As you would expect from a resort of the standing of Meribel, there are a number of facilities to occupy your time off the slope or to entertain any non-skiers in the group.
There is a great swimming pool in Meribel which is open from 2pm until 7pm every day. The pool is in the Parc Olympique in the Chaudanne. In addition to the 25m pool there is a small children’s paddling pool and a large water flume. Towels can be provided and you will need a 1€ coin for the locker. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing and men are not allowed to wear board shorts – this is Speedo land!
There is a gym and fitness area in the Parc Olympique, which is open every day but Saturday from 10am – 2pm and then from 4pm until 9pm. The fitness zone adjoining the swimming pool has running, cross-training and rowing machines, plus weights and PowerPlate machines. Entrance to the fitness zone costs €10 per session with Powerplate sessions costing €10. There are changing rooms with showers and you need to take a 1€ coin which is refundable for the locker. Please also remember that in Chalet Trois Ours there is a well equipped chalet gym with running machine, exercise bike, free weights and stretching mats.
Méribel’s Olympic Ice Rink hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics ice hockey matches and the huge arena, with a capacity of 2400, still hosts regular international ice hockey matches, skating galas and other events. It is open for public skating daily from 3pm until 7pm and on Wednesday evenings until 10.30pm. It is located in the Parc Olympique by the Chaudanne. You can hire skates and lessons are available.
The Meribel Bowling has 6 lanes, a games arcade, pool tables and a big screen for sports matches. There is also a bar where you can get snacks and drinks. You’ll find the bowling alley in the Parc Olympique, open between 2pm-2am (and from 10am on bad weather days).
Meribel has a great little cinema which is in the Galerie des Cimes (opposite The North Face shop). There are usually two séances a day with an additional screening if the weather is bad and the lifts are closed. There are usually a couple of films in English every week and these are marked’ VO’ on the posters and in the film listing which is in the weekly ‘What’s on guide‘.
There is a lovely local history museum down in Les Allues which traces the history of the valley. It is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm until 6 pm. Entrance is free and it is located in an old village house just next to the Church. There are some fantastic photos of the early years of the ski resort in the 1940’s as well as information about life in the valley over the past 100 years.
Méribel offers a host of options if you’re looking for some pampering – although do remember that you don’t even have to leave the chalet as we can organise massage and a wide selection of beauty treatments for you in the chalet. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we can arrange therapists to come to the chalet at a time to suit you.
Meribel has a lively après ski and music scene and you can find live music at different venues throughout the resort both late afternoon and later on in the evening. Music varies from rock to acoustic guitar as well as DJ sessions.
The weekly ‘what’s on’ guide (Les Coups de Cœur) has a list of all bands or DJ’s playing in the resort as well as information about the one off concerts and events held in the Auditorium at the Tourist Office.
This season see the opening of a branch of the (in)famous La Folie Douce in Meribel. This will be the 3rd in the Alps following Val d’Isere and Val Thorens and promises to really shake up the après ski scene in the Meribel Valley. The bar which will be at 2,000m is just below the Saulire mid-station.
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