The insider’s guide to Méribel
Long-term Méribel supporter and business owner Colin Mathews, founder of Meriski, gives us the benefit of his decades-long connection.
“Méribel is 80 years old this winter season & I have been enjoying it for nigh on 40 years!! The skiing has always been fabulous, but it just gets better & better, both on & off piste.
My favourite ski run has always been the timeless “Choucas” piste served by the CHERFERIE drag lift (just about the only remaining drag-lift in Méribel), it is not a very long piste but is always a delight at any time of the day. It is adjacent to the classic Roc de Fer World Cup Downhill piste.
For an off piste trek you can’t beat a ski tour up the Borgne glacier (to the right of Mont Vallon) & from the summit you can look over the back at the Gebroulaz Glacier & the Vanoise National Park, or down where you came from towards the Les Allues valley – take a picnic & a drink & savour the views before your descent
My favourite restaurant is Les CRETES, at the top of TOUGNETE, on the summit border with St.Martin de Belleville – there is always a warm welcome from JoJo & his team; after a snack, a drink or a healthy Savoyard lunch you can ski away in any direction on the most flattering of pistes; or enjoy a little powder too.
La Folie Douce is the place to go for a long lunch, on piste music & a gentle slide back on the home runs towards Rond Point…..via the exciting new Le Monchu restaurant!!
For a change by day why not try Ski Joering (skiing behind horses) & by night watch some Ice Hockey matches which take place every week.”