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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.”

This winter Meriski will celebrate its 34th season of providing luxury catered chalet holidays in Méribel. For current offers and to book online, click here.