February is one of our favourite months to ski in Meribel; the temperatures start to creep upwards, there’s a fabulous amount of snow (this is usually the best month in the snowfall department) and après bars like Rond Point are firing on all cylinders with some awesome events.
February half-term is the peak week of the skiing season and as a favourite resort for us Brits, Meribel is absolutely buzzing at this time. If you’re looking for a resort with a homely atmosphere, world class facilities, fantastic ski schools and loads of beginner and intermediate level skiing, Meribel is a top choice.
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Meribel generally enjoys its best skiing conditions in February with, historically, an average of 149cm of snow on top of the Mount du Vallon piste (2952 metres) and 91cm at the bottom (1,450 metres).
Average temperatures at resort-level are 2 degrees with highs of 7.1 and lows of -3.1. At the beginning of the month, it’s still likely to be relatively chilly, so you’ll be glad that many of Meribel’s slopes at have a southerly orientation, which get the best sunshine. Now is the perfect time to head to the imposing 2952 metre Mount du Vallon, with the red runs like Combe Vallon and Campagnol being the main attractions.
For families, beginners and lower intermediates, there are loads of reds and blues to progress on, such as Biche (from the summit of Saulire) and Marmotte (in the same sector). The nursery runs are lovely – check out Blachot, Forèt, Rhodos and Truite, where you’ll spend most of your time skiing through the forests (great if visibility is poor). A must-ski for experts is the Face Run, designed for the 1992 Olympics and we also like Sanglier and Grande Rosière.
One huge benefit of skiing at Meribel is the fact that you have access to the huge amount of terrain available in the Three Valleys from the heart of the area. If you want to throw off the shackles of piste skiing, you’ll find “the fourth valley”, Orelle, beyond Val Thorens, which has some challenging off piste. As there’s usually some excellent snow in February, this is normally one of the best months in the season to give backcountry skiing a go.
If you enjoy manically ringing cow bells and watching competitive skiing, be sure to see whether Meribel is hosting any competitions this February. In recent years, the resort has hosted the British Forces International Competition, pitting the finest skiers in the Royal Airforce, Navy and Army against international competitors in alpine, snowboard and telemark events.
Meri is a super resort for a romantic Valentine’s getaway. Dine à deux at a restaurant with great mountain views, like the l’Helios (lovely seafood and wine selection) or Chalet Marie Blanche (we like their Savoie food and cosy interior). You could also take a hot air balloon trip high above the mountains for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience with that special someone.
Meribel has loads of lively après ski bars which throw on a whole host of parties throughout the month. See whether Ibiza Rocks the Snow is on this February, which features some of the best, up-and-coming live acts and electronic artists (including Zane Lowe, Dorley, Anushka in 2014) at venues all over the resort, pool parties and more. In February in previous years, Meribel has also hosted an end of week street party (every Friday) with live music and street food to help you round off a memorable week on the slopes.