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Meribel, in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, is unlike many purpose-built ski resorts across Europe. Méribel has always remained true to the charms of its Alpine heritage, consisting wholly of wooden and stone chalets.

Méribel is situated in the Les Allues Valley at the epicentre of the world’s largest ski area. With access to over 600km of piste and unlimited off-piste, you really feel like you have freedom of the entire mountain. As well as the two main resorts of Méribel Centre and Méribel-Mottaret, the valley is also home to a number of small traditional hamlets. Combined they form one of the most popular winter sports destinations in Europe. Below we describe each area of Meribel in more detail, from highest altitude to lowest.
 

Meribel Mottaret – 1750-2950m

Ski in ski out! Méribel-Mottaret, located at the heart of the 3 Valleys, certainly boasts the best situation in the resort to take full advantage of the largest ski area in the world. A friendly hamlet with modern residences at the foot of slopes, Méribel-Mottaret is the ideal venue for families. Its snow park is a reference for freestylers throughout Europe, both expert and novice. Plus: the snow in Méribel-Mottaret is guaranteed throughout the entire winter season!

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Situated at the summit of Méribel Valley, at the heart of the world’s largest ski resort, Méribel-Mottaret has direct access to the 600km of pistes of the Three Valleys (Courchevel, Les Ménuires, Val Thorens) and the 150km of pistes in Méribel Valley.

Created in 1972, the resort of Méribel-Mottaret is mainly made-up of rental accommodation situated right on the edge of the pistes. The vast majority of accommodation offers direct access on foot to the pistes and you can leave your car in the indoor car park. Its compact size means that you can walk to all the facilities in Méribel-Mottaret.

Méribel-Mottaret has a homogeneous style of architecture which allows its wooden-clad chalets to blend harmoniously with the superb natural surroundings. The majestic Mont Vallon rises to 3000m above the resort which is surrounded by a forest of fir-trees and the Tueda Nature Reserve, part of the Vanoise National Park, with its lake, pine tree forest, cross-country skiing pistes and hiking trails.

 

Meribel Les Hauts – 1600-2950m

Located at 1600 m in an exceptional spot above the resort centre, Méribel Altiport was, in 1961, the first alpine runway to be created in a French ski resort. Today, it is the emblem of Méribel les Hauts, a neighbourhood appreciated by visitors who seek peace and quiet, natural surroundings and panoramic views. Tucked at the foot of the ski slopes, which in summer becomes one of the finest golf courses in the Alps, Méribel les Hauts stretches from the Rond-Point to the Belvédère and the exclusive Domaine de Burgin. Méribel les Hauts never fails to charm thanks to its privileged setting amongst the pine forests and the beauty of its wood and stone architecture. The departure point for beautiful walks and gentle Nordic trails, Méribel les Hauts is renowned as an area of fairy-tale beauty.
 


Meribel Centre – 1500-1700m

The geographical heart of resort, the centre of entertainment and the spine of Valley services, Méribel Centre has everything to hand: tourist office, cinema, swimming pool, spa, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Ranging from 1500m to 1600 m altitude, Méribel Centre is composed of several charming hamlets: le Plateau, La Renarde, Altitude 1600, Mussillon. The architecture in Méribel centre is and its different hamlets is uniform. Buildings and chalets are clad in wood, stone and local slate. In the lower part of the village, just steps away from the centre, is the disrict «la Chaudanne» and its famous Olympic sports complex, the venue for major sporting events and festive entertainment.

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As the largest village in the Valley, Méribel Centre truly deserves its reputation as the largest and most attractive resort in the French Alps. Méribel is made-up of beautiful private chalets and larger apartment chalets which are all constructed using light-coloured wood and local stone, and all with sloping roofs. The resort really does blend itself into its woodland surroundings with the appropriate and authentic style of architecture, creating a real chalet atmosphere.

This endlessly charming resort also has all of the shops, services, activities and high-quality sporting facilities to make your stay a truly enjoyable experience.

From Méribel there is quick and easy access to the 150km of pistes in Méribel Valley and the 600km of pistes of the Three Valleys via the numerous modern ski lifts which depart from the resort.

The resort is located on the east side of the mountain and so receives a good amount of sunshine throughout the day. Méribel Centre is made-up of several areas, some offering direct access to the pistes, which are all linked by the free shuttle bus service.

 

Meribel Village – 1400-2950m

Méribel Village is the most recent addition to the Méribel Valley. In the early 1990s, the site was scattered with sheepfolds. It has since become the setting for a lovely hamlet, designed in the purest Savoyard tradition, with its chalets and barn renovations, its chapel, its bread oven, shops and terraces. Built around its delightfully sunny square, Méribel Village is linked to the Méribel ski area and the 3 Valleys via a chairlift, the “Télésiège du Golf”. Ski back to the village at the end of the day along the blue slope “Le Lapin”. In the evening, a free shuttle bus service takes partygoers to Méribel centre in just a few minutes.

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Méribel Village is a traditional Savoyard hamlet with chalets, renovated farm buildings, chapel and communal bread oven. At the centre of the village the Golf chairlift offers access to the pistes, snow parks and beginners areas at the Altiport. More experienced skiers can also directly access the pistes of Meribel Valley and the Three Valleys, and there is direct access back to the village via the Lapin blue piste. Access to the pistes is guaranteed throughout the season thanks to the snow canons.

The centre of Méribel Village, which receives sunshine throughout the day, offers shops, terraces, the departure of the ski lift (which is also accessible to pedestrians), access to the piste and the free shuttle bus service which can get you to Meribel Centre (2km) in a few minutes.

 

Les Allues – 1100-2950m

Les Allues, Le Raffort, les Cruet, Vanthier, Chandon, Nantgerel, la Gittaz and Plantin.These hamlets were the origins of the resort. They first inspired a Scotsman, Peter Lindsay in 1936, looking to develop a site for winter sports and recreation. Today, each of these charming villages is a small gem of traditional alpine architecture. One systematically passes through them before reaching the more recent quarters of Méribel Vallée. These villages are valuable base camps for amateurs of authenticity, calm, culture. Gentle walking and great skiing. The Olympe gondola provides access to the Chaudanne and the largest ski area in the world in just a few minutes. At the end of the day, ride the gondola back down to the village or ski straight back to the peace of your chalet.

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Situated at 1100m, Les Allues is the administrative centre of Meribel Valley. With its communal bread oven, old farm buildings and hidden alleys, this traditional Savoyard town is linked to Meribel Centre by the Olympe cable car (500m from the town centre) and the free shuttle bus service which allows you direct access to the pistes.
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