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Meribel Resort

The history of Meribel

The resort of Meribel was founded by Peter Lindsay in 1938, who was looking for a new winter sports site to escape the German and Austrian resorts due to the rise of Nazism. He then decided to create a real estate company for its development, in which many English personalities invested.

Its launch interrupted during World War II, resumed shortly after the liberation. Lindsay appealed to renowned architects so that all the buildings would be in harmony with the Savoyard style. The respect for this authentic architecture has persisted to the present day and has made Meribel one of the most beautiful resorts in the French Alps today.

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Location and Alpin Ski

Perched between 1450 and 1750 meters above sea level in the Doron des Allues valley, the resort is located in the heart of the vast ski area of the Three Valleys, with its highest point being the Aiguille de Péclet (3,561 m).

On its east side, the Dent de Burgin, the Saulire, and the Aiguille du Fruit separate the Meribel valley from the Courchevel valley, and on its west side, the Tougnète, the Mont de la Chambre, and the Aiguille du Péclet separate it from the Val-Thorens Les Menuires valley.

Thus, all the resorts of the Three Valleys make up the largest ski area in the world with over 600 km of slopes and 2500 meters of vertical drop.

This highly sought-after area offers unparalleled variety in winter sports. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced skier, whether you enjoy alpine skiing, snowboarding, or ski touring, the Meribel valley and its Three Valleys area will cater to all your desires. The quality of its snow and its facilities also make it a reliable choice throughout the winter season.

Throughout its history, Meribel has hosted numerous competitions, including the 1992 Winter Olympics, World Cup stages in 2013 and 2015, and the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2023 with Courchevel. 

Activities offered by Meribel resort 

In the framework of the 1992 Olympics, Meribel acquired an Olympic ice rink, a 25-meter swimming pool, and an activity center, La Chaudanne, offering climbing walls, a bowling alley, billiards, and more.

The Meribel altiport is open year-round, offering spectacular flights over the valley and also providing introductory aviation classes. It is possible to take paragliding flights, go dog sledding, or ride snowmobiles.

Meribel is also active in the summer with a magnificent 18-hole golf course and practice range, an equestrian center, and numerous mountain biking trails and slopes. It has also hosted stages of the Trial World Cup and UCI Trial in 2013 and 2014.

With the Tour de France, Méribel stands out thanks to its Col de la Loze, in 2020 and again in 2023. This stage has become legendary because it is considered by many cyclists, such as David Gaudu, to be the toughest stage of their careers…

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The resort and après-ski

The resort, nicknamed the "Heart of the Three Valleys," positions itself as a "high-end" location, like its neighbor Courchevel, while being more family-friendly and intimate than the latter. Its different neighborhoods offer a variety of nightlife options and high-quality dining while remaining accessible.

You'll find typical Savoyard restaurants like La Grange or La Fromagerie, specialized eateries like Le Cèpe, serving delicious dishes centered around mushrooms, good and classic Italian restaurants such as La Flambée, Le Barometer, or Chez Fifi, fine hotel dining options such as Brasserie 80, Le Savoy, or Le Grand Cœur, not to mention Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurants, such as L'Ekrin in Meribel Centre or Le Farçon in La Tania. There is something for everyone, at all price points, and quality is a priority.

On the nightlife front, there are English pubs like La Taverne, Jacks, or Sully’s bar, as well as more classic bars like L'Abreuvoir, Le Barometer, Le Savoy, or 80, not to mention nightclubs for the more festive, such as Sully's, Les Saints Pères, or Le Privilège.

The mountainside restaurants are too numerous to count. If you want to dance facing the mountains, don't forget to book early at the famous Folie Douce, and if you want to have lunch at the "Classic" in Meribel, order the legendary mountain escalope from l'Adray Télébar.

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For your ski vacation, Méribel Resort is a must-visit destination. Rent Chalet Menor for your next stay and enjoy top-notch services in a luxurious chalet. Discover our availability now.

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