Meribel Focus – The standard of skiing is second to none
Founded by British Colonel Peter Lindsay back in 1938, Meribel sits at the very heart of the Three Valleys ski area, offering up 600km of interconnected pistes and ski resorts. It’s perhaps because of its British heritage that the resort is so popular amongst British skiers. And with an architecture dedicated entirely to traditional style wood and stone buildings, it’s easy to see why they return year after year.
The base altitude of Meribel centre is 1600m, which pretty much guarantees skiable pistes from mid-December to late-April. As the resort spreads across the valley floor, modern ski lifts connect Meribel to Courchevel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires, ensuring an action-packed day on the mountain for skiers of all ages and all abilities.
Meribel is just as glamorous as its snowy neighbour Courchevel. The main high street features many authentic Alpine treasures, in dispersed with Prada, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana. There’s also a fine selection of exclusive restaurants, including Michelin-starred The Ekrin at Le Kailia, where Chef Laurent Azoulay combines creativity, texture and traditional ingredients to thrill dinners throughout the season.
Flying to Chambery Airport is the fastest way to reach the slopes of Meribel. Just 59 miles, or 1 hour and 20 minutes by road, several airlines including British Airways and FlyBe offer direct routes from across the UK during the winter season.
Having built several luxury residences in the Three Valleys over the years, we’ve helped many property purchasers make their ski lodge dreams a reality. Meribel is the perfect spot for our new Swan Lodge development as the resort continues to invest heavily in an improved ski lift network, family friendly facilities and the standard of skiing is second to none.
Our top five Meribel Must Dos:
1 – Visit the local produce market on Route de la Chaudanne on either a Tuesday or Friday to sample authentic, locally produced cheeses
2 – Apres ski at Le Rond Pont is a Meribel essential. Expect live bands, an even livelier atmosphere and dancing on tables from 4pm
3 – Lunch on the piste at the famous restaurant La Fruitière, with some optional clubbing at the Folie Douce.
4 – Skiing in Courchevel is the perfect opportunity for a touch of celebrity spotting. Expect royalty and the occasional Forumla 1 driver!
5 – Window shop for diamond-encrusted Lacroix skis!