Flights for peak weeks (i.e. school holidays) tend to be much more expensive. If you're traveling during a busy week, it's well worth booking far in advance.
Pro Tip: use Google Flights to track airline ticket prices. As well as going up, off-peak airline prices can also go down. Google Flights can send you an alert any that prices for your preferred flights go up or down.
Pro Tip: If you're arriving on Saturday, it can sometimes be cheaper to get a late-night Friday flight and stay in a Geneva Airport hotel overnight (double rooms available from £80 online). That way, you can save money and be on the slopes by late morning.
Using a specialist company is usually the most cost-effective and least stressful way to get from the airport to Meribel. Both Chambery and Geneva airports are served by all the major airport transfer companies. Return transfers start around €80 per person. Looking for Meribel transfer companies? Click here.
For small groups, a shared transfer works out most economical. That means you'll be sharing the minbus with strangers who are also going to Meribel or nearby. There might be a short wait in the airport. But after that, you will be rolling.
For larger groups, you can save money by booking a private transfer for your group alone. Meet you driver in arrivals. As soon as you're all ready, you're off!
If you are (alpine) skiing or snowboarding, then each member of your group will need their own lift pass. Your chalet company will usually arrange this for you and have it waiting on arrival. First-timers usually require no more than a local-area Meribel Valley Lift Pass. More confident adventurers will be glad they chose the Full-Area Three Valleys option.
|13 yrs - 64 yrs (Adult)||€ 249.00|
|5 yrs - 12 yrs (Child)||€ 224.10|
|65 yrs - 75 yrs (Senior)||€ 219.60|
|* DUO Rate (2 people)||€ 242.00|
|* Tribu Rate (3 people or more)||€ 239.00|
|Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children up to 5-18 yrs)||€ 200.00|
|13 yrs - 64 yrs (Adult)||€ 300.00|
|5 yrs - 12 yrs (Child)||€ 240.00|
|65 yrs - 75 yrs (Senior)||€ 270.00|
|* DUO Rate (2 people)||€ 290.00|
|* Tribu Rate (3 people or more)||€ 285.00|
|Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children up to 5-18 yrs)||€ 240.10|
Most skiers and snowboarders hire their equipment in resort. That way, you always have the latest technology, and the hire company can handle maintenance etc. You can hire skis and poles, snowboards, boots, helmets and more. Choose from three levels:
Sports 1600 practically have ski-in ski-out access to their shop for all ages and abilities of skiers in Meribel.www.sports1600.com
Ski hire delivery or shop. Great prices and top-of-the-line equipment. Available in Meribel and across the Three Valleys.www.whitestorm.fr
Dream location just 100m from the main Tourist Office. Free shuttle to and from their shop. Equipment delivery available.www.meribel-ski-service.com
Save money with a price-match guarantee. Find comparable ski hire for less, and they will match the price you've been quoted.www.skihigher.com
With FreeSki you're free to choose. Collect your ski and snowboard equipment or have it delivered to your accommodation.www.meribel-ski-rental.com
Operating from their workshop in La Tania, Skis Direct deliver to all of Courchevel and Meribel. Equipment Insurance avaialable.www.skis-direct.co.uk
Established in 2000. Now one of the leading ski hire companies in the 3 Valleys. Ask them about storage solutions.www.freeride.fr
If you're just starting out, then skiing or snowboarding lessons are a must. But lessons aren't just for beginners. Meribel has some amazing ski schools and they can do a lot more than just get you started on the slopes. Intermediates and advanced snowheads: talk to your ski school about your specific requirements to see what they can offer.
Michael is an expert ski instructor who specialises in ensuring you get the most out of your time on the slopes. A fully qualified Ski Instructor in Méribel and Courchevel since the year 2000.skiinstructormeribel.com
New Generation Ski School have taught many of our past guests always with great reviews. They offer a choice of courses, clinics and private coaching.www.skinewgen.com
The new name for Magic in Motion. All ages and abilities. Known for their fantastic kids lessons. Wide range of English-speaking ski and snowboard lessons.www.oxygene.ski
All British instructors. They will have you eating up the blue runs and taming the reds in no time at all. Private, group and off-piste lessons.www.parallel-lines.com
Available in Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel. Group and private lessons available with native English-speaking instructors.www.sweetsnowsports.com
A host of fully qualified, friendly instructors. All lessons are given in English with French and Italian lessons also available.www.skimarmalade.com
A small friendly ski school offering all private lessons and a very personal service. Run by Bastien – an excellent ski instructor for families, adults and off-piste too.www.skiexcel.com
Childcare provision in Meribel is very good, with lots of companies to choose from. If you're unsure which is right for you, your chalet company will be able to recommend a local nanny to keep the kids entertained while you get a well-earned break on the slopes.
With 8 years experience working as a nanny in the French Alps, company founder Nicole decided to start Meribel Nanny Services, a reliable and personal childcare service. Ensuring you have a relaxed enjoyable holiday.www.meribelnannyservices.com
Caring for children of all age groups. Little Chicks Child Care are based in Val D'Isere but serve Meribel, too. With a team of highly qualified nannies and with great rates Little Chicks Child Care aim to take the hassle out of your holiday.www.littlechickschildcare.com
Merinannies have been providing professional childcare in the French and Austrian Alps since 2003. Their aim is to offer families the best nanny service for peace of mind and a memorable family ski holiday.www.merinannies.com
Offering a high quality, friendly and trustworthy service since 2008. Personal and professional, SnowBugs entertain your little ones in the comfort of your own chalet in the beautiful ski resorts of the Meribel and Courchevel Valleys.www.snowbugs.co.uk
T4 Nanny are experts in chilcare and ensuring the key ingredients of your happy holiday are in place. Each day a T4 Nanny will take your children out for an adventure. This includes trips to the farm or sledding down a mini hill.www.t4nanny.com