Courchevel and Meribel

Courchevel and Meribel Travel Guide


Even if your passion for winter sports is not for skiing, Courchevel and Meribel are still great destinations for students on school ski trips. Exclusive resorts like Courchevel and Meribel offer a host of Geneva-died attractions that will draw and inspire your students, whatever their level of ability or interests. The best way to get the most out of your school group is to book your stay close to one of the main centres, so you can keep your group together and prevent the leaders from drifting too far away from the common ground. With some great slopes ad signposted right outside your chalet, eating out in the evening and taking breaks only for lunch, your students will be very spoilt for choice when visiting these two resorts on their school ski trips.


The resort is a wonderful introduction to the Swiss winter sports and leisure opportunities. Often seen as the ‘beautiful city in the snow’, Courchevel is the resort of choice for many school ski trips. With resorts in the three main valleys (Palais, Vallee, and Lake), Courchevel offers excellent skiing in a variety of conditions, and is a great place to get your students warmed up before heading up into the mountains. The mix of easy pistes and challenging off-piste routes is the biggest draw for many visitors, but don’t be put off by the presence of ancient villages and snow cannons. The highlight of Courchevel is the delightful Old Town, with its vibrant shopping and great cafes; you may even pass through the ski shop before buying some souvenirs.


A popular resort in the popular areas of the Three Valleys, Meribel is a fantastic base for you to explore the whole region. It is just a short ride from Courchevel and Courchevel 1850, two and a half hours from Geneva, meaning you can reach the slopes quickly and without the hassle of flying from Geneva to Courchevel. The resort is very popular with skiers and the nightlife is great, with live bands and a thriving après ski scene.Coach partiesorlling out for day trips to Meribel and neighbouring resorts are a regular sight, as are shops and pubs to take home some of that famous French après ski.

Les Menuires

One of the best places to go on holiday with the family is to one of the best children’s holiday parks in the region. Les Menuires is perfect for kids of all ages – no matter what their age. With over 50 activities and sports to choose from, the park is a great choice for a family break. The kids will be able to burn off energy with the fantastic activities, swim in the safe swimming pools, and go down the tree to meet the ducks – they’ll be straight out of your imagination!


Naturally known as ‘lan Floor’, Meribel is associated with snow throughout the year, but its best viewing during the winter is from May to December. The resort is beautiful throughout the year, but February is when the snow record is the most reliable.

The advantages of staying in Meribel are the children can visit the mountains and the lake, play in the playground, or watch theEvents that begin and end at the snow park.

St Gallen

There are lots of fantastic activities such as Individual Posture Alignment Therapy to offer young people who visit St Gallen in the warmer months. It is easy to pick up a few pointers from the locals about how to enjoy the great outdoors and be safe. St Gallen also has great nightlife opportunities for those who love a fashionable evening out! Better book your Geneva airport transfers in advance if you want to visit the charming French ski resort at this time of year.


Wormhole is sometimes described as a valley within a valley, and it is a very pleasant place to visit. The ski resort was established in the 1950s and still maintains a great sense of heritage and character. Only 220 metres wide, the ski runs are generally shaded by trees and have excellent snow all year round. Only certain slopes need to be conquered due to their difficulty, and there are a few schools and campsites nearby. You can ski in the morning and afternoon with on the Slalom lift, or visit the shops and eat in the evening.

It is worth visiting Melges, an old gold mining town, to soak up some of the history. The old gothic church is very popular and the locals are very friendly. Take a stroll through the market or explore the Belle Epoque gardens – they are breath taking. Many castles are built to resemble the famous Norman fortresses of Britanny, and this is no exception.

For a relaxing time, you can Alm, an old gold mining town.