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Things to do in Meribel

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Mountain Activities

Snow shoe excursions

Explore the breathtaking mountain scenery on a snow shoe excursion. This is your chance to enjoy the mountain environment, discover the history of the valley and see the local wildlife. Snowshoes 'rackets' attach to your outdoor footwear and help you to walk easily on snow. The Meribel Tourist office can provide you with a circuit of walks you can enjoy independently or you can join a guided tour.

The Ecole de Ski Francais run ½ day and full day guided trips.

Cross Country skiing

There are some magnificent cross country trails in the Meribel valley, all graded from complete beginner to expert. It is a fantastic way to spend the morning or afternoon. At the top of the Meribel valley in Mottaret, you have a great introductory route around the Lac du Tueda. This is part of the Vanoise National park, and is a protected area for the wildlife and its natural beauty. There is a little Alpine hut where you can stop off for a hot chocolate and enjoy the views.

From the Meribel Altiport there is something for all levels, and again it is a very picturesque setting and the route takes you through the alpine forests. Cross country skiing is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise you can do whilst enjoying fantastic scenery. The equipment is lightweight and can be hired from all the local sports shops. If you are new to cross country skiing, an hour with a personal instructor is all you will need to get you going!

Local walks

You can simply go out and enjoy some lovely mountain walks and breathe in the fresh alpine air. The Meribel Tourist Office provides a very good free map, with 25km of specially groomed walking trails accessible from our Meribel ski chalets, exploring the Meribel and Courchevel valley. A walkers liftpass will give you unlimited access to the 3 valleys gondolas & cable car.

Plane Flights

Get a birdseye view of the Meribel skiing. Plane flights are available from Meribel Altiport. They will take you for a flight around the Meribel Valley or The Three Valleys or for the ultimate flight around Mont Blanc and back. We can highly recommend it. For reservations call Méribel'Air on +33 (0) 4 79 08 61 33.

Parapenting

Is offered by qualified instructors from the top of Saulire to give you a unique experience of flying over the Meribel Valley. Videos & photos can also be taken.

Dog sleding

The dog Sledging activity is an energetic, sometimes hard work experience that can be incredibly rewarding. It will take you through the woods between Meribel village and La Plantin. You are in charge of your own sled with three sometimes four dogs to pull it and you, so you need to be in good shape to go up and down hills and occasionally under treas. It is certainly something different to try.

Snowmobiles - moto neige

Once the ski runs have closed for the day, try your hand at driving these 500cc two seater motorbikes built specially for the snow. With the rear wheel replaced with a caterpillar track for momentum and the front wheel swapped for a pair of skis for steering - snowmobiles are incredibly quick and able machines whether snow, ice or even water is put in front of them.

Whether you are a beginner or you've done it several times before after some expert instruction and tuition you will soon be out on an open country trail enjoying the buzz and adrenalin rush of being in control of a snow scooter and speeding up and down the ski runs in the quiet of a late moon lit evening whilst closely observed by the highly experienced instructors.

History of the Three Valleys

Non Skiing Activities

Horse Drawn sleigh

Take a break from your Meribel skiing and enjoy the beautiful Lac Tueda on the edge of the Parc National de Vanoise from a traditional horse drawn sleigh. To reserve call +33 (0)6 03 55 20 89.

Ice Rink

This arena, with a capacity of 2400, hosts international ice hockey matches, skating galas and other events. It is open for public skating daily from 3pm until 7.00pm and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 9.00pm.

Olympic centre: Swimming pool, Fitness Centre & Relaxation Spa

There is a large indoor heated swimming pool at the Olympic centre in Meribel.. There is also a small paddling pool for the children and a large slide into another separate pool. There are showers, good changing rooms and towels can be hired. It is open daily from 2-7pm and then again on Tuesday and Thursday it has a late opening till 10pm.

The smart Fitness centre, has cardio training machines, fitness training, weights room with access to rowers, steppers, running machines, fitness bicycles and even vibrating bodytoners.

The Wellness Centre & Relaxation Spa has wonderful south facing views you can enjoy of Mont Vallon, one of the most beautiful panoramas in the valley. Open from 2.30pm to 8.30pm daily the facilities include, sauna, Turkish bath, hydromassage showers, and herbal tea bar. To complete the relaxation zone they have personal massages available, massaging beds and armchair, a body mister room with luminotherapy, and a hydo-massage bath.

After a delicious meal in one of our Meribel ski chalets, you have time for some evening entertainment. The Canadian, ultra modern 10pin bowling alley is in the Olympic centre. Open all day from 2pm (10am in bad weather) till 2am. It is a 6 lane bowling alley with electronic score board, comfortable bar area, giant TV screen for sport fans, with pool tables and video games. Bar snacks are also available.

Climbing wall

The 14m high indoor climbing wall within the Olympic centre is open free of charge to experienced climbers from 9am to 8pm except during the mountain guides use. Tuition is also available for beginners Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Pampering

Meribel is a large resort with many levels so why shouldn't you be able to pamper yourself wherever you go in town!

Le Grand Spa Thermal in Brides-les-Bains is an excellent choice for our Ski Blanc guests as the conveniently located Olympe bubble starts in Brides-les-Bains before heading through Les Allues to Meribel Centre meaning you can go up or down. The spa is open from 2pm - 8pm daily and showcases thermal spring water in all their treatments. Le Grand Spa Thermal offers sculpting massages, body wraps, sauna facillities and many fitness activities including Aquaform alongside a large array of beauty treatments. Look on their website for a better idea of prices and treatments.

The Wellness Centre & Relaxation Spa (Olympic Centre) has wonderful south facing views you can enjoy of Mont Vallon, one of the most beautiful panoramas in the valley. Open from 2.30pm to 8.30pm daily the facilities include, sauna, Turkish bath, hydromassage showers, and herbal tea bar. To complete the relaxation zone they have personal massages available, massaging beds and armchair, a body mister room with luminotherapy, and a hydo-massage bath. See their page here.

Spa des Neiges in the Hotel Allodis is an excellent Clarins spa overlooking the Three Valleys. Situated in the Belvédère area of Meribel Centre the spa is open from 10am to 8pm and is set a little higher than the Rond Point meaning that you can ski to it or catch a bus to the top. Choose from a huge selection of pampering treatments including facial and body treatments, a special skiing massage treatment and different scrubs all from the luxurious Clarins. They also have special offers to make the most of including a 'zen morning' and a 'spa, massage, lunch' treatment. See their website for the full brochure and treatment breakdown.

Chalet highlights:

  • Top ski destination – Meribel, 3 Valleys.
  • Prime location – All chalets within minutes of the ski lift.
  • Delicious chalet catering & wine plentiful!
  • Friendly & personal service from start to finish.
  • All have hot tubs, cosy log fires, sun terraces.
  • Wifi at your fingertips, IPod docks, all bedrooms ensuite.

What our customers say

  • We were delighted with all aspects of our holiday in Chalet Les Sauges. Accommodation was first class and the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi were superb. The food was of the highest quality and the variety and quality was maintained throughout the week. All credit to Jamie and Natalia.

    Claire Richardson, 21 April 2019, Chalet Les Sauges Meribel

  • Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for a wonderful holiday! In particularly Ellie and Hamish, were, happy, relaxed, thoughtful and kind! The food was amazing.The chalet spotless and everything always ready. Great to chat to and made us feel so comfortable and at home. Just perfect in every way.

    Debbie Stewart 18 Feb 2019 Chalet Covie, Meribel

  • Lovely chalet and fantastic location – just a minute to the main lift . Wonderful area to ski – we have been to Meribel quite a few times now and it never disappoints. Food delicious and facilities very good.

    Jenny Sanders, 09 Mar 2019, Chalet L'Erine, Meribel

  • We all had an excellent time in Chalet Foehn. It was lovely; cosy, homely and providing everything we needed. The resort was great. This was my first visit to Meribel and I'm impressed with the number and variety of the runs available over the three valleys. We managed to ski everyday albeit not quite all day every day. Particularly; I'd like to thank Jesse and Fiona, our hosts. They both looked after us brilliantly. The food was delicious, the packed lunches just right and the cakes wonderful. I am still shocked how nice vegan brownies can be!

    Nick Leigh, 25 Mar 2019 Chalet Foehn, Meribel

  • I can safely say that all 3 families, had an absolutely fantastic holiday from the time we arrived at the chalet to when we left. From the great customer service, that Janey afforded us while organising the holiday, to the face to face contact with you all while there. We have to make a very special mention to TJ and Abby who made our stay extra special and who were fabulous chalet hosts. They make the perfect team, both friendly and professional, ensuring that each and every one of us was catered for…which is quite a task given we had quite a few dietary requirements! Their food was excellent….the children deciding to eat with us rather than eating a separate menu is testimony to that!

    Richard Thomson, 01 Mar 2019, La Vieille Scierie, Meribel