Meribel , Savoie, France, is a famous resort link to the global 3 Valee Ski resort in the French Alps. Also it is credited with hosting the lady ski competition during the Winter Olympic games of Albertville in 1992.
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.
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.
To discover the Region:
Ski of course! Or board :). Meribel offers some of the best Alpine Skiing in the Alps and other resorts such as Courchevel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens can be accessed via the extensive lift network.
But if you're not a skier, or are looking for other activities to do during your stay then Méribel is a great option.
By the Chaudanne in Méribel Centre is The Olympique Parc. This houses an Olympic-sized pool, spa and wellbeing facilities, gym and fitness centre, ice skating rink and climbing wall. Plenty to keep the whole family busy!
Meribel is also famous for the Golf.
From Meribel, you also have the possibility to have Paragliding, or fly around the Mont Blanc from the altiport.
If you're staying self-catered it's best to do a food shop down the mountain for the best prices. Although if you need supplies in resorts there are a couple of Spars, one on the road on the way in, and one in the centre among the shops
There are of course a wide range of ski shops in-resort to service your equipment needs. Whether that's buying new kit, renting or getting your kit serviced.
If you're looking to buy new ski boots one shop that get excellent reviews and offers a comfort guarantee with every boot sold is The Boot Lab
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.
Copina was a welcome addition to the drinking scene in Méribel in 2016/17, offering something a little different. It's a small little space (they took over from the little run bar before). They serve cocktails and tapas if you're looking for something other than cheese!
Climbing the Alps is popular among alpinists. The climb should however not be attempted by people lacking mountain climbing experience and equipment.
More generally, all high mountain hiking, climbing, and skiing, is potentially dangerous. Bad weather may turn an otherwise easy hike into a strenuous and possibly fatal journey ; weather in the mountains can change at short notice and you should always inquire about the latest forecast. Always carry a cell phone, should you need to call for rescue, though there is no guarantee it will work everywhere. Keep it turned off unless needed, so as not to drain its batteries needlessly.
After snowfalls, in some areas, avalanches can be expected — either natural or triggered in order to prevent further avalanching. Always inquire about avalanche hazards before embarking in hikes in the snow or off-track skiing. Even if you do not fear for yourself, please show consideration for the people who may be underneath you.