-Fantastic skiing, with linked access to the 3 Valleys
-Plenty of accommodation choices, with 5 villages to visit
-Experiencing the excellent local food and drink scene
Méribel was founded by British skier, Peter Lindsay, and still has a magnetic pull for UK holiday makers, who love its pretty Alpine looks, outstanding setting and, above all, its access to the 3 Valleys, the world's largest linked ski area. Lindsay opened the resort in the late 1930s, and it's grown massively since his day, with five satellite villages now clambering across the Alpine slopes from 1200m to 1700m.
Fantastic lift access to the 3 Valleys pistes and the wider ski area make the skiing very hard to beat, with high altitudes helping keep the snow cover good. The villages provide a good range of experiences and luxury shoppers, party animals and families all rub shoulders very happily in one of Europe's best-loved ski resorts.
Méribel Centre is the main resort, part of a collection of smaller villages spread out between 1600m and 1700m, illustrating Méribel's steep clamber up into the Alpine valley. Les Allues, Méribel Village, Les Hautes, and Mottaret complete the collection, with most of the architecture taking the form of a pleasing chalet style. The scattered nature of the settlements mean that a vibrant centre is hard to find, but there is good dining and nightlife to be found, and Méribel is becoming more popular and more upmarket.
Méribel Centre offers a decent range of shops with, despite the strong British influence, plenty of local Savoyard outlets among the designer brands. The resort's role in the 1992 Olympics brought a whole host of extra sporting facilities, which have been built on since and now contribute to what is a charming and convenient ski destination.