The world’s luxury chalets specialist presents its portfolio of exclusive chalets in Meribel. While its neighbors Courchevel and Val d’Isère focus on relaxation, Méribel is the delight of winter sport lovers, featuring a large ski area and the lastest winter sportswear innovations. For fun or training, come and ride on Méribel’s challenging slopes.
On the Top of the Ski World
Meribel is a ski resort in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps, located near the town of Moutiers. Méribel refers to three neighboring villages in the Allues commune of the Savoie département of France – called Méribel Centre, Méribel-Mottaret and Méribel Village. The villages are within the Vanoise National Park and a part of the Les Trois Vallées interlinked ski system which consist in eights ski resorts, with Courchevel and La Tania to the East and Val Thorens to the West, combining to create the largest linked ski areas in the world. Not only does the ski resort have an unbeatable location but the beautiful chalet-style architecture, friendly village atmosphere and wooded surroundings make it a great place.
Equipped with the Best Infrastructures
Meribel includes 180 lifts, over 130 km of cross-country tracks, and 335 marked runs (extending over 600 km). Meribel Centre’s villages range from 1600m – 1700m, including Mussillon and Altitude 1600 to the East and Belvedere and Rond Point to the West. A satellite resort, Meribel-Mottaret, is at the top of the valley (1750m). Getting around the area to neighboring resorts is very easy due to the new installation of lifts – Saulire Express gondola is able to take up to 2,400 people up to the peak of Saulire (2700 m) in 12 minutes.
Ideal for Families
Meribel has a lively scene and appeals to the alpine shopper with many technical ski and boarder wear outlets as well as designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and White Stuff. The 1992 Winter Olympics Centre is open to the public daily. It offers a water slide, 25 metre indoor swimming pool, a children’s pool, climbing wall, a spa, an indoor ice-rink, and a fitness center. There are also horse-sleigh tours, snowshoeing, walking routes, and snowmobiling available on your stay in Meribel.
A Visionary Scotsman
The Scotsman Colonel Peter Lindsay founded Meribel in the thirties. He was looking for an area different from the ski resorts of Germany and Austria, due to the growing strength of the Nazi regime, and eventually came across what is now Méribel. He visited the town of Les Allues for the first time in 1936 and imagined it as the perfect place for a ski resort. To begin the transformation to a ski resort he created a property company for developing finances strong enough to create the resort.
A Fast Expansion Before WW2
Only two years after he had first seen the town, in 1938 the first lift appeared above Les Allues. After that, the town’s transformation happened very quickly and only a year later, Peter Lindsay began to build the first hotels and chalets in the hamlet of Méribel. Lindsay’s family still holds a financial stake in the resort where his grandchildren is still skiing today. The ashes of Peter Lindsay and his wife are scattered around the Burgin Mountain.
Soaring Growth from the 50’s
While the transformation of the resort seemed to be going smoothly, three years later the war stopped the development. This only halted the building shortly and once the war was over development continued right away. In order to construct buildings that were in harmony with historical style, specialized architects Paul Grillo, Christian Durupt, and André Detour used wood and stone on the walls with slate roofs to create the look of the area. The resort was linked to Courchevel in 1950 by the construction of a gondola.
From Global Events to Worldwide Dimension
In 1992, the Winter Olympics ice hockey and women’s alpine skiing events were hosted in Méribel. The resort started hosting global events and famous festivals such as Altitude Festival, though this last one moved to another resort in 2011. High end shops, bars and clubs, and activities are part of a large after-skiing scene that attracts families as well as the golden youth. The reputation of the resort is now working in its favor, as Méribel is the place to be in the ski world.
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Subaru Biathlon Challenge FFS
Held on the nordic area of the Altiport, the Biathlon challenge combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Few sports require such self control and engagement – the mass start and relay races are promising big shows, with great champions competing!
Ski Test Tour
The Ski Test Tour organized by SportAir gathers together the ski industry professionals on the site of La Chaudanne, where ski manufacturers and distributors propose to test their latest range. Combining friendliness and efficiency, the event offers to retailers and rental shops a fast and easy way to fully comprehend the new ranges and so prepare their future purchasing as informed users.
Six Resorts Rugby Tournament
The event is a rugby 7s tournament on snow, or “snow rugby”, involving amateurs and stars of the rugby world. Six ski resorts (La Clusaz, St Gervais, Valmorel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Méribel) will all play host to the 6 stages of the event.
The Three Valleys Enduro
The legendary ‘3 Vallées Enduro’ is an unforgettable day of snowboarding, skiing and telemarking in the 3 Valleys. The event is open to all, no matter your age, level of experience, or snow sport preference. There are different races in each valley: Freeride, Moguls, Triplette des Belleville, Skicross, Giant Slalom, Big Air Bag, Boardercross, Speed Skiing, Family Schuss, Adri’Naline. Enjoy a sport event with your family!
This is an epic six-day endurance mountain bike race held in August, the first of its kind to combine ski-lift-accessed technical endurance racing with a multi-day high alpine wilderness expedition.
Vanoise National Park
Created in 1963 the Vanoise National Park was conceived as a protected zone for the endangered ibex or bouquetin which suffered from hunting. Two zones were created – the inner one is a sanctuary for wildlife and plants, and the peripheral one is an area where small villages and hamlets can exist quietly alongside nature. However, the history of the Vanoise National Park stretches back much further than the 1960’s. The Pierre aux Pieds (Rock of Feet) is an impressive example of Neolithic civilisation. The possible medieval Stone of the Saints, the Rock of the Masks, and the Stone of the Devil are other examples of past communities.
Nature Throughout the Region
Tarentaise is in fact a beautiful piece of nature where you can enjoy walking in both summer and winter. Pick up the walking path guide as soon as you arrive to plan your exploration of the valley, then use the gondola to access the 25 km winter and summer paths.
There are many sports shops where you can find everything from top notch ski wear to fashion luxury brands. Don’t forget the wide array of local food products – from charcuterie and cheeses to chocolates and pastries, go visit the ‘boulangeries’ and the markets such as that on the Route de la Chaudanne in Méribel Centre, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Finally, interior design shops will give you ideas for your home, in an old chalet style.