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Val d'Isere in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Our guide to making the most of a trip to Val d'Isere in March

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Val d'Isere Editor | Published

March is here.

With fewer families around, you also tend to find far fewer ski schools on the hill which, of course, also means an end to those long, snaking trails of beginners making their way down. It also makes for much quieter lift lines. So, all in all, an ideal month to visit Val d'Isere to make the best of the near-perfect conditions we have right now.

Val d'Isere in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

In terms of weather, you can normally expect pretty mixed conditions this month. You can be making sunny powder turns one minute then be in the middle of a storm the next. Don’t think just because we’re nearing the end of winter that means the end of the snow. Some of the best falls tend to come through this month and, judging by the current forecasts, this year should be no exception. March riding normally gives us the best of both worlds – regular top-ups interspersed with sunny days. The ideal mix.

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Val d'Isere in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

This season has seen a real mixture of snow conditions so far. Early snow was followed by New Year sunshine, then a succession of storms brought snow, rain and high winds. The result was a patchwork of snow conditions. However, this has all changed in the last week or so as the end of February and the beginning of March brought a metre of fresh snow to the slopes of Val d'Isere. Current snow depths stand at 330cm at the 3000m and 165cm in resort of fluffy, powdery snow, just great for this time of year.

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Pisteurs Secouristes de Val d'Isère

Learn how the avalanche blasting system works – 5th, 17th, 24th & 31st March 2020
After all the snow that's fallen in Val d'Isere, you may want to know how the pisteurs secure the ski area. In this series of visits, you’ll gain an insight into all the hard work required to run one of the world's biggest and best ski resorts. Learn about how the ski area run and is made safe from avalanches on March 5th, 17th, 24th and 31st. They will show you around the cable car and explain how the CATEX (explosives transport cable) works. It’s a fun and informative break from skiing or something to do if the weather isn’t great.

Events in Val d'Isere

 Trophées Dynastar

Floodlit Dual Dynastar Trophy – 6th March 2020
Dynastar presents a Dual Slalom Race open to all holidaymakers on March 6th. This night event is designed to give anyone the experience of ski racing. Skiers go head-to-head on parallel slalom courses in a straight knockout competition. There are 32 places for kids and men and 16 for women with a pair of skis up for grabs from Dynastar for the winners in each category. Even if you aren’t competing, watching skiers race each other down the slopes is exhilarating. Entry is free, you just have to sign up at the tourist office.

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Classicaval – 9th-12th March 2020
This four-day festival will see a series of classical music concerts held in the Baroque church in Val d'Isere. Featuring internationally renowned musicians, this is a great little event in an intimate setting for classical music fans and a great alternative to the usual apres if you want a more relaxed evening after skiing. Works by Schubert, Haydn, Debussy, Chopin, Mozart, Dvorak and Ravel are on the programme this year.

Sights in Val d'Isere

European Snow Pride

European Snow Pride – 14th-21st March 2020
From March 14th to 21st, the only wintersports Gay Pride event in Europe takes place in neighbouring Tignes. The week-long celebration will involve plenty partying on and off the slopes with big-name DJs taking to the stage. You can buy an event pass with or without a ski pass or even book your entire holiday via their website.

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GEM Altigliss Challenge

GEM Altigliss Challenge – 14th-21st March 2020
One of the world's biggest student ski competitions comes to Val d'Isere this month. Organised by Grenoble's management school, Altigliss incorporates more traditional wintersports like slalom and Super-G racing with challenges like orienteering or sledging. The atmosphere is sure to be intense and fun.

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La Folie Douce Val d'Isère

Apres-ski & parties
Val d’Isere has a bit of a reputation for parties and, when you look at the list of apres sessions and club nights, it's easy to see why. All month, all season even, there’s a host of weekly shindigs on and off the slopes. The Folie Douce hosts its famous on-mountain apres parties daily, with a 90's themed bash on Mondays and a special fancy dress edition every Wednesday. When you’re done on the slopes, keep the good times rolling with apres at Cocorico and, if you’re not partied out by then, head to Doudoune nightclub which is open until late every day.

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Skiandfly Speed Riding

Speed Riding World Meet – 21st March-4th April 2020
Combining paragliding and skiing, speed riding is an exhilarating sport that allows you to explore the whole mountain, even spots you can't reach on touring skis. For two weeks in March, the best speed riders in the world will gather in Val d'Isere to socialise, test new gear and ski together. There will be workshops and clinics as well as private coaching sessions for all levels.

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March is set to the best month on the slopes this season. Why not book a last-minute ski break to Val d'Isere?

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