Skiing in April and learning to ski in spring

May 24, 2022

Peut-on encore skier en avril ? Plutôt deux fois qu’une ! Non seulement on peut, mais c’est surtout un excellent choix pour s’initier en douceur et profiter des dernières neiges sous le soleil du printemps.

Are we still ski in April? Better twice than once! Not only can you, but it’s an excellent choice for a gentle introduction to skiing and for enjoying 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 thanks to:

  • 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!

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.

Discover off-piste skiing in spring

Spring skiing is also an opportunity to learn how to ski in various terrains. At this time of year, off-piste skiing is more accessible and enjoyable thanks to the spring snow. You just have to choose the right time slot so that the snow is softened by the sun (but just enough). To learn to ski off-piste in April, ski with an instructor or a guide to get off the beaten track!

Great deals for April skiing

Fewer people also means more choice when 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.

  • The Mini Pass

    Would you like your children to make their very first turns in a dedicated area, away fril the experienced skiers? Discover the Mini Pass, which gives you access to the easy slopes, the fun slopes and the beginners’ areas of Méribel
  • Ski passes at reduced rates

    Whether you want to explore the whole of the 3 Vallées or ski only in Méribel, at the end of the season, the price of ski passes is reduced! On family and individual passes, you will benefit from a 10% reduction compared to the rest of the season.
  • All inclusive offers in April

    In March and April, combine the 10% off at the end of the season with up to 20% off the Happy Ski offer! That’s up to 30% off compared to the rest of the season. To benefit from the Happy Ski offer, simply book your accommodation at the same time as your ski pass on our website, and the discount will be applied automatically.

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

Le ski en avril est souvent synonyme de tranquillité car il y a moins de monde sur les pistes. Cela vous permet d’apprendre à votre rythme et de faire vos premiers virages avec toute la place dont vous avez besoin ! Apprendre le ski est un moment unique qui mérite de se dérouler dans les meilleures 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!