Meribel Ski Chalets was born out of a three way dilemma - how do we combine our passion for skiing and the mountains, with a love of sailing and the sea, and provide a stable home for our rapidly expanding young family?
The answer was to live by the sea on the Isle of Wight, and buy a ski chalet in Meribel for us to enjoy long and easy skiing holidays. This worked perfectly until we hit a snag...
Our kids reached school age, and the long ski holidays were now rather short half-term and Easter breaks. Rather than leave the chalet empty for 14 weeks of the season, we managed to persuade our friends Steve and Debbie, who were high-flying management consultants, to give up their well-paid secure jobs in London, and spend a season running Les Grands Sorbiers, our first catered chalet in Meribel. We had a hunch they could cook, and from their hugely successful first season, in 2001, we have gone from strength to strength, buying a second chalet, Chalet Snowbel in 2005, taking on a third, Chalet Sainte Appolonnie, in 2008. In 2010 we expanded again - Chalet Le Marmotton has an outdoor hot-tub with unprecedented views. So we now can offer you 4 catered ski chalets in Meribel.
Recipe for the Perfect Skiing Holiday
Having been lucky enough to have skied since year dot, we have experienced every possible type of skiing holiday, and so we reckon we've worked out how to have the perfect catered ski holiday:
you want to feel like your chalet is your home,
you want easy access to the slopes - all our chalets have great locations (and if they don't, we'll drive you straight to the snow and pick you up at the end of the day)
you want your chalet hosts to be fantastic cooks, and also the right mix of relaxed, professional and friendly - not in your face, but they do bend over backwards to give you a great holiday. You don't want your hosts turning up hungover to serve breakfast, and constantly texting their mates about what a great time they had last night.
the less you have to worry about, the better.
Over the past 12 years we have worked - and are continuing to work - hard on perfecting our service to you, from your first phone-call or email, right through to the end of your holiday, when we'll phone you up to make sure you got back safely. We take great care to choose and train our staff so that we can trust them to look after you to the highest standard. And we are always looking at ways of improving our chalets, and the facilities we offer you. With 4 catered chalets in Meribel to choose from, we feel we can create the perfect catered ski holiday, ideal for your group or family. You can choose to have your own private chalet or share a larger chalet. Whichever chalet you choose, you'll be looked after by friendly and helpful hosts preparing delicious home-cooked meals. We also strive to make sure we offer you the best possible service at a fair price - check out our prices. We aim to look after our guests, our staff and our suppliers with honesty and integrity. We believe that Meribel Ski Chalets offers chalets in the best location, with the best service at the best possible value. We would love to have the chance to welcome you to one of our chalets, and to help you enjoy a perfect ski holiday.
Lara and Will Sussman
Isle of Wight / Meribel, 2012.
ski 4 cancer - providing alpine-based respite holidays for families affected by cancer. Meribel Ski Chalets offers any last-minute unbooked weeks in the summer or winter to Ski 4 Cancer.