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Meribel in February 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

All the best events taking place in resort for the month ahead

Featured in: | Caroline Sayer, Meribel Reporter | Published
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February is a popular, fun-packed month in Méribel with masses of entertainment laid on for children over the half-term holidays. As the days start to get longer, the lifts remain open later and snow conditions are usually excellent.

There is rarely a quiet moment on the slopes in February. Fortunately, this year there is plenty of snow to be shared across the entire Three Valleys.

What are snow conditions like in Méribel in February?

February generally sees great conditions in Les 3 Vallées. After fresh snow fell at the end of January, the next few weeks promise excellent skiing conditions, both off and on piste. There’s currently plenty of snow – depths are 165cm on the summits and 80cm at the foot of the slopes, and both the Méribel and the Three Valleys ski areas are fully open. 

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What weather should we expect in February in Méribel?

Méribel is often blessed with abundant snowfalls in February, usually mixed with plenty of sunny days. Very cold temperatures are less likely than in January, though cold snaps can occur. The lengthening afternoons allow the lift companies to extend the lift opening period. From February 8th, you can enjoy an extra half hour on the slopes at the end of each day.

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What to do with the kids in Méribel this February?

Family-fun on the slopes
Younger kids will adore Méribel’s various fun zones on the slopes. Méribel’s game-filled Piste des Inuits and Inuit Village are always a huge hit with smaller skiers. Face-painting, husky-petting and ice-sculpting shows are just some of the extra half-term activities held here. Mottaret’s Yeti Park is equally popular with smalls. Here they will find Himalayan trumpets to blow, magic whispering tunnels and even a yeti’s grotto to explore.

Budding freestylers should visit Méribel’s Elements Park, a child-sized terrain park with zones for all levels, or the beginner’s Turn and Run area of Mottaret’s Snow Park where there are mini-jumps and tunnels. The Pic Bleu is a dragon-themed piste, with picnic spots and hammocks to relax in while the kids hunt for dragons, while the Animal Piste is a perennial favourite with smaller children who enjoy searching for life-size animal models in the Altiport woods. Addicts of the Frozen movies will enjoy the specially themed Frozen 2 piste, also at the Altiport.

Après-ski family fun
For après-ski, children can take part in a special torchlight descent in Méribel on Wednesday evenings, followed by a ski instructors’ show at la Chaudanne (book at the ESF). In Mottaret, regular sledding evenings are held on the 2km Little Himalaya green run. And don’t forget that Méribel’s sports complex, the Parc Olympique, offers a multitude of activities for all ages, from indoor climbing to pool parties, ice-discos, bowling, family swim sessions, flumes, stand-up paddle-boarding and much more.

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How about some entertainment for adults?

World-famous aprés-ski
Méribel has a well-deserved reputation for excellent après-ski live music, and each evening you have a choice of great bands playing in bars such as La Taverne, Lodge du Village, Jacks Bar or The Brewer’s Den. Take a look at our Events Calendar to find out more. For an unforgettable, Ibiza-on-snow vibe, La Folie Douce, on the slopes above Méribel, is a must. Dancers, flying champagne bottles, fireworks, singers and an uber-cool DJ, the Folie afternoon cabaret is an essential part of most people’s Méribel experience. Finally, for late-night partying, O’Sullivan’s is the hottest spot in town.

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Sporting events
For keen runners, the Yooni Trail Run though the Tueda Nature Reserve is unmissable.  Choose between the 8km or 15km course and run by the light of a head-torch and the full moon on February 1st. If ski touring is more your thing, join a fun evening timed climb on February 11th or 18th. You’ll depart from Méribel-Mottaret at 18:30 and climb to a mountain restaurant. At the top, you will be rewarded by a hot meal and can then enjoy a fabulous starlit descent. (€7, including buffet).

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Top tips to enjoy the 3 Vallées ski area in February & avoid the crowds

February is a popular month for families so the slopes will be busier from February 8th when the four-week French holidays begin. Fortunately, the Three Valleys ski area is so vast that even in high season you can find quiet slopes and minimal lift queues. Here are our insider's top tips for the school holidays:

  1. Be an early bird: arrive at the lifts a few minutes before they open at 09:00 so that you get away before the rush of ski school classes setting out around 09:15.
  2. Ski over lunchtime: the slopes are calmer between 12:00 and 14:00 while the French take a leisurely lunch break. Then, enjoy your own late lunch when the restaurants are quieter.
  3. Seek out the peripheral areas: try to avoid the busy main linking routes between valleys and head for calmer areas such as Méribel’s Roc de Fer, Courchevel-Moriond (1650m) or Courchevel Le Praz (1300m)
  4. Check out these little-known runs in Méribel: Hulotte, Gypaète, Daguet, Coqs, Eterlou, Mouflon and Mauduit. Black runs are generally deserted too – the best are Face, snow-sure Bartavelle, empty Grande rosière and high-altitude Ecureuil
  5. Get off-piste: competent off-piste skiers can join the local mountain guides' daily group off-piste and touring outings to find complete solitude in the backcountry

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For more events and activities in February, see our Events Calendar.

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