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5 Things to Do in Meribel Aside from Skiing

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5 Things to Do in Meribel Aside from Skiing

Meribel is a hot spot in the French Alps for people who love skiing. It’s a quaint and picturesque area that’s split into several villages which stretch up the mountainside. Whilst there are other beautiful areas in the Alps, such as Les Gets and Val D’Isere, Meribel is a place that people who love to ski and those who don’t can have an amazing trip.

Whatever your opinion on skiing, sometimes you and your family want to take off the skis and try something different. Meribel has loads of options for the adventurous (and not so adventurous!) family. Here are five amazing things to do in Meribel that don’t involve skiing.

Explore Meribel by foot

If you prefer abandoning vehicles in favour of your feet, Meribel is an amazing place to take a walk. There are several areas which make perfect hiking trails- just don’t forget to wrap up warm, wear hiking boots or snow shoes and tell people where you’re going!

For an easy stroll there are a couple of options. You can go down the valley to Les Allues- a sweet little village not far from Meribel- and either walk back up or take the free navette if you’re feeling tired. Another option is to walk the path between Meribel and Mottaret, which is next to the Truite. It’s more challenging when starting in Meribel, but again there’s a free navette running both ways if you’d prefer to use it.

There is a stunning lake, Lac Tueda, not far from Meribel. You can choose to either stop when you reach the lake and take in the scenery that’s out of this world, or you can keep on climbing if you’re feeling more adventurous. Your efforts will be rewarded, as the Refuge de la Traie rewards climbers with delicious hot chocolates and a great selection of food.


Kick back and relax

If you’d rather do something a little more low-key, there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself in Meribel. If it’s spa treatments you’re after, you can either head to one of the treatment centres around the resort, or you can opt for something a bit more private and ask a therapist to visit you at one of the beautiful Meribel chalets.

If you like to unwind with an alcoholic beverage or two, there are lots of options in Meribel to tempt you. Try classic French wines at one of the bars in town, or enjoy an après ski cocktail or two. Alternatively, have a naughty hot chocolate treat at a cosy café, or add something a little stronger to a freshly brewed coffee.

If you have some cash to spare, Meribel is also a great place to do a spot of shopping. Perhaps you’re looking for a new set of high end ski equipment? Or instead a Paris inspired dress or modern ski suit? Quirky boutiques? Mouth-watering delicatessens? Maybe just something practical, like a pharmacy or optician? Regardless of what you need, you can relax and take as long as you like to wander around the shops.

If all else fails, take a break in your chalet and enjoy just sitting back in front of a warm fire, taking in the incredible views and appreciate the feeling of being safe and snuggly in the middle of a winter wilderness.


Indulge in delicious cuisine

Meribel, and the villages that surround it, is full of food options to satisfy every taste bud. It’s easy to spend your days wandering from café to café, restaurant to restaurant and sampling the varying food on offer.

In terms of traditional French dishes, it would be criminal to stay in Meribel and not visit a creperie or two. There are delicious savoury pancakes- known as galettes- available, as well as sugary creations so sweet you’ll feel naughty for eating them.

If you want something cheap and cheerful there are some great lunch and BBQ joints spattered through Meribel. Interested in a more gourmet experience? Try French cuisine at its best in some of the fine dining restaurants in the area.

Meribel is the perfect place to have a gastro experience without feeling guilty- just work off your meals in the mountains every day!


Get an adrenaline rush

Skiing is just the start of your adventures in Meribel. There are numerous other exciting sports and activities to take part in that are suitable for both adults and children.

There’s the classic snowboarding, or instead take up snow-shoeing. Imagine being able to explore even the highest mountains and snowiest of areas on foot. You can do exactly that with a pair of snow shoes on your feet! A nice benefit to using snow shoes is that the scenery doesn’t whizz past you like it does on a board or skis. You can take your time exploring spots that no-one else has managed to see. It’ll feel like you have the best of Meribel all to yourself.

To see the area more widely, it’s even possible to take a helicopter ride over the Alps. One step again towards adventure and you can try your hand at paragliding too! It’s one thing to see the mountains from below, but viewing them from above gives you a whole new perspective.

For those who want to build up momentum without putting in too much effort, you can even go husky sledding in Meribel. Your whole family will be able to take this trip together. It’s something sure to stay in children’s minds as a magical experience, and you get a dose of furry friendliness to top it off too.

5 Things to Do in Meribel Aside from Skiing

Entertain the kids

If you have children, there is plenty to do in Meribel to entertain them, as it’s not always feasible to take them on the slopes with you. If travelling as a family, perhaps you can make a deal with your significant other to take it in turns to entertain the children whilst the other gets in some time on the mountain, or you can take a break from skiing and have some quality time altogether instead.

As is obvious, particularly when skiing, costs for activities when you have children can sky rocket. A great value activity in Meribel is heading to the ice skating rink. At only 3 euros for children, and 4.50 euros for adults, it won’t break the bank and your kids can have hours of fun.

Another option for children is a daytime snow mobile. It runs on a circuit to ensure safety and as they sit two people, you can be with your children whilst they do something they’ll love. For big kids, there’s an adults only snow mobile option at night time, where you can have the run of the slopes instead of being confined to a circuit.

Sometimes, even when skiing, a bit of normality is craved- especially from children. For a taste of home, there are also plenty of choices for things like swimming, the cinema and bowling if you or your kids want something fun and easy.

So there you have it: 5 excellent alternatives to skiing in Meribel. It doesn’t matter whether you want relaxation or adventure, family friendly or adults only experiences, Meribel has a wealth of activities available besides skiing for everyone to get involved with.

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