Magical March is here. As we put the madness of the half-term holidays behind us, a chilled party vibe settles on the town. We enjoy longer, warmer days with some great skiing and long lazy lunches in the sunshine.
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 and to make the most of the near-perfect conditions.
Read on for a look at what we like to get up to when spring arrives in town.
What are the weather & snow conditions like in March?
The sun should be shining on the slopes across Europe as winter transforms into spring and skiers start to reach for the suncream. There is regular snowfall - on average 11 days - and temperatures still dip below freezing at night to freshen it up. In March the average daytime temperatures generally fall between a high of 2°C and a low of -6ºC.
What's on in Courchevel in March?
St. Patrick’s Day
March might be considered the party month here in Courchevel. Longer days and warmer weather make for better après ski, while more adults and fewer children mean bigger nights in the bars. Of course, one of the biggest parties of the season is on 17th March. For St. Patrick’s Day, even the beer turns green as the bars try to outdo each other with Irish themed nights. Expect promotions on Irish drinks, fancy dress and lots of live renditions of the Irish Rover.
Check out our events calendar for more information on what's on in resort during March.
Even though spring is on the way, the snow should still be good, even if slighter softer in the lower resorts of Le Praz and La Tania. Soft spring snow is ideal for learning so, for those of you earning your first turns in Courchevel in March, now is a great time to take a private lesson or join a group ski or snowboard lesson. With the quieter slopes there's less queues and the softening snow makes for a much kinder landing.
On the flip side, if you're an experienced skier or snowboarder and you want to explore the off-piste areas to make some fresh tracks on the March powder or the ripe, velvety corn, then book a ski guide.
Things to Do
International Pyrotechnic Festival
Don't miss out on this incredible fireworks festival, followed by a torchlight descent from ESF ski school. Don’t forget that the Praz gondola stays open later than usual for free pedestrian access so you don’t have to miss out if you’re staying in 1850 – the gondola will temporarily close during the firework display for 30 minutes.
Aquamotion, a €63 million centre opened in 2015, is situated between Courchevel Village and Moriond. There’s a whole host of activities available with a leisure pool area including rapids, slides, indoor and outdoor heated pools, a 25m training pool and a wellness centre with spa and treatments.
For more ideas on activities this March, take a look at our links below.
Bars & Clubs
When the lifts close for the day hundreds of skiers / revellers head down the slopes to find an après-ski party, and Courchevel has a variety of bars happily welcoming you with live DJs, live music and acoustic sets, aerial performances and much more.
One thing's for sure, you won't have far to stumble in your ski boots to find a jug of beer and some good snacks before you head home for dinner...or not! It's much easier to get a last-minute table for dinner now the school holiday crowds aren't here.