Meribel, the 3 valleys, the largest ski area in the world

Meribel, the 3 valleys, the largest ski area in the world


Méribel, home of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games, will give you access to the famous Trois Vallées skiing area in France, the largest in the world. 


 
 

Did you know?



 
Méribel is made up of five separate and adjacent villages:  Méribel Les Allues, Méribel Village, Méribel Centre, Méribel Les Hauts, and Méribel Mottaret.  These range in altitude from 1,100 to 2950m and constitute part of the “Three Valleys” ski area, in the Allues Commune of Savoie in France.
In the mid 1930s, British Colonel Peter Lindsay, in his search for different skiing challenges away from Germany and Austria, stopped to visit Les Allues and immediately thought of it as a perfect ski resort. It was thanks to his financial influence that the building of the first lift (the Red Dragon) was possible in 1938. This was followed by the appearance of the first chalets and hotels in the village. Construction work had to stop due to the war, but continued a few years afterwards. Colonel Lindsay took extreme care in planning the look of the village architecture and hired recognised personalities in the profession to achieve harmony in a very Savoyard style.  
Today, Méribel offers 180 lifts, 335 slopes that cover approximately 600km, and more than 130km of cross-country tracks. From Méribel it is possible to access the renowned resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuiries-Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle (the new fourth valley).  


 

What to do?



 
Thanks to its location, Méribel offers an enormous choice of possibilities for skiers, but also parallel activities and general fun for all. Not to mention that it will host the finals of the World Cup for Alpine skiing plus the Audi FIS Ski World Cup (Ladies), which both are taking place in 2015.
Not only are there activities geared especially for families (the ice rink, cinema and bowling alley are amongst the most common) available in Méribel but also many other cultural activities that include museums and art exhibits as well as the memorabilia of Méribel’s Olympic Winter Games back in 1992, where the Women’s Ice Hockey and Alpine skiing were hosted.
Take a look at the official Tourism Office’s website: www.meribel.net to get information on the most recent activities at the resort, plus information on snow conditions, art exhibitions and other news.

 
 

Accommodation



 
The particularity of Méribel is that it is divided into different villages, all offering comfort and a good selection of hotels and chalets to choose from. It would be a wise idea to research which of its villages offer the best facilities for you personally to make your holiday special. Other than the official site www.meribel.net, you can also visit www.welove2ski.com, a site that highlights the reputation of each one of its villages, making it easier for you to identify which one is best suited to you.

 
 

How to get there?



 
GMC Limousines propose direct transfers from Geneva Airport to Méribel. The trip - roughly 180km from Geneva Airport - will take slightly over two hours in one of their chauffeured limousines, always ready and prepared to face the snowy mountain roads. GMC chauffeurs are multilingual and will make your journey an easy and comfortable experience, taking care of every detail for you from the moment you are met at the airport. For more information: Booking
 
 

Links:

www.meribel-unplugged.co.uk
www.meribel.net
http://welove2ski.com/meribel/where-to-stay

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