As the days become longer and the skies clearer, April is a great time for a relaxing week on the slopes. It’s often a quieter month on the calendar, so you should be able to find some great bargains on our package holidays. Thanks to the Three Valleys having loads of high summits (3,000m+), glaciers and slopes facing in all directions, if you plan your days carefully, you should find some quality snow.
Meribel is a friendly resort and its après ski is among the best in the Three Valleys, if not the Alps. There are usually loads of parties and events at the end of the season and with the warm temperatures outdoors, this is the perfect time to top up that goggle tan while you drink and dance the afternoons away (we love Rond Point & Folie Douce).
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At resort level, an average day in April is usually around 8.3 degrees. It’s all about early morning, high altitude skiing at Meribel in April, as the snow will generally be at its best first thing before the spring sunshine takes its toll. It’s also a great time to enjoy some unimpeded views of the French Alps including the legendary Mount Blanc on clear days. Plenty of terrain at 2000 metre plus altitudes mean good snow quality should still be found higher up the slopes, even if the lower south facing slopes are a bit slushy. The tourist office boasts “Guaranteed Snow” throughout the season with 700 snow cannons to ensure consistent coverage on around a third of the terrain. In an average April at Meribel, there’s 152cm of snow on the highest piste, Mount du Vallon (2952m) and 47cm near the resort (1450cm).
One major selling point of Meribel is its central position in the enormous Three Valleys, which combined with resorts like Val Thorens and Courchevel makes Meribel part of the largest ski area in the world. Val Thorens has the highest peaks in the alps and like Courchevel, lots of the slopes are north facing, which means you can enjoy the best snow at Meribel in the morning and pop over to the well-connected adjacent valleys for some great skiing in the afternoon.
In the local ski area, experts should definitely give the famous Olympic Face run a go first thing in the morning. Coloir Tournier at the top of Saulire is the steepest coloir run (37 degree slope) in the Three Valleys and should only be tackled by the most confident of experts. If you fancy popping to a different resort in the afternoon, you’ll find the Three Valleys’ best moguls at Courchevel’s Suisses run. Up at Val Thorens, be sure to check out the Black Combe Rosael run, which is very steep and snow sure at around 3000 metres.
Intermediates are blessed with loads of variety in Meribel and the Three Valleys as a whole. In the morning check out red runs at Combe Vallon and Campagnol. At neighbouring Val Thorens, Allamande (2700 metres) and the steep Coraia (3,200 metres) are among the best red runs in the valley and with a northerly orientation, you should find that the snow quality is still decent. Also at Val Thorens, Peyron and Genepi are high altitude blue glacier runs – a good bet for decent snow even in April. Starting at around 2,500 metres In Meribel itself, we like blue runs Biche and Bouvreuil at this time of year.
Whether you have been to Ibiza or not, be sure to see whether the world Famous Ibiza Rocks is happening in Meribel this April. Featuring some of the hottest DJs and live acts, the event has put on pool, street, terrace and ice parties in the past as well as DJ battles and an Extreme Sports Showcase.
Whether you’re a competitive person or not, you’re bound to enjoy the Three Valleys Enduro: the competition is open to all and there are ski, snowboard and telemark categories with entrants competing in teams of three (it’s always fun to compete as a group or family). There should also be a Savoyard buffet at the end of the day – a great opportunity to socialise with fellow skiers and boarders.
With the clear spring skies of April, this is a fantastic time of the year to wind down with plenty of après ski in one of the many bars with sun terraces at Meribel. We like Coeur de Cristal for its steaks and for some of the best après ski in the Alps, spend a sunny afternoon partying with the crowds at Rond Point or Folie Douce.