Meribel, France

When Colonel Peter Lindsay came across Meribel in 1938 he vowed to return and create a ski resort. After the Second World War he duly returned and along with architect Christian Durupt he built the first chalets here.

Strict building guidelines were established from the outset and these made sure that any new building followed the local Savoyard style. As a result all the principal buildings and chalets have been built using the local stone, slate and wood. There is none of the concrete block architecture found in other purpose built French resorts which were developing at much the same time as Meribel. This has made Meribel the prettiest of the Three Valley ski resorts and with the afternoon sun shining on the Burgin side of the valley you can't beat it.

As Meribel developed in a slightly piecemeal manner, chalet by chalet, it was never laid as a purpose built ski resort in the same way that Flaine, Tignes, Les Arcs and Val Thorens were. Whereas this has created a ski resort of considerable charm it does mean that there are only a few ski in ski out properties here.

Apart from fantastic accommodation options in Meribel there are great ski schools, lots of apres ski options and further activities to do off the slopes. With around 200 generally queue-free modern lifts accessing over 600km of prepared pistes Meribel is very difficult to beat.

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  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
  • Chalet e74a3b79ab6c7c9200e443bb0a5a0ba591d5a08b249288e6336bcbb2fd95d64d Property
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