Hooray for snow! This past week we have had over plenty of snowfall in Meribel. Yet after a bumpy start to the ski season in Europe I see more and more articles proclaiming the death of the ski industry

We had some truly wonderful skiing at Christmas in the 3 Valleys but many lower resorts across the Alps were shut due to heavy rainfall

It is true that global warming has changed the ski conditions and will continue to do so but some resorts are in a better position to adapt than others. Meribel is one such resort.

The 3 Valleys and Val d-Isere-Tignes are probably the top two ski areas in Europe; home to some of the most renowned ski resortswith some of the best terrain, both on- and off-piste in the world. The 3 Valleys currently have the deepest snow base of all the resorts on skiresort.info at 115cm (nearly 20cm more than the Val d-Isere-Tignes). Which is mainly due to the impressive infrastructure in place.

There are plenty of other large, high altitude, ski areas out there such as St Anton or Zermatt, but in our view nowhere else can quite match the investment that the 3 Valleys have made in their lift systems and piste infrastructure.

When I talk about infrastructure, I don’t simply mean the number of high-speed lifts, but also the layout, how the mountains have been made safe and accessible, and also the handling of snow both artificial and natural to keep the maximum of pistes open and in good quality. The amount of planning and engineering is incomparable to other resorts.

So why Meribel over other resorts in the 3 Valleys?

Meribel’s logo as a heart is not only to look pretty; Meribel is the heart of the 3 Valleys. At the centre of the area you are ideally positioned to choose the best day’s skiing with quick access to both, the Belleville Valley, and it’s high altitude pistes, or the easy boulevard skiing of Courchevel. Meribel is the perfect balance with a mix of technical skiing, altitudes and beginners areas; plenty for all levels and for non-skiers alike.

If you want to carry on having snowy winter holidays in this changing world choose Meribel.

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose


For over 30 years, The Roses have owned Chalet Le Yeti in Méribel.
Lucy has grown up skiing in Meribel and helping run the family rental business. Her knowledge of Meribel and the Trois Vallées ski area is extensive through her personal experience as a skier and chalet owner.