‘Méri­bel’s charmed us all for 80 years’

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Homes Abroad -

MÉRI­BEL is cel­e­brat­ing 80 years since the first lift opened and Colin Mathews, chair­man and founder of up­mar­ket chalet rental com­pany Meriski, has played a sig­nif­i­cant role there since 1984.

“Méri­bel has kept its charm,” says Mathews. “Chalets all have a sim­i­lar roof pitch and use a sim­i­lar stone. On the slopes there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one, mak­ing it ideal for fam­ily ski­ing. Con­tin­u­ous in­vest­ment has made a fan­tas­tic lift sys­tem. They have just spent £16.6 mil­lion on the tele­cab­ine at 1650, for ex­am­ple.”

Meriski op­er­ates 10 fully staffed chalets with rental prices reach­ing up to £59,000 for 10 peo­ple over New Year. Clients who would once come for up to two weeks now come for shorter pe­ri­ods and of­ten bring work with them. “The per­fect rental chalet has charm and uses space well, not cram­ming in ex­tra bed­rooms,” says Mathews. “We of­fer great ser­vice, food and ac­com­mo­da­tion, mak­ing it easy to ski hard all day or just for one hour a day.”

Meriski: meriski.co.uk

The moun­tain king: Colin Mathews of Meriski up­mar­ket chalet rentals

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