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)||€ 255.00|
|5 yrs - 12 yrs (Child)||€ 205.00|
|65 yrs - 75 yrs (Senior)||€ 229.50|
|* DUO Rate (2 people)||€ 248.00|
|* Tribu Rate (3 people or more)||€ 245.00|
|Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children up to 5-18 yrs)||€ 205.00|
|13 yrs - 64 yrs (Adult)||€ 306.00|
|5 yrs - 12 yrs (Child)||€ 244.80|
|65 yrs - 75 yrs (Senior)||€ 275.40|
|* DUO Rate (2 people)||€ 296.00|
|* Tribu Rate (3 people or more)||€ 291.00|
|Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children up to 5-18 yrs)||€ 244.80|
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:
To receive an EXTRA 10% off your ski hire, enter the discount code DMTEN into Slide Candy's online booking system before you arrive in resort. In total, this will save you 30% OFF in-resort prices. Let them know your skiing dates and they will come to the chalets to deliver and fit your gear.www.slidecandy.com
Ski and snowboard hire available for delivery or in the resort shop. Well-maintained equipment, all the latest technology.www.whitestorm.fr
Sports 1600 practically have ski-in ski-out access to their shop for all ages and abilities of skiers in Meribel.www.sports1600.com
The Boot Lab offer a personalised, no satisafction/no fee, ski boot fitting service in Courchevel & Meribel.thebootlab.co.uk
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.
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
Oxygene is the new name for Magic in Motion. Lessons for 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
SnowLimits Ski School provides a friendly and professional service offering a full range of Snowsports tuition with a keen interest in teaching children. SnowLimits has been awarded ‘Trip Advisor Award of Excellence’ due to all the positive reviews received from clients. All instructors are British and fully qualified to the highest level.www.snowlimitsskischool.com
A host of fully qualified, friendly instructors. All lessons are given in English with French and Italian lessons also available.www.skimarmalade.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
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