Meribel skiing holiday
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 hard part is choosing which ski resort is right for you.
Meribel skiing holiday – location
The French ski resort of Méribel is located in the centre 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.
Boutique clothes shops will satisfy savvy 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.
Meribel skiing holiday – skiing heaven
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.
Regardless of whether you’re an expert 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.
Meribel Mottaret panorama
Meribel skiing holiday
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 socialising with friends in the evening. Along with several restaurants in the centre of town, there’s also an indoor swimming pool and ice-skating rink. Skiers are bound to get maximum slope time at Meribel. 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.”
Meribel skiing holiday – Chalet Loden
There are several options for hotels in Meribel, but my top pick is 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.
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.
Enjoy a roaring fireplace at Chalet Loden
Chalet Loden, bedroom
Meribel skiing holiday – Chalet Hotel Tarentaise
Right in the heart of the Three Valleys is Chalet Hotel Tarentaise. This chalet is on the edge of the piste with uninterrupted views of the enclosing mountains. This hotel’s perfect if you’re seeking that home away from home feel. 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.
Chalet Hotel Tarentaise, exterior
Chalet Hotel Tarentaise lounge
The final word
What are your thoughts on booking a Meribel skiing holiday? I’d love to hear from you.
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