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Les Deux Alpes in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Warmer weather, quieter slopes & good times outside the school holidays

Featured in: | Ian Huyton, Les 2 Alpes Reporter | Published

As the school holidays finish and we move into March, the slopes get quieter, the queues die down and the weather usually gets warmer.

There are fewer families and more couples or groups of friends. As a consequence, the restaurants are a little quieter but the nightlife is livelier. For many people, the start of spring is the best time of the year to come skiing.

Snowy end of February conditions

This season has seen a real mixture of weather so far. Early snow was followed by New Year sunshine, then a succession of storms brought snow, rain and high winds. The result is a patchwork of snow conditions. Below the resort level, most aspects are bare of snow, as are exposed ridges higher up. More sheltered areas at altitude still have a lot of snow cover. As I write this it is snowing again, and the snow is forecast to continue for the next week or two. All those bare patches should be well covered by the time March visitors arrive. The snowline will also drop well into the valleys, but with no real base below 1300 metres, the snow at lower altitudes is unlikely to stay around for long. This is not a problem in Les Deux Alpes as almost all the skiing is between 1600 and 3600 metres of altitude.

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Empty springtime pistes

When the snow eventually stops falling, we can expect spring snow conditions to dominate in the second half of March. This means that, on the lower slopes, the snow becomes slushy in the afternoons and freezes hard overnight. The key to finding the best snow is to be on the right slope at the right time. The first slopes to soften in the morning sun are the east-facing pistes of the Vallée Blanche sector. The south-western facing Vallons du Diable and Super Diable are good a little later, while the western aspect of the front face black runs – the Valentin and Diable – makes them good in the early afternoon. Higher up, the high altitude runs tend to keep their cold wintry snow conditions and stay good all day, especially north-facing runs like the Signal 1 blue.

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St. Patrick’s Day – 17th March 2020
March might be considered the party month here in Les Deux Alpes. Longer days and warmer weather make for better après ski, while more adults and fewer children mean bigger nights in the bars. Of course, one of the biggest parties of the season is on March 17th. For St. Patrick’s Day, even the beer turns green as the bars try to outdo each other with Irish themed nights. Expect promotions on Irish drinks, fancy dress and lots of live renditions of the Irish Rover.

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Les Deux Alpes in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

End of the school holidays events
The first week of March is still a school holiday for part of France so, although not as busy as the peak weeks in February, there will still be a good number of French families skiing this week. The upside is that the holiday events programme continues. On Tuesday 3rd, the ESF ski show and firework display will take place on the Lutins slope from 18:45. On Thursday 5th, the main street will close to traffic and become Magic Avenue for the final time this winter. Live bands, dance groups and other acts will parade along the Avenue de la Muzelle between 18:00 and 19:30.

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Les Deux Alpes in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Sunset Party
Also on Thursday 5th, the Refuge des Glaciers will host the last Sunset Party of the school holiday period. This is a chance to ski on the glacier after the lifts close, using the Puy Salié T-bars which keep running until the sun sets exclusively for party-goers. After music and a traditional meal in the restaurant, there is a guided ski down in the dark from 3200 metres to the resort, at 1600 metres altitude.

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Whether you are looking for quieter slopes, warmer weather or great après ski, you won’t be disappointed by a trip to Les Deux Alpes in the next month.

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