Meribel Budget Chalets out
The ski resort of Meribel has grown heavily over recent years and now finds itself
stretching throughout the whole of the Meribel valley. Originally, what is now
the centre of Meribel was known as Meribel Les Allues. Nowadays it is usually
referred to as just Meribel or Meribel Town. Chalet companies and private chalet
owners have now started to offer cheaper holidays some distance outside of the
main town. To compensate, these chalet holidays normally include a mini bus service
to and from the Meribel lift centre at Chaudanne. This service is included in
the price of your holiday.
As a result a Chalet Holiday in the ski resort of Meribel could now include
all the following areas as well as Meribel itself. Meribel Les Allues
Village, Meribel Village, Chandon, Raffort, La Gittaz or Le Cruet. These
venues have both advantages and disadvantages. They are very competitive
price wise and the Chalets tend to be in quiet and peaceful areas. The
free ski transfer service eliminates much of the disadvantage. However
if you wish to be in the centre of the action, especially nightlife,
then you should possibly consider a chalet nearer the centre of town.
Meribel Les Allues:
A charming little village about 10 minutes drive from Meribel Centre.
It has a very popular little bar with live music plus a choice of
4 restaurants. It has it's own bubble connection to Meribel ski centre.
A small, modern and attractive development in the original old Meribel
Village just 5 minutes drive from town. It has a popular bar with live
music, plus two restaurants and a health centre. It has its own chair
lift to Meribel Altiport ski area. (10 minutes)
A small village/hamlet of Meribel just 5 minutes drive from the town
centre. It has one restaurant and it's own bubble connection in Raffort
car park. The bubble goes direct to the main Meribel ski lift centre
at Chaudanne. (5 minutes)
Meribel La Gittaz:
A quiet, tiny village/hamlet. A part of Meribel it is also just a few
minutes drive from town. The nearest ski lift is a few minutes away at
the Raffort car park, connecting again to the Meribel Ski lift Centre.
A small peaceful village/hamlet about 10 minutes drive from Meribel.
The Private Chalets situated here have their own personal minibuses for
transfers to and from the main Meribel ski lift centre.
Meribel Le Cruet:
A tiny hamlet situated about midway between Meribel Town centre and Les
Chalet prices in Meribel are highly affected by position. Chalet operators
pay really enormous sums of money in rent for all piste side Chalets.
Subsequently these chalets are normally to be found in the luxury category.
In truth, all Meribel chalets are incredibly expensive to rent for
a season. Consequently if you sometimes feel the price seems a little
high, dig deep for a little sympathy for the chalet operator. He/she
has to pay the Chalet owner 's rent even if the chalet was empty all
The official Meribel skiing season is usually 19 weeks. Mid Dec till last weekend of April. .It is very busy during high season (New Year & February
till mid March). Hence prices are higher due to the increased demand
from both within France and of course the UK.
Remember, most chalets in Meribel have budget prices during
December/January and April when the slopes are wonderfully quiet and
the snow is sometimes the very best of the season. Unless you have absolutely
no option, it might be well worth considering budget holiday during these periods.
Google definition of Luxury: Sumptuous living or surroundings!
Luxury chalets in Meribel certainly meet up to this definition. You will usually
find En Suite Bathrooms, Sauna and/or Jacuzzi, Log Fire, Sat TV, DVD,
Telephone, Internet Connection, plus of course superior wine and superb food.
If the chalet is not situated near the piste expect a first class private luxury
minibus transfer. Naturally the price usually reflects these extra services.
These vary immensely in price, position and standards. Most are set some
distance from the piste so a private minibus transfer will prove very
convenient. There is a free bus service in Meribel but this is often
very crowded especially in high season. Meribel chalets are generally
of a high standard and even budget chalets usually have an option of
en suite facilities, log fire, DVD or Video. Food and wine quality will
vary chalet to chalet with great emphasis on the skill and flair of your
individual chalet girl. Be sure to look after her as they earn very little
The following link gives a good choice of Meribel chalet operators,
together with Meribel's private chalet owners. Unless otherwise stated,
accommodation reservations can be made for just one or two people or
any size of group up to the maximum stated.
We think you should find your perfect holiday in our chalet section but
if by chance you need any extra advice or information feel free to e-mail
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