Méribel is beautiful, no one who has seen the village with its chalet roofs surrounded by mountain woodland would deny that, but it’s also one of the best places to enjoy one of the world’s largest skiing area – the 600km-long pistes of the Trois Vallées.
The resort has now expanded to include a cluster of small, charming village-style settlements designed to get the best out the surrounding snow. New lifts have opened up the area massively in the last couple of years. Méribel is renowned for its young and lively crowd, and it’s particularly popular with British visitors. It’s also great for kids and families though, with a great selection of family restaurants, and if you want to shop, then it’s a veritable Paris of the French Alps.
A former Winter Olympics venue, the facilities built in 1992 are now a welcome alternative to simply skiing – there are swimming pools with water slides, an indoor ice rink and climbing wall to enjoy. Access is usually via Chambéry (just over an hour away) or Grenoble (a little over two), but Geneva or Lyon are also gateway airports. Eurostar and TGV train can whisk you to Chambéry too. Mountain-side dining includes the Savoyard cuisine and organic produce of La Fruitière, the Altiport Hotel’s Le Zinc, with its up-to-date interiors and high-class cuisine. Hotel Allodis offers some of the best views of the valleys and Le Coeur de Cristal offers roaring fires under wooden roofs as well as famously friendly service.
In town, Marc Dach’s Le Grand Coeur is perfectly placed for fine dining. Chez Kiki is renowned for its fire-cooked grilled meats and offers a good children’s choice. Aux Petits Oignons is great value for such high quality and Le Bistrot de l’Orée is welcoming and friendly with good Alpine dishes. Why not reserve a table for the New Year eve. After dinner everybody who lives in Méribel and even the visitors can celebrate this event in the centre of the village, watching the fantastic firework and a dancing show, there will be music all night long for old and young people. The range of bars offering great opportunities to jump in the New Year. Each celebrate their own party. Another great event is the Hameau Night Ski Tour Race it will be held on the 30th of Dec 2013 Le Hameau (Méribel-Mottaret).
The liveliest après ski is centered on Rond Point and attract a young and lively crowd. La Folie Douce makes the most of a stunning location and is big with youngsters. Slightly older visitors tend to head for Rond Point with its live music. In town, Barometer is quieter and has a great wine list.
If you fancy watching some skiing as well as taking to the slopes yourself, time your trip for 2nd to 7th February for the British International Military Championship or the French Alpine Ski Championships on 17th to 24th March.
Luxury ski chalet holidays is one of the best ways to enjoy Méribel and Chalet Les Brames is something of a legend in the field. Close enough to the village to put everything on your doorstep but enjoying its own private ground, this 14-guest luxury ski chalet has some of the best views of Mont Vallon in the valley.
A state-of-the-art wellness suite includes an ice bath, Hammam (Moroccan-style steam room) and an outdoor hot tub. Families love the private grounds and an up-to-the-minute home cinema room, all brought to you by a wonderfully-trained and experienced chalet staff.
Chalet availability in January, February and Half Term and at Easter is quite good in all resorts, so do not hesitate to contact Finest Holidays on + 34 661 718 061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a stunning ski chalet for you and your family!