Méribel, the middle resort of the Trois Vallées, dates from the 8th century. It’s modern development as a ski resort credits Scotsman, Peter Lindsay. After WWII, he helped design it in the châlet-style with local wood, stone and slate today it’s the prettiest of the valleys’ twelve purpose-built resorts. With a relaxed profile, Méribel caters to families with fewer midnight oil-burners than its upmarket chic sister, Courchevel, in the next valley.
After the war the ‘Trois Vallées’ planning began: first the runs, then lifts and finally the resorts themselves. Planners created one of the largest ski area in the world with more than 67,000 acres of ski-able terrain! Méribel in the middle valley is the ideal location for all three. The valleys’ twelve resort network has 370 runs; 155 miles of off–piste couliors for those with challenge-deficits; a 5,000 foot vertical; 1,100 ski instructors to fine tune technique; over 2,000 snow canons to cover your trails; unlike Zermatt’s 54, there are only 13 mountain restaurants; and the Epic pass is accepted for six days. Its 182 lifts move 230,000 skiers/hour. Lift lines? Definitely not here!