With temperatures warming up a bit, to be guaranteed good snow the best places to ski in March are resorts at a decent altitude. These include Val Thorens (the highest domain in the French Alps, at 2,300m with slopes to 3,230m); La Plagne 2100 (centres between 1,970m and 2,050m, skiing to 3,250m on the Glacier de Bellecote), or Val d’Isère (set at 1,850m, with slopes to 3,300m) ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Cervinia in Italy sits at 2,050m with slopes to 3,480m and can be cold in mid-winter, but by March it has warmed up substantially, and there’s less chance of the link over to Zermatt being closed. The high-altitude ski resort of Avoriaz is also a great place to head, especially with teens who will enjoy The Stash, an award-winning natural snow park.
All of these high-altitude ski domains are excellent snow-sure places to ski in March, and offer an extensive selection of north-facing slopes (cold snow out of the sun, great for afternoon skiing) and south-facing slopes, which are warm in the mornings and soften up if it has iced overnight.
Because March is so popular, the slopes can by busy, particularly during Easter holidays, so this is the time of year to relax, soak up the sun and ambiance and take it easy on the pistes and in the bars. With lifts open longer, it’s easy to do.