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Read skier and snowboarder-submitted reviews on Meribel that rank the ski resort and mountain town on a scale of one to five stars for attributes such as terrain, nightlife and family friendliness. See how Meribel stacks up in the reviews, on and off the slopes, from skiing and family activities to the après scene. Read up on pros, cons and other comments in reviews left by fellow skiers and riders. Don't forget to submit your own Meribel review! Scroll to the bottom of this page to let other travelers know about your skiing and resort experience. For more destination information, click Add to Compare to see a side-by-side comparison of Meribel vs. other ski resorts (up to 10 total).

by: Rob - 8th January 2009

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  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
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Discounted beginner tickets
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This is one of three reviews based on a recent trip to "Les Trois Valles", the 3 Valleys region of the French Alps. Located about 30 miles southwest of Mont Blanc and 20 miles west of Val d'Isere, 3 Valleys lays claim to the title of Largest Ski Area in the World, with over 260 lifts and some 600 km of pistes. The region had not had any significant snow accumulation for two weeks prior to my visit. Despite websites extolling an epic year for snow in the Alps, the details on conditions told a different story, with off-piste skiing described as "limited". That was a disappointment, because the off-piste potential for this area in a good snow year is truly vast. Meribel is the center valley of the 3 valleys. If you have beginners in your group, this isn’t a bad place to start. They offer a discounted ticket for lower Meribel valley only, at about 30% less than the cost of a 3 Valles pass. Very crowded, stay higher on mountain, use mid-stations. Expect to wait 20 minutes or longer to board one of the main lifts such as Pas Du Lac or Tougnete. When I first skied down to the main hub of Meribel Mottaret, I stopped a short ways above the village and looked in amazement at what seemed like an anthill...I'd never seen so many skiers swarming the slopes. Unfortunately, all those skiers were taking a heavy toll on the conditions, with the pistes quickly becoming scraped off. Lunch was very pricey...almost 20 euro just for chicken strips, pomme frites, and a drink. It's not that Meribel is a bad ski area; it's just that there are much better ones on either side of it. If you are staying in Brides, it's a 25 min gondola ride to Meribel, so "sleeping low" to save money will cost you about an hour of skiing every day....and it makes it tough to beat the crowds. If you have the means, staying at a higher elevation will allow you to get up to the good stuff ahead of the throng. I didn't rate nightlife, as I was staying in another village, but it seemed like there was plenty to offer. For the advanced skier, Meribel is less a place to ski than a place to be endured while enroute to better offerings at Courcheval or Val Thorens.

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  • eLeh (14th January 2016)

    great for intermediate skiers. great to be between Corchevel and Val Thorens if on a longer holiday of more than a few...

  • Nick (29th June 2014)

    A very nice resort with an expansive ski area. So much to ride in one week. Lots of off-piste, but for some...

  • Paul (23rd August 2011)

    Really liked the location, and didn't find it too crowded, but serious shame that we chose to stay with Ski Total and...

  • abi_skier (30th November 2010)

    We skied in Meribel last year during the Altitude festival and had a fab time. I think the blend of live entertainment,...

  • timhb (1st February 2010)

    Just returned from a four day trip to Meribel, staying at Hotel Le Roc right in the centre (if you dont mind...

  • Rob (8th January 2009)

    This is one of three reviews based on a recent trip to Les Trois Valles, the 3 Valleys region of the French...

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