Information & Facts
Paragliding can be organised and is a great option for
holidaymakers wanting to get down to Meribel when the snow's not so
good. For whiteout days there's a cinema, bowling, ice-skating, a
gym and a swimming pool. Some of the smarter hotels offer spa
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Meribel is quite spread out and much of the accommodation is far
from the slopes. The resort is quite low and it is often not
possible to ski to the main village.
The nightlife in Meribel is not as wild as in some holiday ski
resorts, but there's still plenty going on. Dick's Tea Bar is the
best-known nightclub and the queues can be long. Meribel-Mottaret
has few choices and closes up earlier.
There are some seriously good restaurants for holidaymakers to
enjoy in Meribel; get local advice on arrival and book early for
the best. There's more choice for those happy with a fondue and
nice bottle of red (including popular option Le Cro Magnon), but it
is still worth booking. If you tire of fondue and French cuisine,
the eclectic menu at Evolution has a bit more variety.
Meribel is stuffed with lots of good-value ski shops for
holidaymakers to enjoy browsing through. Those with more expensive
taste can ski over to Courchevel 1850. There are plenty of
mini-supermarkets for self-caterers as well as a fine selection of
bakeries and delicatessens.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).