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Spacious, comfortable cabins now transport you on this gondola lift from Brides-les-Bains to Méribel. Many of these cabins offer you a little extra in the way of design and entertainment...
The bubbles of your dreams
The Olympe gondola lift, which links Brides-les-Bains to Méribel, was built shortly before the 1992 Winter Olympics and has now been completely renovated. The new, spacious, well-ventilated and comfortable cabins have large windows which offer you breath-taking views of the valley and the summits as you ascend. What’s more, 30 of the 133 cabins have been given special treatment: each has a theme summed up by a word representative of our region and a striking individual design. Now when you step into one of these bubbles, you can spend a few minutes in a different world!
Behind the scenes
Several companies worked together on this project. Lift company Méribel Alpina’s technical department were, of course, responsible for ensuring the safety, accessibility and comfort of the cabins (out went the hard plastic benches, replaced by comfortable foam seats like those found on chairlifts). Thuria communications agency, based near Albertville, was given the task of designing the custom illustrations printed onto the cabins. It was their job to come up with a range of thirty themes that reflect the history of Méribel, which include Heritage, Passion, Elegance, Nature and Well-being.
Each themed bubble contains a QR-code. Simply scan this code to access its story, which is in both French and English. Discover how Scotsman Peter Lindsay fell in love with Méribel at the end of the 1930s and found the perfect setting for a ski resort; learn the names of the champions who have marked Méribel’s history with their exploits; discover the rise of Hydrotherapy or the secrets of the nature reserves - discover a wealth of stories about men and nature, aspirations and inspirations.
Inspiring stories of Méribel
The thirty stories associated with each of the decorated cabins are gathered on a special website (also accessible via your smartphone or tablets). And to make it even more fun, Méribel has created a competition to win 3 Vallées ski passes, in the form of a quiz based on your knowledge of the area.
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