Meribel skiing holiday — 5 good reasons to book

 

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JANUARY 2019

There’s something special about being in the mountains this time of the year.

The biting temperatures contrasting with the winter sunshine, and the dazzling specks of snow demanding your attention.

Typically, you’ll find me somewhere in the Dolomites, but this year I’m planning a Meribel skiing holiday.

Booking a ski in ski out holiday with Mark Warner ensures staying at the best resorts, and in spectacular surroundings.

What’s more, their hotels are located right by the slopes, with all flights and transfers included. The hardest part is choosing which ski resort is right for you.

Here are 5 good reasons why Meribel deserves a closer look.

1. The location

The French ski resort of Méribel is located in the center of the largest ski area in the world.

The 3 Valleys (3 Vallées) has 600km of piste, with pretty chalet lodging and tree-lined slopes. Along with skiing, outdoor lovers can enjoy long walks in the surrounding forests, or the panoramic mountain views.

More than skiing — Meribel skiing holiday

Boutique clothes shops will satisfy fashion-conscious shoppers, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars to ensure everyone’s happy. Ultimately, you’re sure to have a memorable Meribel skiing holiday.

The nearest airport to the resort is Chambery, which is around 95km away. Lyon and Geneva are the 2 closest major international airports to Meribel with daily flights.

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Meribel Village

 

2. Skiing utopia

If you can’t wait to get on the slopes, Mark Warner can pre-book passes upon booking your trip. They’ll be ready to collect at the hotel the moment you check in.

What’s more, they can also provide ski equipment for hire. Reserve quality equipment from one of their selected partners, and concentrate on having the best possible experience on the snow.

Improve your skills — Meribel skiing holiday

Regardless of whether you’re an amateur skier, or just beginning, you may be interested in taking a few skiing lessons. In Méribel, they partner with Oxygene, a leading school in the French Alps.

They can teach everything from the basics, refresh your memory or help you improve on your parallel turns.

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Meribel Mottaret panorama

 

3. Plenty of socializing opportunities

What I love about Méribel is that there’s more to do in this town than just ski.

This lively alpine resort is ideal for Après ski as well as for socializing with friends in the evening.

Along with several restaurants in the center of town, there’s also an indoor swimming pool and ice-skating rink. Skiers are bound to get maximum slope time at Meribel.

Take a day trip — Meribel skiing holiday

Given its high altitude, Meribel has snow-sure conditions meaning an abundance of snow on the pistes.

From Meribel, you can also visit the town of Mottaret. There’s a free resort bus service that’ll take you to the several bars and restaurants if you fancy a change.

 “Given its high altitude, Meribel has snow-sure conditions meaning an abundance of snow on the pistes.”

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4. Chalet Loden

There are several options for hotels in Meribel, but I’ve got 2 great picks; the first being Chalet Loden. This boutique ski lodge offers unspoiled views over the village of Méribel, with easy access to the slopes.

A traditional chalet with elegant rooms and excellent fine dining, Chalet Loden can accommodate 12 guests.

Luxury touches — Meribel skiing holiday

To add to the boutique experience, the chalet has 2 live in staff and a resident chef.

The staff will prepare a freshly cooked breakfast, and have afternoon tea when you return.

In the evening, enjoy canapés by the log fire, followed by a luxurious 3-course dinner. The meal’s accompanied by an excellent selection of wines and to finish, a local cheeseboard.

You, and your party, are guaranteed a luxury experience in a homely setting on your Meribel skiing holiday.

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Enjoy a roaring fireplace at Chalet Loden

 

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Chalet Loden, bedroom

 

5. Chalet Hotel Tarentaise

Choice number 2 is located in the heart of the Three Valleys. Chalet Hotel Tarentaise is on the edge of the piste with uninterrupted views of the enclosing mountains.

This hotel’s perfect if you’re seeking for a hotel that embodies a feeling of a home away from home.

A cozy chalet — Meribel skiing holiday

Curl up with a glass of wine in the lounge bar with log fire, or get snug in the bedrooms with balcony views of the piste.

Best of all, Chalet Hotel Tarentaise has a sauna and therapist on site. Book in for an Elemis treatment, or let the steam of the sauna massage any sore muscles.

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Chalet Hotel Tarentaise, exterior

 

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Chalet Hotel Tarentaise lounge

 

The final word

What are your thoughts on booking a Meribel skiing holiday? Would you like to vacation here? Let me know in the comments; I’d love to hear from you.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.

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