‘Méribel’s charmed us all for 80 years’
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.”
The mountain king: Colin Mathews of Meriski upmarket chalet rentals