• Aerial view of Courchevel 1850.
  • Base of slopes at Courchevel 1850.
  • Aerial view of Meribel.
  • Chalets at Meribel.

Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 3.25 hours
Via: Motorcoach


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Courchevel & Méribel

Courchevel and Méribel are in France’s ‘Trois Vallées’ – the Karl Lagerfeld and Tory Burch of skiing. Méribel, dating from the 8th century, credits Scotsman Peter Lindsay for the village’s development. After WWII, he helped design the châlet-style resort using local wood, stone and slate so today it’s the prettiest purpose-built village in the valleys. With a relaxed profile, Méribel is a family skiers’ resort. It has fewer midnight oil burners than its nearby designer-chic sister Courchevel with fine shops, gourmet restaurants and exclusive clubs to lure Parisians and the rest of the world to this vibrant mountain village.

After the war the ‘Trois Vallées’ planning began: first the runs, then lifts and finally the resorts themselves. Planners created one of the largest ski area in the world with more than 67,000 acres of ski-able terrain! Méribel in the middle valley is the ideal location for all three. Courchevel, atop its three sibling villages, gives skiers 5,000 foot verticals. The valleys’ ten resort network has 360 cruising miles, 155 miles of off-piste couloirs for those with challenge-deficit, 1,100 ski instructors to fine-tune technique, over 2,000 snow cannons, and 182 lifts moving 230,000 skiers/hour! Lift lines? Definitely not here!

Hotels in Courchevel & Méribel

  • Exterior of Hotel Le Chabichou in Courchevel 1850.
  • Spa in Hotel Le Chabichou in Courchevel 1850.
  • Room in Hotel Le Chabichou in Courchevel 1850.


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Master Chef Michel Rochedy’s has long had two Michelin stars for his original fusion of local, traditional and exotic ingredients, so dining treats are definitely in store. The family has renovated the bedrooms and apartments with each individually decorated with rustic pine paneling. In 2011 Le Chabichou inaugurated their unique pool, expanded spa facilities and new bistro restaurant out under the front-door ski trail – unique because swimmers and diners look right out to the ski run. These changes enhance the charm of this white twin châlet with an in-house ski shop, ski-in-ski-out location, and fabulous food – the perfect way to enjoy the treasures of the ‘Trois Vallées’!

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The Ruchtis’ Grand Coeur, after a few years, rejoined our group of very personally run, lovely hotels. It’s located in Méribel center, is one of the village’s originals, and has kept up with our fast-paced life without losing any of its romantic charm. Built with local wood and stone, you immediately notice the stonework in the lobby’s fireplace. It’s such a cozy room you just want to sink into a sofa and stay a while. The 30 bedrooms are rustic with pine paneling or very contemporary with four totally renovated and enlarged for the 19-20 season. Afternoons you may want to try the Jacuzzi, sauna or a massage. Then wrap up your days with dinner in their restaurant, top rated by Michelin, before hitting that pillow with your name on it.

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