In 1936, one Colonel Peter Lindsay began buying up as much land as he could afford around a remote Savoyarde farming village, and continued to do so after the War. Thus began the British love affair with Méribel which continues to this day...
While of course the town has become a lot bigger since Col. Lindsay's day, it still retains a very appealing Alpine charm, with chalet-style buildings (and of course lots of actual chalets!), featuring traditional stone-clad walls and pitched roofs - largely unsullied by the concrete blocks afflicting other resorts.
Together with its adjacent little sister, Mottaret, Méribel is known for having probably the finest après-ski scene of any of the Three Valleys' resorts. From the wildly popular , heaving Folie Douce and Rond-Point (the famous "Ronnie" - voted in the world's top-10 après bars) with daily live bands and DJ sets, onto O'Sullivans via mojitos in the stylish Poste de Secours - there is something for everyone after the lifts close.
For anyone looking to unwind at a more gentle pace, there is the Parc Olympique, with Indoor Pool, Spa and an indoor ice-rink - both legacies of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Plus a bowling alley, the chance to go husky-sledding, and many more activities away from the endless skiing possibilities which exist in this vast terrain.
A popular spot for families, the resort has plenty of English language ski schools as well as the ESF-run Club Piou-Piou which offers fun, activities, and the chance for youngsters to get their first taste of skiing in a safe environment - while their parents make the most of the peace and pistes!
All in all, Méribel is a world-class resort right in the middle of the world's largest linked ski area, offering the best of entertainment - day or night. Come and see for yourself why Colonel Lindsay thought it would be just the spot all those years ago....
MERIBEL OR MOTTARET?
- Après-ski and nightlife
- Leisure facilities
- Family friendly
- Ski in/ski out
- Resort facilities on doorstep
- Higher resort
- Very family friendly