Snow Trip to Meribel, France

Meribel and the Three Valleys area in France is the biggest ski resort in the world where you have access to over 600km of piste and ski terrain.

We stayed a week at Chalet Baita, a fully catered luxury chalet in Meribel Village (just outside of Meribel Centre) which looks up to the Roc de Fer. We paid £1,350 each (8 people) which isn’t the cheapest option but it meant we had a 4 bedroom modern, luxe chalet with 7 nights accommodation, 7 days of breakfast, 6 days afternoon tea and 6 nights of four-course dinners with free flowing wine and beer. The chalet had traditional wooden beams making it feel super homely, a fireplace, cosy living area and a private outdoor hot tub!

We were also able to ski back on the blue Lapin run to the terrace and the Golf chair lift was very close. There was a regular bus service connecting us to Meribel Centre as well as a private transfer service provided by the chalet making it easy to get around.

Day 1 – Getting There

We flew into Geneva and took a 2.5 hour private transfer to Meribel Village.

When we arrived at Chalet Baita, we were met by the host, Carla and chef, Chloe. We had a champagne reception and afternoon tea (Victoria sponge cake) ready when we arrived, which was a nice touch. We relaxed in the chalet, got our ski equipment and then had our first evening dinner which got me excited for all the meals ahead! The food was high quality and delicious!

For dinner, we started off with two canapes and the starter was a pumpkin risotto, followed by pork tenderloin and dessert being creme brulee. We finished off with some cheese and wine.

Day 2 – First Day of Skiing

After a hearty breakfast (which included cooked and continental options), we got ready for our first day of skiing.

Marie, Courtney and I started with a 2 hour private lesson which was great to get used to the snow again and it was a lot of fun.

Afterwards, we met Jack and Maxi for a beer at Courchevel, did a few runs then went to Restaurant Le Pilatus for lunch. It had great views and the food was good too.

After a few more runs, we headed to Le Rond Point (Ronnie’s) for apres. I had some mulled wine and of course, we had shots.

After a few drinks and shots, we got picked up and we headed back to the chalet.

For dinner, we had a roasted cauliflower soup for the entree, roasted duck breast for the main and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. They were all amazing! We finished off with the cheese board and lots of wine.

After dinner, we caught the bus to Meribel Centre and went to Copina for cocktails and jager shots. The line was long and it was slow to get drinks but the cocktails were tasty!

Day 3 – Skiing

We started the day relaxing in the chalet as the weather wasn’t great in the morning. We stopped by the bakery for a quick lunch before hitting the slopes at around 2pm. The weather cleared up so it was nice to get a few runs in.

After a couple of hours, Courtney and I came back and we relaxed in the hot tub with some champagne.

For dinner, we had 2 canapes, a poached pear walnut and feta salad, chicken curry and a white chocolate blondie. The dessert was incredible!

Day 4 – Skiing

The weather was on and off today. We did a few runs and then I had some bad boot pain so relaxed a bit with a hot chocolate before heading back out again. For lunch, we went to La Folie Douce.

For dinner, the starter was roasted vegetables with hummus, main was braised beef and dessert was a lemon tart with pistachio ice cream.

Courtney and I headed to Lodge Du Village, which is a couple of minute walk from the chalet, for their “band-eoke”. When we arrived, it was empty but we had some drinks and the place started to fill up. We ended up singing Oasis’ Wonderwall. So funny!

Day 5 – Skiing

We skiied to Val Thorens and explored the area before having another 2 hour private lesson. The pain on my boots were getting unbearable making me ski badly so I didn’t enjoy the lesson at all.

The long run back from Val Thorens was enjoyable. We stopped by to have lunch and Courtney and I shared the french onion soup, which was awful but the lasagne was hearty and satisfying.

Wednesdays is apres day! We went to Ronnie’s first for a couple of drinks and then headed to Lodge Du Village and it had a great vibe where we had drinks and the genepi shots. Not my favourite!

We didn’t have catering today so we went to La Fromagerie for their fondue and raclette. We were in cheese heaven!

We went to Deus Ex Machina for some cocktails and a couple of bars after before getting pizza and heading home.

Day 6 – Skiing

The weather wasn’t too great again and I was feeling a little rough so we took it easy in the morning.

Courtney and I skiied for an hour then went to Le Clos Bernard for lunch. To get here you can take a trail run which was very scenic.

We started off with some aperol spritz outside and when it started snowing, we went inside for lunch. We shared the french onion soup (it was so kind of them to split it up for us) and I had the duck breast. Both were very good.

We skiied back but because it was snowing quiet heavily, we got a bit lost but luckily got back on track after asking a ski instructor. We enjoyed chocolate cupcakes for afternoon tea, chilled in the hot tub and played Monopoly Deal.

For dinner, we started off with Asian noodles with vegetables, roasted chicken for the main and pavlova for dessert. My favourite cheese mont d’or was served at the end.

Day 7 – Last Day of Skiing

It was our last day of skiing so we took advantage of that by getting up early and making our way out. As it snowed the day before, there was some fresh powder and it was a sunny, beautiful day.

We did a few runs then stopped at La Sittelle for mountain views and some morning beers.

For lunch, we went back to La Folie Douce.

In the afternoon, we met Chloe and Carla to go tobogganing. It was so funny and SO much fun! Highly recommend this if you want to take a break from skiing!

After a few more runs, it was time to call it a day!

We met the others at Ronnie’s and had a few drinks there.

For dinner, we had some starters, a white onion soup, roasted sea bream for the main and pannacotta with grapefruit for dessert.

After dinner, we headed to The Brewer’s Den as there was a blind dating event on – it was pretty funny to watch. We ended the night again with pizza!

Day 8 – Home Time

It was sad to leave our beautiful chalet and the amazing service and delicious home cooked meals!

We got another transfer back to Geneva airport and got back to London in one piece even with the storms.

I really enjoyed my week away in beautiful Meribel and it made it even better by staying in Chalet Baita as it was such a fun and comfortable stay. Given that all you want to do after a day of skiing is to relax, eat good food and drink.

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