As part of one of the largest ski areas in the Alps, Meribel has a lot to offer skiers during March. We have looked at some of the unique activities available at the resort and some of the most exciting events that you wouldn’t want to miss, including the much anticipated Ski World Cup Finals.
Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals
2015 is the year in which France will be host to the World Skiing Cup Finals for the first time. After making improvements to its competition pistes, Meribel will hold the biggest alpine event of the month from the 18th to the 22nd March. The resort will host 25 of the world’s best athletes in each discipline; Downhill, Super G, Slalom and Giant Slalom. The speed skiing and technical events will be held on the track of the ‘Roc de Fer’, which will welcome 70,000 spectators over the course of the five day event to witness the pros tackle the steep 60% inclination.
The competitions will kick off with an opening ceremony the evening before the first downhill races, and visitors to the resort will be entertained throughout the week with musical parades, concerts and street performers.
The Big Airbag in Meribel is open every day and is an adrenaline pumping experience for the thrill seekers in resort. Riders can jump on skis, snowboards or even using inflatable tubing to slide down the slope and catapult themselves into the air. The airbag is a great opportunity for extreme sports enthusiasts to practice freestyle skills with the guarantee of a safe landing before progressing onto the jumps in the snowparks. Big Airbag provides the facilities in Meribel and riders are able to take part in anything from a single jump to hiring the use of the bag for the entire day.
Those inspired by the professionals should then get their own skis on for the opportunity to try out a slalom course at the Parallel Slalom Moon Park, with major tour operators providing all inclusive Meribel ski holidays throughout the month. As one of the most exciting and technical downhill sports, it requires good technique to control turns at high speeds and make it through the gates. Some ski schools in resort even provide specialist slalom tuition from certified completion coaches for those that really want to get to grips with the sport.
Meribel Vertical Experience
Visitors to Meribel have the opportunity to ski one of the scariest and most challenging runs in the Alps; the Couloir Tournier. It is known as the ‘vertical experience’ for its reputation as the ultimate black run in the valley and those that attempt it must be excellent skiers. The challenging piste was previously an off-piste run, but some of the most challenging obstacles have been removed to turn it into a black run with an initial gradient of 37 degrees. As a momentum of the achievement, skiers can get a short video clip of their descent sent to their smartphone after descending the slope.