- Ski Touring Race – La Verticale du Hameau
- Raclette tasting show
- Night time Ski touring Race – Le Nocturnes du Hameau
- Christmas Festival
- New Year Festival with Fireworks
- Russian New Year Celebrations
- Armed Forces International Ski Championships
- Ice Hockey Championships
- Coeur Blanc Ski Challenge – Charity Marathon Race
- Les 3 Vallees Enduro - Ski, Snowboard and Telemark competition
Walking trails - There are many marked out and well maintained paths throughout Meribel. It is a very peaceful way to explore the village, some well lit routes means you don’t have to stop exploring when the sun goes down
Swimming - With a choice of swimming either indoors or outdoors you will find a pool to suit your preference
Spa’s - The day spa is perfect for when the weather isn’t at its best. You can revive your achy muscles and chose from the vast menu of treatments to get you back to full fitness before another day on the piste
Snowmobiling - If you enjoy hitting the snow with some serious speed then snowmobiling. There are signposted tracks and when it gets quieter you can head off into the woods and really tear up the powder
Snowshoeing - Strapping on some snow shoes and following a local guide is a great way to search out the mountain flora and fauna, see the hidden parts of the valley and listen and learn about the history of the resort
Tobogganing - One of the few winter activities that isn’t expensive. You can purchase a sledge at any of the sport shops and head to the nearest hill
Shopping - Not everyone’s usual choice of resort for shops but Meribel will surprise you with its small boutiques and high end sport shops, if you have forgotten anything at home you can certainly pick it up here
Paragliding - Known as ‘Parapenting’ in France and Switzerland, there are a number of companies in Meribel that will take you up in the air
Ice Skating - Perfect for children and families to enjoy the mountain views. There is more than one ice rink in Meribel so you can have lots of icy outings whilst on your holiday
GMT + 1 hour
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent, €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
COST OF LIFT PASSES (based on Dolomiti SuperSki pass)
** Seniors aged 65 and above
*** Family passes are available in some resorts
Please note that the above shows average prices, not resort specific.
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server EUR 50 for a EUR 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
The nearest airports to Meribel are:
- Geneva (180km)
- Chambery (102km)
- Grenoble (175km)
- Lyon (179km)
The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.