The “Heart of the Three Valleys”, Méribel is one of the most popular luxury ski resorts in Europe. Méribel high street is surrounded by staggering mountain views, with boutiques, bars and bountiful restaurants to explore. Méribel is also a skier’s paradise, connecting skiers to St Martin De Belleville, Val Thorens, La Tania and Courchevel thanks to its extensive piste network. Whether you spend your days relaxing with a ‘vin chaud’ or heading to La Folie Douce, experience the best Méribel has to offer and stay in a stunning luxury ski chalet or hotel in the heart of Méribel.
Chalets in France
Hotels in France
18 Rooms & Suites
55 Rooms & Suites
42 Rooms & Suites
64 Rooms & Suites
42 Rooms & Suites
Where is Méribel ski resort located?
It has become a favourite destination for skiers from Europe and beyond thanks to the stunning views of Saulire Mountain, with facilities perfectly catered for a stay in the mountains.
Explore oure Méribel resort guide below.
Luxury ski holidays in Méribel: What to expect
Méribel first became a ski destination in the late 1930s, from which point it soon became one to be one of the first major ski resorts in the Three Valleys network.
Closest airports to Méribel
- Chambery (CMF): 1h 35m / 100km
- Grenoble (GNB): 2h 00m / 150km
- Geneva (GVA): 2h 00m / 180km
- Lyon (LYS): 2h 00m / 180km
The perfectly located pistes mean skiers can expect blissful, extensive views that stretch for miles, with a picture-perfect view of Mont Blanc visible from one of the many viewpoints. The views and scenery are one of the many reasons Méribel is so popular; it is synonymous with wide, sprawling ski trails covering the Three Valleys network, allowing skiers to dip into other resorts as they please.
When is the best time to visit Méribel?
The Méribel ski season opens from early December to April, combining natural and manmade snow that keeps the conditions powder-fresh all season long. The coldest months to visit Méribel are January and February, but the South-facing ski areas will still experience some warm sun and brighter slopes. During the warmer spring months, avoid any slush by keeping to cooler North-facing pistes.
Our luxury ski chalets in Méribel
Méribel ski resort soon grew in popularity, and now boasts an extensive selection of luxury ski accommodation to cater to its visitors. Méribel has expanded with a vast range of luxury ski chalets and ski hotels, a driving factor for which is the resort’s connection to the Three Valleys resort. From traditional alpine charm to stunning modern interiors, you can find luxury ski accommodation in Méribel to suit your exact needs.
Due to Méribel’s status as a top destination for a luxury holiday, there are a vast number of hotels and ski chalets to choose from. At Oxford Ski Company, our extensive knowledge of this ski area means we can hand-select the very best options for our guests. Our collection of luxury ski accommodations features spacious interiors, breathtaking design, and well-appointed facilities.
Luxury catered chalets in Méribel
Méribel is known as one of Europe’s top destinations for catered ski holidays. Our favourite recommendations of both fully catered and self-catered luxury chalets in Méribel include:
Luxury fully catered chalets in Méribel
- Chalet Génépi - Sleeps 15
- Chalet Pierre - Sleeps 16
- Chalet Mariefleur - Sleeps 10 + 1
- The Lightbowne - Sleeps 12 + 2
- Bellacima Lodge - Sleeps 11 + 1
- Chalet Kashmir - Sleeps 12 + 3
Luxury self-catered chalets in Méribel
- Antares Meribel - Sleeps 4 + 2
- Chalet du Guide - Sleeps 10 + 2
- Chalet Tourterelle - Sleeps 10
- Chalet Rachelle - Sleeps 10
If you’re looking for more holiday inspiration, see 6 of the best self-catered luxury ski chalets.
Luxury Ski Hotels in Méribel
Our expert and friendly team to assist you with choosing the very best luxury chalet or hotel to ensure you have a warm, comfortable stay while there.
Our favourite luxury ski hotels in Méribel include
- Hotel Le Kaila - A central luxury hotel with stunning spa facilities, a large indoor pool, 38 lovely rooms and a private lift for easy access to the slopes.
- Hotel La Chaudanne - A modern and family-friendly hotel located a short stroll from the pistes with 64 rooms and suites and a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
Luxury Skiing in Méribel: Ski information
Over 600km of pristine pistes can be easily accessed through the slopes of Méribel, with over 180 ski lifts. Anticipate ski runs of all grades, two ski parks, and lots of off-piste action. A number of pistes even wind their way through the village – a breath-taking sight when illuminated at night.
In the Three Valley domain, you can expect the following mountain terrains and conditions:
Ski terrain in Méribel
- 600km of downhill piste
- Resort height: 1450 - 1700,
- Skiing elevation: 1260 - 3230m
- Green: 13%
- Blue: 39%
- Red: 38%
- Black: 10%
- Longest run: 12 Km Cîme de Caron
Snowfall levels in Méribel
- Snowmaking: 2,300 cannons
- Average snowfall: 384 cm each year
- November: 29 cm
- December: 79 cm
- January: 75 cm
- February: 47 cm
- March: 51 cm
Méribel ski lift information
- Total lifts: 183
- Gondola: 37
- Chairlifts: 69
- Drag lifts: 74
- Cable cars: 4
Méribel lift pass cost
You can expect to pay around £184to £285 for a six-day lift pass. Family passes and bundles including the lift pass and equipment are also available.
Intermediate skiing in Méribel
Intermediates can take their pick of quiet red and blue runs through wide sunny descents, gentle wooded terrain, or fast swooping slopes. Our more advanced skiers can try their hand at the Women’s Olympic Downhill run or get a thrill out of challenging black ski runs you skiing amongst the treelines.
Adventurous skiers can relish the off-piste challenges in Méribel and the Three Valleys area. The Mt Vallon face above Mottaret is an off-piste favourite, but there are many options of sweeping, fresh-powdered plains and runs that are easily accessible by chair lifts.
Méribel skiing for beginners
There’s no need to be a professional or experienced skier to enjoy the slopes at Méribel. There are excellent options in nursery slopes, tree-lined greens, and even special-speed chair lifts that go extra slow to enable safe boarding and exiting.
Méribel for families
Families are well-catered for at Méribel, with nursery slopes perfect for children. The resort has won the Famille Plus award, with plenty for children to enjoy, including themed ski areas such as the Inuit village, and a number of trusted ski schools that we can recommend for you.
The best ski runs in Méribel to explore
- Combe du Vallon - An exceptionally long run with high-altitude skiing and perfect powder quality.
- Roc De Fer - A rolling blue that starts at the top of the Olympic ski lift and gets lovely sun in the morning.
- La Face - A straight black run created for the 1992 Olympic downhill races that start at a thrilling 2,290m.
The best après ski in Méribel
The popularity of Méribel is due to its combination of incredible skiing, alluring alpine surroundings, and some of the best après ski and nightlife in France.
Start the party early with some tabletop dancing and breathtaking mountain views. La Folie Douce is one of the most sought-after spots for après ski, with live acts, plenty of champagne and table-top dancing! La Folie Douce Meribel- Courchevel is located on the mountainside for some glorious views and a party like no other. Open every day from 9 am until 5 pm, bear in mind that you’ll need your best ski legs to get you to the bottom of the piste on the last run of the day!
Le Rond Point
Le Rond Point is a ski-in, ski-out bar that’s a local favourite with nightly live music, the perfect way to end a day on the slopes. Our top tip? Get there around 4 pm to secure a table - they go fast!
Jack’s Bar Méribel
Located in the Méribel centre just a short walk away from the ski lifts is Jack’s Bar. This sports bar shows all the main sports fixtures with a perfectly situated terrace so you can catch the afternoon rays.
Sully’s Bar and Nightclub
Sully’s bar is a popular place with the seasonnaires, and with good reason! The resident DJs offer plenty of lively nights, with cocktails on tap and an underground venue for the perfect hideaway.
Hotel le Roc
The Doron pub is located in the centre of Méribel town which opens until late, making it the perfect place to start or end your night. Between the cosy atmosphere, flatscreen TVs and central location it’ll soon become a firm favourite.
O’Sullivans will give you the perfect send-off for your ski holiday. With resident DJs, live bands and plenty of drinks to try, O’Sullivan’s is known for its themed nights and big parties. Dance the night away and explore one of the most popular bars in Méribel.
Méribel Boutique shopping
Take a walk through the charming Méribel centre to discover the finest bakeries and delicatessens. Here you will find lovely shops filled with pretty cakes (Boulangerie Le Village Des Pains), delectable confectionery (Au Pain D'antan - La Tania), and a range of artisan and traditional products (Maison Braissand). Our more ardent fashionistas can take advantage of the many luxury boutiques in Méribel Village that feature designer brands such as Prada, Longchamp, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Luxury dining in Méribel
From Méribel you have access to the best restaurants in all of the Three Valleys, be it a luxurious Michelin-starred meal or Savoyard cuisine with outstanding mountain views. You can ski your way to a number of sumptuous meals, including one of the finest restaurants in the valley at Le Blanchot Méribel. We can arrange for you both lunch and dinner reservations and use our insider knowledge to advise you on the perfect location for a delicious meal on the mountain.
Winter activities in Méribel
Our luxury holiday specialists can aid in the booking of any of the activities available at the ski resort.
Some activities to try include: :
- Helios Spa
- Snow Shoe Walks
- Mountain bike hire
- Ice skating
Oxford Ski Company recommends
Below are our favourite recommendations from the team at Oxford Ski Company:
Our favourite run: Les Creux
Best off-piste: Aiguille de Fruit
Mountain Lunch: Le Clos Bernard
Après Ski: Rond Point
Dinner: La Galette
Ski School: Oxygene and New Generation
Private Guides: Marmalade Ski School and Parallel Lines
Childcare: Jelly & Ice Cream
Massage: Pamper Off Piste
Transfers: 3 Vallee Transfers
- Our favourite run: Les Creux
- Best off-piste: Aiguille de Fruit
- Mountain Lunch: Le Clos Bernard
- Après Ski: Rond Point
- Dinner: Chez Kiki
- Non-skiers: Snowshoeing
- Ski School: Oxygene and New Generation
- Private Guides: Marmalade Ski School and Parallel Lines
- Childcare: Jelly & Ice Cream
- Massage: Pamper Off Piste
- Transfers: 3 Vallee Transfers
- Domaine: Three Valleys
- Resort Height: 1450-1700m
- Skiing Elevation: 1260-3230m
- Pistes: 600km
- Green: 13%
- Blue: 39%
- Red: 38%
- Black: 10%
Luxury Chalets & Hotels in Méribel Piste MapView piste map ›
1h 35m / 100km
2h 00m / 150km
2h 00m / 180km
2h 00m / 180km
What makes us different?
We have been designing and delivering luxury ski holidays for 22 years. Our experience in the industry is unparalleled. You can trust us to create the perfect trip for you and your family.
Our team live and breathe skiing and are passionate about the destinations we sell. We work with only the best chalet and hotel providers. All are regularly inspected to ensure our exacting standards are met.
Each Oxford Ski Company booking includes our complimentary pre-arrival concierge service. Your specialist will help arrange the all-important finer details that are part of planning the perfect ski holiday.