Meribel with VIP Ski
Despite an obvious Russian influence over the past few years (shop windows showcasing fur- collared ski wear and very pricey G&Ts), Meribel – picture postcard perfect, with its timber built village centre and the twinkle of fairy lights on snow-topped roves – still maintains that ski resort charm that can be sadly lacking in some of the purpose-built resorts.
First impressions of our tour operator VIP Ski’s offering were excellent. “Tres bien, good to go. I’ll leave your ski’s and boots in the boot room,” the guy from the rental shop announced. We’d all been kitted out with skis and boots in a matter of minutes, and in the comfort of our chalet with a vin chaud (and hot chocolate for Molly) in hand. No long wait and agitated scrum in an overheated, packed and smelly hire shop – oh yes, this was home delivery service at it best.
Tea in bed the next morning was only bettered in Molly’s eyes by the Ribena and sparkling mineral water combo she was presented with at “bubbly time” that evening: far from being fobbed off with a plastic beaker, the was entrusted with a real champagne flute!
The majority of the VIP Ski chalets within Meribel are further away from the lifts than you’d care to walk in a pair of ski boots (particularly when carrying your own and at least one set of childrens skis), which is when their free chauffeur service comes into its own, meaning you can head to and from the piste, hassle-free, whenever it suits.
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