Magical March is here. As we put the madness of the half-term holidays behind us, a chilled party vibe settles on the village. 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 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.
What are the weather & snow conditions like in Val Thorens in March?
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 -9ºC, getting around six hours of sunshine.
What's on in Val Thorens in March?
St. Patrick’s Day
March might be considered the party month here in Val Thorens. 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.
Snow Leopard Day Ski Touring Event
An opportunity to hang out with the Dynafit team and try out ski touring free of charge and for a good cause. Dynafit hosts its Snow Leopard Day every year to raise money for a wildlife conservation charity in Pakistan with every metre of vertical gain climbed. This event is for everyone and there is an introductory session for those who haven’t tried the sport before. The higher you ski tour, the more chances you have to win competition prizes like a GoPro or even a pair of skis. Equipment rental is completely free and the event ends with a family-friendly barbeque in aid of the Snow Leopard Trust. It takes place at the Lower Stadium in Val Thorens.
Festi Val Tho
This is the first free electronic festival in the Alps and it boasts an exciting and electrifying line up mixing Electro, House, Techno, Trance and much more. It is a three-day mega fiesta at the Chalets du Thorens, the largest chalet in Europe on the slopes. There will be professional riders putting on an epic ski show with new DJs never seen in Val Thorens. The ski slopes become the dance floor, so don’t miss out on this free event. It starts at 12:00 and finishes in time for après at 18:00.
Live music concerts
For those with more cultured music tastes, there are also the usual classical, blues and jazz music concerts taking place at the church in Val Thorens every week, which are also free to attend. Come and check out the performances.
Take a look at out our events calendar for more information on what's on in resort during 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.
Things to Do
Sunset ski & sledge sessions
From mid-February onwards evening skiing is available - The Funitel de Péclet is open weeknights until 18:30, so you can spend a little longer out on the Tête Ronde (Blue run) and Christine (Red run) slopes. Also the Castor and Pollux carpets will also remain open until 20:00 for the rest of the season for sledging and skiing.
Get ready for the longest toboggan run in Europe. The Cosmojet. Open to everyone from five years old, take an eight minute ascent using the Péclet Funitel, to an altitude of 3,000m. Then it's 45 minutes of excitement - linked raised bends and varied slopes. It's a great way to finish the day. Free for children aged five to nine on an adult's sled.
Discover the snow-covered landscapes by night riding your snowmobile on a tour across the unspoilt pistes, lit up solely by the light of the moon.
La Patinoire, located in Place Péclet, is a 400m² ice rink made entirely of natural ice. There's also music and a light show, and a small chalet serving pancakes and hot chocolate to enjoy with family or friends. Open daily for the entire season, ice skates for hire, and accessible from the age of three.
Bars & Clubs
When the lifts close for the day hundreds of skiers / revellers head down the slopes to find an après-ski party, and Val Thorens 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.