Ok but not the best
Sun 29 January 2006 by IainI found Meribel frustrating, the slopes were packed,the snow wasn't great and when we tried to drown our sorrows there were only 2 decent bars to do it in!
Fri 11 February 2005 by shaggyMeribel and the 3 valleys area offers a huge range of boarding which you would be hard pushed to do all runs in a week. Hardly any lift ques only first thing in the morning. Going out on the beer is stupidly expensive with beer between £5-£7 a pint which puts a big hole in the beer tokens. overall had a great time
Tue 31 August 2004 by dootSkiing & Riding
Meribel is a really great resort. We managed to do the whole season last year and managed to learn snowboarding and skiing from absolute beginner to very good skier and reasonable snowboarder. There are now about a dozen ski & snowboard schools.
You really need a 3 Valley pass unless you are a beginner for just one week's holiday. The Meribel Pass would be ok and is cheaper. You can also buy a one-day extension if you need to. There are two snowboard parks here plus others in Courchevel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens.Meribel is THE place to stay but the best area for skiing must be Courchevel. But anyway you can reach any of the other resorts in about 30 minutes so from Meribel you have such a wide choice every day.
Many people complain about crowds here but that is only New Year and French School Holidays "2nd week of Feb for one month".
Unless you have children you would be crazy to come at this time. It's true. Thousands of kids and crowded lifts and pistes. But all the rest of the season it's a dream. It’s the biggest ski area in the world with nearly 400 miles of fabulous long pistes, and almost no queues anywhere. I met one American who said the 3 valleys were the equivalent of 20 of their average resorts all rolled in to one.
A Guide to Meribel
It can be expensive here so be careful.
A group of Meribel season workers have created a free guide to Meribel and its really great. Have a look at their web site for loads of inside information on accommodation, restaurants, bars and apres-ski and everything you can think of in Meribel. Even season work too. (meribel-unplugged.co.uk). This web site is essential reading for anyone on any kind of a budget. We never paid more than about £10 for a meal with wine all season. (But we did hear some real horror stories from some tourists so be careful) If you have got kids "NEVER" let them be seduced in to ordering a "LARGE" coke. You might end up with a litre glass at about £8 or more.
Tue 6 January 2004 by Guy DeGryffesJust got back from a great week staying v cheaply in an MGM apartment for 10 in Meribel Village. Loads of snow, and untold numbers of runs, with plenty of off-piste and small kickers built here and there. Meribel Village only has one pub, but it's a cool little place where we spent most evenings, with easy lift access to the whole of the 3 valleys.
Don't believe the hype
Fri 7 November 2003 by The MasterSh*te resort. Built up and too busy. Full of French kids which doesn't help at lifts.
Too many people for the pistes.