Méribel - delightful resort with guaranteed snow
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.
Chalet Hotel Alba - Close
- Superb 4-diamond Chalet Hotel in a perfect piste-side location
- Skiing to and almost from the doorstep, with the piste just 20m away Ski-bus stop just outside
- Approx. 10 minutes free ski-bus ride to the resort centre ? or a two-minute ski!
- Sauna, steam-room and indoor whirlpool spa-bath
- Prices From £871
Our Childcare In Méribel
|Childcare/Ski lesson||Age group||Description||Preview 2017/18 price||Main 2017/18 price|
|Nursery||17 weeks-40 months||All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days||£325||£349|
|Spritelets||3–4 years||Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons||£229||£239|
|Sprite Beginners||5–9 years||Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings||£229||£239|
|Sprite Improvers||6–10 years||Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings||£229||£239|
|Sprite Intermediates||7–11 years||For 7-11 year olds who have skied for a minimum of 2 weeks and are starting to parallel ski but still rely on snowploughing on trickier red runs - 5 mornings||£229||£239|
|Sprite Xtra Classes||6-11 years||A formal, structured ski lesson of 2-2.5 hours each morning followed by 2 more hours of less formal, fun ski time with their instructor each afternoon - 5 x am & 5 x pm mornings||£399||£399|
|Sprite Advanced||8-12 years||A formal, structured ski lesson of 2-2.5 hours each morning for children with 3+ weeks' skiing experience - 5 days||£239||£239|
|Supervised Lunch||3–12 years||Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days||£95||£99|
|Snow Club||3–8 years||Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 6 half days||£205||£219|
|Any child booking any morning plus any afternoon element along with Supervised Lunch receives their Cocoa Club / Mini Cocoa Club FREE|
|Cocoa Club||6–12 years||Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings||£65||£69|
|Saturday Family Guiding||Over 5 years||Saturdays can prove to be a dilemma for families who
are not confident enough to take the family out on their own - Book a guide either individually or as a group of families. Available in selected resorts only
|Prices from £39 per adults and £29 per child||Prices from £49 per adults and £39 per child|
|(New) Ski Chaperone||All ages||One of our Snow Rangers will accompany your child to their ski school meeting point and collect them at the end of the session - 6 mornings||£75||£79|
2017/18 Peak weeks: include departures on the 19th & 26th December 2017, 11th and 18th February, 1st & 8th April 2018: Departures are Tuesdays until 2nd January, then Sundays for the rest of the season. Gressoney departure dates are on Saturdays all season.
Esprit Classic Childcare
For parents our Esprit Classic Childcare offers a completely seamless service and means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lift, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after you children completely throughout the ski day if you wish. For the kids it means non-stop fun with english speaking staff and children!
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.
Ski range from 1,300 - 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
Pre-booking all your ski pack requirements couldn't be easier - simply tell us what you need and we will arrange everything for you.
Pre-booking simply means letting Esprit staff take the strain, vetting all suppliers in advance, getting everything ready for your arrival, and standing by throughout your holiday to help and support you. Booking in advance also means you can take advantage of any offers which may not be available later as date restrictions apply and may not be available locally.
The below prices are a guide to give you an idea of the ski pack pricing, however they are subject to change so please check with our friendly Reservations Advisory team.
Free lift pass for children under 5
2017/18 Ski packs
|Adult 13+ yrs||Skis/poles/boots||6 days||-||£112||£133||£148|
|Child 6-12 yrs||Skis/poles/boots||6 days||-||-||£61||-|
|Child 3-5 yrs||Skis/poles/boots/helmet||6 day||£46||-||-||-|
- 4 day hire duration corresponds to the 5 night holiday departing on 2 January.
1 FREE child White or Red skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books Red or Black skis and boots.
This offer must be reserved at the time of booking and may not be available later as date restrictions apply.
FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard. Adult helmet approx. £22.
|6 Day Lift Pass||Local||Three Valleys|
|Low Season||High Season||2 Jan dep.
|Low Season||High Season||2 Jan.
|Family (2 adults & 2 children under 18 yrs)||£631||£700||£661||£757||£844||£703|
|Senior 65-74 yrs||£175||£194||£162||£210||£235||£196|
|Adult 13-64 yrs||£184||£207||£173||£221||£247||£206|
|Children 5-12 yrs||£158||£175||£146||£190||£210||£175|
|Child under 5 yrs||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE||FREE|
- 4 day duration corresponds to the 5 night holiday departing on 2 January.
- Low Season is week commencing 12/12. High Season is all other departure dates.
- Recent photo and passport required for under 5's.
- Passports required for junior and senior passes.
- Local pass covers Meribel valley only.
- Adult beginners require a lift pass.
|Tuition||Ski 3 days||Ski 5 days||Snowboard AM or PM|
|Adult price 13+ yrs||All levels £150||Beginners £222 All over levels £190||£243|
|Times||5 days 9.30-12.00||3 days 14.30-17.00||5 days 09.30-12.00 or 14.30-17.00|
Fly to Geneva (GVA) or Chambery (CMF) from the following airports
All of our holidays include great food six days a week. We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively to ensure our guests enjoy every meal.
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