30 September 2022.

Meribel, France

Centre station in the world famous Trois Vallees’ (Three Valleys) ski area this purpose built resort was primarily a winter destination. It is one of France’s most successful ski resorts but was in fact founded by an Englishman, Colonel Peter Lindsay in the late 1930’s. See the Scot’s don’t invent everything!

Although purpose built Meribel is an attractive village consisting mainly of traditional wood and stone built chalets. The main village does not offer too much in the way of ski in ski out convenience usually associated with purpose built resorts. However, Meribel Mottaret situated higher up the valley does if you really can’t handle using the free local bus service or marching to and from the slopes with all your gear (no sweat for boarders of course).

A vibrant place at night with numerous lively and often wild (in the party sense) bars and an astounding number of restaurants from which to choose. Of course you can always stay in your chalet or hotel if the vagaries of young drunken British tourists are not your cup of tea. I would add if you go abroad to sample a country’s culture then don’t go to Meribel. Someone once told me that it was 80% owned by Brits. How true I don’t know but I remember being in a bar restaurant one Hogmany (New Years Eve) and a French tourist had to order their drinks in English.

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