to pronounce. The name Méribel is said to derive from the Latin work ‘mirare’ meaning to look and ‘bel’ meaning beautiful.

To keep Méribel looking beautiful, Lindsay instated building codes that all buildings were to be created of local materials:slate, wood and stone, and be built with double pitched roofs. The building codes still exist today, and are largely the reason why Muriel has escaped the ugly developments of large concrete buildings elsewhere in the Alps.

It was a happening place in the 1950’s with chalet owner Brigitte Bardot spending her time here. There was only one nightclub then, the Shangri-la, which is current day O’Sullivans. During the 1960’s development really boomed and The Three Valleys were created, followed by the creation of Méribel-Mottaret in 1972.

Méribel Village Map


Meribel FAQ’s

Airport Transfers

If you’re arriving by air then you’ll probably fly into either Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva. The following transfer companies offer airport transfers, either private or sometimes shared:

3 Valley Transfers

Snowbound Transfers to Meribel



Snow White Transfers

There are buses from the airport but you will need to change at Moutiers and they’re not cheap so if there is a few of you it often cheaper to share a transfer.

The train is the cheapest option from the airports but again this will involve several changes and the trains are somewhat infrequent.


It’s about a 9hr drive once in France to reach Méribel. The benefits of driving are no luggage restrictions and the option of an extra day skiing during a week’s holiday but the tolls can be quite pricey on the motorways so something to consider.


The Eurostar offers overnight trains direct from London St Pancras to Moutiers (about 25mins from Méribel, at the foot of the mountain). If you don’t mind overnight travel, and can sleep on trains (or are willing to forego sleep) then this can be one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to reach the Alps. Plus, no extra charge for ski carriage. You just need to be able to carry all your gear!

Here are some of our favourite tour operators in Méribel:

Alpine Elements
Catered ski chalets at sensible prices in La Tania and Meribel.

Luxury catered chalets.

Scott Dunn
Holidays without compromise. Chalets at the ‘higher’ end of the market.

A number of chalets and hotels in 1550, 1650 and 1850. They always have a great team working for them.

Powder White
Chalet holidays ‘tailor-made for you’.

Ski Basics
A catered skiing holiday in Méribel with Ski Basics delivers more for less.

Ski Weekends
Weekend trips to Brides les Bains.

Silver Ski
Great value catered chalet holidays.

3 chalets in Meribel – all fitted with ‘detox facilities’ including log fires, hot tubs, and saunas!

Purple Ski
A single resort specialist which has been successfully operating catered chalet holidays, under the same leadership, for nearly 30 years.

Alpine Action
Quality apartments and chalets in Méribel. They have outdoor hot tubs!

Alpine Infusion
Luxury chalet holidays; have your own chef, driver, and host.

Ski Beat
Chalet holidays for all.

The chalet specialists in Méribel

Delicious Mountain
Stuart and Louise offer luxury chalet holidays in Meribel. Their two Meribel chalets are ranked #1 and #2 on TripAdvisor with a 100% 5-star reviews.

Ski Hame
Catered chalet holidays

Alpine Charms
Lots of chalets and apartments

Flexiski offer tailor-made holidays across the Alps.

Alpine Ethos
Quality catered and self-catering ski holiday chalets in Meribel

The Alpine Generation
Quality catered chalet holidays. Outstanding value, outstanding people and outstanding experiences.

The Boutique Chalet Company
Exclusive luxury chalets, bespoke for you.

Belvedere Properties
Luxurious Alpine Chalets set in the heart of Meribel

Méribel Apartments
Apartment specialists in Méribel

A selection of privately-owned spacious apartments in the pretty spa town of Brides les Bains, connected to Méribel by high-speed gondola.

Privately owned Meribel self-catered & catered apartments & chalets from the Meribel chalet and apartment rental specialists.

Méribel Self-catering
Self-catering apartments in Meribel Village.

4 great value chalets near the Meribel slopes.

Ski Blanc
Ski Blanc is a well-established, small, very personal company with 6 warm & comfortable chalets in Méribel sleeping 10-16 guests,  offering great value for money ski holidays.

Summit Chalets
Holiday Ski Chalets and Holiday Ski Apartments to rent in Meribel at the Heart of the 3 Valleys, France. Self Catered, Self Catered Plus, Semi Catered or Fully Catered.

Savoie Holidays
Independent British chalet holiday company offering catered and self-catered ski chalet holidays in the French Alps.

As well as some of the agents with whom you can book stays in Meribel:

The Chalet Edit

The hassle-free ‘little black book’ of luxury ski chalets in Méribel.

Alpine Answers
Free ski holiday booking service in 150+ resorts. Over 1,200 chalets and hundreds of hotels ranging in size from 2 to 200 people.

Altitude Holidays
Small, flexible, owner-run company.

Camel Snow
A unique and personal service, going the extra mile to ensure your bespoke ski holiday is perfect.

A ski holiday search engine.

Exceptional Ski
Bespoke ski holidays in Courchevel and Meribel since 2005.

Firefly Collection
Firefly Collection offers a cherry-picked selection of the finest luxury ski chalets, together with expert, impartial advice, and a complimentary concierge service.

Flexiski offers tailor-made holidays across the Alps.

Luxury tour operator.

Independent Mountain
Catered and Self Catered Chalets & Apartments in the French Alps

Luxury Chalet Book
The Luxury Chalet book specialises in offering the most luxurious chalets in the finest ski resorts in Europe.

Much Better Adventures
Active holidays direct from Independent Operators.

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self-catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

Oxford Ski Company
Luxury ski breaks.

Powder Beds
Ski accommodation specialists.

Ski Boutique
Independent luxury ski holiday specialists.

Ski Independence
Travel agent specialising in ski vacations.

Ski Holiday Company – run by skiers for skiers.

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski resort travel and accommodation.

Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in Meribel.

An up and coming ski agency who will find you exactly what you want! Best prices, best advice.

Meribus is a free bus service, no need for a lift pass even! There are 3 main lines running between Meribel Centre and Les Allues & Meribel Village (line A), Plateau & Altiport (line B) and Mottaret (line D). Timetables available in the New Gen shop or the Tourist Office. The bus runs 7 days a week, 7am to Midnight.

The main drop off points in Meribel are at: La Chaudanne (close to our meeting point) and Centre (close to our shop, the Tourist Office and other useful shops)

These can be found on the official Méribel site.

If you’re looking for more information about resort including where to eat, what’s on during your stay and general hints and tips then try one of the following websites:

A helpful site with regular event listings of what’s going on in resort, snow reports and more.

3V Guide
Great blog written by Three Valleys locals with insider tips and hints on where to ski, eat and drink, and lots more.

Meribel Tourist Office
The official site for Meribel

Food Shopping

  • Spar Supermarket – Just as you come into Méribel is a decent sized Spar supermarket on the lefthand side.
  • Casino Supermarket – Located in the centre is a Casino, which is a bit smaller than the Spar.
  • Bakery – There is a bakery right in the main square.
  • Butcher – Further down Route de Centre is a local butcher.
  • Cheese and meat shop – A nice artisanal cheese and meat shop located near the pharmacy on Route de la Montée.

Clothing and Ski Shops

  • Sport Boutique – For designer names and high end ski gear, Sport Boutique is the go-to shop.
  • Intersport and Sport 1600 – Both great ski shops for any type of ski gear you could need.
  • Avalon and Oxygene – Two snowboard shops, one near Jack’s bar and one near Casino supermarket.
  • Togshop – A trendy ski shop targeted at freeskiers is further away from the centre on the road up from La Chaudanne.

Doctors – There is a doctor’s office located in the Olympic Centre, where Dr. Schamasch works. He speaks English and the office is usually open from 9am – 6pm.

Pharmacy – Located just down Route de la Montée, to the left of La Barometer restaurant is a full pharmacy.

Post office – Right next to the Tourist Office in the center of town is a post office. They also offer currency exchange.

Banks – Two main banks are in the centre of town. Bank Populaire is located just across from La Taverne in the center, and future down the road is Credit Agricole.

Whether you’re a non-skier, or have one in your party, or you’re looking for something to do when the weather draws in, Méribel offers plenty of non-skiing activities to keep you entertained.

There’s the Olympic Centre in the centre of resort with a large swimming pool with a slide, as well as a bowling alley, climbing wall and ice skating rink. Or you could book an excursion such as dog sledding, a hot air balloon ride or try your hand at parapenting to take in the view.

Or if you fancy something a little more athletic, and ground-based, why not try your hand at cross-country skiing? Or alternatively, Simply Savoie offer Guided snowshoe walks around Courchevel. Get off-the-beaten-track and discover the “real mountains” with Mark Tennent.

We recommend two companies who provide childcare options in Méribel:

T4 Nannies
T4 offer a private nanny service in Val d’Isere, Tignes, Meribel, Courchevel, La Tania, La Plagne and La Rosiere. They hand pick nannies who share the belief that undivided attention, fun and getting involved are the key ingredients to a happy family holiday.

SnowBugs Child Care and Private Nanny Service
SnowBugs Nannies offer a high quality, friendly, trustworthy and professional private Nanny service in La Tania, entertaining your little ones in the comfort of your own accommodation during your winter holiday.

Check out what our Méribel Ski School has on offer

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