Last updated
Méribel in January 2014
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Location in the Alps of Europe
Location Savoie, France
Nearest major city Chambéry
Coordinates 45°23′48.23″N6°33′58.57″E / 45.3967306°N 6.5662694°E / 45.3967306; 6.5662694 Coordinates: 45°23′48.23″N6°33′58.57″E / 45.3967306°N 6.5662694°E / 45.3967306; 6.5662694
Vertical1,502 m (4,928 ft)
Top elevation2,952 m (9,685 ft)
Base elevation1,450 m (4,757 ft)
Runs76 (8 green, 36 blue, 23 red & 9 black)
Lift system 53 (Capacity 75,565ph)
Website www.meribel.net

Méribel is a ski resort in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps, situated near the town of Moûtiers. Méribel refers to three neighbouring villages in the Les Allues commune of the Savoie département of France, near the town of Moûtiers ( 45°24′04″N6°33′56″E / 45.401°N 6.5655°E / 45.401; 6.5655 ), called Méribel Centre, Méribel-Mottaret and Méribel Village. The villages are within the Vanoise National Park and a part of the Les Trois Vallées interlinked ski system.


Méribel Les Allues is a ski resort that was developed adjacent to the traditional hamlet of Morel, with its centre situated at about 1400 metres above sea level. [1] It was founded by a Scotsman, Major Peter Lindsay, [2] who was looking for a new site for winter sports away from the ski resorts of Austria and Germany, because of the growing strength of the Nazi regime. In 1936, he visited the town of Les Allues for the first time. He then imagined how the town could become a ski resort. Firstly, he decided to create a property company in order to develop finances strong enough to build the resort. In 1938, the first lift was placed above Les Allues. A year later, he began the construction of the first chalets and hotels in the hamlet of Méribel. Three years later, the war would stop the development of the resort, but when it was over, development continued. Now a Colonel, Peter Lindsay used specialized architects, Paul Grillo, Grand Prix de Rome (1937), and his partner Christian Durupt, so that all buildings would be in harmony with the Savoyard style, using wood and stone for the walls, with slanted slate roofs. In 1950, the Burgin-Saulire gondola was built to link the resort to Courchevel. Lindsay's family continue to hold a financial stake in the resort. Lindsay's ashes and those of his wife are scattered on the Burgin mountain.

Méribel was home to events of the 1992 Winter Olympics (Albertville). [3] It hosted the ice hockey and the women's alpine skiing events. [4] Until 2011, Méribel was the host to the Altitude Festival, with acts such as KT Tunstall, Marcus Brigstocke and Omid Dijalili performing in the bars and nightclubs around the resort. For 2011, it has been announced that the festival will be moved to Austria, with the organiser Richard Lett citing a reduction in support from the Méribel Tourist Office. [5]

The ski resort is part of the Trois Vallées ski area. [6] The Three Valleys area comprises 180 lifts, 335 marked runs (over 600 kilometres) and over 130 km of cross-country tracks. The Three Valleys was expanded in 1996 to incorporate a fourth valley, though the area kept the name Trois Vallées. The area comprises the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Les Menuires-Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle. [7]

The resort comprises the sub village of;

Méribel-Mottaret, at an altitude of 1750 m towards the head of the Allues valley - served by the Plattiers gondola which provides access to neighbouring resorts Les Menuires and Val Thorens

Raffort and La Gittaz which are served by the Meribel Olympic Gondola, Chandon which has free bus access to resort

Méribel Village at 1400 m on the road to Courchevel 1850 at the bottom of the Lapin piste and start of the Golf Chair to the popular beginners skiing area The Altiport

Lift system

NameTypePersons per hourYear of constructionManufacturer
Table VerteChairlift fixed 4 places12501981 Poma
Burgin 1Gondola 6 places17001982Poma
Burgin 2Gondola 6 places17001982Poma
Plattieres 2Gondola 6 places22001983Poma
Plattieres 1Gondola 6 places22001984Poma
Plattieres 3Gondola 6 places22001984Poma
ArollesChairlift fixed 4 places18001985Skirail
Rocher de la LozeChairlift fixed 4 places15001988Poma
Mont-VallonGondola 12 places34001988Poma
RhodosGondola 12 places20251989 Von Roll
Mures RougesChairlift detachable 4 places18001989Poma
Roc de FerChairlift fixed 4 places14601990Poma
Olympe 1Gondola 6 places9201990Poma
Olympe 2Gondola 6 places9201990Poma
Olympe 3Gondola 6 places9201990Poma
Olympic ExpressChairlift detachable 4 places15001990Poma
MorelChairlift fixed 3 places7001991Poma
Côtes BruneChairlift detachable 4 places20701991Poma
CombesChairlift detachable 4 places24001994 Doppelmayr
Pas du Lac 1Gondola 8 places30001997Poma
Pas du Lac 2Gondola 8 places30001997Poma
AdretChairlift detachable 6 places24001998Poma
Dent de BurginChairlift detachable 6 places24002000Poma
AltiportChairlift detachable 8 places34002000Poma
Plan des MainsChairlift detachable 6 places30002002 Leitner
Plan de l'HommeChairlift detachable 6 places30002004Poma
ChâteletChairlift detachable 6 places22002006Poma
ChaletsGondola pulsed 6 places5222007Poma
Tougnète 2Chairlift detachable 6 places covered36002007Poma
Tougnète 1Gondola 6 places15002008Poma
GolfChairlift detachable 4 places15002009Poma
AltiportButton lift continuous5002009Poma
DoronConveyor belt covered2010Poma
Les LoupiotsConveyor beltPoma
ForetRope towPoma
CombeButton lift detachablePoma
CotesButton lift detachablePoma
EscargotButton lift continuous2005Poma
ArpassonButton lift continuous2006Poma
Roc de Tougne 1 & 2Button lift detachablePoma
AigleButton lift detachablePoma
SitelleButton lift detachablePoma
StadeButton lift continuousPoma

Past projects

Tarentaise Valley skiing

The Tarentaise Valley has the biggest concentration of world-class ski resorts in the world. Most well known neighbour systems are Paradiski (Les Arcs, La Plagne) and Espace Killy (Val-d'Isère and Tignes). A weekly lift ticket in Méribel/Les Trois Vallées offers a choice to ski one day in each of the other two systems mentioned. There were once plans to interlink all systems and resorts to create the - by far - largest ski area in the world. However that vision was ended with the creation of the Vanoise National Park.

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