A view of Meribel ski resort looking down the entire valley

An introduction to Meribel

The Meribel Valley is the central of the world-famous Three Valleys. Because it's in the centre, it gives arguably the best access to the full range of world-class skiing which is right on your doorstep.

The skiing within this valley ranges from 1100m right up to 2950m, giving you almost two vertical kilometres in the one valley. There are four different "Meribel" Resorts. This is very common through the French Alps, where you've a group of villages all close to each other that trade under the same main name, sometimes the only differentiation being an indicator of their altitude.

It's easy to tell the difference and find your way around. But it's worth knowing the differences before you book. The closer you are to Meribel Centre, and its prized Chaudanne area of ski lifts, the more you can expect to pay for your chalet holiday.

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History of Meribel

In the 1930's British skiers began to looked to France for their winter retreats. Austria had previously held the title as the number one destination for British skiers but this was no longer the case due to it's political alliance with Germany. A Britishman Peter Lindsay, with the help of French skier Emile Allais, set out to create a French ski resort. An untapped valley above the village of Les Allures with an ideal skiing altitude turned xout to be the perfect location. The area was populated with local farmers, many of whom Lindsay paid in order to obtain thier land. He later developed a property company to raise the finances needed to build the ski resort.

Between 1938 and 1941 Lindsay had overseen the installation of the first lift, above Les Allures, and the construction of the first hotels and chalets in the valley. World War 2 stalled Lindsay's plans but when peace returned he continued Meribel's development. Using world class architects Paul Grillo and Christian Durupt to ensure that every building in the resort maintained the traditional Savoyard look and feel.

Meribel's rejuvenation following it's hosting of the ice hockey and the women's alpine skiing events in the 1992 Winter Olympics and the keeping of it's traditional alpine aesthetics has meant that Meribel has continued to thrive as a ski holiday destination.

The Four Meribels One Valley, Four Connected Resorts

Les Allues (1100m)

A small village offering great value for money, Les Allues is located right at the base of the Meribel Valley. Skiing in Les Allues is normally restricted to the very peak of the winter. At the start and end of the season, the altitude is too low to sustain enough snow. Although there are two ski runs into Les Allues, many prefer to take the bubble lift back down, especially towards the end of the season.

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Meribel Village (1400m)

Meribel Village is a quaint village just to the North of Meribel Centre. It has very few facilities but during the peak ski season the Apres Ski can get lively at the local bar Lodge du Village. As Meribel Village is 300m higher than Les Allues the snow will keep for longer and for most of the ski season Meribel Village is Ski-in Ski-out.

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Meribel Centre (1450m)

The focal point of the valley and the original resort, Meribel Centre is the most lively and most sought-after of the four options. This is where you will find facilities like banks, post offices, the tourist office etc. It's also the nerve centre of Meribel skiing, with La Chaudanne lift providing a natural meeting place and starting point for many days out on the slopes. This is what many people really mean when they say "Meribel".

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Meribel Mottaret (1750m)

Meribel Mottaret the furthest South and highest of the main villages of Meribel. The nightlife and apres ski here is very quiet and it mainly consists of French Hotels and self catered apartments. For its altitude and access to the skiing, Mottaret offers amazing value. Getting to Meribel Centre from Meribel Mottaret is just a short bus drive away. Or you can enjoy a pleasant ski down a gentle green called Truite (or more affectionately "The Trout").

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The Three Valleys in Numbers One for the Geeks

  • 600km of Pistes
  • 1450m Village Alitude
  • 200 Ski Lifts
  • 25 Connected Mountains
  • 328 Ski Runs
  • 1500 Ski Instructors
  • 75 Grooming Machines
  • 1720 Snow Machines
  • 9% Green Runs*
  • 40% Blue Runs*
  • 37% Red Runs*
  • 15% Black Runs*
  • €300 Lift pass for 6 Days*
  • 135 Mins from Geneva
  • 2 Lift pass options**

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* Percentages based on Meribel Valley only. Prices are indicative and approximate based on full-area lift pass.

** Local area (Meribel Valley only) and full area (all three valleys)

Skiing In Meribel

You will find everything you need to know about skiing in Meribel in the links below. We have a guide for all levels of skier and an comprehensive Meribel overview and orientation article if its your first time in Meribel.

Meribel Skiing Guide

Getting Around Meribel

We have put together a comprehensive guide on making your way around Meribel. You will find everything you need in the links below.

Meribel Tourist Office

Meribel Tourist Office
Route du Ctre
73550 Meribel
France
Find on Map

+33 4 79 08 60 01
www.meribel.net

Winter opening
7 days a week, 09:00-19:00

Summer opening
Hours may vary.
Closed daily 12:00-14:00

Medical Centres

  • Doctor (Thierry Vabre)
  • Route de Morel
    73550 Les Allues
    Meribel
  • +33 4 79 08 65 40
  • Find on Map
  • Olympic Park Medical Center
  • Patinoire Méribel
    73550 Les Allues
    Meribel
  • +33 4 79 08 60 41
  • Find on Map
  • Mottaret Medical Centre
  • Centre Cial Mottaret
    73550 Les Allues
    Meribel
  • +33 4 79 00 40 88
  • Find on Map

Pharmacy

  • Ruitor Pharmacy
  • Immeuble Ruitor Mottaret
    73550 Les Allues
    Meribel
    (Between Meribel Centre and Mottaret)
  • +33 4 79 00 43 70
  • Find on Map

Police Station

  • Olympic Centre
    La Chaudanne
    73550 Les Allues
    Meribel
  • +33 4 79 00 58 21
  • Find on Map

Cash Points

  • CA des Savoie
  • Route de la Chaudanne
  • +33 4 79 44 60 51
  • Find on Map
  • Banque de Savoie ATM
  • 73550 Les Allues, France
  • Open weekdays
    Closed 12:00-14:00
  • Find on Map
  • Banque Populaire
  • Immeuble La Croix Deverdon, Meribel
  • Mon-Thu: 08:30-12:00 | 13:35-17:30
    Fri: 03:30-12:00
    Sat-Sun: Closed
  • Find on Map
  • CIC
  • Route de la Montée
    Meribel
  • Distributer Billets ATM
  • Next to the Mairie
    Route de la Resse
    Les Allues
  • Credit Agricole
  • Gallerie Commerciale du Ruitor
    Mottaret
  • Find on Map

Post Offices

  • Meribel Centre
  • Maison Du Tourisme, La Poste, Meribel
  • Mon-Fri: 09:00-12:00 | 13:30-15:30
    Sat: Morning only
    Sun: Closed
  • Find on Map
  • Les Allues
  • La Poste
    Route de la Resse
    Les Allues
  • 08:45-12:15 only
  • Mottaret
  • Mottaret La Poste
    Maison du Tourisme de Mottaret
  • 09:00-12:30 only

Meribel Shopping Luxury Shopping in The Three Valleys

For the most luxurious brands, head over to Rue du Rocher in Courchevel 1850. Find premium luxury brands and rub shoulders with the one percent.

APM Monaco Designer Jewelry

+33 4 79 04 23 09
Rue de l'Église, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.apm.mc

Bernard OrcelFashion and mountain wear

+33 4 79 08 23 51
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
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www.bernard-orcel.com

Bijoux Doux Jewelry

+33 4 79 01 15 15
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
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www.douxjoaillier.com

Blu&BerryLuxury Fashion Boutique

+3347924 3756
2 rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
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www.bluandberry.com

ChanelLuxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 09 39 88
Place du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
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www.chanel.com

Chez Ma CousineGourmet Delicatessen

+33 4 79 08 21 68
Rue des Verdons, Courchevel 1850
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Dior Luxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 22 29 00
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
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www.dior.com

Eric BompardLuxury Knitwear

+33 4 79 08 39 45
Galerie Espace Diamant, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.eric-bompard.com

Ermanno Scervino Luxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 08 04 01
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.ermannoscervino.it

GraffDiamonds and Jewelry

+33 4 79 24 59 12
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
www.graffdiamonds.com

Hublot Designer Watches

+33 4 79 41 18 82
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.hublot.com

Jacob CohënLuxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 09 08 93
57 rue des Verdons, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map

Jasmine FleursFlorist

+33 4 79 08 15 21
69 Rue de l'Eglise, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.jasminefleurs.com

Julian JoailliersLuxury jewellery and watches

+3347908 3180
Immeuble Glaciers, 73550 Les Allues, Meribel
Find on Map
www.bijouterie-julian.com

Loro Piana Luxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 07 32 91
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.loropiana.com

Ogier Luxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 41 21 22
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.ogier-og.com

Sport Boutique Luxury ski hire & clothing

+33 4 79 08 63 00
Route du Ctre, 73550 Les Allues, Meribel
Find on Map
www.sport-boutique.com

ValentinoLuxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 08 33 89
Rue du Rocher, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.valentino.com

Zadig & VoltaireLuxury Fashion Boutique

+33 4 79 08 41 95
Rue de la Croisette, Courchevel 1850
Find on Map
www.zadig-et-voltaire.com

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Last Updated: 02 April 2020