Travel: MERIBEL: best resort for piste-bashing

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The Independent Travel
For the Great British Intermediate Skier, who prefers to travel around on skis rather rather than perfect turns on the same dreary old piste or undertake arduous adventures off-piste, there is nowhere like the Three Valleys, each a major ski area in its own right (or, in the case of the westerly Belleville valley, two major ski areas). For easiest access to the whole area, stay in Meribel-Mottaret, near the top of the centrl valley.

PLUS POINTS: Vast amounts of skiing. Efficient lifts, negligible queues. Ski-in, ski-out accommodation if you pick the right spot.

MINUS POINTS: Less than ideal nursery slopes. Limited apres-ski and night-life.

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