Meribel is a much sought-after ski resort in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps. Close to the town of Moutier, Meribel incorporates three neighbouring villages: Méribel Centre, Méribel-Mottaret and Méribel Village. It is part of the interlinked Les Trois Vallees ski system, and is within the Vanoise National Park.
Meribel was developed in the late 1930s by Colonel Peter Lindsay, a Scotsman who was keen to develop a winter sports resort outside the Nazi-controlled areas of Austria and Germany. His family is still involved in the resort. Meribel gradually developed into the top ski resort it is today. It hosted the ice hockey and women’s alpine skiing events in the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Being right in the heart of the Trois Vallees ski area, along with Courchevel,La Tania, Les Menuires-Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle, it offers winter visitors 200 lifts, 335 marked runs and 130km of cross country trails. The highest point of elevation is Meribel-Mottaret at 1750m. Ski lessons are available and after dark there is plenty of après-ski entertainment including the legendary Dicks Tea Bar. The upscale village-style setting and traditional style chalet rentals make this a very popular resort with British visitors.
During the summer, Meribel is popular for walking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. The Vanoise National park is a protected wildlife area, which is home to alpine ibex, chamois, marmots, lynx, mountain hares, stoats and birds such as the bearded vulture and the golden eagle.