Meribel - Centre of The Three Valleys
Meribel is where it all began for Basecamp. Without doubt one of the most popular and well situated resorts in Europe, with some of the finest aprés to boot!
One of the most popular destinations for British skiers (the resort was, in fact, founded by a British Colonel, Peter Lindsay, in 1938). Meribel is located in the middle of the the epic Three Valleys, and has a lively town centre with loads of good shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The town itself is 1400 metres above sea level, and it's advantageous central position means you're able to get to neighbouring resorts such as Val Thorens and Courchevel in only a couple of lifts.
The aprés scene is also a massive feature to the resort, with the famous Folie Douce pumping tunes until the end of the ski day, the Rond-Point continuing through the night, and O'Sullivans to take you through the night Meribel is a non-stop party town!
Meribel sits in the middle of the Three Valleys, the biggest in the world with over 600km of pistes well connected by an extensive lift system and has plenty of terrain to challenge any level of skier or rider.
Around the Altiport you'll find gentle, tree-lined runs and there's an abundant number of wide red runs and practice some high speed carving. There are huge areas for freeriders to explore with lots of powder faces. Take a run down underneath the Plan de Homme for some good tree runs and rock dodging. There's good off-piste at Mont Vallon and Cote Brune, which shouldn't be missed, along with another 14, 000 hectares for you to explore.
The main terrain park, Moon park, is accessed by the Arpasson draglift. It includes a triple line kicker for all levels, some advanced rails, a big spine jump and a new step up to step down feature. Plenty to keep you practicing your freestyle for the season. The park also includes a new 'chill and grill' BBQ that opened in 2009.
So, whether it is the half-pipe in the Moon park, the couloirs and bowls of Courchevel, the snow-sure glaciers in Val Thorens, the fierce moguls of the Roc De Tougne or the off-piste of Mont Vallon and Cote Brune, the variety and diversity of slopes The Three Valleys has to offer is unrivalled.
Courses in Meribel
Meribel is famous for its ski-in, ski-out chalet accommodation and our course accommodation is no exception! We offer accommodation in two chalets.
Les Matines is located just off the slopes nestled amongst the trees on a snowy path just off the ski slope into Meribel, so you can ski to and from your front door. It's only a 5 minute walk to the heart of Meribel with its lively atmosphere, street bands, and cafe culture.
The large, south-facing sun terrace is the perfect place to relax with an afternoon drink, as you soak up the magnificent view of the sun setting over the mountains.
The lounge/dining area is very cosy with a log fireplace, comfy furniture, TV and DVD player, WiFi, iPod docking station and a selection of board games. Large French windows let in plenty of natural light and open out onto the terrace.
The chalet is split in two, there is one main building with 5 twin/double bedrooms, and one apartment downstairs, with 1 double/twin room, and 4 sofa beds in the apartment living room (two Basecampers will be accommodated in here during the course.)
Chalet Leopold is a chalet apartment based further up the mountain in the middle of Mottaret, so whilst it's a bit further from the central Meribel nightlife it is a ski purists dream location.
The chalet sleeps 8 people in 3 twin rooms, and two private rooms. There's a comfortable seating area with a snug fireplace, epic mountain vistas, and a large dining room table for you to enjoy the hot home cooked meals on offer.
We recommend Chalet Leopold for our older clients who will be able to advantage of the superb skiing location.
Self Catering Apartments
We are offering a selection of studio and 1 bedroom apartments in Meribel for seasonal rental.
Location - The apartments are located in the Morel region of Meribel centre, next to the popular Chez Kiki bar and restaurant, supermarket a short walk from the Morel lift, and 10 minutes walk to the main town centre.
Layout - Basic but comfortable, the apartments are secure and atypical seasonnaire style accommodation with a living room (that doubles up as a sleeping area for 2 people), bathroom (with toilet, bath/shower and sink), kitchen and bedroom (2 single beds).
Each apartment has a dining table with chairs, and a kitchen with cooking facilities. We also have a studio Cabine available which is ideal for a couple, or two sharing. By signing onto our self-catering course you will have a bed in one of the apartments.
The night life in Meribel is well renowned and adopts the same concept as many alpine resorts. After a long day on the slopes, the après options are endless, there are loads of slope side bars, a pumping Folie Douce up the mountain, and Le Rond Point (voted in the top 10 après bars in the world) for live music and a great atmosphere.
For those keen for a bit more than just après, the pubs and clubs of Meribel stay open until the early hours. Over the last 10 years, our Basecampers have taken to O'Sullivans, which is the central hub for loud music, great cocktails and a busy dance floor. The club is very popular amoungst seasonaires and provides for a great night out.
If clubbing until the early hours is not up your street then Bar Barometer will provide as a great alternative amongst others who have their own style and way of doing things.
Whatever you are looking for in the evenings, we can guarantee that you won't be disappointed and Meribel's huge choice of evening entertainment is one of the reasons why we started here 12 years ago.