Ski holidays in Meribel Mottaret

Meribel was once an abandoned valley, that is until 1938 when a British Army Officer, Colonel Peter Lindsay saw the potential in developing the valley into a ski resort. 70 years on and it is now arguably one of the best destinations in Europe, this is why people flock to Meribel.

Meribel has streamlined its lift system to perfection, it has 61 state of the art lifts transporting over 75, 000 people to their destinations every hour. This means that unlike other destinations in the area, queues are very limited. Meribel has several snowboard parks where boarders can practice their skills. The resort sits at 1450 metres with the satellite village of Meribel Mottaret a further 300 metres further up the valley.

Accommodation in Meribel is mainly high standard chalets but if you are looking for a hotel, Meribel still has a good selection of comfortable 2 and 3 star establishments as well as more luxurious 4 star places.

Apres Ski & Night-life

The apres ski scene in Meribel is vibrant compared to other resorts in the area and some of the best partying is to be done near the village hub. Meribel Mottaret is much quieter, so you may be advised to get the free shuttle bus down into the main town. The resort itself is geared mainly towards the English and a lot of the bars are English run. La Taverne offers the cheapest pitchers of beer in the village between 5 and 7pm every evening when they have their happy hour. Other popular bars include Cactus Café, Scots and Le Pub.

Restaurants are a plenty in Meribel, serving everything from traditional Savoyarde fare through to Pasta and Pizza.

There are a good selection of shops 36 in all, ranging from snowboard and ski shops right through to fashion, craft and souvenir, food and wine.

Skiing in Meribel Mottaret

General information

Min. altitude: 1450 m
Max. altitude: 2952 m


Nearest Airport: Chambéry, 95 km
Closest railway station: Moutiers-Salins, 18 km
Direct bus from railway station
Direct shuttle from railway station

Details about ski resort

All ski slopes: 150 km

Artificial snow
Night skiing

Blue: 15 km
Red: 55 km
Black: 38 km


Cable car
Chair lift
Child carpet lift
Child lift
Children's park
Child slope
Drag lift