March is magical, longer days, milder weather, fun in the sunshine and great snow conditions.
With fewer families around, you also tend to find far fewer ski schools on the hill, which of course, also means an end to those long, snaking trails of beginners. And there are plenty of extra fun events in March. You can take part in ski races, let your hair down with DJ sets, music and comedy festivals, or watch freestyle demos and spectacular moguls championships.
Read on for a look at what we like to get up to when spring arrives.
What are the weather and snow conditions like
Generally, March conditions are ideal for skiing with mild temperatures and plenty of sunny days to enjoy picnics and sunbathing on restaurant terraces. There is still regular snowfall, on average 11 days and temperatures still dip below freezing at night to freshen it up. In March the average temperatures generally fall between a high of 2°C and a low of -5°C.
What's on in Méribel in March?
St. Patrick’s Day
March might be considered the party month here in Méribel. Longer days and warmer weather make for better après ski, while more adults and fewer children mean bigger nights in the bars. Of course, one of the biggest parties of the season is on 17 March. For St. Patrick’s Day, even the beer turns green as the bars try to outdo each other with Irish themed nights. Expect promotions on Irish drinks, fancy dress and lots of live renditions of the Irish Rover. You'll find a great party at Le Rambler with the great Australian guitar/harmonica player Barefoot Iano from 22:00
Les 3 Vallées Enduro
This fun contest claims to be the biggest amateur ski event in the world, with 1,500 people competing each year. It takes place around the entire Les 3 Vallées ski area, with different challenges to complete at every resort. In teams of three, you’ll take part in a Freeride, Giant Freestyle, Biathlon Experience, Big Air Bag, Boardercross, Belleville Triplette, Transceiver Project, Photocall, Family Schuss and Skicross events. There are categories for all levels, including a family category, and there’s a convivial lunch and prize-giving party afterwards.
Things to do
Make the most of the sunshine to enjoy picnics on the snow (picnic spots are shown on the piste map) or long lunches on a south facing restaurant terrace. Mild March is also a good time to try a new sport or activity. Why not embark on a guided snowshoe walk through Méribel’s forests or take a tandem paragliding flight from the summit of Saulire? You can also be the first to try Mottaret’s new adventure and exploration game at the Tuéda Lake, or perhaps finish your day with some outdoor yoga or Thai Chi.