About the surrounding area
The Méribel Valley is one of the most popular ski destinations for British skiers thanks to its world class skiing, charming chalet-style architecture and village atmosphere. The resort was founded in the 1930s by a British skier, Peter Lindsay, and it has remained true to his vision: villages of chalet-style buildings set amongst trees. The Meribel valley is ideally placed at the heart of les 3 Vallees ski area and offers state-of-the-art lifts and snow-making facilities. Meribel has a wide range of up-market chalets and hotels as well as bustling apres-ski, high-end shopping and excellent sporting facilities.
Meribel Raffort is located between Meribel Centre and Méribel Village. Méribel Centre is the largest village in the valley offering the widest choice of accommodation, shops, sporting activities, restaurants and nightlife. The heart of Méribel Centre is located at the bottom of the village where there is the largest choice of shops and services. Meribel Village is now an attractive and popular mini-resort in its own right. The village is laid out around a sunny square where the chairlift is located, surrounded by shops and restaurants.
Nearby, in Méribel Village there are two restaurants: Le Bo a Mil is a characterful converted barn offering French and local cuisine and La Terrasse offers good French food. Alternatively, Meribel centre’s restaurants offer something for everyone from fine dining or local cuisine to burgers and takeaway pizzas.
Also see: Restaurants in Val d'Isere - Centre, France
The Fonteney Forest above Méribel Village is a protected area of mountain woodland. It is rich in wildlife, thanks to the proximity of the Vanoise National Park, and walkers may see deer, spot wild boar tracks, and hear woodpeckers, owls and birds of prey.
Things to Do nearby
Méribel offers a wide range of sporting activities, both winter and summer. In winter, you can enjoy skiing the 600km of pistes of Les 3 Vallées ski area with its snow parks, fun zones and cross-country trails. The resort’s Olympic Centre offers swimming, ice-skating, fitness, indoor climbing and bowling. Walking trails link the various villages and the adventurous can try activities such as paragliding, husky-sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, inner tubing, big air bags etc. In summer, Méribel offers mountain biking, hiking, an 18-hole golf course, tennis, kids’ clubs, flying, via ferrata and many more outdoor activities.
Also see: Things To Do in Val d'Isere - Centre, France
Méribel's 18-hole golf course is located at the Altiport area, a 10-minute drive from Méribel Village. It has a driving range, practice area and club house. The Club holds regular competitions throughout the summer; the course is closed in winter.
Also see: Golf Courses in Val d'Isere - Centre, France
Located in the village of Raffort, just minutes from the Olympe gondola that will you in the centre of Méribel, the shops and ski schools. From here you can also directly access the pistes of the Meribel Valley and the Three Valleys.
Also see: Ski Areas in Val d'Isere, France
For nightlife options, Meribel centre is the livliest area, only a 10 minutes drive away. Live music and DJs playing at a variety of bars. For a more chic, upmarket venue, Méribel’s offers a choice of smart lounge bars in the resort’s four and five-star hotels. Méribel has two nightclubs, one at the Olympic Centre and the other in the Mussillon area.
Also see: Bars in Val d'Isere - Centre, France