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Perched at an altitude of 1,450 meters in the Doron des Allues valley, the ski resort of Méribel is part of the Three Valleys ski area which culminates in the Péclet needle (3,561 m).
Méribel was born through the will of a Scotsman; Major Peter Lindsay. Passionate about skiing, the major was exploring the French Alps in search of the ideal site to create a ski resort. Guided by the world champion of the time, Alphonse Allais, he chose Meribel as his preferred location in 1936. He wanted to get out from where the Austrian Alps had been annexed by Hitler. A real estate company was created and a hotel, Le Doron, as well as a ski lift, were built in 1938. Peter Lindsay called on Charlotte Perriand, a student of Le Corbusier, to decorate the hotel.
The Second World War put a halt to the development of the ski resort. But in 1945, it was no longer the Major but Colonel Peter Lindsay who returned to the site to continue developing the ski resort in the heart of the French Alps. He called upon Parisian architects Christian Durupt, Paul Grillo and André Dutour to build the resort in a non-invasive architecture inspired by the traditional Savoyard habitat and in a sustainable way.
Today Méribel is an authentic ski resort with chalets of limited height, built with wood, local stone and slate roofs. It is this architecture that gives it its postcard look.
The only concession to this construction model was made with Méribel-Mottaret in 1972. Méribel-Mottaret is the highest of the 5 resorts, and is located at an altitude of 1750 meters. Here residents have ski in/ski out access from the accommodation. Méribel-Mottaret allows quick access to Courchevel and Les Ménuiries and offers privileged access to the 600 kilometers of ski slopes of the 3 Valleys, including those of Courchevel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, and the 150 kilometers of slopes in the Méribel valley.
The other districts of Méribel are Méribel les Hauts, Méribel center, Méribel village and Méribel les Allues.
Méribel offers a village atmosphere and preserved landscapes. Many loyal clients choose Méribel for its discreet charm, its authentic character and its quietness in one of the most beautiful ski areas in the world.