Méribel – Heart of Les 3 Vallées
Our second week in the French Alps was spent in Méribel in the heart of Les 3 Vallées. Our hotel, Alpen Ruitor, was situated in the small village of Méribel Mottaret, just up the valley from Méribel, with 3 lifts right out our back door. With 2 lift rides, we could ski Courchevel, Méribel, or Val Thorens.
Every year, a group of friends, colleagues and former colleagues from Milliman meets up for a few days of skiing somewhere in the US or Canada. This year, the group fulfilled a long-time bucket list wish of taking the trip to Europe. We had a group of 21 from California, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New York and Washington DC.
We got extremely lucky with over a foot of new snow falling just before the group arrived and a bit more after, and then plenty of sunshine so we could marvel at the never-ending mountain vistas. Méribel Mottaret was the perfect spot for a group to be located as it was central to all activities, and the Alpen Ruitor was the perfect hotel for a group with excellent service, outstanding views, a great fireplace room for gathering, good restaurant and a really robust breakfast buffet and egg station (always important for a bunch of hungry skiers).
My birthday fell during the week, so the never-ending 50th birthday celebrations continued, and everyone helped me ring in the next 50 years with fun and laughs and dancing and excess (everything)! A really great week.
We’ll leave you with a video from the week…. thanks Jeremy!