The story of Méribel started in 1936 when Peter Lindsay, a Scottish Major looking for a site for a ski resort in the French Alps, discovered Les Allues. He was won over by the beauty of the village, its stunning natural surroundings, and by the ideal exposure of the mountain slopes to the sun, and decided to build the first facilities: a hotel chalet, a ski lift and a mechanical sledge. The works were put on hold during the war, but started up again in 1945. With the help of French architects, Lindsay (now a colonel) pursued his dream. Méribel then saw the construction of new buildings, made out of wood, stone, and lauze flat stone on their ridge roofs. All these new structures were designed to respect the surrounding natural environment and mountains.
Today, Méribel has become one of the most famous ski resorts. It is organized around five villages with different but complimentary atmospheres. The old historic village, Méribel Les Allues, is made up of a number of delightful hamlets with lovely, traditional mountain houses. Méribel-Centre is the heart of the resort, with its many shops and facilities, such as the famous Olympic park. Méribel-Village is the most recent part of the resort. The chalets and granges there have been renovated to give birth to a stunning, typically Savoie region hamlet. Méribel Les Hauts occupies an exceptional site overlooking the resort. At the foot of the slopes, amongst the pine trees, it stretches from the Rond Point Hamlet to the stunning domain of Burgin. Finally, Méribel-Mottaret is the highest village in the resort and is internationally renowned for the quality of its snow park.
The villages in the resort are easy to access, with free shuttle connections running between them. During your stay, check out the many sports facilities in Méribel-Centre (pools, skating rink, bowling, climbing wall, spa and gym…) and discover Méribel-Village with its sunny central square, its chapel and its famous bread oven. Starting off in Méribel Les Allues, follow the footpaths to discover the different hamlets and the mountain heritage of the valley: chapels, old chalets, mills, the old saw mill, bread ovens, and the museum which presents the history of the valley.