Bluebird days, late-season deals and no peak crowds – March can be one of the best times of the season to head to the mountains. Here are some of our favourite resorts where you can ski in spring.
Val d’Isère, France
Shared with neighbouring Tignes, the Espace Killy ski area has runs way up at 3,500m – where the snow is still in tip-top condition come March. Have some fun on the cruisy blues and gentle reds of the Bellevarde and La Daille sectors. Or take on the devilishly steep and tricky La Face, the famous 3km Olympic black run.
One of the best things about spring skiing in Val d’Isère is après under the sun. Drink and dance against bluebird skies on the terrace of the legendary Folie Douce – there’s no better way to end your day.
With slopes as high as 3,340m, Sölden is another March winner. Its 145km of runs are mainly blue and red, ideal for confident skiers looking to top up their goggle tan. Just picture this: you’re on the Tiefenbach or Rettenbach glacier, the sun is shining and a swathe of perfectly groomed runs lay ahead of you. Click into your skis, it’s time to explore.
Ski two countries this spring – Zermatt shares its 360km of piste with Cervinia in Italy. The north-facing slopes stay out of the March sun, keeping the snow fresh and powdery all day long. Intermediates will delight in skiing the long, sweeping reds and tree-lined runs. The wide-open pistes of the Sunnegga and Trockener Steg are ideal for beginners, and experts can brave the Triftji – classified as yellow, it’s one of Europe’s longest and most difficult freeride runs.
Val Thorens, France
Way up at a lofty 2,300m, Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe – so good snow is a given well into March. It’s part of the Three Valleys, with a massive 600km of piste to explore under the sun. Beginners can practice the basics on the spread of gentle greens and blues. And experts can tackle moguls on the long, steep Cîme de Caron black run.
Off the slopes, don’t miss popping into the highest bar in Europe, The Frog and Roast Beef – grab a drink and dance on the table to celebrate another day in the mountains.
If you fancy going a little further afield, you can’t beat Canada in spring. One of North America’s largest ski areas, Banff has over 7,500 acres of piste spread across Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. Soak up some rays on the intermediate slopes around Sunshine Village – the name says it all. Or if you’re after something a little more challenging, head to the Ladies’ and Men’s Downhill courses in Lake Louise – they’re speedy runs with optional jumps and beautiful views of the Rockies.
The warmer days bring out the local wildlife too – keep an eye out for a real Canadian moose.
Get ready for full days exploring every inch of this 150km ski area. At the foot of Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, Chamonix is all about challenging yourself to the max. Intermediates are spoilt for choice with the high-altitude blue and red runs. And you can test yourself on the unbeatable snow and steep slopes of the Glacier d’Argentière. Chamonix is also renowned as the off-piste capital of Europe – hire a guide and make a beeline for the famous Vallée Blanche descent.
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