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Méribel

Méribel sits in the Les Allues Valley at the heart of the world’s largest skiing area, Les Trois Vallees (The Three Valleys). As part of one of the best ski resorts in France, Méribel is a popular choice for skiers of all abilities.

Méribel and Mottaret are the two main resorts in this valley and both are extremely popular with British skiers, possibly because a British man called Peter Lindsay founded the resort in 1938. However the vast skiing area and the unspoilt alpine charm of Méribel are the most likely reasons for its enduring appeal among experienced skiers from all over the world. Méribel is a very pretty resort, unlike some of its purpose-built rivals and retains a traditional feel. Nearly all of the buildings are quaint, timber-framed chalets in a Savoyard wood.

The Méribel resort has an abundance of boutique shops and a good selection of après ski bars and restaurants. The bi-weekly street market is worth a visit for local produce and souvenirs. Méribel extends from the Mussillon area at 1450m to Le Rond point at 1700m. This means that the village is quite spread out but there is also a regular bus service if you need to get about when not on skis.