Meribel

Camping le Martagon
Le Raffort
73550 Méribel-les-Allues

Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 00 56 29 / +33 (0) 4 79 08 67 02
http://www.restaurant-martagon.com/

 

 

 

The campsite of Le Martagon is a relatively small touring site situated between the village of Les Allues and Meribel. It’s approximately 2 Kilometres drive down the valley from Meribel, though this can be walked in about 20 minutes. It is on the D90, 8 Km up the valley from Brides-le-Bains (altitude 600m). This road is two lane all the way up into Meribel, but does have several tight corners. Buses and coaches have no difficulty on this road so it shouldn’t be a problem for large motor homes. The campsite sits at approximately 1350m so do expect snow on the road and have chains at the ready. You probably won’t need them as the route is swept regularly during snowfalls.

The site is on the left as you go up the valley, next to a garage by the car-park for the middle station of the Olympique chair lift that rises all the way to Meribel from Brides. This is not an Aire but you can park here for free, and it is flat. There are numerous bins, but no other facilities. However vans do stay there for free overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To access the campsite you need to turn off into this car park, and make your self known to the reception staff in the restaurant, who speak limited English. You will then be issued with an electronic key for the access gate at the end of the building. The gate is wide enough to get a bus through, but it does start to slope downhill a bit as you go through the gate. You then follow the track round the back of the restaurant and down on to the flat, hard standing pitches which are divided between two levels. There is hook-up and water available for all pitches, though you may want a longer cable to enable you to park in a spot which gets most sun. The view down the valley is amazing; park like I did in the pic top left and you will get the most sun and the best view!

Facilities are situated under the restaurant and include:

  • Toilets, showers and wash sinks.
  • Utility room with washing machine (€6 per wash) and drier (€4), Washing up sinks, Ski Boot rack.
  • Rubbish bins – by the vehicle access gate

Thanks to Colin Davies for the update Jan 2014 re the charges for the washing machine & drier.

A small wooden hut which is neither heated nor locked is provided for skis/snowboards. Take a wire lock for peace of mind. A foot path with a security code operated gate leads up the other side of the restaurant and brings you out by the road.

There is a bus stop opposite which is where you catch the free ski bus up to Meribel. You can also get the Olympique gondola directly to the slopes from the car park, queues here are rare, but finding a space on the 6 man gondolas from Brides can be tricky first thing on weekends, and you’re better off getting the bus which though longer, drops you in virtually the same place. These buses runs till quite late at night, but keep an eye on the time. If you like to stay out you will have to either get a taxi or walk. Expect to pay close to €20 for a taxi. I was too tight and walked back down. This only takes about 20 mins as the route is quite direct but it gets quite icy as you leave the village, and it’s dark so take a torch. A beer coat also helps. You can ski back to the site snow permitting by taking the Roc de Fer chair out of the Chaudanne and then taking the Raffort piste to about twenty yards from the site. It’s a really nice run!

The site does have a website but any reservations must be made by phone. I chanced my arm and just turned up in early Feb 07. There were only about 8 vans there so space was no problem. There is space for about 16-20 motor homes. There were some large A classes of at least 8-9m so this size is not a problem. It cost me about €25 a day/night + €6 for electric. Although this seems quite high, I know you will be very hard pressed to get B&B accommodation in Meribel for less than €40 – and you won’t get a free washing machine!

On the skiing front; Meribel is part of the 3 valleys and is a big resort. You can happily ski into Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Courcheval, La Tania and cruise as far as Orelle. Ski passes are quite expensive but well worth it

Mountain Info:

  • Lifts 196 (gondola 41, chairs 68, drags 87)
  • Vertical drop 1300-3200
  • Runs – Easy 101, Intermediate 146, Advanced 28
  • Lift Pass – Day €39 – Week €193

Summary

One of the biggest ski areas in the world, in one of the best mountain ranges in the world = variety.

Best avoided during public holidays when it become “Merry-hell”

Quite expensive; very popular with Brits – language not a problem.

Best après ski bar – Le Rond Point. Sit on the decking enjoy the toffee vodka and relax in the setting sun.

There are NO AIRES IN the MERIBEL VALLEY www.meribel-unplugged.co.uk Good English web site, loads of good resort info.

www.lestroisvallees.com

www.meribel.net

Courtesy of Austin Hind Updated Feb 2008

 

Le Martagon Aire
Courtesy of Mark Hudson - September 2009

In reference to staying in the car park at Le Martagon, not in the caravan neige. We have encountered problems with the police. The current rules are that vans can stay for 48 hours, after this time folk must move on, or move the van to another place within the car park!! We have stayed there for 3 full seasons now, and the last season, 08/09 we incurred many fines. As we were working in the resort for the season we sometimes had problems moving the van every 48 hours, as we were not there. When the police came to check if we had moved we were receiving fines. At first these fines were 11 Euro, then towards the end of the season we were receiving 35 Euro fines. However the police were very inconsistent in their checks, so sometimes you could receive a fine even though you may have moved. From speaking with the authorities it would seem that they do not want motorhomers staying in this car park. They want you in the caravan neige. If you stay in the car park there are no toilets and/or water.