Slope off to Meribel: group skiing trips to France

Date Posted: 06/11/2014

Meribel in France’s Three Valley’s is hosting the Skiing World Cup next year. The good news is it’s all geared up for group trips.

Despite having an average temperature of minus two degrees in winter, Meribel looks set to be one of the world’s hottest destinations for the start of next year.

At the end of January, the resort in France’s famous Three Valleys will host the British Forces Open Ski Championships. Then in March the elite snow athletes of the world will descend upon the place for the Skiing World Cup.

To say the resort’s hotels and tourist attractions are ready for their five minutes of fame is an understatement. Meribel will be playing its A-game when it comes to tourism next year.

The good news is, the resort is geared up for groups, too.

Accommodation for parties

Meribel’s signature accommodation is mountain chalets, which are idea for groups. Chalets sleep up to 13 people at a time and larger groups could always book a couple of sites.

The Pierre Et Vacanes Les Fermes De Meribel is a five-room apartment that sleeps up to ten people. It’s right in the centre of Meribel Village and has direct access to the slopes.

The Chalet Raffortaine sleeps up to 13 people at a time and it’s got cosy written all over it thanks to a wood fire.

The Christmas 102 chalet has room for ten people and has two balconies where you can soak up the scenery.

The Chalet Le Cruet can accommodate 12 people. This one’s pretty modern inside, but book nooks and soft rugs keep it cosy.

If you did want to book into a hotel, however, the Hotel Kaila has 38 rooms, including a few 240-square metre suites.

Group trips away from the slopes

Skiing isn’t the only pastime in Meribel. Time flies when you’re in the snow.

Groups of eight can get together with Ecole de Ski Francaise to take a snow shoe trip. You’ll leave your tracks in Meribel’s valley forests before sitting down to dinner in one of the resort’s restaurants.

Snow shoe adventures can also be taken at night when your journey will be lit by both the starlight and your handheld torch. Trips with Raquett'Evasion end in an igloo, where you can enjoy a meal of fondue and regional dishes.

Alternatively, ‘mush’ your way through Meribel’s snow globe-style wilderness on a husky-drawn sled safari. Visit traineauevasion@club-internet.fr for more information.

Something off piste for non-skiers

When you’re travelling as a group, you’ll always have people in your party who have slightly different interests. If there are non-skiers in your clan, Meribel has plenty of ways they can occupy their days.

There’s no shortage of spas in Meribel. Some of them are only pint-sized, so they can’t accept groups. The Spa Nuxe in Hotel Kaila is one of the largest spas, and features a pool and multi-sensory showers on its resume.

Non-skiers could easily spend a day in the Olympic Centre, which was built for the Winter Games in 1992. This place is home to a 1,800 metre ice rink and an aqua centre with waterslides and relaxation area.

Apres Ski

Meribel’s bars and restaurants are on peak performance. Some lend themselves especially well to group get-togethers.

The Bar Lounge Le Postre Secours is a welcoming cocktail bar that serves tapas and a wide range of wines to boot.

The Restaurant Le Crepe has a menu that harnesses the local ingredients of the Meribel region. There’s an outdoor terrace here, too, with views of the ski slopes.

The Restaurabnt L’Ekrin is run by Michelin-star chef Laurent Azoulay and serves regional dishes in a cockle-warming setting.

Meribel is just 18 kilometres from the Moutlers Eurostar tunnel, which has direct links to St Pancras in London. For more information about the accommodation e-mail infos@meribel-reservation.net or visit www.meribel-reservation.net.

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