Meribel may be home to some of the best skiing in the world, but it’s certainly not all that it has to offer. From infamous après bars to exhilarating activities such as paragliding where you can enjoy the breath-taking views from new heights…here you will find our Meribel bucket list of absolute musts whilst visiting Meribel.
Known around the world as one of the best après there is, The Folie Douce is a truly emmersive après experience. Here you can enjoy lunch from one of their two fabulous restaurants, a self-serve café – La Petite Cuisine or their stylish and slightly more formal restaurant – La Fruitere, before heading out onto the terrace in time for après to commence. Or, ski straight to the door from mid-station Saulire in time for all the action.
For a sneak peak at what to expect – visit their website and view their teaser video for this season.
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Mountain Burger – Chez Biz
Widely regarded as the best burger in the alps and opening for the new season Saturday 7th December, Mountain Burger is NOT one to be missed. Located in the heart of Mottaret, this quick stop shop is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and find somewhere to enjoy some sunshine and a burger that you will be sure not to forget anytime soon.
Photo source: Moutain Burger Facebook
If you’re looking for a heart racing way to enjoy the beauty of The Three Valleys from new heights…at a rather high speed (65-105 km per hour to be exact) then this is the one for you.
Located at the Bouchet chairlift, once you’re safely strapped in, you will glide through the skies from Orelle to Val Thorens taking in the breath-taking surroundings. Currently holding the title as the world’s highest zip wire, it’s certainly not for the faint hearted but most definitely one to be put firmly on your Meribel bucket list.
For more information on the zip wire, visit the Val Thorens page.
Jacks Bar Après
Returning for the 2019/20 season in a bigger and better venue, replacing Meribar in the centre of town just at the foot of the piste. Jacks is a firm favourite amongst those who have been visiting Meribel for a number of years. After sadly closing and taking a break two years ago, it will no doubt be returning with a bang this season.
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Paragliding is an extremely popular activity in The Three Valleys, with many companies operating both in Meribel and throughout the valleys. When in Meribel, you will be launched either tandem or solo (plus your skis or board) from the top of Saulire or Col de Loze. A tandem flight usually in the afternoon lasts about 20 minutes and once launched you will soar gently through the skies enjoying relaxed glide down into resort taking in the unrivalled views the areas has to offer.
More details on where you can paraglide from can be found on the Whitetracks website.
Mission Black Forest
This sledging adventure is perfect for groups of friends and families looking to get competitive and take some time off their skis. The adventure begins at the Tougnete gondola where you will collect your sledge and helmet before heading up for the fun to begin.
Whether you’re a freestyling veteran or new to the park and looking to hone in on your skills, the Elements park has got something for everyone. Those looking for a little competition can race against friends, whooping their way along the boardercross. The park is fitted with cameras which can be activated by simply swiping your lift pass upon entry and once you’ve made it down to the bottom of the park, allowing you to download your video and time free of charge.
For more on the Elements park and Meribel’s infamous DC park, visit our blog on snowboarding in Meribel.
Ski to Orelle
Referred to as the fourth valley, Orelle is located on the far side of Val Thorens and stands as the highest point in the area at 3,320m. As you can imagine, the views are spectacular and due to its altitude you can count on there being fantastic snow conditions making it an all-round great day out. Orelle is well linked to the rest of the area making it an easily manageable day from Meribel. To help plan your day, you can download The Three Valleys piste map here.
Looking for a lunch to remember? Splash out at Le Monchu and you’ll be sure to find just that. Le Monchu is located in an idyllic spot set just back from the gentle Rhodos piste perfect for a long afternoon spent soaking up the sun. Le Monchu offers a stylish relaxed vibe before heating up for après with après parties on the terrace on Thursdays.
For lunch, they offer a varied menu with colourful starters, high-quality matured meat, burgers, fish, salads, pizzas and Savoyard specialities. With a cosy sofa area with sofas and beanbags dedicated to Veuve Clocquot champagne.
For more top tips on where to eat whilst in Meribel, head over to our blog.
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Go ice-skating or catch a puck
During the winter season ice hockey matches are held almost every Tuesday evening. At only €3 a ticket it is a thoroughly enjoyable and great value night out. Tickets cannot be reserved, though usually there are plenty of spaces available.
The ice rink in Meribel is located in the Olympic Centre at La Chaudanne. Normal opening hours are 2pm – 2am but in bad weather there is an earlier opening time of 11am.
Photo Source: Meribel Tourist Office
If you haven’t yet booked your accommodation for your next trip to Meribel, check out our remaining availability for this season or simply get in contact and a member of the team would be more than happy to help.