Meribel Ski Weekends

Beloved by generations of British skiers for its impressive snow records and amazing location in the Three Valleys

Ski Weekends in Meribel, FranceAt almost 80 years old Meribel resort is more stunning and lively than ever before!

  • Very snow sure resort
  • Huge 3 Valleys ski area - up to 600 kms
  • Pretty resort with traditional buildings
  • World class off-piste for all levels (guides available)
  • Lots of bars, lots of nightlife and shopping. 

Overview

Beloved by generations of British skiers for its impressive snow record and its appetite for Apres Ski!

Meribel ski resort places skiers and snowboarders right at the heart of the impressive Three Valleys ski area. This pretty Savoyard ski town has long combined a wide variety of chic boutique shopping together with an exciting and eclectic mix of bars, restaurants & clubs. There is a superb variety of skiing over the Three Valleys, offering more than 640 kms of well maintained pistes. After the Portes du Soleil, it is the world's second largest ski area.

 

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Ski Area 600km
Resort Altitude 1850m
Top Lift 3200m
Longest Run 8km
No. of Slopes 318
No. of Lifts 180
No. of bars, restaurants 87
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LA BELLE GRAND-MERE

The Three Valleys ski area climbs all of the way up to a peak of 3200m, which helps maintain the domains excellent snow record, keeping the snow in good condition throughout the season. The lift system of the Trois Vallees is constantly evolving and improving. An example of speed improvement is the new Plattieres 1 gondola which has carved nearly 65% of it's journey time (down from 25 minutes to just 9!).

Meribel Skiing & Boarding

Intermediate and Advanced skiers have numerous options within the Three Valleys, from the steeper and faster skiing found near Val Thorens (the highest resort in Europe) to the famous 76km circuit (achievable in one day, thanks to the excellent lift network). The circuit spans the entire Three Valleys domain, taking in a great cross section of slopes and terrain. 

The Three Valleys offers excellent snowboarding with heaps of variety where skiers and boarders can cover alot of mileage in one day, without having to see the same slopes twice!  There is an extensive range of runs for all abilities and glacier access alongside our snow assurance if you are worried about snowfall, although to be fair this is one of the most snow-sure ski areas in Europe! 

Meribel for beginnersMeribel offers excellent English speaking ski schools and many of the learner slopes are up high, thus ensuring the beginners of good snow conditions. Circuits of easy runs and wide slopes help boost confidence.

Meribel the resortThe Après-ski in Meribel is one very big plus point for this resort! The large British presence in the resort, ensures some interesting and exciting nights can be had! The shear variety of bars and restaurants ensures that all tastes and appetites are catered for. Dick's T Bar is known throughout the ski world, and a great place to start (or finish!) the night.

ITINERARY GUIDE

Wednesday to Sunday SUNday to WEDnesday

WEDNESDAY 17:25 - 18:30 Flight departure from UK airports
20:15 - 20:55 Flight arrivals in Geneva airport
21:20 Airport Meet & Greet + Transfers to resort
00:00 Arrival in Meribel for last orders!

THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY07:30 Breakfast – Lift passes brought to your table (if pre-booked)*
08:30 Ski or Board hire fitting (if necessary)*
08:30 - 09:00 Ski lifts open
09:00 - 09:30 Lessons start (if required)*
17:00 /17:30 Ski lifts close
17:30 Afternoon tea and cakes*
20:00 3 courses evening meal served

sundaySame as previous days, then:
16:00 Transfer leaves resort to Geneva airport
20.35 - 21:50 Flights depart from Geneva to UK airports
21:10 - 22:25 Arrivals in UK airports (Local time)

SUNDAY06:00 - 06:15 Flight departure from UK airports
08:45 - 08:50 Flight arrivals in Geneva airport
09:15 Airport Meet & Greet + Transfers to resort
11:45 Arrival in Meribel - Lift passes brought to you (if pre-booked)*
12:15 Ski or Board hire fitting (if necessary)*
13:00 Half Day skiing starts
14:00 Lessons start (if required)*
17:00/17:30 Ski lifts close
17:30 Afternoon tea and cakes*
20:00 3 courses evening meal served

Monday AND Tuesday07:30 Breakfast
08:30 - 09:00 Ski lifts open
09:00 - 09:30 Lessons start (if required)*
09.00 - 17.30 Ski all day
17:30 Afternoon tea and cakes*
20:00 3 courses evening meal served

wednesdaySame as previous days, then:
16:00 Transfer leaves Meribel to Geneva airport
20.35 - 21:50 Flights depart from Geneva to UK airports
21:10 - 22:25 Arrivals in UK airports (Local time)

Times are a guide and may be subject to change. They do not allow for travel delays. Transfers are shared with other guests and accommodate different flight times.

*Hotel Le Mottaret: Lift passes, ski hire and lessons can be booked on arrival with Hotel Reception (not available to pre-book). Afternoon tea not available in this hotel.

 

Ski Weekend Meribel - meribel Resort Guide

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Meribel truly is a gem in the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area. It’s well preserved rustic charms are all thanks to Colonel Peter Lindsay who started the resort in 1938 and since then has fastidiously stuck to his original plans of a genuine alpine village. The nightlife is vibrant and the pistes extensive and varied.


Where to Eat?

As ever, meat cheese and potatoes are very popular here. This is something that has still remained a trait of the Alps although the necessity of eating these calorific meals isn’t quite as crucial as it was. There are plenty of other types of cuisine on offer here and if you like to play it safe then don’t worry, Meribel has been catering admirably for us Brits for seventy years. 

The Allodis Hotel: This is definitely one for special occasions. Based in Belvedere, the standard of food here is high – choose the set menus for the best value.

Chez Kiki: Consistently served up the best steaks in the Alps for at least 30yrs now. Your steak will be grilled to perfection in front of your very eyes over an open fire then served with delicious local side dishes.undefined

La Taverne: Located in the centre of Meribel this comfortable restaurant has all bases covered. Whether it’s a snack or a full blown three course meal La Taverne can deliver. Affordable and has excellent service.

Aux Petites Oignons: This recently refurbished restaurant (used to be Les Enfants Terribles) has succeeded in creating a warm friendly atmosphere with an excellent menu. Vegetarians have more choice than is usually to be found in France.

La Tsaretta: This ambient restaurant also has a lively bar downstairs which serves great bar snacks and pizzas. The restaurants food is more refined with good variety and value. Find it in the middle of Les Allues.

Le Refuge: Serves up cheap and cheerful pizzas, steaks and salads in the centre of Meribel. Popular with seasonnaires.

Pizza Express: Located above Dicks Tea bar. You may wonder why this British franchise deserves a mention. Well…the pizzas here are amazing, also available for take away. Kids love it and are well catered for but the main reason it gets a shout out is their brilliant Beatles night on Tuesdays.

La Lodge du Village: Best known for its large sunny terraces and superb hearty Italian food. Right in the centre this is also great for a bit of apres Ski and live music.

Hotel La Croix: One of the oldest buildings in Meribel, this is the place to go for the best authentic Savoyard menu. It’s well known with the locals and gets all it’s produce fresh from the market. Prices are still reasonable considering the food is virtually gourmet standard. Good wine list too.

La Fromagerie: For the best fondues in town, head for the Fromagerie in the centre. 


Where to Party?

In Meribel, what often starts as a few innocent après ski tipples can quite often develop into a wild raucous all-nighter. People are here to make the most of their days and even more of their nights.  There is a fab selection of bars and clubs and here are a few of our personal favourites.

Le Rond Point: Often referred to as the ‘Ronnie’ based on the ‘Doron Piste’ this is a great place to stop for the first drink of the evening. Be warned, you may need to give in and carry your skis and get the free bus back to resort.undefined

The Doron Pub: You’ll find it near the Tourist Office. Good for live music. Can get pretty crazy early on.  Scotts downstairs is a little calmer with fabulous cocktails and comfortable sofas.

Le Rastro: Over in Mottaret, this bar has a brilliant reputation, especially on Tuesdays when the DJ spins all his best 70’s and 80’s records – guaranteed to get you dancing.

Le Poste: If you’re looking for something a bit more up market the best bet is Le Poste. Next door to the post office this is the smartest bar in town. 

Barometer: Adds a little more sophistication to the proceedings. 

Dicks T Bar: This crazy place surely needs no introduction, even to the non-skier. Full of chalet girls hoping to impress the cool crowd, Dicks T Bar has quite a reputation. Popular with the British and free entry before midnight.

Le Loft: For something a bit more peaceful try Le Loft. The clientele here are more cosmopolitan and the whole place feels more relaxed. Open until four playing chilled out house.

Le Privilege: If you are staying in Mottaret it makes sense to party there too. This night club is everything you’d expect from a French discothèque and more. An amusing night out. 


What Else to do

Méribel is well known for its enormous ice rink which host concerts, ice driving and international hockey matches. There a plenty of shops, museums and galleries if the weather sets in. It’s an exceptionally pretty ski resort just to go for a stroll around and if you’re looking for something other than the stock skiing and boarding. Meribel has it all! 

  • Olympic centre for gym, climbing wall and tenpin bowling
  • Cinema
  • Spas and Massage centre
  • Snow Biking
  • Dog sledding
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Learn to fly
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Skidooing
  • Paragliding
  • Piste Basher driving
  • Snow Karting
  • Winter walking trails
  • Heli-skiing
  • Glacier walking
  • Ice climbing

Meribel Ski Extras

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lift passes

Lift Pass Type

3 Days

Local

3 Days

Extended

4 Days

Local

4 Days

Extended

Adult 13-64 yrs £139 £167 £176 £211
Child 5-12 yrs £113 £130 £140 £168
Senior 65-74 £113 £143 £155 £186

Local area pass covers Meribel.Extended area pass covers The 3 Vallees over 600km (La Tania, Courchevel, Brides-Les-Bains, Les Allues, Meribel, Val Thorens, Saint Martin De Belleville, Les Menuires & Orelle).

Ski & Board Hire Pre-book your equipment NOW for a huge 50% saving over brochure prices.

 

Skis 3 days
price 
  4 days
price 
Economy skis £39.90   £47.90
Discovery skis £45.90   £54.90
Performance skis £54.90   £64.90
Excellence skis £69.90   £79.90
       
Skis & Boots 3 days
price
  4 days
price
Economy skis & boots £49.90   £59.90
Discovery skis & boots £59.90   £69.90
Performance skis & boots £69.90   £79.90
Excellence skis & boots £89.90   £99.90
Child skis & boots (6-11yrs) £39.90   £44.90
         
Board Only 3 days
price
  4 days
price
Board Hire (Discovery) £49.90   £59.90
Board Hire (Performance)  £64.90   £74.90 
       
Board & Boots 3 days
price
  4 days
price
Board hire (Discovery) & boots £69.90   £79.90
Board hire (Performance) & boots £89.90   £99.90
Child board with boots (7-12 yr )  £49.90   £59.90

 

Price Match Guarantee: We are so confident that our prices cannot be beaten, that we will price-match any comparable deal that you find at the time of booking (for a like-for-like set of ski or board hire).

Economy, Discovery or Performance level? 

Snowboards are only offered in two grades - Discovery and Performance. Skis however can come in 3 grades. Please use the following guide:

Economy Beginner to Intermediates (0-6 weeks experience)
Discovery Intermediates (6-12 weeks experience)
Performance Advanced (12+ weeks experience)

 

Why Pre-book with us?

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How to pre-book:Contact us now with your order. Or call us now on 0203 393 4671.

Lift passes and ski hire are not available to pre-book for guests staying in Hotel Mottaret (out-sourced hotel with no iGO SKI Representative on-site).

 

Ski hire Quality Assurance:Our suppliers only use a high quality of skis and boards which are 70% new stock at the start of every season. The other 30% is either 1 or 2 seasons old but exceptionally well maintained and serviced each weekend and during the week if  required.

They will also provide kit changes and alterations throughout the week, if necessary, and a professional fitting service that ensures you are not skiing on low grade or unsuitable gear, which can hinder your progress.

We will make sure that you get treated well and do not get any illegitimate credit card swipes for damages to kit. Please understand that we cannot help you with skis or equipment if you book independently or using non-endorsed suppliers.

Lift Passes in more detail:Over 65's are advised to buy ski passes on the transfer coach from our reps where they can get updated information on any current Senior discounts (subject to local terms & conditions). Seniors require a passport photo to purchase their passes.

Children under 4 yrs are advised to buy ski passes on the transfer coach from our reps because they may qualify for a free pass (subject to local terms & conditions).

Complete Beginners are advised to buy ski passes on the transfer coach from our reps because their first 3 days may only involve nursery slopes where lifts are free in some resorts (subject to local terms & conditions).  

4 Days

Extended

  • from £405 per person

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    Three Valleys, Meribel Mottaret
    French Alps

    Almost ski to door hotel with jacuzzi & relaxation area, situated very near to the shops, bars and slopes of Meribel Mottaret.

  • from £375 per person

    Accommodation rating - 3 
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    Meribel, Three Valleys
    French Alps

    Fantastic location in Meribel, 200 metres from the Morel chairlift and 10 min walk to the exciting night life, bars, restaurants and shops. 

  • from £370 per person

    Accommodation rating - 2.5 
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    Three Valleys, Meribel Mottaret
    French Alps

    Fantastic 6 bedrooms chalet, situated in great position for easy access to the Three Valleys ski area.