Meribel Ski Holidays

Meribel Ski Holidays

To those in-the-know, Meribel is the last word in skiing in the French Alps. It’s the most popular and arguably the most exciting resort in the region, both on and off-piste thanks to its position between three lift-linked valleys and its exciting après ski scene.

Considered to be some of the best skiing in France, it’s renowned for its powder snow, two excellent snow parks and vast size, covering over 600kms of marked trails and extensive off-piste terrain. Part of Les Trois Vallees, it is the largest lift-linked resort in the world.

Sat between Val Thorens and Courchevel, Meribel sits at 1450m, a fairly low altitude for a French ski resort. The weather impacts on this sunny town, and some runs are better than others at various times of the day, due to overnight ice that hasn’t yet melted. The sun generally dictates where skiers will head to and at what time, so those who haven’t hit the après ski parties too hard the night before should get up early to avoid the rush – and perhaps glide through some virgin snow.

Despite the variable snow conditions, there are such an overwhelming number of runs and such a large area, that enthusiasts could ski every day for a season and still not have exhausted the options, which is what makes Meribel so popular.

From the Arpasson drag lift, it is possible to reach Moon Park, one of Meribel’s terrain parks, with over 10 hectares of well-groomed jumps and obstacles. Snowboarders will be in their element with the range of half-pipes and difficult rails which are a freestyler’s dream.

Meribel isn’t all about snow sports, though. There are plenty of opportunities to shop too, with a range of boutiques, jewellers and a veritable feast of gourmet food stores stocking cheese, pastries and condiments at every corner. Good living is what Meribel is all about.