Meribel, in France, is best accessed via train from Paris which goes direct to near-by Moutiers Salins where a short bus or taxi ride will take you to Meribel centre and surrounding areas. Eurostar offers direct services from London and Ashford on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings to Moutiers, returning on Saturday (morning or evening).
Other ways of getting to Meribel include flying to Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble or Chambery and transferring via bus or taxi. It is possible to drive to Meribel, but this is probably not the best way as traffic around the Alps can be awful and the mountain roads are rather hard to negotiate.
There is a direct coach service from London, stopping at a few other places in England which can give 8 days skiing, a very favourable low-cost option for the budget traveller.
The Olympe cable car links Meribel to Brides les Bains at the foot of the Alps, via Les Allués. The ride takes 26 minutes in small 6 seater cabins.
Meribel is a large resort by Alps standards but the best way to explore Meribel centre is by walking. If you are staying in surrounding villages, a bus service operates 7 days a week.
For example, you can drive to Bozel, in the Tarentaise Valley.
Chez Kiki is a little steak place run and owned by an old French chap called Kiki. Their steaks are legendary but as with most restaurants in the Alps, extremely pricey and a 3 course meal with wine is likely to set you back at least 100 euros per head.
Le Pub, Barometer, the Tavern and Dick's Tea Bar are some of the most popular night spots in Meribel and are generally full of, and run by, English people. Dick's Tea Bar is open until 5am most nights. Be prepared to spend lots of money in these places, a pint of beer can set you back as much as 6-8 euros.
The Rond Point, locally know as 'Ronnies' is possibly one of the most famous Apres-Ski spots in the world and is the only place to go for drinks on the slopes. Again, prices are eye-watering but the atmosphere is fantastic. Open to 7pm daily.
Pierre & Vacances, ☎ +33 1 58 21 55 84, . Runs and manages 8 resorts/apartment complexes in Meribel€700-2500 per week.
Purple Ski, Chalet Aigle, Sous Le Four, Le Villaret, ☎ +33 (0)4 79 01 05 31, . An independent chalet operator in Meribel that have 4 chalets to offer. Good staff and each chalet has professional chefs who provide food. All alcohol is included in the weekly price (sunday to sunday) which can save a small fortune on drinks in Meribel centre.
Ski Cuisine, Les sureaux, La gittaz, 73550 Meribel, France, ☎ +33 4 79 00 59 69, . A choice of five ski chalets with breathtaking views, varying in size, location and suitability for different levels of skier. They provide a warm welcome and great service.
Fish and Pips, Chalet Braye, Merbel Village (close to the ski slope, on the doorstep of Meribel Village), ☎ 0845 474 1054, . Offers numerous ski chalets.
Chalet-Hire.com, . Chalet-Hire.com currently has 14 chalets and apartments in the Meribel valley on offer from various owners and property managers. Prices range from €349 pp/pw to €4,000 pp/pw.