Visited in February 2018.
I recently returned from a group ski trip to Méribel, France. Méribel is a pretty resort set within Les Trois Vallees. Our group consisted of a wide range of abilities, and Méribel’s slopes easily catered for everyone. The ski schools, especially ESF, were brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend them. That said, for skiers who are much more confident, Les Trois Vallees (the largest ski area in the world!) offers plenty of opportunities and you won’t feel held back. So, no matter how strong your ski abilities are, there would be something for you.
We stayed in a catered chalet called Les Grangettes – the staff were brilliant and so welcoming. Although the decor was a little dated, the hotel is in an excellent location across from the main ski lifts. Within Méribel, everyone was so friendly and kind to us British tourists, which made us feel relaxed and comfortable. The location is brilliant, with lots of pubs and a great après-bar.
There were lots of activities available, although I did not participate in many of these as I was happy to simply sit and watch the world go by, with a hot chocolate and a croque monsieur! There is something so wonderful about the mountain air, it is so fresh and calming, and I loved being able to sit and take in the atmosphere whilst the rest of my group zoomed down the slopes!
I go skiing every year with my friends and family, and personally found Méribel to be cheaper than some other French resorts, which are renowned for being rather expensive! Having all-day happy hour prices at the “Méribar” was an added bonus that many of my friends appreciated! The discount we received at the bar made both food and drink prices very reasonable indeed.
I would definitely recommend both Méribel and Les Grangettes to anyone thinking of skiing in Europe.