As our resort team prepares to welcome their first guests tomorrow, we chat to Meriski’s Resort Managers to find out more about their roles, as well as their Meribel top tips.
Hello! Please could you introduce yourselves?
Hi, we’re Ken & Samantha, Meriski’s Resort Managers. We have been married for ten years and are still enjoying our lifestyle of being globetrotters. We spend summers in Asia scuba diving but always look forward to coming back to the mountains each winter. Since our first season many years ago, Méribel has had a special place in our hearts, and now more so Meriski.
And your roles at Meriski?
Apart from the usual admin associated with managing the resort operation, our main roles are to ensure that both our guests and staff are happy in Méribel. This involves a lot of face to face interaction and requires us to be available 24/7. You will often find us doing anything and everything from helping to clean chalets to organising guest activities or counselling homesick staff! It’s an ever changing role that is both challenging and rewarding.
What drew you to working in the mountains?
Our love of the outdoors. As mentioned, we have two passions – scuba diving in the summer & skiing/snowboarding in the winter. It’s a tough life!!
What are you most looking forward to this season?
Spending a bit more time on the mountain exploring parts we still haven’t seen even after so many years here.
Your team has arrived, how has training gone?
It’s been intense but very productive! The teams are all keen to welcome their first guests and get the season started.
Can you recommend your favourite restaurant in Méribel for dinner? Similarly, have you got a favourite lunch spot in the Three Valleys?
Our favourite restaurants in Méribel are The Den and Barometer. The Den is next door to both home & office – so an easy night out after a long day and has a wonderful sharing platter/ tapas style menu. Barometer is good for both lunch or dinner, a great pub to relax in when we want to escape for a couple of hours. For an extra special lunch, Le Farçon in La Tania is an absolute gem; Michelin starred, yet affordable and fantastic.
And your favourite ski area or piste?
We love the long cruisey run from the top of Saulire, Le Creux, down into Courchevel...tree lined & wide. Ken would also like to give a special mention to the awesome freestyle parks dotted around the mountain as well.
Top Meribel Tip?
To avoid the crowds at the start of your day, why not get dropped off in Méribel Village & take the Golf chair lift up to link into Courchevel. Ending your day there also avoids the crowds and gives you a chance to enjoy a demi or two on the deck at Lodge du Village, where one of our drivers will pick you up and take you home.