I suppose the worlds biggest ski area must be on your to do list if you like skiing.A word of caution here especially if you are an average income family of four, inc kids.
If you have not skied in Austria yet then do so before you experience the eye watering prices that Meribel proudly charges.There's more and better apres ski in Austria more things to do off the hill and more friendly family run hotels and restaurants.
For the same price as a run down sparsely furnished self catering appt in Meribel ie The Brimbles, or the Chalet de Meribel you could be well looked after in a half board 3/4 star hotel
The only reason I've been to Meribel 3 times is to watch the British Championships at the dearest time of year Easter, Our son competes there every year.
In 2009 I refused to pay £22.50 for a tarte tatin (four 4) at the pattisserie, I did however 3 days ago pay £2.50 for a packet of walkers crisps in the old Cactus Bar near the Chaudanne.
Brides Les Bains is a cheaper option and the Eureca Appts were clean much more homely than the aforementioned places in Meribel. Freshly laundered sheets, pillow cases, towels,and even napkins were laid out on arrival.The concierge office is on the top floor and staffed from 9am-7pm so unlike Meribel no trekking accross town to collect or return your keys.
Also on check out, they just pop into your room to check its clean and immediately give you your credit card deposit of £200 back, no money changes hands.
Their is plenty of wardrobe /cupboard space a flat screen TV are just some of the nice little touches.
Minor quibbles, hot tub jets not all working and temp warm but not hot, steam room OK, lounge area close at 7pm, free wifi is useless, logging on a pain and very slow (actually did me good not to be on smart phone or computer for a few days!)
Location is perfect in Brides, central, spar supermarket and delicatessan /grocers next door next to the free shuttle bus stop which saves the 200m uphill walk to the gondola which then takes 20 mins up to the Chaudanne. The car trip to the Chaudanne also takes 20 mins.
There is a free evening bus to meribel on Tuesdays return about midnight.
The nearest (covered) car park to the ski area- Chaudanne , costs around £10 per day cheaper by the week.
No we are not talking luxury here but if you insist self catering in the 3 Valleys this is pretty good.
I was travelling without wifey this time for 5 days, flew to Geneva. Theres a good bus service to Brides (3 hrs) and all other ski resorts Altibus £100 return. It is a cheaper and quicker option for I or 2 people than driving from Devon. 12 hrs door to door.You dont need a car in Brides
Brides is not an unattractive town the bars, restaurants, and tourist office etc are all a few metres away, there is a fab "boulangerie de source" nearby with cakes and pastries 10 times cheaper than meribel !
However nightlife is very low key. (Most Brits frequent Le petite Auberge, bar/restaurant,on the main street, Pizza v good at 10 euros, will feed 2 kids)
As I've said before Austria has it all, "ski heil"
Motto for Brides "Pay less, Ski More"
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