Méribel - the heart of Les Trois Vallées ski area
Méribel lies at the heart of the Three Valleys, one of the most famous ski areas in the world. It offers over 600km of pistes, with over 111 off-piste trails and over 85% of its slopes over 1800 meters. On a holiday here you could conceivably ski a new ski valley with every gondola, enjoying fresh tracks with every turn and fit in a visit to swanky Courchevel and high-altitude Val Thorens.
Méribel is an ideal destination for larger mixed ability ski groups such as large families, groups of friends or corporate ski groups. The pistes here are extensive but equally suit beginners through to experts, with no one getting bored.
It’s easy to fall in love with Méribel town itself. Comprised of pretty chalet-style architecture, in wooded surroundings, with a friendly village atmosphere and so much going on. From the famous après, such as the excitable La Folie Douce, to Michelin-starred restaurants for delicious fine dining experiences. You can enjoy ultimate après or go totally zen, with hot pod yoga, an abundance of spas, and masses of non-ski activities including cross-country trails, snow-shoeing, wellness, swimming pools, cinema, ice rinks, shopping and so much more. Méribel holds the French national Famille Plus award as a resort dedicated to offering exceptional family holidays and experiences.
Our top tip this winter: Try out the Black Forest Challenge, a 3-kilometre themed sled track with 28 corners and a 470m descent.
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Morzine - the largest ski area in the world and perfect for mixed groups
Morzine has it all. In fact, it’s hard not to write an impossibly long list of everything it offers, for every ski level, type of visitor, group,non-skier.
Morzine itself is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, the largest ski area in the world. There are 650km of pistes, across 14 resorts, across both France and Switzerland. There are pistes of every orientation, from high altitude powder bowls to beautiful winding tree-lined runs and limitless off-piste.
For beginners, Morzine is incredibly well organised with dedicated beginner pistes, wonderful covered magic carpets and an abundance of highly qualified ski schools.
For intermediates, you might just have your ski legs, but you can still adventure here. There are endless blue runs through forests, gentle sloping wide pistes taking you back into Morzine town, other pistes taking you further afield to Les Gets, Super Morzine and Avoriaz.
For advanced and expert skiers, there are challenges galore, from powder bowls, steep and deeps, forest runs, and epic ski safaris taking in as many of the Portes du Soleil resorts as you can manage.
The town itself is picture perfect with the old streets in the village centre largely made up of traditional wooden chalets set against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Off-mountain there is every kind of activity from swimming pools and aquatic centres, to cinemas, bowling, ice skating, ice hockey, and many cultural events organised by the town itself. Morzine also offers a vibrant après scene, its dining experiences are now varied and high quality and there are many weekly events such as the torch lit descent into town every week with free mulled wine and live music to enjoy, weekly markets and mountain walks, non-ski mountain sports, and spas and shopping for indulgent days.
Variety is the selling point. Authentically alpine, every group from a corporate ski group to a family ski holiday to a group of mixed ability friends will all, without question, have all their ski holiday boxes ticked.
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