Founded in 1936 by Scotsman Colonel Peter Lindsay, Meribel is a ski resort located in the scenic Vanoise National Park in the French Alps. Part of Les Trois Vallées ski system, it is a premier destination for holiday makers and sporting professionals alike.
Last month the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup was took place here, and from 24th March – 5th of April Meribel will host the British National Ski Championships. With the best winter for snow cover in 30 years, and the biggest gathering of amateur skiers in the world taking place on the 7th April, there is no better time for enthusiasts to indulge in the ski chalet holidays of Meribel, challenging themselves on its perfectly groomed slopes before relaxing in one its many stylish restaurants.
Finding Your Dream Chalet in Meribel
Skiers are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding ski chalets in Meribel, where a range of companies offer everything from chalet-hotels for couples to fully catered private chalets accommodating anywhere from 6 to 26 guests. IgluSki.com alone offers 80 chalets at reasonable rates, together with snow reports, reviews and an in-depth FAQ section. SkiChaletsMeribel.co.uk offers some exceptional deals – including chalets with flights – with comprehensive and dedicated deals and offer pages.
If you’re looking for luxury, look no further than sites such as alpineaction.co.uk or PurpleSki.com. Offering chauffeur services, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks throughout your stay, and a chef who will daily provide breakfast and a four course dinner with champagne, Meriski also provides lift-pass pre-ordering and everything you need for a fully catered holiday. PurpleSki who will give you an outdoor jacuzzi, in-chalet boot and ski fitting and unlimited champagne.
Making the Most of Les Trois Vallées
Meribel is the perfect base camp to begin your exploration of this interlinked ski system, where a single ski pass at €53/£46 per day will allow you to enjoy the worlds largest ski area. Covering more than 600 km of ski slopes, the 183 ski lifts of Les Trois Vallées can transport 260,000 skiers per hour through breathtaking scenery and across perfect pistes. The official page at les3vallees provides newsletters, magazines, brochures and maps to ensure you make the most of this unparalleled ski experience, while Snow-Forecast.com has all the information you need on weather conditions and facilities.
From within Europe, you can travel to Meribel by car, train or aeroplane. There are several airports, serviced by a number of major airlines, that can cater to travellers from further afield.
Geneva airport is the safest option as it offers excellent bus/shuttle links to Meribel. While the closest airport is Chambery, 109 km away, it can be prone to closing in bad weather, and the airport at Lyon has fewer links to Meribel, particularly during midweek.