If you want to find out what life is really like in Meribel, you need to speak to the real people who live, work and play here - the locals. Dedicated to these resort experts, our leading locals section aims to take you behind the scenes to discover what life is really like in a ski resort: a true insiders guide to Meribel.
Leading Locals in Meribel
Meet the Local Experts, Professionals & Leaders
Douglas Crawford: British Champion Ski Racer
Douglas Crawford is Britain’s number one downhill skier. He currently holds the British Champion title in Downhill, Super-G and Super Combined and the overall title. He’s been racing all over the world this season but I managed to catch up with him to find out how fast he’s skiing, what Sochi meant to him and what he thinks about Meribel.
Matt Whale: Head of Winter Sales at On The Lip
If you're like me you don't go anywhere without a lip balm, one in the bag (sometimes two) and one in my snowboarding pants at all times. Life in the mountains can be hard on your smackers; the dry, cold air, double-kisses for everyone you meet in France (3 if you go to Switzerland), drinking Pelforth, red wine and Jaegermeister, eating crusty baguettes, it all takes it's toll...
Andrew 'Buck' Buckingham: Owner-Manager of SlideCandy.com
There are a mind-boggling number of skiers and snowboarders coming to Meribel & the 3 Valleys every winter. Not everyone owns their own kit, and why should you when it's often less hassle and cheaper to rent everything you need when you're in resort.
Cara Brown: Ski Racer
Most people's experience of ski racing is watching all the latest thrills and spills on Ski Sunday from the comfort of the sofa. Occasionally you might be lucky enough to be in a resort when one of the races is taking place, watching with baited breath on the sides of the piste with cow bells jangling and the crowds going crazy for their favourite athlete. Have you ever wondered what is it like behind the scenes for these people? What goes into that high speed, high adrenaline descent? Who are these speed demons??
Jean-Pierre Lalanne: Marketing & Sales Manager - S3V
We might take the ski lifts and the pistes for granted on our ski or snowboard holidays, but if you start to think about the effort it takes to keep the lifts running smoothly, to get the pistes groomed to perfection overnight each night, and updating and modernising existing lift systems and equipment, you can appreciate it's a huge task - especially in the largest linked ski area in the world the 3 Valleys!
Aurelien De Pierrefeu: Intersport Rental France
Hiring skis in Meribel is easier than ever now that you can pre-book online. The process seems so simple - log on, fill in your destination, dates, pick the right package for you, et voila - you turn up and everything is ready for you to go off and hit the mountain.