Meribel and Courchevel ski resorts along with a third resort, Val Thorens make up a vast ski area called the Trois Vallees (Three Valleys). Each resort is quite different. Courchevel Village (1850) is smart, sophisticated and with exceptional restaurants, shops and bars, this is the snowy playground that entices the rich and famous. Courchevel Moriond (1650) is quieter, with an old village centre. Meribel has a more down to earth, family feel to it. The 150km of pistes that are Meribel skiing are accessed by a world-record breaking system of high-capacity gondolas that gets more skiers up the hill quicker than any other ski resort, and being the centre valley allows easy access to both Courchevel and Val Thorens.
|Beginner Ski Area||25%|
|Intermediate Ski Area||30%|
|Advanced Ski Area||45%|
|Average Annual Snowfall||3.5m|
|Geneva Airport||4 hours|
Having skied from both Courchevel and Meribel I think I'd struggle to decide which one to stay at next time as there are pros and cons to each. I think Courchevel on its own is great for a few days but then you really want to visit the other resorts. We stayed at 1850 and had a great week there. We aren't super rich but our hotel was reasonable, and like many hotels in French ski fields we had breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Lunch on the ski fields is one of the pleasures of skiing in France.