March is a super time to ski at Meribel. With milder temperatures but still historically good snow, it’s a blast to ski the high altitude terrain of the huge 600km Three Valleys, which has almost limitless potential at this time of year.
March usually brings clearer skies, which makes it a great time to soak up the scenery – enjoy views of the Mont Blanc massif from the summit of Mont Vallon or accompanied by a spot of outdoor après ski (we like the terraces at Rond Point and Coeur de Cristal).
March Snow History
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Historically, there’s been a more than decent amount of snow at the top and bottom of the pistes in March - 160cm on the Mount du Vallon piste (2952m) and 92cm at the bottom (1450m). Average temperatures at resort level are usually 5.4 degrees with average highs of 11. This might sound rather warm, but on higher terrain it will be quite a bit chillier, so the snow should still be in good condition.
If you come to Meribel in March, hit the lifts early in the morning as many slopes face east, south or west, meaning if it’s sunny, some can be a bit slushy at the end of the day. Having said that, one big advantage of Meribel is that it gives you access to the entire Three Valleys. Nearby Courchevel and Val Thorens have slopes facing north, which could be great options for skiing in the afternoon. Orelle specialises in off piste skiing and the first half of March is the best time to give this area a go.
That doesn’t mean to say Meri itself doesn’t have a lot to offer in March. It’s a great resort for intermediates and high altitude runs like Combe Vallon and Campagnol at Mount Vallon should be on fine form, especially in the morning. If you’re an expert looking for a real technical challenge, Couloir Tournier is seriously steep (37 degrees). For an insight into what it’s like to be a competitive downhill skier, check out the Face piste on the other side of the valley.
There are always tons of things to do at Meribel, and March is no exception.
With the sun in the sky and more daylight hours, this is a fabulous month for long afternoons of Meribel’s famous après ski. Rond Pont is a legendary bar in the world of skiing and there’s also a new Folie Douce by the Saulire express which always attracts the crowds.
In previous years, the ESF Ski Show has been good fun for everyone with fireworks, torch lit descents on the Mottaret piste and demonstrations by members of the Elite Ski Club, the children’s ski club and ESF instructors.
If you like watching competitive alpine skiing, see whether the FIS World Cup and British Alpine Championships are being held in Meribel this March. When there’s a competition taking place in Meribel, the atmosphere of the resort is fantastic with lots of cheering, manic cowbell ringing and plenty of après drinks at popular bars like Jack’s and Evolution.
If you love partying and Ibiza-like vibes, be sure to see whether Ibiza Rocks the Snow is taking place this March. The event features some top DJs and live acts (in 2014, big names included Anushka, Dorley and Zane Lowe), slope side dance and pool parties, DJ battles and street festivals.
One of our favourite things to do on a clear March day is to hop on a lift to one of the summits (like Mont Vallon) and take in the spectacular views of the Alps including Mont Blanc and the Grande Casse. Beginners shouldn’t feel intimidated by taking a lift to the top – if you’re not confident enough to ski down one of the blue or red runs, you can easily ride the lifts back down.