As the school holidays finish and we move into March, the slopes get quieter, the queues die down and the weather usually gets warmer - time for some lazy lunches in the sun.
There are less families and more couples or groups of friends, you tend to find fewer ski schools on the hill which of course means an end to those long, snaking trails of beginners making their way down. 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.
What are the weather & snow conditions like in Les Deux Alpes in March?
There is regular snowfall - on average nine days - and temperatures still dip below freezing at night to freshen it up. In March the average daytime temperatures generally fall between a high of 3°C and a low of -3°C, meaning on the lower slopes the snow becomes slushy in the afternons and freezes hard overnight.
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.
What's on in Les 2 Alpes in March?
St. Patrick’s Day
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.
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 program continues. The ESF ski show and firework display will take place on the Lutins slope, and 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 in the early evening.
Things to Do
Bars & Clubs
When the lifts close for the day hundreds of skiers / revellers head down the slopes to find an après-ski party, and Les 2 Alpes has a variety of bars happily welcoming you with live DJs, live music and acoustic sets, aerial performances and much more.
One thing's for sure, you won't have far to stumble in your ski boots to find a jug of beer and some good snacks before you head home for dinner... or not! It's much easier to get a last-minute table for dinner now the school holiday crowds aren't here.