Old chalet in alpine village square surrounded by old barns, but with frequent free shuttle bus that stops just outside us, and takes 10 min max to reach Meribel lifts centre (in car, 4 min) or 4 min to Meribel Village lift. During season, you can normally ski in to village. Characterful Family home in good taste, roomy and cosy with pictures, maps and nice things around. Garage. Underfloor heating. Great views from windows and balconies. Open fire (logs supplied). STOP PRESS. French Tourist Office have just awarded us the coveted ***** FIVE star rating.
More Photos of Nikita and Surrounds: Meribel is the middle valley of the justly world famous 3 valleys - 'le plus grand domaine skiable du monde' is the claim, and judging by the fact that every year we discover new pistes and lifts, this is surely the case. Not to mention the legendary off piste... This resort has everything, except big lift queues. And it is truly international, with a major British presence. So much so that the even the french part of the french ski school usually seem to speak ski English. And unlike other resorts, such as Tignes, the station is itself an attractive and genuine alpine resort, which is why it attracts so many visitors in the summer as well.
Our kids go to the french ski school, and have achieved an exceptional standard of skiing here in Meribel partly because of it. We often rent a ski locker so that they don't have to carry their skis - easy to arrange in advance if necessary. Sometimes we arrive from Paris, where we live, by train, and find it very easy to do without our car as the free bus is both frequent and quick.
Family with four young children, all of us keen skieurs, always ready to discover the new lifts and pistes that seem to come up pretty much every season here. Found out that this place is really quite amazing in the summer too...
We bought this chalet as it was ideal for our young family, with their need for a place not whizzing with cars and noise, and yet good for access to the ski school - the free bus gets them up and down with ease, and they come back for lunch before going back up again. Then we found out more: the ski back to the village is great fun and rather special, and the people here are very friendly and interesting. Being in the centre means we see everybody going past, which is really nice, and there is a great view from our balconies of the mountain landscapes around us.
1) Excellent access to the station above us, and we can do it all without a car no problem. 2) Authentic alpine village feel with wood smoke smells and beautiful old barns, and friendly people. 3) Chalet itself has a great feel about it, and my wife has really made it into a well equipped home. 4) Garage area with chairs and space for skis and boots and changing area too.