March is generally one of the quietest and cheapest months to ski Val d’Isere. With the vast Espace Killy in tip top condition, a lively nightlife and a huge range of things to do, you’re really getting some great value for money.
The conditions are incredible: the temperature warms up in March and the days are longer, but with slopes up to 3,300m, the snow is still in awesome condition. In our opinion, the perfect week here in March has the perfect mix of exploring the Espace Killy and sitting back on a sun terrace at the Tipi or La Bellevarde.
March Snow History
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March ski rating
Historically, there’s been a lot of snow at Val d’Isere in March – 183cm at the top of the slopes and 131cm at the bottom. With temperatures heating up at this time of year (around 5.4 degrees at resort level), you might expect the snow to get slushy but this shouldn’t be the case at Val d’Isere. For one, many of the slopes face a northerly direction, which is great for late season skiing as these keep the snow shaded and in best condition. Secondly, Val d’Isere is a high altitude resort with heaps of piste kept cool and snowy above 2,500 metres. Thirdly, as you’d expect from a resort as high profile as Val d’Isere, there’s first class snowmaking (848 snow cannons) in place to top up the slopes should the need arise.
With warmer temperatures in March, you can comfortably explore the vast skiing that’s available in the Espace Killy. Experts are blessed with lots of choice: the Face on Bellevarde is very popular and can resemble a motorway (try and get there early when it is relatively quiet and freshly groomed). If you like moguls, Epaule, another black run on Bellevarde, is well worth a ski. There’s a vast amount of off piste terrain to sample at Val d’Isere and the first half of March is an ideal time to give backcountry skiing a go – just be sure to use a guide. The resort provides some great opportunities for intermediate level skiers as well. The Solaise sector has a decent amount of interlinked gentle blue runs whilst the wide glacial runs at Col de l’Iseran are ideal for anxious intermediates and advanced beginners. For absolute beginners, there’s a beautiful nursery slope in the centre of town.
Val d’Isere has legendary après ski, so you can count on the resort putting on some great events and activities throughout the season, even in off-peak months like March. “Airstar Night Light” is a street festival that has taken place in March in previous years – the main street is decorated in fairy lights and closed off to cars, so street parties and ice sculpting can take place.
If you’re a brave speed demon, see whether the Flying Km Speed Contest is happening this year. The contest is held on a specially created run on Bellevarde and is open to holiday makers. There’s usually a whole host of non-skiing activities to enjoy, ranging from air boarding (similar to body boarding, only on snow), wildlife walks, guided tours of the beautiful town and more.