March is one of our favourite times to ski – it’s off-peak (meaning cheaper holidays and emptier slopes) but it’s not ‘bleak mid-winter off-peak’ like January. The slopes are covered with a good snow base from the first half of the season and this is coupled with the longer days and sunshine that we love about skiing in the spring.
The early season’s cold winter winds have come and gone and the coming of spring brings long days, blue skies and sunshine, so you’ll have to think less about layering up and more about slapping on the sunscreen. With the spring comes more daylight in the evenings, which means you can comfortably ski right up until the lifts close before heading to a sun terrace for some après ski later on.
Just because it’s sunny doesn’t mean you’ll have no snow: this is actually one of the snowiest months of the season – check out the March snow conditions for our top 10 resorts in the graph. February usually has heaps of snowfall, so the slopes should be well covered by now, with the high and north facing ones preserving the white stuff best. If you want the very best March skiing conditions, look at the 2nd graph for the snowiest resorts in March.
The views are amazing at this time of year. With clearer skies, you can really appreciate how stunning the mountains are – and they really are incredible. With sights of Alpine giants like Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn and the rugged Dolomites over in Italy, you’ll have to remind yourself that you came here for the skiing and not just the scenery.
March is the best time of year to ski because:
It isn’t the most popular time to ski, as it doesn’t have the big national holidays you get in December and later at Easter, and the schools don’t have any weeks off. Thanks to it being off-peak, you’ll find that holidays are cheaper and you’ll have more choice when it comes to resorts and accommodation. Once you get there, lift queues will have shortened, restaurants should be less booked up and you’ll be able to ski gloriously quiet slopes.
If you love the "holiday" part of a ski holiday, this probably the very best time of year to travel. If you love the "ski" part then its still hard to beat!
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It may not have the highest altitude, but what St Anton lacks in height, it certainly makes up for in terrain and, of course, après. The Arlberg ski area spans across 305km of interconnected slopes, linking St Anton with Lech and Zürs. After exploring the mountain, skiers and boarders alike can often be found dancing on the tables at the legendary Mooserwirt or Krazy Kanguruh. For its wide cruisy blues, high altitude, and stunning scenery, La Plagne also comes top of the list for sunny skiing in March. Pop over to Les Arcs with a Paradiski Lift Pass to maximise your time on the vast 425kms of piste.
Look out for these events on your ski holiday in March:
Serious skiers know that March is the best month for a mix of blue-bird days and top snow conditions. For deep powder in March head across the pond to Whistler, Sun Peaks or Banff in Canada where Spring hasn’t hit yet. Skiers and snowboarders in Europe can expect warmer temperatures, longer sunny days and the odd powder day. St Anton, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Chamonix and Zermatt offer some of the best snow conditions in March.
|Accommodation||Resort||% Discount||£ Price (pp)|
|Chalet Crocus Blanc||La Plagne||45%||£ 273|
|Hotel Carlina||La Plagne||44%||£ 1047|
|Chalet Alexandre||Les Deux Alpes||32%||£ 903|
|Chalet Mini Gabl||St Anton||24%||£ 885|
|Fairmont Chateau Whistler||Whistler||24%||£ 1375|
|Hotel Les Bruyères||Les Menuires||20%||£ 859|
|Chalet Carmen||Tignes||19%||£ 354|
|Hotel Listel||Whistler||18%||£ 1077|
|Club Med La Plagne 2100||La Plagne||16%||£ 641|
|Chalet Annina||Tignes||15%||£ 339|