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MÉribel

Méribel was founded by Scotsman Colonel Peter Lindsay in 1938 when he built the first lift (a 31-seater fixed rope sled that was installed above Les Allues). His aim was to create a purpose built ski resort, which remained faithful to the mountains that surrounded it.

Though Méribel has grown into one of the great ski resorts and is at the heart of the largest and, for many, the finest ski area in the world, it has remained faithful, to this day, to Peter Lindsay’s aims. All the buildings in the town are constructed in the traditional Savoyarde style from wood and stone, making Méribel one of the most attractive ski resorts in France.

We offer six of the most luxurious ski chalets available in Méribel, situated in the resort’s most exclusive enclaves.

There is something for everyone in Méribel, convivial bars and every type of restaurant, from the Michelin Starred to the simple, offering crêpes and traditional Savoyarde cuisine. For non-skiers and skiers alike there are plenty of non-skiing diversions. There are many scenic walks around Méribel and Mottaret and many of the mountain restaurants can be accessed from the gondolas.

Sightseeing flights can be taken from the Altiport. There is the Olympic Ice Rink, swimming pool, a bowling alley, fitness centre, snow-mobiling and shops of every kind. Or why not just unwind in your chalet with a good book or watching a video. What could be more relaxing? For more details please visit the non skiing activities section.

The nightlife of Méribel is centred around The Taverne, Le Pub, Jack’s and L’Abreuvoir. Though if you are looking for a quieter drink we recommend the Grand Coeur or the Chaudanne hotels. For those with the stamina, Méribel has O'Sullivans nightclub (still known as Dick's Tea Bar by most people!) which is open until 4 in the morning.


“We offer six of the most luxurious ski chalets available in Méribel, situated in the resort’s most exclusive enclaves.”

Restaurants

The list below is not exhaustive but gives details of a pretty good range of restaurants. Restaurants marked person are accessible on foot and/or by car. Those marked with a Dinner are also open, and recommended, for dinner.

The following list are our top picks in the valleys regardless of price or location that we can unreservedly recommend:

Courchevel

Méribel

Vallée des Belleville

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Méribel Restaurants for Dinner

Recommended for Dinner:

The following restaurants are recommended by us for your dinner on the chef's night off. It is vital to book as early as possible; just let us know your choice and we will be happy to do this for you.


Le Cèpe - Plateau 
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This contemporary, owner run, alpine restaurant opened in 2012 and offers a modern take on local cuisine, as well as a good array of seafood. Not surprisingly, cèpes, or porcini mushrooms that have been picked from the forests surrounding Méribel, feature on the menu, alongside classics such as pierrade, sweetbread fricassée and homemade pâtés. It has a south-facing terrace and delightful interior. Alain and Kathy are the loveliest hosts in Méribel. Our favourite restaurant in Méribel.



Le Grand Coeur - Méribel Centre 
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The Grande Coeur is a very luxurious Relais & Chateaux hotel, with a lovely, cosy bar (an excellent place for pre-dinner drinks/cocktails) and elegant restaurant. The restaurant is probably the best "fine dining" restaurant in Méribel. Once upon a time, it had a Michelin star, but no longer; however we hear that the food is very good (the chef is Marc Dach) and service excellent - although it can be a little formal. A great place for a special dinner or treat, but not if you're on a tight budget!



Le Bo a Mil - Méribel Village 
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This charming restaurant is located behind the chapel in Méribel Village. It has a very rustic interior, with stone floors and walls and vaulted ceilings. The food matches this, being traditional in style! With friendly service, it's a lovely place to spend the evening.



Adray Telebar - Méribel Plateau (across the piste) 
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A sweet privately owned mountain hotel serving traditional Savoyard food.



Tsaretta Spice - Méribel 1600 
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New, in 2017, Tsaretta Spice offers a contemporary take on Indian cuisine and has already acquired quite a following since opening in December 2016. Popular with both holidaymakers and seasonnaires, it has become a welcome alternative to Méribel's extensive repertoire of Savoyard restaurants. A little pricier than your average Indian, but worth it for the inventive dishes (and one of the better options for vegetarians!).



La Kouisena - Méribel Chaudanne 
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For those seeking Savoyard classics such as fondue, raclette, pierrade, and crozets, La Kouisena is one of the better venues in Méribel. An authentic menu and rustic but spacious interior. Convenient location right in the centre of town.



L'Abreuvoir - Méribel Centre 
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L'Abreuvoir (formally Le Poste de Secours) is one of Méribel's more chic establishments, without being exclusive. It has a stylish, cosmopolitan look and serves delicious cocktails and tapas, so is great if you're looking for something a little bit different (or lighter!) for your chef's night off. It is also located right in the centre of Méribel by the tourist office, making it an ideal choice if you plan to move on for after-dinner drinks.



Le Clos Bernard - Méribel Altiport 
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In a magical setting nestled amongst the trees surrounding the Altiport, Le Clos Bernard is a 10-minute walk from the nearest road and so its terrace is arguably as peaceful as you can get (and the restaurant is well worth the romantic, torchlit hike up the snowy path to get there!). New in 2015, the restaurant is already a local favourite, offering a variety of salads, pastas, steaks, and of course, Savoyard specialities. Highly recommended!



Le Farçon - La Tania 
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We have eaten at Le Farçon a few occasions since it opened and although initially we were not sure it was worth the Michelin Star it was awarded in 2006, it has improved a lot in recent years: the cooking is interesting and inventive and definitely worth a try during your stay either for lunch (one can ski to the restaurant) or dinner.



L'Ekrin - Méribel Chaudanne 
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Méribel has finally got a Michelin stared restaurant but the prices by any standard are eye watering, let alone for a one star restaurant. Needless to say we have not eaten here! We hesitate to add it to the recommended list. The one report we have of the L'Ekrin was, in summary, as follows:
"We were overserved. Food was flashy but lacked flavour. Service intrusive - asked if everything was ok about 20 times. Wine glasses filled about 20 times. Some nice dishes though, but nothing outstanding. Hints of the Savoie, but a long way from Savoyard."
If you want a Michelin Starred restaurant and are prepared to pay, then this may be worth a try, but we would go to Le Cep, if this was our only evening out.



There are of course other restaurants in Le Praz, Courchevel 1850 (and of course La Bouitte in St Marcel) but the journey time to these is quite long and requires you to book a taxi. However, if you would like us to suggest something in Le Praz/Courchevel and to book you a taxi please do let us know.

Other Dinner Restaurants in Méribel


Allodis - Belvedere 
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One of the best restaurants in Méribel. However they changed the formula in 2011 to just offering a la carte with no menu de skieurs and the prices have effectively doubled. That said we can highly recommend the cream of tagliatelle with chicken and foie gras and the puddings are to die for, though one is probably enough for two if not three people!



Le Blanchot - Altiport (By the Lapin Piste) 
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This restaurant is so variable from season to season. We had several wonderful meals here in the summer sitting looking out over the golf course and the mountains behind, but our one outing here (for lunch) in the winter of 2015 was incredibly disappointing. At least with Bernard’s return the service has changed considerably and for the better. Definitely worth a visit though.



L'Helios - Route de la Renarde (above Méribel Centre) 
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The Helios has been open since 2010 and is a welcome addition to slope side restaurants in Méribel. We have eaten a couple of times and have not been disappointed. But, the hotel and restaurant lack atmosphere.



Pizzeria du Mottaret - Mottaret Centre 
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Delightful. Welcoming, with wonderful pizzas and the best fondue and steak tartar that I have ever had. A visit to Méribel is not complete without at least one meal at The Pizzeria. Really the only place to eat in Mottaret.



Le Plantin - Le Plantin (Just beyond Méribel Village) 
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Le Plantin is situated on the road between Méribel Village and La Tania on the site of the (in)famous old Plantin restaurant. This is completely different. We have only visited this restaurant once; for dinner in the summer of 2009. The room is well designed and the service is good even if the smile was a little forced. The food was also good if a little un-exciting and I had expected more from this restaurant so I was slightly disappointed.



Le Refuge - Méribel Centre 
Tel: 04 79 08 61 97

No Website


Always busy but generally disappointing. The family has been running this restaurant longer than I have been running Purple Ski and it shows. Not a place that I would rush back to.



Chez Kiki - Morel (above Méribel Centre) 
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Méribel Restaurant Reviews

Recommended:

Le Clos Bernard - Méribel Altiport personDinner 
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In a magical setting nestled amongst the trees surrounding the Altiport, Le Clos Bernard is a 10-minute walk from the nearest road and so its terrace is arguably as peaceful as you can get (and the restaurant is well worth the romantic, torchlit hike up the snowy path to get there!). New in 2015, the restaurant is already a local favourite, offering a variety of salads, pastas, steaks, and of course, Savoyard specialities. Highly recommended!



Allodis - Opposite Rhodos Bubble Midstation 
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One of the best restaurants in Méribel and certainly the best restaurant for lunch. However they changed the formula in 2011 to just offering a la carte with no menu de skieurs and the prices have effectively doubled. We only went once last year because we felt it no longer had quite the charm that it had before. That said we can highly recommend the cream of tagliatelle with chicken and foie gras and the puddings are to die for, though one is probably enough for two if not three people!



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Le Blanchot €€€€
Tel: 04 79 00 55 78
This restaurant is so variable from season to season. We had several wonderful meals here in the summer sitting looking out over the golf course and the mountains behind, but our one outing here (for lunch) in the winter of 2015 was incredibly disappointing. At least with Bernard’s return the service has changed considerably and for the better. Definitely worth a visit though.
Where? Altiport, Lapin Piste. person Dinner

Le Cepe €€€€
Tel: 04 79 22 46 08
The best restaurant in Méribel? If I was on holiday in Meribel for a week I would probably eat here at least twice during my stay! It is that good. Alain and Kathy are the loveliest hosts in Méribel.
Where? Meribel Plateau. person Dinner

Chez Kiki €€€€
Tel: 04 79 00 66 68
We recommend Chez Kiki because of the food and but the decor has changd for the worse and the service is hit and miss and one has to be careful. Reservations are frequently denied (though the last time was on Boxing Day 2012) and with reviews on TripAdvisor which make it plain that this happens far too common.

In my recent review I wrote "I think it is a case of this restaurant resting on its laurels too long and maybe after 49 years it needs a change of management?". Well Chez Kiki is under new management! So maybe what has gone before no longer applies.

Monsieur Kiki continues to cook steaks, lamb and duck over the open fire in the middle of the restaurant but as an employee rather than the patron! Open for dinner only.
www.chez-kiki.fr/
Where? Morel, Méribel Centre. person Dinner

Le Bouche à l'Oreille €€€
Tel: 04 79 40 51 04
The Three Michelin star chefs from La Bouitte, René and Maxime Meilleur, have opened a new gourmet bistro. Located at the top of the Roc des 3 Marches, at 2700 m altitude, the restaurant Le Bouche à l'Oreille recently underwent a complete transformation. Today the alpine design dining room seats 170 people and a large terrace on 2 levels seats a further 250 and offers superb 360 panoramic views.

We have not eaten since 2014 but reports are that it is excellent.
Where? At 3 Marches, top of Plattieres bubble lift. person

Les Crêtes €€
Tel: 04 79 40 51 04
Traditional style restaurant with low ceilings and wooden beams to match. Traditional menu. We like Les Crêtes for its simple food and friendly service. Can be very busy. No credit cards.
Where? Cherferie, top of Tougnete lift.

L’Ekrin €€€€€
Tel: 04 79 41 69 35
Méribel has finally got a Michelin star restaurant but the prices by any standard are eye watering, let alone for a one star restaurant. Needless to say we have not eaten here!
Where? Méribel Centre. person Dinner

Grand Coeur €€€€€
Tel: 04 79 08 60 03
A grand restaurant in traditional hotel style but a little formal for a ski resort. We had lunch here once in 2015 and it was like a time warp. The chef either needs to get out more or be replaced.
Where? Méribel Centre. person Dinner

Coeur de Cristal €€€
Tel: 04 79 22 46 09
We ate here for the first time in January 2012 and can highly recommend it. The service is wonderful, friendly, smiley and helpful. The menu is wonderful and wide ranging as is the wine list. The only downside is the management insist that clients take their bill to the cash desk. This restaurant is better than that. It simply means that the “madame” does not trust her staff, which is awful.
Where? At the crossing point of the Rhodos and blue Marmottes run, 300m above the Rhodos gondolas mid-station.

L’Helios €€€€
Tel: 04 79 24 22 42
The Helios has been open since 2010 and is a welcome addition to slope side restaurants in Méribel. We have eaten a couple of times and have not been disappointed. But, the hotel and restaurant lack atmosphere
Where? Route de la Renarde, Méribel. Doron piste towards the Tourist Office. person Dinner

Pizzeria du Mottaret €€€
Tel: 04 79 00 40 50
Delightful. Welcoming, with wonderful pizzas and the best fondue and steak tartar that I have ever had. A visit to Méribel is not complete without at least one meal at The Pizzeria. Really the only place to eat in Mottaret.
Where? Centre of Mottaret. person Dinner

Le Plantin €€€€
Tel: 04 79 04 12 11
The Plantin is situated on the road between Méribel Village and La Tania on the site of the (in)famous old Plantin restaurant. This is completely different. We have only visited this restaurant once; for dinner in the summer of 2009. The room is well designed and the service is good even if the smile was a little forced. The food was also good if a little un-exciting and I had expected more from this restaurant so I was slightly disappointed.
Where? Le Plantin. person Dinner

Le Savoy, Meribel €€€
Tel: 04 79 22 02 00
The Savoy Hotel, in the centre of Meribel, is a great place to go for day time coffee, lunch and also drinks or cocktails in the evening. The bar just a fun place to be - bright and interesting during the day, busy and "buzzy" in the evenings. They really make an effort with the drinks, the staff are really nice, it's one of our favourite places to go. (Dinner might be nice too - but we've yet to try that).
www.hotel-savoy-meribel.com
Where? Meribel Centre. person Dinner

The Others:

Adray Telebar €
Tel: 04 79 08 60 26
A sweet privately owned mountain hotel serving traditional Savoyard food.
Where? Between Belvedere and 1600. person Only after lifts have closed.

Les Castors €
Tel: 04 79 08 52 79
Convenient for La Chaudanne and lessons with Magic Academy. However, recent reports are of dreadful service and mediocre food. Give it a miss.
Where? Bottom of the Trout. person

Rhododendrons €
Tel: 04 79 00 50 92
Les Rhododendrons is convenient for beginners spending a lot of time on the Altiport. Not much character but quite reasonable prices. Self-service.
Where? Top of Rhodos Lift

Le Rond-Point €
Tel: 04 79 00 37 51
The food is no longer as well executed as before. Easy access for beginners and from the road. The terrace has the sun for the afternoon all season.
Where? Just below mid station of Rhodos. person

Pierres Plates €
Tel: 04 79 00 42 38
Just awful. Simply avoid. Self-service.
Where? Top of Saulire. person

Le Chardonnet €€
Tel: 04 79 00 44 81
A traditional style restaurant with a wide menu and season-round sun.
Where? Pas du Lac mid-station

Chalet Togniat €
Tel: 04 79 00 45 11
A lovely restaurant which we can highly recommend.
Where? Bottom of Roc de Tougne lift

L’Arpasson €
Tel: 04 79 08 54 79
Large self-service restaurant. Sun-terrace isn’t much use early season but it’s the only stop around this side of the valley above Méribel.
Where? Opposite the Tougnete 1.

Côte Brune €€
Tel: 04 79 00 40 97
Easy to find, large sun-terrace, but as with all Mottaret restaurants is dropped into the shade by 2pm early season, so go up the Pas du Lac if you want a late lunch! Under new management and service better but I have yet to sample the food but with the Pizzeria du Mottaret just across the way, I probably won’t be any time soon .
Where? Centre of Mottaret. person

Le Grenier €
Tel: 04 79 00 46 70
Traditional style restaurant that sits above the “Chrismaran” bar. Wide menu. Seating is all indoors bar a couple of tables on the small balcony. Reasonable prices too.
Where? Centre of Mottaret. person

Au Temps Perdu €
Tel: 04 79 00 36 64
Ridiculously dressed waiters serve you a range of salads, crepes and eggs. Watch out for ice on the path behind the outdoor tables.
Where? Centre of Mottaret. person

La Sittelle €
Tel: 04 79 00 43 48
Popular restaurant on the side of the Plattieres Blues. Small menu covering spaghetti, steak hache, saucisses and omelettes and cream freaks have to try the crazy chocolat chaud. Self-Service.
Where? Plattieres Piste.

Le Refuge €
Tel: 04 79 08 61 97
Always busy but generally disappointing. Recently sold to new owners. Reports are that it is not that good.
Where? Méribel high street. person

Courchevel Restaurant Reviews

Recommended:

Le Cap Horn €€€€€
Tel: 04 79 08 33 10
Massive outside seating area. Excellent service; high prices accompany the amazing food. One of the top ten restaurants in France according to the Times. I wouldn’t go that far but definately worth a stop during your stay.
person Where? Above Courchevel altiport. Web Site | Menu

Le Tremplin €€€
Tel: 04 79 08 06 19
Large terrace – a great place for people watching. A superb range of food… oysters, bulots, lobster, sushi, sea food platter, steaks, pizza; This used to be one of our favourites in the Three Valleys and we used to recommend it whole heartedly but we went only once in 2014 and not at all in 2015 because the service was quite simply appalling and the prices have been inflated (for reasons we all know!) beyond what represents good value. So our recommendation remains under review. If you do lunch here please let us know about your experience.
person Where? To the right of Jardin Alpin in the centre of Courchevel.

Chabichou €€€€
Tel: 04 79 08 00 55
This is one of the great restaurants in the Alps. Chef Michel Rochedy has been working his magic here since 1963. One can go a la carte or the €60.00 lunchtime menu offers exceptional value. This is definitely our (well Michael’s anyway) favourite restaurent in the Three Valleys. Not to be missed.
person Where? Courchevel 1850.

La Soucoupe €€€
Tel: 04 79 08 21 34
Self-service downstairs or small restaurant upstairs; chef cooks on open fire. Booking is essential. The food is reportedly very good but we are yet to try it.
Where? Top of Plantrey and Bouc Blanc chair lifts and accessible from Chenus bubble.

Le Bel Air €€€
Tel: 04 79 08 00 93
Friendly, efficient; excellent tiered sun terrace. Plat du jour and omelettes recommended. Booking necessary. Very popular with British holiday makers and understandably so. Not to be missed.
Where? Above 1650 at the top of Ariondaz.

Le Bistro du Praz €€€€
Tel: 04 79 08 41 33
This famous restaurant has gone through three changes of ownership since it was run by Charlie in the 80’s and 90’s. We fear that the most recent change has been for the worst. The style has been changed to a naff decor that is seen frequently in France and the menu has changed completely. No more Foie Gras. I suspect we wont be going back. A great shame. I first ate here in 1988. It feels like the passing of an era.
person Dinner Where? In the village of Le Praz.

Le Farcon €€€€
Tel: 04 79 08 88 34
La Tania is not the first place you would expect to find a one star Michelin restaurant and indeed when it first opened in 2006 it did not, in our opinion, warrant the award. Things have changed and for the better and we had a very good and very enjoyable dinner here at the beginning of the 2012 season and are now happy to recommend it for lunch and for dinner. That said we would choose other’s before going here.
person Dinner Where? In the village of La Tania.

The Others:

Le Roc Tania €€
Tel: 04 79 08 32 34
Simple but good food. Large terrace with sun all day.
Where? Top of Loze chair lift out of the altiport and the Col de la Loze 2 man from the Chenus.

Le Chalet de Pierres €€€€€
Tel: 04 79 08 18 61
Attracts a special clientele due to its extraordinary price. Food reputably good. A huge terrace and a little ice rink which is great for entertaining the children and a Mont Cler boutique. It does not make our recommended list because when ever we have stopped for a hot chocolate, a couple of times each season, it has taken an age to get served and this is not acceptable at this level.
person Where? Underneath Verdons lift, opposite the lake above 1850.

L’Altibar (Le Pilatus) €€
Tel: 04 79 08 20 49
Recently under new management. Varied reports on the food.
Where? Next to the Courchevel altiport

L’Arcensiel €
Tel: 04 79 08 38 09
The small outside seating area catches little sun, especially in early season. Good food is reasonably priced.
person Where? Top of the Verdons, below Saulire cable car.

Le Panoramic €€
Tel: 04 79 08 00 88
Rebuilt in summer 2001 after fire damage. Owned by the mayor of Courchevel. Food quite good, but prices not the most reasonable.
person Where? Situated at the top of Saulire cable car.

La Casserole €€
Tel: 04 79 08 06 35
Good food, though expensive; and the service isn’t up to much.
Where? The bottom of Signal chair lift.

L’Ours Blanc €€
Tel: 04 79 00 93 93
Good pizza and pasta, good size portions. Service gets slow when busy but prices reasonable
Where? Next to Ariondaz bubble in 1650.

L’Eterlou €
Tel: 04 79 08 25 45
Reasonable prices, wide menu. Good value food but the service can be slow.
Where? In 1650 itself, about 20m from the piste.

Le Kalico €
Tel: 04 79 08 20 28
The small outside sun terrace doesn’t get much sun. Standard menu (pizzas, burgers). Reasonably priced for 1850.
Where? Under the bridge in 1850.

Le Bouc Blanc €
Tel: 04 79 08 80 26
Good quality food, friendly service. Large sun terrace, better earlier in the day. Good views.
Where? Above the La Tania bubble.

Belleville Valley Restaurant Reviews

Recommended:

La 3ouitte €€€€€
Tel: 04 79 08 96 77
This is one of the most extraordinary restaurants not just in the Three Valleys but in France. This has been recognised by the awarding (finally) of the restaurant’s third Michelin stars in 2015. We have eaten here on several occasions and if you love your food you have to eat here at least once in your life! Booking essential
person Where? Saint Marcel – Martin de Belleville

Le Lachanal €€
For me this is loveliest restaurant in St Martin. The food has become more complex on change of ownership and it is not the great value it once was but still well worth a visit with friendly service and wonderful sun terrace. In my early days in Méribel I used to go here at least twice a month now it is more like once a season! Booking essential.
person Where? Behind the church in Saint Martin de Belleville

The Others:

Chalet Plein Sud €
Tel: 04 79 00 04 27
As the name suggests, catches a lot of sun and has a correspondingly large outdoor area. Queues get big peak season though and they don’t really like giving out carafes of water unless, you pester them enough! Self-service.
Where? Top of Plein Sud chair lift.

Le Fast-Food €
Tel: 04 79 00 09 94
Not a restaurant as such but worth mentioning for its good sandwiches at a good price. If you just want to grab a bite, stop here.
Where? Val Thorens 2300

Les Rondelles €€
Excellent place to stop when it gets down to -20�C and your tongue has frozen to your zip. Warm your gloves by the open fire and have a “vin chaud”. Food isn’t cheap, but it’s quite good.
Where? Top of Moraine chair lift

Chalet les Deux Lacs €
Tel: 06 61 77 73 26
If you can’t get a seat at the restaurant there’s an ok snack-bar that serves quiche, small pizzas and chips. The restaurant is quite busy but food is reputedly quite good.
Where? Top of 2 Lacs & Moutiere chair lifts

Chalet du Thorens €
Tel: 04 79 00 02 80
Grab a hotdog at the snack-bar or head inside for something more substantial. Not a huge menu, but food is quite good.
Where? Bottom of Grand Fond cable car

Chalet de Caron €
Tel: 04 79 00 01 71
Popular stop when the sun’s out – huge outside seating area. Similarly huge queues at 1.15pm peak season. If you’ve got time, jump over the Cime de Caron and go to Plan Bouchet instead. Self-Service.
Where? Bottom of Cairn & Caron bubble lifts

L’Etape 3200 €
Tel: 06 80 62 82 93
Fantastic views from the top of the Cime de Caron; however, the loos are often out of order and the kitchen unable to cope with demand. Small outside seating area. Self-service.
Where? Top of Cime de Caron & Cime Caron cable car.

Chalet du Plan Bouchet €
Tel: 04 79 56 97 27
Small menu but big portions and an excellent Bolognaise. Busier now that the 4th valley has been extended, but still quiet compared to everywhere else and all season sun out on the terrace. Self-service.
Where? Near Cime de Caron & at the top of 3 vallees Express bubble from Orelle.

Chalet de Val Thorens €
Tel: 04 79 00 02 67
Good food in the restaurant upstairs, and excellent home-made pasta in the self-service underneath. Intriguing toilet layout. See for yourself.
Where? Above Val Thorens on Christine red run.

Les Roches Blanches €
Tel: 04 79 00 60 22
One of the quietest restaurants in the 3 valleys. Reasonable prices and loads of space inside and out. Check out the interesting translations at the end of the bar, e.g. Potage du jour = Potage in day. Excellent! Self-service.
Where? Masse mid-station, top of Rocher Noir chair lift.

Le Panoramic €
Tel: 04 79 22 80 60
Great views from the top of La Masse but can get a bit breezy outside. Try the lasagna if your stomach feels like it needs weighing down a bit. Self-service.
Where? At Pointe de la Masse, top of the Masse 2 bubble.

Trois Vallees €
Tel: 04 79 00 74 04
Cosy and doesn’t always get that busy. Try the hot lemon juice and check out the “tasteful” pictures of Les Menuires c.1970 on the wall. Food is the usual; omelettes, steak and pasta, interesting plat du jours.
Where? On Vallons blue run from Masse mid-station.

Le Chardon Bleu €€
Tel: 04 79 08 95 36
Good for all-season sun and slightly more up-m sun terrace. Go to one of the restaurants in the old town instead.
Where? Saint Martin de Belleville

Le Corbeleys €€
Tel: 04 79 08 95 31
Traditional menu and a comfortable rustic feel. Shares the all-season sun with Le Chardon Bleu and is probably a better bet for atmosphere..
Where? Saint Martin de Belleville

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Shops

The list below is not exhaustive but gives details of many of the shops in Méribel

Food Shops

Name Location Type Tel
AU PETIT SAVOYARD Méribel – La Chaudanne Savoyard Food Store 04 79 00 33 02
BOUCHERIE PETIT Méribel – Centre Butcher 04 79 08 65 45
BOULANGERIE LES FLOCONS Méribel – Le Plateau Bakery 04 79 00 54 23
BOULANGERIE LES GLACIERS Méribel – Centre Bakery 04 79 08 60 27
CASINO SUPERMARCHE Méribel – Centre Supermarket 04 79 08 54 26
COOPERATIVE LAITIERE Méribel – Mussillon Cheese Coop 04 79 00 37 78
EPICERIE DU VILLAGE “VIVAL” LES ALLUES Supermarket 04 79 08 62 81
LA FROMAGERIE Méribel – Centre Cheese shop 04 79 08 55 48
LA GOURMANDINE Méribel – La Chaudanne Delicatessen 04 79 08 89 15
LE SALOIR Méribel – La Chaudanne 04 79 08 89 15
LE VILLAGE DES PAINS Méribel Village Bakery 04 79 08 59 26
PATISSERIE LES RAVINES Méribel – Centre Patisserie 04 79 00 38 87
SUPERETTE “8 A HUIT” Méribel-Mottaret Supermarket 04 79 00 45 56
SUPERETTE “SHERPA” 1700 Méribel-Mottaret Supermarket 04 79 00 40 91
SUPERETTE SPAR VILLAGE Méribel Village Supermarket 04 79 08 51 58

Various

Name Location Type Tel
AIER PHOTOGRAPHIQUE Méribel – La Chaudanne Photographic shop 04 79 00 33 50
COIFFURE GRAIN DE BEAUTE Méribel – Centre Hairdressers 04 79 08 60 44
COIFFURE LUDICOIFF Méribel – La Chaudanne Hairdressers 04 79 08 89 07
COIFFURE MARIE-THERESE BIS Méribel-Mottaret Hairdressers 04 79 00 40 63
Méribel OPTIC Méribel – La Chaudanne Optician/Sun Glasses 04 79 00 37 88
Mery Belle Méribel – Centre Laundrette 06 63 01 34 14
LES NOUVELLES DE SAVOIE Méribel-Mottaret 04 79 00 49 77
TABAC DES CIMES Méribel – Centre Tobacconist 04 79 08 63 01

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Name Location Type Tel
LA BOUTIQUE DE CATHERINE Méribel-Mottaret 04 79 00 41 02
HOME DECO Méribel – Centre 04 79 00 55 86
LES LUTINES Méribel – La Chaudanne 04 79 01 15 51
Méribel ELECTRIC Méribel – Centre Electrician/Electric Goods 04 79 08 50 72
MONTILLON DECORATION Méribel – Centre 04 79 08 60 76

CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES

Name Location Type Tel
CAMBRIDGE (Hommes) Méribel – Centre 04 79 00 53 30
DIABOLO (Enfants) Méribel – Centre 04 79 08 60 54
LA MODE DES MONTAGNES Méribel – Centre 04 79 00 51 43
TAIKA Méribel – Centre 04 79 00 53 09

Non Skiing Activities

Aside from skiing, Méribel offers a fabulous range of activities. It is advisable to book these before your arrival to avoid disappointment. We would be delighted to make any reservations on your behalf. Your dedicated Purple Ski minibus will be available to drop you off and pick you up for any of these within the Méribel valley. For further afield, we can of course book a taxi for you. For further information or to make a booking please speak to your chalet manager.

Exploring the 3 Valleys

Snow-shoe Walking: There is no better way for the non-skier to explore the history of the area and the wildlife than by snowshoe walking. Mark Tennent at Simply Savoie offers day trips for €250 - €300 per group of 1-4 people, and half-day trips for €140 - €200, but he can also arrange to accommodate larger groups. Mark can meet you at your chalet or another agreed meeting point. There is also the possibility of an evening snowshoe and dinner at the Refuge de la Traye (above Méribel Les Allues), which could be a wonderful alternative to dining in a restaurant on your Chef's night off.

Hot Air Ballooning: Why not indulge yourself in a once in a lifetime experience and take a hot air balloon ride over the Alps? The cost is €260 per adult (€480 for a couple) for a 45 min - 1 hour 15 minute flight, weather permitting. Children under 12 can fly for €180, and must be accompanied by an adult.

Parapenting: For a change of scenery, why not get a bird's eye view of the Alps by trying your hand at parapenting? Weather-permitting, you can parapente any day of the week. For around €110 you can glide from the top of Saulire, dropping over 1000m down to the Truite piste near the centre of town. You can easily book this on the day from the top of Saulire and Col de la Loze at one of the many operators' stalls, but we can also help arrange this for you in advance if needed. You must be able to confidently ski a blue piste. Make sure you wear warm clothes.

Snowmobile: What fun to whiz around the pistes after dark on a snowmobile, either on your own on or with a friend on the back. With Snow Biker, adults can hire a snowmobile (accompanied by a guide) for €110 for one hour, €150 for 90 minutes, and an extra €20 per passenger. Children can also experience the thrill of tearing around at a cost of only €10 for 10 minutes (2pm - 5pm). The minimum age is 4 years if accompanied by an adult (maximum 12 years). Outings can be booked on the day, depending on the weather. Make sure you wrap up warm! Helmets are provided.

Val Heliski: Catering for all off-piste ski and snowboard abilities, Val Heliski offer all-inclusive day trips that promise to show you unbeatable heliski terrain accessed directly from their private heli-landing zone. They offer a range of packages including guided ski excursions, heli-scenic tours and split boarding courses. Prices start at €99pp and include a door-to-door service.

Scenic Flights: Take a flight high above Méribel resort to see the mountains in all of their snow-capped glory. A beautiful treat for yourself or a loved one. Flights take-off from Méribel Altiport and are chartered by experienced, fully-qualified pilots. Prices depend on your flight time and path; all prices quoted are per person and approximate, minimum 2 people per flight:
 Méribel Valley (duration 10 minutes): €50
 Trois Vallées (duration 20 minutes): €90
 The Tarentaise (duration 30 minutes): €120

Family fun in the Snow

Night-time Tobogganing: A 2km sledging run takes you from the top of the Combes chairlift down into central Mottaret. €6 gets you one run, with roasted marshmallows and hot drinks awaiting you on completion (€12 gets you as many runs as you like). From 5.30 to 7.30pm every Thursday. Helmets compulsory, sledges can be rented from many of the Mottaret ski rental shops (very popular so arrive early!). Alternatively you can book your own private guide to take you down the Lapin piste in pitch black - not for the faint hearted! Professionals accompany you the whole way down, and provide an extensive safety briefing, helmets, glow sticks, and of course the sledges themselves. Quotes dependent on group numbers and available upon request.

Igloo-building: A fun evening activity for children aged 7-13. A Prosneige instructor will help them be creative, designing and building their own igloo. Children will end their two-hour session with a hot chocolate.

Dog-sledding: Experience the adrenaline of exploring the mountains on a sleigh drawn by 7-10 huskies. A professional musher will guide you for one hour, including a full 30 minutes of sledding. Be sure to wrap up warm! This is great fun but can be quite physical in deep snow.

Horse-drawn sleigh ride: Enjoy the beautiful Lac de Tueda on the edge of the Parc National de Vanoise from a traditional horse drawn sleigh. Prices start from €55 for half an hour for 1 to 4 passengers. The Lac de Tueda tour costs €95 for one hour.

Equestrian Centre: Located at the heart of the valley on the Truite piste, Méribel's equestrian centre offers a number of horsey activities, including excursions into the snowy forest, pony sledge rides for children, and ski-joëring (a horse pulls you along on your skis - they even have a slalom and jumps for you to try…!). Open every day from 9am - 8pm.

Fitness, Spa & Relaxation

Massages: Purple Ski is one of the few companies to employ in-house masseuses in Méribel. We have two permanent and highly qualified holistic therapists on the team who are available to treat you at your chalet and help ease away the tensions of everyday life and even help with your long-term well-being. For details click here.

Le Spa Nuxe: Based at the Kaïla Hotel, the Spa Nuxe offers a variety of beauty treatments, steam room, spa, and sauna. It is open from 10am to 1pm and 2pm - 8pm every day. Booking is advised.

Fitness area at the Olympic Centre: Run by a fitness professional, the fitness area offers cardio-training, fitness-training, a weights room, rowing machines, steppers, running machines, and fitness bicycles. It is open from 9am-9pm Monday - Friday, and entry costs €12 (or €14 for gym + pool).

Yoga and Pilates: Sarah Sims is a qualified physiotherapist, massage therapist, and yoga and pilates instructor, who is also a ski instructor so knows what you need after a long day on the hill! She will ensure you get the most out of your body for the best skiing/snowboarding experience the following day. This season she is also offering a unique activity, 'Snow Yoga', which is exactly as it sounds - yoga out in the snow! You will be given an inflatable board to stand on, providing an amazing stable surface on the snow which is insulating so won't be so cold under foot. Spaces limited to 8 per class.

Mindfulness: Alison Prideaux MA offers in depth mindfulness training for experienced meditators and beginners. She teaches adults, children, medical staff and corporate groups. Alison brings an engaging way of strengthening focus and attention. Make the most of your holiday to thoroughly destress and learn a new skill which will serve you well on the slopes as well as back in the office. Mindfulness is good for you and anyone can do it! €80 per hour for individuals or groups.

Méribels indoor treats

Ice Skating: Fun for adults and children, the ice rink in Méribel (situated next to the swimming pool at La Chaudanne) is open every day from 2.30-7 pm. Adults skate for €7.50, under 13s for €6; children under 5 years can skate for €3. Be sure to wear warm clothes and thick gloves. Ice hockey matches are also frequently held there at 8.30pm, making it a great activity for the chef's night off. Ask your chalet manager to find out what's on when you are in Méribel.

Swimming Pool: Méribel's 25m pool is open every day from 2.30pm-7pm (until 8pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays; also open 10am - 12pm on Sundays). Entry is €4.50 for adults, €3.50 for children and free for under 5s.

Bowling: Méribel's bowling alley is also situated at La Chaudanne along with the ice rink and swimming pool. There is a 6-lane bowling alley, billiards, bar, and snacks. So why not visit with friends and family for some alternative après ski? It is open daily from 2pm-2am, but book early as it can get very busy. It is also open from 10am if the weather is bad.

Indoor Climbing Wall: Another exciting addition to our well-equipped Olympic Centre, the 14m climbing wall is open every day and free for those with their own equipment, insurance, and proof of experience. For less experienced climbers, the Bureau des Guides can offer a 2 hour session assisting you in your first climb, or helping you to improve your skills and climbing techniques. Children must be 6 years old or over.

Casino de Brides les Bains: For those with a penchant for a spot of gambling, why not visit the casino down in Brides les Bains, open Tuesday - Saturday from 6pm. The casino also has concerts and weekly entertainment.

Méribel Resort Summary

Resort Summary
Currency:
Resort Altitude: 1450m (4757ft)
Winter season: December to April
Area: French Alps
Purpose built: Yes
Nearest town: Moutiers
Ski area: The Three Valleys
Lift-linked resorts: Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, St-Martin-de-Belleville
Lifts & Slopes
Highest lift: 3200m (10498ft)
Lowest lift: 1300m (4265ft)
Vertical drop: 1900m (6233ft)
Number of lifts: 41
Uplift capacity: 65000 p/hr
Number of pistes: 64
Beginner: 33
Intermediate: 24
Expert: 7
Total piste length: 150km
Snow parks: 2
Cross country: 33km
Tourist Office
Tourist office: Méribel Office du Tourisme
Address: BP 1, Méribel Savoie
Country: France
Zip Code: 73550
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 01
Fax: +33 (0)4 79 00 59 61
Email: info@Meribel.net
Website: www.meribel.net
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