Skiing in April and learning to ski in spring

March 28, 2023

Can we still ski in April? Better twice than once! Not only can you, but it's an excellent choice for a gentle introduction to the sport and to enjoy the last of the snow under the spring sun.

Let’s quickly draw up a picture of spring skiing: long, sunny days, temperatures conducive to lounging on the terraces at altitude, fewer people on the slopes, advantageous prices and easier snow to ski… There’s no doubt about it, april skiing is all about relaxation and simplicity.

And when it comes to family ski holidays, spring skiing is even better! The snow conditions are ideal for your children to learn smoothly. The turns are easy to make and the children don’t get cold fingers…

In the heart of the 3 Valleys, Méribel benefits from excellent snow conditions in April. Thus, 600 km of slopes await you and 50% of them are easy slopes! Go and discover the most beautiful panoramas of the 3 Valleys on green and blue runs!

With spring skiing, you choose your own pace! On the slopes, but also during the numerous and varied après-ski activities, all in the preserved mountain environment that Méribel offers.

Where to ski in April in the Alps?

A family resort with a high altitude ski area

Spring skiing is the ideal time for your children to learn to ski. So if you are wondering “where to ski in April” with your children, then the ideal combination at this time is a high altitude resort that is also a family resort. This is the case of Méribel and that is why spring skiing is perfect for learning and playing for young skiers.

Do you prefer to hit the slopes with friends to challenge yourself and be the last to taste the spring powder? Then pack your bags and head for Méribel!

Skiing in April with your family : why stay in Méribel ?

  • Beginners area – The Yeti Camp

    The beginners’ area is located opposite the hamlet of Méribel-Mottaret. Your children will be able to progress on easy slopes served by dedicated lifts: the Arolles ski lift and the Table Verte carpet
  • The vast choice of green and blue pistes

    In the 3 Vallées, 50% of the runs are green or blue. Our high altitude ski area is therefore particularly suitable for beginners who want to progress while having fun until the end of the season.
  • The range of fun and themed areas

    The Inuit piste, the animal run of the Altai dragon… On these pistes each with its own enchanting universe, go and discover the modules and mascots. These playful areas are designed to make sliding fun!

Skiing in April and good deals

Accommodation + ski pass up to 20% discount!

Fewer people also means more choice when it comes to booking your accommodation! Whether you prefer a fully equipped flat or a hotel at the foot of the slopes, you can easily find what you are looking for when you come to ski in April.

In addition, take advantage of our last minute offers with Happy Ski and benefit from special rates on a selection of accommodation and on your ski passes. What to spend a nice week or a great short stay in Meribel.

Take advantage of the spring skiing season to learn

The school holidays in April are the time for families to enjoy spring snow. After the nightly refreeze, the snow groomers work the snow and make it easy to ski. In the middle of the day, you can enjoy the sunshine but you are not the only one! The snow also warms up and forms a carpet that is easy to turn on.

Spring skiing is therefore a good time to take ski lessons and learn in the best possible conditions. Ski schools offer private and group lessons throughout the season. Finally, to make your family holiday easy to organise, you can hire your equipment on site, often within walking distance of your accommodation.

Guaranteed snow in April in the 3 Vallées

Thanks to the variety of exposures and altitudes present in the 3 Valleys, you will always find quality snow, great to ski. Snow cover in April is guaranteed as 85% of the area is above 1,800 metres. As a bonus, the 11 links above 2,100 metres allow you to link the 7 resorts of the 3 Valleys, skis on, 150 days a year.

The ideal conditions for learning to ski in April

Ski light in spring!

In spring, the sun’s rays radiate more heat and the temperatures are milder. You can therefore reduce the number of layers of clothing and ski light without feeling cold! That’s one less thing to worry about… When you ski in April, you don’t feel so cramped in your clothes and your movements are more fluid.


Take time to relax in the sun

Skiing in April allows you to take as many breaks as you like to rest your legs, without the risk of getting cold! You can take breaks on the slopes and admire the many magnificent panoramas that make the 3 Valleys so charming. This is good news for your body, which will benefit from the sun’s benefits to fill up on energy.

Choose a period with fewer people on the slopes

Skiing in April is often quiet because there are fewer people on the slopes. This allows you to learn at your own pace and make your first turns with all the room you need! Learning to ski is a unique moment that deserves to take place in the best conditions.

Go at your own pace in the 3 Vallées

In spring, the days are longer. The lifts open and close later. You don’t need to get up too early, as the snow is perfect mid-morning when the sun starts to soften it gently. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the area.

From 20 March, the date of the March equinox which defines the beginning of spring, the days are as long as the nights. This means that you can enjoy outdoor and après-ski activities at your own pace. During the April ski holidays, schedules are easier to manage!

As you can see, there is only one thing left to do: put your ski gear in your suitcase and enjoy the last runs of this winter season!