The hills are still alive during the summer

From: The Méribel Tourist Office
Published: Mon Jul 11 2005

Even if you have been there hundreds of times, there is something magical about visiting the Alps. With panoramic views of the ice-capped Mont-Blanc, Beaufortain and Vanoise mountain ranges, fields of glaciers, dense evergreen forests and meadows it is an experience everyone should have at least once.

But while millions of powder pilgrims flock to high altitude resorts during the winter months, the thought of spending a week shivering in artic conditions is not for everyone. However all is not lost, as during June, July and August temperatures in the Alps rarely fall below 30Ëšc and the resorts are just as popular; with hikers, cyclists and naturalists flocking to the awe-inspiring mountain range.

Surrounded by spectacular scenery, the traditional French alpine village of Méribel has a reputation as an outdoor-lover’s-paradise that is well-justified. Situated directly between the Courchevel and St Martin de Belleville valleys, the resort has something for everyone. And with so many budget airlines now flying in to Geneva, getting a family to the Alps has never been easier or better value.

If you crave backcountry mountain biking adventure, the resortÂ’s well-groomed trails and steep, sustained ascents make for a challenging ride. But if youÂ’re looking for a more leisurely cycling and hiking experience there are plenty of trouble-free, interconnecting marked trails to explore, scattered with mountain restaurants and bars.

Also, the mountains are dotted with comfortable refuges (rustic huts that provide meals and accommodation – prices start at €5 per person per night, plus meals) about a day's walk apart; making it possible to walk hundreds of miles without encountering a road or mass human habitation.

And there are many other outdoor activities besides hiking and cycling. White water rafting, rock climbing, canyoning (which involves traversing cliff faces, by a mixture of climbing down and across the mountain face and wading in ice-cold rock pools), parapenting (or, rather: paragliding???), archery, swimming, horse riding and tennis are all available across the Trois Vallées.

But those of us who regard tiddlywinks as an extreme sport can enjoy the picturesque Méribel golf course (holes 10-18 are undergoing reconstruction this year) without risking life and limb. Bespoke spa treatments are also widely available – including hay-baths, heat treatments (saunas, steam rooms and spa pools), body peels and mud and thermal water treatments, plus a wide range of face, body and massage treatments. There are also a wide range of shops, bars, night clubs and a number of Michelin star rated restaurants scattered throughout the valleys.

Méribel has more top-of-the-range chalets, apartments and hotels than any other mountain resort in the world. Here are just three examples of the accommodation available from members of The Méribel Tourist Office:

Situated in the most sought after area of Méribel, the Hotel Allodis is decorated in the typical wood cladding Savoyard style. The Hotel’s mouth-watering cuisine has achieved an outstanding international reputation (The Countess and Earl of Wessex regularly stay here) – every night there is a five course meal. Facilities include a swimming pool and tennis court. A week’s stay at the Hotel Allodis this summer starts from just £455 pp (half-board).

With 360° mountain views, the modern and luxurious Altiport Hotel is perfect for those who want to indulge themselves. Situated at the foot of the Altiport lifts on the edge of the Fontany Forest and right next to Méribel’s award winning golf course. Facilities at the hotel include a hot tub, sauna and gym. A week’s stay at the Altiport Hotel this summer starts from just £413 pp (half-board).

Le Parc Alpin has recently been thoroughly refurbished to a very high standard – transforming 23 rooms into 12 large bedrooms (all of which now have en-suite facilities and LCD satellite TV). Family owned and run, the atmosphere at the chalet-hotel is warm and welcoming. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool and sauna. A week’s stay at the Le Parc Alpin this summer starts from just £309 pp (B&B). Pets are also welcome.

All prices are based on two adults sharing and include seven nightsÂ’ accommodation. Flights and transfers extra.

For further information, or a copy of the 2005 Summer Brochure, telephone The Méribel Tourist Office on 00 33 479 00 50 00 or visit the website at

Ends: 9 May 2005
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