Whether lack of snow has driven you off the slopes, you are a non-skier or you simply feel like a change, there are loads of things to do in Meribel. One of the resort’s greatest, though perhaps not the most beautiful asset, is the Parc Olympique – the sports centre on the edge of the Chaudanne. If you are very active, a swimming / ice skating package can be purchased with you ski pass. There is also a climbing wall, a gym and a bowling alley and arcade all under the one roof.
Sports and activities
Just about any sport is possible in Meribel over the winter. There is a gym, climbing wall, swimming pool, bowling alley, cross country skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, walking, yoga, pilates, aerobics, aqua-aerobics and many more things to do for the active ones in your group.
In the summer the activities increase dramatically to include golf, road biking, mountain biking, tennis, football, via ferrata, petonque, badminton, horse riding, rock climbing and much more.
The Olympic centre has a fantastic spa area with Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and a host of therapists on hand to soothe away those aches and pains. The Hotel Grand Coeur also boasts a fantastic spa open to the general public (at a price of course) but it is another place to relax and unwind after skiing.
There are also a number of private massage and sports therapy services including Pamper off Piste, Compass Clinic, ipamper and Ski Physio. They all come to you in the comfort of your accommodation and have all sorts of treatments on offer from hot stone massages to facials and pedicures.
The shopping in Meribel is largely limited to ski wear shops in the form of retail sections of hire shops, not as glitzy as nearby Courchevel with its fur and diamond shops but it does have most things you might need. You can pick up a Mont Cler hat here or just have a look at some of the cooler snowboarding shops around the Chaudanne area. There are also several supermarkets and food shops and the odd shop selling obligatory mountain nick nacks.
Meribel usually hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the World Cup bumps tournament, and an international slopestyle competition. It’s also home to the British Armed Forces championships at the end of January.