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Chapter Four Organising Ski Holiday Extras Ski hire, ski lessons and more

Book Flights

The nearest airport to Meribel is Chambery. However, most people tend to opt for the more regular flights into Geneva, just over two hours from the resort itself.

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.

Airport Transfers

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.

1-6 passengers

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.

7+ Passengers

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!

Find Transfer Providers

Lift Pass

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.

Option 1: For Beginners Meribel Valley Lift Pass

Six-Day Pass for Main Season (22nd Dec 2018 - 12th April 2019)

Age Price
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

Option 2: For Adventurers Full-Area Three Valleys Lift Pass

Six-Day Pass for Main Season (22nd Dec 2018 - 12th April 2019)

Age Price
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

Ski Hire

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:

BlueBeginners and intermediates

Red Competent intermediates

Black For advanced skiers

Ski Hire Companies

Slide Candy

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

White Storm

Ski and snowboard hire available for delivery or in the resort shop. Well-maintained equipment, all the latest technology.

www.whitestorm.fr

Ski Chic

Enter the measurements of the ski outfit you'd like to hire & the address of your accommodation. They will deliver your package the day you arrive in resort. Super simple, super stylish.

www.ski-chic.com

Sports 1600

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

The Boot Lab offer a personalised, no satisafction/no fee, ski boot fitting service in Courchevel & Meribel.

thebootlab.co.uk

Meribel Ski Service

Dream location just 100m from the main Tourist Office. Free shuttle to and from their shop. Equipment delivery available.

www.meribel-ski-service.com

Ski Higher

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

FreeSki

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

Skis Direct

Operating from their workshop in La Tania, Skis Direct deliver to all of Courchevel and Meribel. Equipment Insurance avaialable.

www.skis-direct.co.uk

Free Ride

Established in 2000. Now one of the leading ski hire companies in the 3 Valleys. Ask them about storage solutions.

www.freeride.fr

Ski Lessons

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.

Our favourite Ski Schools & Instructors

Michael Harrison

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

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 Ski

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

Parallel Lines

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

Sweet Snowsports

Available in Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel. Group and private lessons available with native English-speaking instructors.

www.sweetsnowsports.com

SnowLimits

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

Ski Marmalade

A host of fully qualified, friendly instructors. All lessons are given in English with French and Italian lessons also available.

www.skimarmalade.com

Ski Excel

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

A-Z All Meribel Ski Schools

Childcare

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.

A-Z of Meribel Childcare Providers

Meribel Nanny Services

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

Little Chicks

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

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

SnowBugs

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

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