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Chapter Two Where to stay in Meribel?

The Meribel Valley is the central of the world-famous Three Valleys. Because it's in the centre, it gives arguably the best access to the full range of world-class skiing which is right on your doorstep.

The skiing within this valley ranges from 1100m right up to 2950m, giving you almost two vertical kilometers in the one valley. There are four different "Meribel" Resorts. This is very common through the French Alps, where you've a group of villages all close to each other that trade under the same main name, sometimes the only differentiation being an indicator of their altitude.

It's easy to tell the difference and find your way around. But it's worth knowing the differences before you book. The closer you are to Meribel Centre, and its prized Chaudanne area of ski lifts, the more you can expect to pay for your chalet holiday.

Compare the Three Valleys to other ski areas...

The Four Meribels One Valley, Four Connected Resorts

Les Allues (1100m)

A small village offering great value for money, Les Allues is located right at the base of the Meribel Valley. Skiing in Les Allues is normally restricted to the very peak of the winter. At the start and end of the season, the altitude is too low to sustain enough snow. Although there are two ski runs into Les Allues, many prefer to take the bubble lift back down, especially towards the end of the season.

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Meribel Village (1400m)

Meribel Village is a quaint village just to the North of Meribel Centre. It has very few facilities but during the peak ski season the Apres Ski can get lively at the local bar Lodge du Village. As Meribel Village is 300m higher than Les Allues the snow will keep for longer and for most of the ski season Meribel Village is Ski-in Ski-out.

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Meribel Centre (1450m)

The focal point of the valley and the original resort, Meribel Centre is the most lively and most sought-after of the four options. This is where you will find facilities like banks, post offices, the tourist office etc. It's also the nerve centre of Meribel skiing, with La Chaudanne lift providing a natural meeting place and starting point for many days out on the slopes. This is what many people really mean when they say "Meribel".

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Meribel Mottaret (1750m)

Meribel Mottaret the furthest South and highest of the main villages of Meribel. The nightlife and apres ski here is very quiet and it mainly consists of French Hotels and self catered apartments. For its altitude and access to the skiing, Mottaret offers amazing value. Getting to Meribel Centre from Meribel Mottaret is just a short bus drive away. Or you can enjoy a pleasant ski down a gentle green called Truite (or more affectionately "The Trout").

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