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April in Méribel: What's on and weather

Skiing in a t-shirt and long lunches - there's a lot to love about spring in Méribel

featured in News & reviews Author Caroline Sayer, Meribel Reporter Updated

The winter isn't over yet and April is a fantastic month to ski - don't forget your sunscreen!

The Easter holidays bring families back to Les 3 Vallées for a short end of season break in the mountains. The warmer spring days also brings a party vibe to the town and the sun/snow conditions obviously warrant a longer lunch break on a sunny terrace to top up the tan, and après-ski seemingly starts a little earlier.

To make the most of the longer sunny days we like get out on our touring skis and split-boards, get away from the lifts, and find that last bit of untouched snow.

Read on for a look at what we like to do in resort throughout April.

What's on in Meribel April

What are the weather and snow conditions like

As winter draws to a close for another year, the snow on the lower slopes is usually much heavier by midday. The temperatures rarely dip below freezing, usually falling between a low of -2ºC and a high of 6ºC, plus there's still the chance of snow as April averages ten days snowfall, and therefore a powder day isn't out of the question.

Zen Altitude Week in Meribel

What's on in Méribel in April?

Méribel Sound Clash at La Taverne, Méribel
Sound Clash - the biggest street party of the season. A great outdoor disco party with a DJ battle! Everybody is welcome to party!

Zen Altitude
After a great party time in Meribel, how about joining in for Zen Altitude, two weeks of yoga and relaxation activities to re-charge!

Snow and piste in Val Thorens

School holiday skiing

Easter is a popular time for families so the slopes are noticeably busier as soon as the holidays begin. Fortunately, Les 3 Vallées 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. It will be almost impossible to book private lessons over this period, group lessons are the best option. Make sure to get your ski and snowboard lessons booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.
  2. If you're not in ski school, be an early bird. Arrive at the lifts before they open so that you get up and away before the ski school classes set out around 09:15.
  3. Ski over lunchtime. The slopes are calmer between 12:00 and 14:00 while the French take a leisurely lunch break.
  4. Pre-book your lunch and avoid the queues. Some restaurants offer a click and collect service. It's the best way to avoid the queues and make the most of your time in the mountains.
  5. 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). 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
  6. Get off-piste. Competent off-piste skiers can book a local mountain guide and explore the vast off-piste areas in the valley or even go touring to find complete solitude in the backcountry.
La Folie Douce Courchevel Festival, Courchevel 1850

Bars and clubs

La Folie Douce Courchevel Festival, Courchevel 1850
The snow front at Courchevel 1850 will turn into a giant open-air club for a weekend of live après-ski for the Folie Douce Festival.

There's still time to enjoy some après-ski partying before the season comes to an end, and if you come late enough in the season you can enjoy some legendary closing parties.

More inspiration...

If you're coming to Méribel this month or later in the summer, now is the time to start thinking about booking accommodation, how to get here, and some of the many things you can do whilst you're in resort.