If you choose your resort carefully, you can enjoy some excellent skiing in March and Val Thorens is one of the best resorts in the Alps at this time of year.
Spring skiing is all about sticking to high altitudes as this is where you should find a good coverage of quality snow. At 2,300m, Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe and with a ski area that goes up to 3,200m, it’s one of the most snow sure resorts in the Alps in March (the tourist office even have a “snow guarantee” running from Nov-May). Other benefits of skiing in March are the longer, sunnier days, making it a perfect time to take long lunch breaks on the mountain and enjoy some après drinks at Folie Douce or Bar 360.
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Statistically, March is one of the best months to visit Val Tho in terms of snow quantity, with an average depth of 210cm at the top of the highest piste (the 3,200m Sommet des 3 Vallees) and 146cm at resort-level. Temperatures are on average 5.4 degrees, though it’ll generally be a bit cooler at the beginning of the month. The high altitude slopes tend to be colder, which means the snow should be in good condition. Additionally, the majority of runs at Val Tho are north facing, which is really good for spring as the shade keeps the snow powdery instead of it turning into slush.
For intermediates, there are plenty of high altitude glacier runs that are generally snow sure in March. Anxious intermediates or those finding their ski legs after a long break should check out the blue Moraine and Genepi runs on Glacier Thorens, and Peyron on Glacier de la Pointe Rond. Coraia and Bouchet, again on Glacier de la Point Rond, start at the highest altitude in the Three Valleys from the Sommet Des 3 Vallees (3,230m). On the Péclet Glacier (3000m), you’ll also find long pistes like Christine (red) and Tête Ronde (blue).
Experts should head to Cime Caron, which at 3200m is one of the highest peaks in the valley. There are some really challenging black descents here, including Combe de Rosael and Combe de Caron (great for moguls). On the 3000m Péclet Glacier is the black Glacier run, which should be a good bet for some decent snow in March. If you’re a bit of a pro, give yourself a challenge and take on the Grande Coloir, which is the steepest of its kind in the Three Valleys (37 degree gradient) or try guided off piste skiing at Orelle (the next valley along from Val Tho).
March is all about long lunches and sunny après ski, and Val Tho has more than enough places to choose between. If you like your après a little on the wild side, you should definitely check out Folie Douce which has a huge sun terrace that’s exposed to plenty of sunshine. Allegedly “the highest dance floor in the world”, Folie also has a self-service restaurant, making it great for a long lunch break. For some of the best gourmet food in the valley, Le Blanchot is another super mountain restaurant with a lovely sun terrace.
The hills will be alive with the sound of music over in Les Menuires if ‘Boule de Notes’ is taking place again this March - this music festival for children has featured concerts and workshops in previous years.
If you fancy giving yourself a challenge to raise money for good causes, see if Ski Everest for Charity is taking place at nearby Courchevel again. This fun event challenges entrants to ski the same amount of vertical as Everest or Mont Blanc on fairly gentle runs, so you don’t run out of steam. There are also prizes for the best fancy dress, a charity raffle and a social gathering at the end of the day.
For something a bit different, see whether the resort is running introductions to ski touring or snow mountain biking this March.