Although this tends to be one of the quieter months to ski, there are usually lots of exciting events and activities taking place in Courchevel in March and, historically, this month is the best in terms of snow quality and quantity.
The days in March are longer and the conditions are generally sunny and warm. Enjoy a drink or two on the sun terrace at La Casserole at the bottom of the Signal chair lift or get the full après experience at the piste-side bar, Ku de ta.
March Snow History
Average snow depth
Average snow depth
March ski rating
You can expect some of the best snow of the season in March. Historically, the average snow depth ranges from 125cm at the bottom of the piste (towards La Praz) and 160cm at the top at La Saulire (2738 metres). The temperature at 1850 is on average 5.4 degrees which is nice and mild. To ensure there’s fresh snow on the lower slopes, the resort has invested heavily in 617 snow guns (Courchevel pioneered artificial snow making).
As the slopes have a northerly orientation (which keeps the snow cold), March is one of the best times to tackle the higher altitude black and red runs here. You can fully take advantage of the quality snow on offer and sample some lovely backcountry skiing that surrounds many of the pistes on Vizelle (check out the terrain around Creux Noir). If you’re an expert and looking to stay on piste, Suisses and M are worth a ski when they’re freshly groomed. As March is generally a quieter month, you might be able to enjoy crowd-free skiing on many of the popular intermediate runs, like Crêtes (down to La Tania) or Combe Saulire.
For the past 12 years, the International Pyrotechnic Art Festival has taken place in the three weeks between the end of February and the middle of March. With four teams competing every night to pull off the best display to music, the event is definitely a highlight of the month, so be sure to check whether it’s taking place this year.
In years gone by, there have also been torch lit descents with complimentary mulled wine and snow sculpting for creative types. Courchevel is often the venue of choice for various FIS world championship ski races, including downhill, giant slalom, super G and super combined events. If you’re inspired by the pros, see if the Crystal Cup (open to all holidaymakers) is taking place at the Emile Allais slalom course.