Meribel can accommodate up to 30,000 sleepy skiers a night so you should be able to meet your needs and budget. Although there are a selection of hotels and self-catering apartments available the focus is really on chalet holidays and that is the area that UK companies specialise in.
For those on a tight budget, the more flexible you are and the later you book, the more likely you are to get a bargain, particularly at the beginning and end of the season. Meriski and Ski Olympic are big players in terms of chalet holidays.
For most people ‘Meribel’ (1450m), the largest and most expensive village, is the heart of the resort. Purpose-built, but with strict building codes forbidding high-rise properties, it is a vision of wooden chalets and home to most, but definitely not all, of the best bars and restaurants.
The high-rise look of Mottaret has dubbed it Meribel’s rather plain sister by some, however it is higher up the valley (1750m) and has a better chance of holding on to its snow. The accommodation here has been carefully planned to provide a high proportion of ski-in, ski-out properties.
Meribel Village boasts a quiet atmosphere and has everything you need for a more traditional Alpine experience with a high speed chair lift taking you straight to the Altiport and a quiet blue run all the way back down.
Les Allues, a bit further down the valet has everything you need for a quieter holiday in traditional chalets at lower prices, although it is less well connected to the Three Valleys ski area.