People from around the world come to Méribel for its outstanding ski area, linked to Les 3 Vallées (the world’s largest ski area) and to enjoy the charming alpine atmosphere of this pretty resort, as well as its excellent restaurants and après-ski.
One of the first resorts in the Alps, Méribel has preserved its timeless appeal since 1938 and remains at the top of its game: in 2023, along with Courchevel, it hosted world-class athletes, amateur skiers and mountain enthusiasts for the World Ski Championships.
Step into one of the three villages that make up the resort – Méribel centre, Méribel village or Méribel Mottaret – and you will be immersed in the magic of the mountains.
Make the most of this vast snowy playground and go from one valley to another on 600km of slopes. Enjoy the thrills of L’Ibex, a new black run, or try the new introductory ski touring trail, Le Roc, perfect for ski tourers.
Explore the natural beauty of the area, such as the blue-toned Lac de Tueda, a natural reserve; La Traie, an open space surrounded by mountains and forests, offering a panoramic view of the Grande-Casse, Grand-Bec, Dent de Burgin-Saulire or the famous Mont-Blanc. There are plenty of activities to help you enjoy the beauty of the environment: horse riding, snowshoeing, ski touring, cross country skiing, biathlon, hiking…
Check out the family boardercross, with its giant snail and snowy bridge and let the little ones have a go at snowboarding lessons.
For a different experience, go horse riding through the snow at Ranch Nordique, paraglide over the majestic scenery of the 3 Vallées and Mont Blanc, indulge in a relaxing spa session or cheer along at an ice hockey match.
Then return to the iconic architecture of Méribel, with its wood and rock chalets, all built in the Savoyard style in harmony with the landscape, the legacy of architect Charlotte Perriand.
Eat, Sleep, Relax
Falcon Lodge is among the new accommodation picks for 2024. Created to blend perfectly in the natural environment, this mountain village bolthole is stylish and elegant with 32 apartments and three chalets for four to 13 people. It also has a wellness area. With direct access to the ski slopes and the ski lifts, the 3-star hotel Le Mottaret has plenty to offer for a memorable stay – outdoor jacuzzi, indoor wellness area, and a gym with a breath-taking view of the valley. And five-star hotel Le Kaila has a partnership with Lego so children can build to their hearts’ content at the Kid’s Club.
The luxury Antarès residence, in the Belvédère area, has a beautiful spa and offers the first wellness clinic in the Alps, with medical services that give you a complete overview of your current state of health.
Méribel has many excellent restaurants on and off the slopes. For Michelin-starred dining in a cosy chalet where luxury vies with elegance, head to L’Ekrin by Laurent Azoulay, who combines flavours from his native Provence and from Savoie while you sip an aperitif by the fire. At Le Cèpe, local products such as porcini mushrooms from the mountain and fish from the neighbouring lakes are the order of the day. Meanwhile, turophiles will want to head to La Fromagerie for traditional Savoyard dishes.
Méribel is also aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible. Initiatives include a photovoltaic power plant, a unique project in France. The Méribel 2038 project, set to coincide with the resort’s 100th anniversary, aims to reduce the destination’s environmental impact through 100 actions, from protecting the local bird species to installing solar panels.
Events in 2024
Jan-Mar: Les Parenthèses Culturelles – relish the harmonious sound of local jazz concerts.
Mar 18-21: French Youth Alpine Ski Championships – gifted young skiers compete in the heart of the Alps.
Mar 22-23: French Cross-Country Skiing & Biathlon Championships – French Cross- Country Skiing and Biathlon Championships.
Mar 21: Enduro 3 Vallées – an unforgettable day of skiing and snowboarding across the renowned resorts of the 3 Vallées.
Apr 14: Olympe Challenge – the first trail running event of the season features a climb from Brides-les-Bains to Les Allues.
Apr 21: End of the Season – a celebration marking the arrival of spring, with yoga walks, cuisine classes, guided meditations, massages… the perfect wellness interlude in the heart of the 3 Vallées.
At a glance
Ski season closes April 21
600km of ski slopes at 1450m