Meribel at Half Term.
Meribel at Half Term.
One of the biggest potential problems for skiers looking to book the family ski holiday on peak weeks is lift-queues, so you need to choose a resort where you know bottlenecks are at a minimum. The reason Meribel is such a good Half Term option in this respect is that from La Chaudanne, the base of the Meribel valley, there are more than 4 lifts heading up into the mountains, in different directions. The major bubble lifts to travel around the 3 Valleys, such as the Saulire, Tougnete and Plattieres lifts, are fast-moving so even the very longest queues really aren’t too bad.
Meribel offers superb options for children, and is one of the best ski resorts in the Alps. With the tree-lined and sheltered greens and blues of the Altiport within easy reach via the Rhodos lift, children and beginner skiers can gather their confidence in safety and improve steadily, safe in the knowledge that they can’t get lost. Ski school meeting points are all down in La Chaudanne, so it couldn’t be easier to find your group, and the Altiport is the location of choice for most beginner classes.
Competition for ski schools is high in mega-resorts like Meribel, so only the best survive. The pick of the bunch are all bi-lingual and provide some of the best skiing and snowboarding tuition you could hope for. Magic in Motion, New Generation, Parallel Lines and Snow Systems are prime examples. Your children will feel relaxed and happy, leaving you to enjoy a couple of hours skiing at your own pace before heading back down to meet them for lunch. You’ll be amazed at how far they progress after just one or two days of professional tuition.
Assuming they still have some energy left, Meribel offers a wealth of non-skiing activities that kids love. There’s a weekly bonbon market that comes to the town, a swimming pool and sports center, cinema, plus companies that offer excursions like snow-shoeing, piste-basher driving and even, for bigger kids, ice-diving! With flights available from all over the UK, Meribel’s the perfect choice for your Half Term skiing holiday.