Today Méribel is one of the most popular resorts of the French Alps, famous for being part of the Three Valleys domain, which is the world’s largest ski area. Its architecture is very much appreciated for being traditional, with typical Savoyard style chalets and wood and stone buildings that gives the village a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is one man who can be credited for the vision and creation of this wonderful resort – British winter sports enthusiast Peter Lindsay.
He was born in 1900 in Scotland from a Scottish father and an Irish mother. In 1918, he joined the forces to fight during World War I, which fortunately ended soon after. He came back to finish his studies at Eton.
After being advised by Arnold Lunn to go visit this amazing area in Savoie and Dauphiné regions, he went to Les Allues Valley in 1936. There, he ran down one of the 12 most famous runs in the Alps at that time which went from Saulire to Bride and was a 12km long off-piste trail. Peter fell in love with the place, bought most of the land that is now Meribel town and in 1938 was created the first lift “the Red Dragon” as well as the first accommodation “Les Airelles”. He managed to do all this with the help, mostly financial, of Count Jean Gaillard de la Valdenne. But unfortunately, the war stroke Europe again and put a stop to Peter’s plans for the development of the resort.
At the age of 39 years old, he left France to enrol in the Irish Guards during World War II. After that he joined the SEO (Special Operations Service). In the meantime, his collaborator La Valdenne also played his part in the war.
Six years later after the war ended, both returned to Méribel. Peter Lindsay was now Colonel and received a DSO which he refused to collect and was eventually sent to him in Méribel from the British Consul in Lyon. He developed the resort slowly, and with the help of two French architects he managed to keep the resort architecture typical. Only wood and stone were used to build the buildings and the chalets in the resorts. One of the main projects of Peter Lindsay was the chair lift company “Méribel Alpina” he wanted the company to remain private and he managed to do so even after his retirement. The colonel was supposed to stay in Méribel just for a few months, until a full-time manager was found to take on the business but he ended up staying there for 25 years. Ever since the first lift and accommodation were created, the resort kept growing but it was Peter Lindsay who really made it all happen at the beginning. Unfortunately, Peter died from a heart attack in 1971 just a year after his retirement.
Today the resort he created is famous worldwide and is known to be the heart of the biggest ski area in the world, The Three Valleys!
Today, the lift company that Peter Lindsay created is still running and is now a subsidiary of Compagnie des Alpes, a company which manages lift systems in many ski resorts across France. His son – David Lindsay – is also linked to the resort since he founded the “international section” of the ESF of Méribel and gives off-piste ski courses in the resort. Peter Lindsay will always be remembered as the father of Méribel.
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Easy access to Three Valleys - 600km of pistes
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