Located within the heart of the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées (The Three Valleys), granting easy access to 600km (372 miles) of piste, Méribel’s occupies a spot most modern ski resorts would kill for.
But this prime positioning is more an act of man, than an act of God, with the resort’s British founders foreseeing the long-term benefits of building a resort here, and complimented the location with conventional chalet-style architecture to purvey a traditional Alpine atmosphere. The result today is that Méribel is a very pleasant village to stay in, as well as ski from.
Méribel (along with its neighbour Méribel-Mottaret, which contains the concrete apartment blocks Méribel has managed to avoid) caters to all levels of skiing ability, which has helped make it one of the most popular centres in the world, especially favoured by British skiers and snowboarders.
Despite its traditional ambience and French charm, Méribel does not hold back when it comes to partying. Unlike many French resorts, which have a reputation for low-key nightlife, Méribel has become known on the ski scene for its choice of bars and venues in which to unwind into the small hours.
Méribel lies in the Savoie region of the French Alps, above the town of Moûtiers, with Courchevel to the east, and Les Menuires and Val Thorens to the west. Méribel-Mottaret is a few hundred metres uphill from Méribel Centre, with the shapely peak of Mont du Vallon (2,952m/9,685ft) dominating the head of the valley beyond.