Magical March is here. That's longer, warmer days, great skiing and long sunny lunches.
As we put the madness of the half term holidays behind us, a chilled party vibe settles on the town. 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 and snow conditions like
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?
The International Pyrotechnic Festival returns to Courchevel and we cannot stress enough how you should not miss it, It’s not your ordinary fireworks display, it's usually themed and is a competition between pyrotechnic teams from around the world who put on an unbelievable show to try and win over the judges. It’s all free and hot drinks are provided by Courchevel Tourism.
Finale Millet ski touring race and concert
This Finale will be huge day and evening of celebration. Where all the best in each discipline come together in fancy dress to fight for the season record or fine tune their training after 13 ski touring races during the season. These year there will be a prize for the best costume! Celebrations continue after the race with a great party atmosphere and exceptional concert.
Three Valleys Enduro, Courchevel 1850
An amateur event, anyone can take part in one of the many events as part of the Three Valleys Enduro. From freeride to biathlon, there are lots of challenges that are open to everyone. The event is sponsored by Salomon, and they strive to create new events with the aim of as many skiers as possible being able to discover the Three Valleys ski area in an original and fun way, proving that it is accessible to all. You can enter solo, with friends or with family members, and have a super fun ski day in the mountains. There is also a huge Savoyard buffet for the competitors to tuck in to in their respective resorts. You can enter any of the events on the Three Valleys own website.
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
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 and 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.