The history of Meribel
Meribel was born among the jewels of Savoyard resorts with its cousins of the 3 Valleys, thanks to the will of a Scot! For it was indeed Major Peter Lindsay who initiated the creation of a ski resort in the village of Les Allues in 1936. The skipper was a skiing enthusiast. He then crisscrossed the French Alps in search of the ideal site, repealed by the rise of Nazism in the Austrian Alps annexed by Hitler.
Guided by then world champion Alphonse Allais, Peter Lindsay ended up stopping on the valley of the Allueswhere he found all the qualities for his future resort. A real estate company was created, a hotel, Le Doron and a ski-lift came out of the ground in 1938. Peter Lindsay immediately set the bar high by entrusting the hotel's interior decoration to a student of Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand. The second world war slowed the development of the station to a dormant state.
In 1945 it was no longer the Major but Colonel Peter Lindsay that returns to the site to continue to develop his dream of a ski resort purely "British" in the heart of the French Alps. But it was French people he chose to design the future Meribel: Christian Durupt, Paul Grillo and André Dutour, Parisian architects, will advocate, in a visionary way, a non-invasive architecture inspired by the traditional Savoyard habitat.
Thus, chalets of limited height, built with wood, the country stone and the lauze roofs, emerge from the ground. Meribel will be a postcard village resort, in this post-war period the three French architects have already laid the foundations for sustainable development and integrated architecture in their own way. A founder's choice for Meribel, which will be a ski chalet resort, in contrast to certain major Savoyard resorts that bet on large ensembles.