The ski resort of Méribel was founded in 1938 by British skier Peter Lindsay. Working with a team of specialist architects and investors, Lindsay designed traditional Savoyard-style buildings so that the village would be in harmony with its surroundings.
In 1950 the Burgin-Saulire gondola was built to link Méribel and Courchevel, which was the birth of the Three Valleys ski area, now the largest ski area in the world. Lindsay's family continue to hold a financial stake in the resort, and his grandchildren still ski in the resort to this day.
Méribel has of course grown since its early incarnation but it has always remained true to its founders’ vision. Now, the resort is made up of several beautiful villages that are surrounded by picturesque wooded slopes.
The resort is perfectly located at the heart of the expansive Three Valleys ski area. With Courchevel and La Tania to the left and Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville to the right, Méribel offers seamless access to the 600km of piste on its doorstep via the single fastest lift system in the world. At the top of the resort is La Chaudanne, which is the main hub of the ski access, boasting 3 gondolas and 2 chairlifts which whisk skiers off in 5 separate directions.
Méribel Centre is the lively hub of the resort, with a buoyant après-ski scene and an established number of wonderful restaurants and bars. There is something here for all ages and tastes and this is a key reason that Méribel has always been a firm favourite with British skiers.
Summer in Méribel is becoming increasingly popular and provides a wonderful alternative to traditional summer holidays. There is something for everyone here in the summer, whether it’s thrill-seeking (white water rafting, hydrospeed, canyoning, mountain biking, para-gliding) or relaxing in the peaceful mountain atmosphere. Golfers will be kept busy by the 18-hole golf course and there are many fantastic hiking trails to explore.
Ski area: 600km
Nearest airport: Chambery (1.5 hours), Lyon (2 hours), Grenoble (2 hours), Geneva (2.5 hours)
Nearest train station: Moutiers (8km), serviced by SNCF and the Eurostar from London St Pancras.
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