Méribel THE DISTRICTS OF MERIBEL
The town of Allues
1,100 – 2,950 m
Their names are Les Allues, Le Raffort, Cruet, Vanthier, Chandon, Nantgerel, la Gittaz and Plantin. It is these small villages which are at the origin of everything… Indeed, it is them and in particular the chief town of Les Allues which inspired the Scotsman Peter Lindsay in 1938, in search of a new winter leisure site.
Today, these charming villages are little jewels of traditional mountain architecture that you pass through before arriving in the more recent “districts” of the Méribel valley. The Latin translation of mirare bellum, “the point from which the view is beautiful” is the etymological origin of the name Méribel.
Méribel les Allues is a precious place for lovers of authenticity, calm, culture, gentle strolls and great skiing… The Olympe gondola provides access in a few minutes to La Chaudanne and the 3 Vallées, the largest ski area in the world. At nightfall, it is by this same cable car, or ski in, that you go down to find the soothing atmosphere of your chalet and the quietness of the village that bears the inimitable “Méribel Les Allues” seal.
Méribel-les Allues in winter
Access the ski domain by gondola
Méribel les Allues is not out on a limb when it comes to skiing. The district is indeed linked to the Méribel ski area by the Olympe cable car, 500 m from the centre of the village, or by the free shuttles in the centre.
As its name evokes it, the Olympe cable car, which was completely renovated in 2021, was built for the Olympic Games of Albertville in 1992. Coming to Méribel les Allues is the perfect way to discover the history of the valley…
Méribel-les Allues in summer
The traditional village in the heart of the mountains
Hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, paragliding… Those in the know know that there is no shortage of summer sports activities in Méribel les Allues. And for a more relaxed programme, you can discover the heritage and the culinary arts: two assets which have made the strength of Méribel les Allues since its creation.
Situated at an altitude of 1,100 metres, the village of Les Allues is the main town in the valley. It is an authentic Savoyard village with its traditional architecture, its bread oven, its old barns and its narrow streets…
Méribel les Allues is also the district of those who live and work all year round in the Méribel valley. Most of the inhabitants of Les Allues work in the municipality. This local life irrigates daily the culture and the heritage of Méribel les Allues through its library, its museum, its restaurants, its church…
In the main town of the Méribel valley, you will find: town hall, church, museum, library, cash withdrawal, mini-market, press, post-office, ski rental, restaurants and bars.
And if you wish to take advantage of all the entertainment and numerous shops, the free shuttle bus will take you to Méribel-Centre, 5 km away, in a few minutes.