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Visitor reviews for Méribel Ski Resort
September 17, 2016
Louise from France
Stumbled across this area and having read through many reviews i think most of them make valid observations about Meribel.
It is a world class resort that hosts and has hosted world class competitions including the world cup finals with the likes of Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligerty;
With it's location being the centre valley of the 3 valleys it provides the best access to the whole of the ski 3 valley ski area. Not only that it is a great resort for all from families to groups of friends and offers a variety of accommodation. Due to building restrictions it also means that there are no unsightly high rise apts.
With a resort that has a lot of expectations it does mean it has to live up to these and so can be expensive. However, there are many hidden gems when looking for lunch; where you can feed a family of 4 for less than €50, you just need to ask around. If staying in a chalet or with a tour op, they will be able to advise on these more economical places to eat. What we have found, if traveling with an independent chalet ask them before you arrive to buy in some sandwich fillings for you and order extra bread. Obviously, you pay for this but this is also a cost cutting way of enjoying the 3 valleys without breaking the bank. Drinking in Meribel, as other reviewers have mentioned, can be expensive, but at apres most bars do deals on drinks, '2 4 1' promos and discounted jugs, it is night time drinking that is expensive so my advice is stay in, enjoy your chalet wine at dinner and then get an early night and be fresh for the hill, but it does depend on your type of ski holiday. I have done plenty of Austrian and French resorts and found drinking in all resorts the biggest expense of my holiday.
A ski holiday is what you make it and to be honest Meribel is a great place to ski/snowboard.
Overall: 4.4. Based on 41 votes and 32 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Méribel.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Méribel, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Méribel, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Méribel.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Méribel, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Méribel is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Méribel relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Méribel, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Méribel are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Méribel is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Méribel, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) Méribel usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.7
(1) The staff at Méribel are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Méribel are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.9
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Méribel has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Méribel, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.6
(1) Not even a kicker at Méribel, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Méribel, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Méribel has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.4
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.6
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.5
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Méribel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.3
(1) Overall, Méribel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
April 10, 2015
Mark Wood from United Kingdom
Some of the reviews on here are nonsense. The Three Vallees is quite simply the best skiing you will find anywhere and the largest resort in the world. Meribel is slap in the middle of it and also has its fair share of decent runs and some of the best (Combe De Vallon for starters). Within twenty minutes you can be either in Les Menuires/Val Thorens or Courchevel. Restaurants are good and the town centre is pleasant and well laid out. There is loads to do off the slopes if you want (bowling/swimming/sauna etc, etc). Of course it's relatively expensive but then what French ski resort of this quality isn't? You get what you pay for in terms of quality and location.
April 01, 2015
Salvo from France
Meribel. Right here just now end of season 2015 last days of March to Easter.
Snow is getting wet at bottom end of Mottaret into Meribel. Gets a bit patchy but we are having lots of snow/rain down low at the moment.
Yesterday it was like skiing on "baked alaska" off-piste with light crust on 18 inches of fresh snow at the top of Saluire; top lifts were not open due to avalanche risk. Some great off-piste especially for boarders who could sit on the top.
On-piste good snow not too many people.
I haven't been here for 12 years so delighted to find/be reminded of huge resort with lots for my 7&9 yr olds to ski on-piste; lovely reds and blues, but with the eldest some great challenging off-piste not too far from the lifts with some great snow barely touched. Can't wait for the blasting to stop and the avalanche risk to lower so we can go further off-piste.
Been to one spenny restaurant at 150€ for 5 which, given 3 were kids menus, was steep but you can generally get away with around 100€ with 3 meals, carafe of white and 2 kids menus (eldest generally goes for adult menus).
Lovely staff even gave an extra 25cl carafe offered by house yesterday. Just try to speak French and everyone is lovely.
Given late season snow is excellent, snow is great and pistes are magnificently empty. Haven't been down to Meribel bar scene given kids but I imagine it's a little quiet just given the numbers on the slopes. There'll likely be one or two joints hopping though as seasonal workers still go out right?
End of season parties are all next week and snow is great; we can see a new 40cms covering the car and car park which were clear yesterday at Mottaret. Excited to get out there.
February 16, 2015
Snowy3 from France
Noisy in town. If you don't intend to party the night away stay away from the centre.
Sunny valley. Freeze thaw is common but you have Val Thorens which is high and Courcheval which is north facing so you are pretty much guaranteed reasonable skiing.
Samey? I just don't know what that means. Meribel runs are no more 'samey' than any other resort and I have skied about 50 in my 39 years of skiing. Off-piste is accessible and plentiful as are groomed and non groomed runs. Maybe I have an impression of Meribel as a more blue/easy red resort but there is plenty of challenging skiing in the3 valleys if you want it. The couloirs off Saluire are a hoot.
Is Meribel a favourite: no. It has too many rude French, is too dominated by Brits, and is too expensive for the mediocre standards. At least Val d'Isere delivers better for the cost; in truth Austria, Italy and Switzerland have, in the round, more to offer.
January 23, 2015
Jason from United Kingdom
Went to the A-list resort of Meribel last (2014) February. What a damp squib.
I think I was expecting a vibrant town, buzzing with The Crack and full of skiers/boarders with tales to tell of a great day out on the mountain. Not a bit of it. The Rond Point did its best to provide snowball fight inspired après fun 'til around 5 but, thereafter, it was everyone home for cake and a shower.
The Folie Douce is a poor impression of a rather dull Ibiza beach party, full of pretending-to-be-pissed mummy's boys and Towie wannabees.
In the village, the bars are poor indeed, except for the wine bar; run by a wonderful music-savvy local woman.
The riding was good in the 3 vallees, esp over in Couchevel first thing in the am. But I felt that the runs around Meribel and Mottaret were busy and a little "samey". Get away from the main linking pistes for the best snow. The outlying areas are usually the best.
March 19, 2014
Larry from Switzerland
I happened across this today, and found it amusing to read the comment from this year, about noise in Meribel, followed, hilariously, by a suggestion of heading to V d'Isere for something more quiet. That simply isn't the case!
Quite simply, don't stay at an apartment in the center of a town if you want a quiet night's sleep! Meribel is a large resort, known for it's great nightlife and huge ski area and chalets not in the town center, that don't get the noise. I stayed at one only last week, ski in-ski out; no noise at all! It sounds like you had an apartment or chalet near the local night club, although these days there are shhhh! police outside, making people be quiet when they leave.
Others who comment on your lunch or food being 28€ or more per person, well, that's what you get for eating at expensive mountain restaurants. There are cheaper places available, and I know, because I eat at them. Stop moaning, it's not Meribel, it's every resort. It's a ski/board holiday, live with it, or don't go.; simple.
The more you avoid the resort, the more snow and freshies there are for those of us who like it quiet! ;)
January 20, 2014
Sezz from Australia
Have just had a week skiing in Meribel with my family. This place is certainly unique. The ski terrain is beautiful but the staff are rude and unfriendly and unhelpful (even by French standards). Fellow skiers were inconsiderate and frequently went too fast and close to my children and I (we are experienced but cautious skiers). But the real problem with this village is the lack of night time quiet. We were kept awake Sat and Sun night, until 5am, by pub/nightclub patrons on their way home and woken on 4 of our other 5 nights by the same. It was a complete nightmare and made the holiday impossible to enjoy. If you want to ski and enjoy a quiet restful time at night do not go to Meribel. There are plenty of other beautiful places to stay in the French Alps; I would recommend Val d'Isere.
April 17, 2012
Gazza from United Kingdom
Having been skiing in Meribel for numerous years and other French and Austrian resorts I always find myself coming back to this little gem.
It has everything you need and the links to the other 3 valleys, not forgetting Orelle, are fantastic.
It's great for beginners and intermediates and has something for the advanced.
As per Neils review for Jan 2012, it is expensive compared to back home but you are as Oggi said in Feb 2012 on holiday.
After 9 years in Meribel you should have by now found the best and cheap places to eat.
The only way we do it now is to have a catered chalet which gives you a balanced diet and then for you to eat what you need for lunch. If you think it's expensive why not try a deli, there's plenty of good ones about i.e. the one at the LHS of the ski lodge pub in La Tania, or the snack bars at the base of Courcheval 1650.
In Mottaret near the centre are cheap eateries/takeaways.
Close to Moutiere chair lift in Val Thorens is a cheap self service restaurant
In Meribel La Taverne does a Burger and chips with a beer for 10 euro's.
Jack's do good priced pitchers and if you ask kindly supply you with free nibbles, plus they do pizzas from 8 euro's with the favourite being Sausage lover.
Scotts do cheap drinks too as does Le Pub.
So there you go, loads to eat and drink I just don't know what effect Folie Douce will have once it's built.
All I have to say is Rip It!!!
February 21, 2012
Oggi from United Kingdom
I have been to Mottaret many times and each and every time have had a great time. The staff are super friendly the riding will suit all abilities and there are great restaurants and bars. No, they are not ripping you off, it is simple economics. Why post reviews and just moan, if you don't want to spend money on your holiday stay at home! I will be there again in four days and the conditions are looking great and yes, beer etc is more expensive but you try going to any Scandinavian resort if you want to moan about prices. Get a grip and simply enjoy your holiday. I have always said that there are people in this world for whom the sky will always be the wrong colour blue, I am so glad that I am a positive thinker and therefore enjoy every moment of life after all you only get one - go ride go enjoy.
February 04, 2012
neil from United Kingdom
Just got back from Meribel Jan 2012.
The resort is so expensive now and it's showing on the mountain. They're numbers are down by quite a few. I feel that they have taken their punters for a ride for far to long now. How can they justify burger and chips and a pint 28 euros? It's bad enough when you only have to pay for 1 but to pay for a family of four is just not on.
Now for the resort.
Brillant, I have been to Meribel at least 9 times now. It's a vast resort, even the local pass will keep most people amused. The pistes are kept well, the lift system is good. The snow conditions this year are the best its been for ages, anyone going in the next couple of weeks are in for a treat.
The downside to this resort is the charges for food e.t.c. If you are happy to be ripped off then it's a good resort. Me personally will look elsewhere and it looks like many other people have done the same. Italy is a very good option and the locals are more friendlier.