Whether your a first time Skier or a seasoned professional, Meribel is the perfect destination. Its in the worlds largest and and most varied ski areas, ‘The Three Valleys‘ and perfect for every level of skier. It is the perfect combination of sweeping, dramatic mountains and a small picturesque village, which so many ski towns don’t have. Most ski locations are ugly with high rise flats, Meribel is the exception with only beautiful snow topped chalets. Its so desirable many celebrities have chalets here, the most notable being Emma Watson.
Where to stay
My personal recommendation is to travel with the company ‘Meriski‘, they offer the best chalets, closest to the slopes. The company will also take care of your travel arrangements and transfer between the airport and resort. Obviously budget plays a large part in where you stay, but if you can I would highly recommend renting out a whole catered chalet. all your meals are cooked for you and you get fresh cakes when off the slopes, it truly is the most luxurious way to Apres Ski. In my opinion the best chalet is ‘Chalet L’ardour‘, it is shockingly close to the slopes and has a large hot tub along with comfortable rooms.
Where to eat
Although there are many fine dining restaurants in the village worth visiting, there is one famous restaurant that you must go to. ‘Chez Kiki‘ is a small but renowned steak restaurant in merle, its steaks are some of the best I personally have ever tasted and would highly recommend it to anyone thats interested. Another notable restaurant is in the hotel ‘Mont Vallon‘, its fine dining food, but is quite expensive for what you receive, in my opinion.
The Best Skiing
Skiing is fantastic in the whole of the Three Valleys, however each area has its own characteristics! Meribel is for the more advanced skier as its know for its icy approaches into the town. In my opinion, the best skiing is in ‘Val Thorens‘, its the highest resort in Europe, which means the best powdered snow and has some of the most undeniably beautiful views. Its main downfall is the resorts general lack of beauty and culture. However, many would say its some of the best skiing in the world.