Ski-Areas > Northern Alps > Savoie (73) > Vanoise > Méribel-Mottaret


  1. History
  2. Off Piste Routes
  3. Travel
  4. Accomodation
  5. Restaurants and Bars
  6. Shopping
  7. Guides and Instructors
  8. Useful Information


The ski resort of Méribel-Mottaret is situated in the Vanoise area of the Savoie department in the Northern Alps region. It is part of the huge Trois Vallées ski domain and sits conveniently between Val Thorens and Courchevel. Méribel is a more traditional chalet style alpine village with the higher Mottaret consisting of purpose built appartments. The lift served area extends from 1100 metres to 2950 metres. There are over 600 km of lift served runs. There are 33 km of cross country trails. The resort features a snowpark.

Webcam view of Meribel-Mottaret valley
Webcam view of Meribel-Mottaret valley from Merinet.com


Méribel is undoubtedly the most British of the ski resorts and its history is intimately linked with Scotsman Peter Lindsay's passion for winter sports. Lindsay believed that if you build a ski lift the English will come and so in 1938 he joined with Olympic skier Emile Allais to construct a lift near the traditional Savoyard village of les Allues. After the war he hired Christian Durupt to design and build a mountain village that would appeal to the English and would be in keeping with the style of Les Allues.

In 2000 the Lindsay's direct association with the Méribel came to an end when his son, David Lindsay sold his interest in Méribel Alpina to Compagnie des Alpes, a French lift company. However the family continues to be closely linked with the resort.

Off Piste Routes

Col Pierre Lory

Traverse from the Col de Thorens and descend towards the Plan Bouchet.


Nearest Airport(s): Chambéry (95km), Geneva-Cointrin (135km), Lyon Saint Exupéry (185km), Grenoble St-Geoirs (170km). Méribel also has an altiport for private planes and helicopters.

Road: N90 (dual carriageway) to Moûtiers then D90 --> D915 to Méribel.

Rail: Méribel is just 18 km from Moûtiers mainline TGV station with direct links to Lille, Paris, Brussels and Londres.



Olympie III

This luxury Purple Ski chalet sleeps 10 in 5 en-suite bedrooms. The chalet is just a few yards from the pistes.

Visit the comprehensive web site at http://www.purpleski.com

Chalet le Chardon Bleu

This is an extremely comfortable traditional style chalet, fully catered for 6-8 guests and situated in a prime location with stunning views over the Meribel Valley. The accomodation is just 100m from the lifts/slopes and 5 minutes walk to the resort centre. Ski Chardon Bleu can also offer the Yankee Lodge which sleeps 10 and is just 30 meters from the Chardon Bleu.

More information and other accomodation visit: http://www.ski-chardonbleu.com

Alpine Action

Accomodation provider with 7 chalets and 1 apartment to rent in Meribel. You can choose to rent the whole chalet for a group booking or part of it for smaller groups. Packages including flights from the UK are also available. All chalets are fully catered.

More information and online booking visit: http://www.alpineaction.co.uk/chalets-meribel.htm

Restaurants and Bars

Tell readers about any good restaurants and bars in the resort



Freeride has the highest proportion of new hire equipment in the Three Valleys (100% new every season in Méribel) and will deliver to your accommodation. They also operate an appointment based custom boot fitting clinic with full comfort guarantee and a ski testing centre where clients can test free of charge from our dedicated range of test skis. The Méribel store is also home to a Patagonia Pro shop, Peak Performance shop in shop and is one of the only French outlets for Icebreaker. The shop also sells and rents a good range of backcountry accessories.


Guides and Instructors

Cyril Redon, an English speaking instructor, covers both the Méribel and Courchevel ski areas. He can arrange for off-piste and even heliskiing, visit his website for more details: http://www.originalride.com/

Useful Information

website: http://www.meribel.net/




Merinet.Com puts you in touch with what is going on in Meribel both summer and winter. It has links to estate agents, restaurants, shopping, ski rental, ski schools, transfers, mountain weather and slope conditions.

Henry's Avalanche Talks

Ski Instructor and avalanche expert Henry Schniewind has been running his avalanche talks in Val d'Isère for a number of seasons. From 2006 he has extended the format to Méribel. The talk follows the ‘Classic’ format of videos, photos, local images and current conditions to make the presentation both practical and entertaining. It covers the basics of how the snowpack becomes stable or unstable along with an investigation of Hazard Evaluation, Route Selection, Search and Rescue etc.

The talk will be held every Monday during the season at 18h00 in Pizza Express which is above Dick’s T-Bar.

Henry's Avalanche Talks

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