MERIBEL SKI HOLIDAYS 2017 2017-10-12T16:39:26+00:00


Welcome to Meribel, my all time favourite ski resort in the world.
This Unplugged web site should have everything you need to know for your ski trip or even a snowboard vacation too. (Yes, the old git can snowboard and mono ski too!)
I have created a really useful and totally independent web site to help you to find your way around these fabulous mountains. In my opinion here in Meribel you have the very best of what the French Alps can offer.
“Einstein said if you can’t explain it to an 11-year-old, you don’t really understand it”. I certainly know Meribel inside out. I just hope I have explained it ok!
As we are totally independent our opinions and reviews can actually be trusted! Especially our mountain restaurant reviews.
Do beware of internet scams! We have a terrific selection of Meribel chalets and ski apartments and can personally vouch for all the private accommodation listed.
Please note: Meribel Unplugged is all home-made! I am not a journalist or a professional web designer but I am regarded here almost as part of the furniture. (although antique some might say!)
If there’s anything you cannot find or you need advice feel free.
E-Mail me [email protected]. I usually reply the same day.

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Ski Holiday Testimonials

I really do get many great testimonials each season. Here are just a few samples.

Thanks Rob for all the help you gave us for our family ski holiday. Through you we managed to sort out everything fast and easy. Our accommodation was great and the ski hire shop and the ski school you recommended were most helpful. We have no reservations about giving you and your excellent web site our thumbs up. Dave & Mary Edwards.

♥ Hi Rob, just to let you know that we had a fabulous holiday in Meribel and your web site was a great help in choosing our chalet. The food was excellent and the skiing was out of this world. Thank you. The family Roberts.

♥ Thank you for all your help with our ski holiday. Your advice on ski hire and ski schools was spot on. We shall be returning next year for sure. Les Trois Vallees is a fantastic area for skiing. Unbelievable! Roy Stephenson.

♥ We have no qualms about recommending Meribel Unplugged for Rob’s honest and very useful advice and information, He seems to know everybody and everything! It was our first time on a winter sports holiday and we had a great time. We even managed to get over the mountain in to Courchevel on our last day. Andy and Nicola.

♥ I have to tell you your web site is the best we have found for Meribel. It is so easy to find your way around. It is our first time skiing in France. We are from South Africa so we needed help for our accommodation and ski hire especially. Your advice was very honest and made sure we made the right choice of chalet. Our sincere thanks to you. Alex and Elizabeth.


Meribel Ski Holidays - Chalet Lounge

Over 100 Meribel chalets.
Yes..100+ for the 2016/17 ski season. These ski chalets come either fully catered or self catered.  They have between 3 and 12 bedrooms and can sleep from 6 to 24 people. The most common sized chalets normally have 4 , 5 , or 6 bedrooms. However they do fluctuate immensely in both price and standards.  From 5 star luxury ski chalets to simple but comfortable cheaper budget accommodation. Both catered and self catered  chalets are to be found in most locations throughout the whole Meribel valley. If you are a new visitor or it is your first ski holiday then please do feel free to ask our advice. Also  take a look at  our  Meribel accommodation guide. This is a really useful review of all the Meribel villages.


 Apartments Lounge

Holidays Tips:
Ski holidays in Meribel can sometimes work out pretty expensive. If you are on a tight budget then maybe go for self catering. Rest assured. We have an enormous choice of ski accommodation at all prices. It starts with small budget self catering studios for 2/4 persons and extends all the way up to 4 bedrooms or 5 bedrooms large luxury 5 star chalet style apartments. Many  of our Meribel apartments are located in prime spots in and around the town centre . Others are in outlying villages and usually a little cheaper. With the excellent free bus service you don’t have to worry too much about location. All the buses go to the main ski lift centre at Chaudanne. Do feel free to ask our advice or again check out the Meribel acommodation guide.

MERIBEL HOTELS 2* 3* 4* 5*

 Hotels-Jean Claude Les Allues outside

Meribel hotels also vary a great deal in both price and standards. The valley has a total of over 20 hotels ranging from simple 2 stars through to the new 5 star Kaila at Chaudanne. 8 hotels are situated in the town centre itself. One 2 star hotel, mainly bed and breakfast is at Morel. Five hotels  are located up in the Rond Point area. These are 3 star and 4 stars. These last 5 although well out-of-tow, are in superb positions right by the piste. They are almost ski in ski out. Plus the Rond Point Bar is world famous for it’s apres ski. Mottaret hosts another five hotels. These are all ski in ski out with a mix of 3 star and 4 star accommodation. Finally one lovely old traditional hotel is to be found in Les Allues village. This is 3 star accommodation right in the village centre.


 Airport Transfers By Helicopter Logo

Meribel airport transfers can often cost more than the flight itself. Therefore we offer a full range of transfer options to and from you airport of choice. The transfer companies featured in our unplugged web site  are quite frankly the very best. All are also fully licensed and insured for fare paying passengers. We have also introduced a unique transfer sharing forum. This can save you a great deal of money getting from airport to resort.


Ski School childrens lessons photograph

The meribel ski schools featured all have English-speaking instructors. (albeit sometime wiz ze French accent!). Prices and times of lessons can vary school to school. Therefore it is worth checking them all out if you all want to have lessons at the same time. All the ski school’s instructors are fully qualified. The teach all levels of skier from absolute beginners through to off piste powder and heli skiing.


 Ski Shop Inside Photo

Ski hire & snowboard hire costs can vary a great deal. It depends on your level of skiing/riding and the quality of equipment required. Well-serviced skis & boards plus comfortable boots are so important. In fact they are probably the 2 most important items of any ski holiday, apart from the snow! To rent or buy check out our ski shops for the best deals.


 Ski Passes - Photo of A Chair LIft

Lift passes are not cheap. Make sure you choose the right one. We can advise you depending on your ability and level of skiing/riding. For anyone other than absolute beginners we advise you to purchase the full 3-valley ski pass. However you can get a daily extension for about 35 euros per day.


Mountain Restaurant Terrace Photo

Other than powder skiing, our favourite pastime is  restaurant reviews! Restaurants throughout the whole 3 valleys vary greatly in both price and quality. As a result you will find our reviews and comments very useful. Importantly they also give a good idea of cost.


 Bars & Pubs Nightclubs Logo

Our bars & pubs have a reputation for great apres ski and many have live music each night. There are also 3 dedicated night-clubs. Two of the night-clubs are in the main town. The other is a cellar club in Meribel Mottaret. All the bars & pubs are listed with full descriptions for both apres ski and late night revellers.


A Guide To Meribel & The 3 Valleys

Meribel was established back in the 50’s by Scotsman, Peter Lindsay with the help of French Architects. They made sure it was developed in Savoyard style. Hence its beauty that remains today. In the 1992 winter Olympics it was host to the ladies downhill race and the ice hockey.

It is a fabulous ski resort for intermediates. One of the very best in France. It is also excellent for beginners and advanced skiers. We have over 10 English speaking ski schools for all levels of skiing. Even the French schools all have English speaking instructors.
Off piste skiing is also extremely challenging with a wide choice of mountain terrain to choose from. We normally have very good snow off piste from January till April above the gondola mid stations.

Being in the Tarantaise region and in the very centre of the Les Trois Vallees, Meribel is an exceptional choice for a ski vacation. With over 600km of pistes and high speed chair lifts all over you will never have to ski the same route twice.

The main town is only 20 minutes up the mountain from Moutiers rail station. Les Allues village is 15 minutes up the valley. The Snow train from London & Paris arrives weekly during winter season at Moutiers.

Skiing The Three Valleys.
From the Chaudanne ski lift centre you can reach Courchevel in 15 minutes and just 20 minutes for La Tania. Les Menuires can be reached  in 20 minutes & Val Thorens in 45 minutes. The lower villages of La Praz and St Martin De Belleville can also be reached well within the hour. Meribel les Allues village can be skied to most of the winter season. Snow conditions are usually good till mid March for all the lower resorts in the Trois Vallees. Even in April skiing is still great above the middle gondola stations. The ski lifts operate till the 3rd weekend of April.

All in all for a skiing or snowboarding holiday Meribel is really one of the very best choices in the French Alps.

For more interesting information on this fabulous ski resort follow the link to Wikipedia.
For more further information on Meribel you can also visit the Tourist Office web site.
However I do think you should find what you want somewhere inside Unplugged. If not just e-mail me. I am always happy to help new visitors.

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meribel
Tourist Office: www.meribel.net
Rob Smart: [email protected]

Rob Smart – Editor