Skiing up to 3,230 metres
Family Ski Méribel
A delightful Chalet Hotel with the guaranteed snow and the sensational Three valleys skiing virtually from your doorstep
Lying at the heart of the world’s biggest inter-linked ski area with its endless variety of terrain, Méribel has plenty to offer all ages and all levels, a perfect location for your next Esprit family ski holiday!
The Méribel valley offers a combination of cruisy glades and open boulevards, which enjoy both morning and afternoon sun, and the huge state-of-the-art lift system allows guests to access the full 600kms of slopes with ease. Certainly Méribel’s location in the middle valley is a major benefit, putting both Courchevel on the one side and the guaranteed snow of Val Thorens and the Glacier de Péclet on the other within easy reach.
Families who want to ski together are spoilt for choice in the Méribel area, with a good choice of blues and reds. These same slopes make ideal terrain for Sprite Beginners and Improvers, whilst the Intermediates may well head further afield with their instructors, and the Spritelets area is just above the Alba. For all families however, of whatever standard, the slopeside location of our Chalet Hotel Alba is a major benefit.
Méribel is one of the most picturesque in the Three Valleys area, with attractive chalet-style buildings of local stone and wood bringing a true village ambience.
Our Esprit family Chalet Hotel Alba is convenient both for the skiing, as you can see from the images, and for the resort’s amenities, and has been carefully chosen to provide a comfortable and relaxing family base from which to enjoy all that Méribel has to offer.
“We cannot speak highly enough of the Esprit service in the resort. The staff were superb – helpful, friendly and enthusiastic at all times. They really made the holiday special over Christmas, and our children enthused about the child care.”
Méribel, December 2009
Five mornings a week, children in Esprit Sprite classes are collected from the hotel’s meeting point by our staff (and/or the ski school instructors) and taken to the appropriate slopes for their lessons or to the Snow Club for morning fun.
At the end of the morning lesson or Snow Club, children joining Supervised Lunch, afternoon Snow Club or with afternoon Sprite or Spritelet sessions will be collected and returned to the Alba for lunch.
The Snow Club is based in the Alba with outings for their specific snow fun activities. All children in afternoon Sprites or Spritelets will be taken to and collected from their session by our staff and will join the Snow Club children for the remainder of the afternoon, before high tea.
We ask that Nursery children and Spritelet Snow Clubbers are delivered to the Nursery or Snow Club by their parents. Nursery lunches are held in the Alba. Nursery children must be collected by their parents at 5pm and accompanied at high tea, whilst all other children will be supervised by our staff through high tea until 6pm.
Mini Cocoa Club will run in the Nursery 6 nights a week from 7.30-9.30pm for children aged 3-5 years. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children.
Cocoa Club runs in the Nursery from 7.30pm until 10pm on six nights a week and is available to all children aged 6-12 years. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children. Parents can put their children to bed and enjoy a further hour of relaxation, making the most of our Baby-Listening/Child-Patrol Service, which runs till 11pm.
See our Esprit Classic Child Care page for more details
Ski range from 1,400 – 3,230m
Whether you are skiing or snowboarding, Méribel is considered one of the best places in the Alps to learn, with excellent English-speaking instructors and plentiful easier runs to move onto once you have mastered the basics on the nursery slopes.
With a Three Valleys lift-pass, intermediates can explore 600kms of pisted snow, all fully inter-connected, and in a full week in the Three Valleys you may rarely ski the same run twice. The runs on the Saulire side are all excellent and there are convenient patches of off-piste that run alongside the reds, so you can practice your fresh snow techniques without going too far afield.
Advanced skiers can attack giant bumps and steep couloirs or simply notch up the mileage, cruising the whole magnificent system. High up on Mont Vallon the going gets tough, with excellent off-piste and some testing long runs, or you can try out the famous couloirs of the Saulire and the tricky bumps of the Chanrossa.
Either side of the Bartevelle mogul fields there are great powder possibilities after a fresh fall, as there are on the high altitude, open snow-bowls of Val Thorens. With so much space to choose from across this huge area, you have a great chance of finding un-tracked powder for some time after each fresh snowfall.
Méribel is a great resort for boarders, and the whole Three Valleys has many snow-parks for boarders to practice their tricks and jumps. The Mottaret snow-park is the most popular, and is served by its own chairlift. It has a vertical drop of more than 300m, with two half-pipes, two quarter-pipes, three tables, one spine, and a 700m long four-man boarder-cross course!
Méribel is one of the liveliest resorts in the Alps, so there is always plenty going on. There is ample choice of family-friendly restaurants to choose from on your Chalet Hotel staff’s one night off, as well as fine-dining restaurants like the Grand Coeur and La Chaudanne.
- Sports centre with heated pool * Olympic ice-skating and hockey
- Husky Sledding
- Horse-drawn sleigh rides
- Snowmobiling in Mottaret
- Sightseeing flights
- 95 shops
- Health club with squash court and gym
This refers to the snow on the *Péclet Glacier
See booking Conditions - Section 16. e
We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively before the season starts, to ensure that Esprit guests will enjoy every meal with us.