March is a very popular month to visit Méribel due to the longer days, milder weather and opportunities for fun in the sunshine, while still enjoying 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 & snow conditions like in Meribel in March?
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 Meribel 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 17th 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.
Roc de Fer Challenge
Wannabe racers should seize this opportunity to race on Méribel’s Olympic and World Championship course which is not normally open to the public. Competitors take part in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G races, all sponsored by Salomon. Open to adults and children over eight, with lots of goodies included and plenty of great prizes. Entry fee applies.
French Mogul Skiing Championships
Don’t miss this spectacular event in Mottaret. Watch top French freestylers take part in this Olympic sport, racing down a mogul field and performing incredible acrobatic jumps.
Things to Do
Mountain Bike Winter Tour
A chance to explore the Méribel Valley in a different way, on mountain bikes specially designed for snow. Drop into Mottaret Centre to sign up for a half-day guided group ride and discover easy snow-covered riding trails through the valley. Beginners welcome, all equipment provided.
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.
Bars & Clubs
The resort's bars fight for the first place at a giant outdoor disco with a battle of DJs in Méribel centre. A huge street party just as spring arrives. This is a free event.