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Les Arcs in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Long days, quieter slopes, warmer weather and plenty of events

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Following the February school holiday rush, March can feel completely different from one day to the next, with deep-winter snowstorms quickly transitioning to hot and sunny spring conditions.

Regardless of the weather, the days are long and positively invite you to ski from first to last lifts, truly making the most of the abundant snow on the mountain. In Les Arcs, March is a popular month for après ski events and this year is packed full of absolute corkers!

What's the weather like in Les Arcs in March?

March typically has regular dumps of fresh powder and this year is proving to be no different. Low temperatures abetted by a zero-degree isotherm staying helpfully below resort level have brought plentiful powder to both pistes and villages alike. However, when the sun breaks through the clouds it genuinely feels like spring, with temperatures that would put a British summertime to shame. When skiing in March, one should always pack suntan lotion for your face and any other parts of your body you might expose on the piste (or when reclining in a bar-side deckchair).

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What snow conditions to expect in Les Arcs in March?

Major snowfall at the end of February is due to continue into March, furnishing the already well-covered pistes with an additional (and joyfully unnecessary) layer of the white stuff. As a result, the snow depths at the start of the month are as high as they have been all season, with three full metres of compacted “future happiness” being measured in Arc 2000! Furthermore, a run of powder days (mostly accompanied by periods of blue sky) has ensured the month has begun with a bang, promising excellent conditions underfoot until long after March has reached its conclusion.

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Are the piste quieter in March in Les Arcs?

Once the final week of French half-terms has finished (officially the 8th of March in 2020), there is usually something of a lull in ski traffic. The slopes usually stay relatively calm until the end of the season, although Easter can bring a few more holidaymakers to the mountain. Throughout the month, even the most popular lifts can be regularly undersubscribed, with the experience of actually queueing becoming quite a rare event. Combined with the light evenings and long lift-opening times, March is truly excellent for maximising your ski time and making the most of the great outdoors.

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What's on in Les Arcs in March 2020?

March 2020 has some stunning events lined up, from challenging physical endeavours which test your strength, stamina and commitment, to epic mountain parties which test your strength, stamina and commitment...

Party Thursday (Bourg St Maurice) – 5th March 2020
On March 5th in Bourg St Maurice, Les Arcs’ main town at the bottom of the Arc en Ciel funicular, it is ‘Party Thursday’ from 16:00 with mulled wine and hot chocolate outside the town hall. There is live music as the New Parade Jazz band wander around the streets and kids are invited to ‘try snowboarding’ with specialist equipment and the help of local professionals.

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La Belle Aventure (Arc 1800) – 7th March 2020
A couple of days later, on March 7th, La Belle Aventure Les Arcs is a free, open-invitation, ski-touring event. Scheduled from 18:00, this is a chance to climb (and ski) by torchlight on the pistes of Arc 1800. The aim is not competition but conviviality; a fact highlighted by the predetermined ‘rest’ stop (for an hour or two) at the Arpette restaurant/bar, before skiing back down at some stage around 21:00.

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Freestyle Show (Arc 1950) – 9th MArch 2020
Arc 1950 village hosts an après ski freestyle show on Monday, March 9th with the main square being taken over by crazy acrobatic snow-freaks performing mind-bending tricks and skills in confined spaces. Now a regular feature on the Les Arcs calendar, this justifiably popular spectacle is due to kick-off at 18:00.

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Pachon Cup (Arc 1800) – 11th March 2020
If you would prefer to watch Ski Sunday rather than X Games, the Pachon Cup on Wednesday, March 11th may be more your particular tasse de thé. Situated in Arc 1800 and starting at 18:00, the closed pistes of Arc 1800 will host an elimination-format parallel slalom competition. Open to everyone, there are top prizes of Salomon skis and champagne for the winners.

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Electronic Peak Festival – 16th-20th March 2020
Returning for its third year, the Electronic Peak Festival hits the bars, clubs and slopes of Les Arcs from March 16th to 20th. Showcasing over 20 different acts including Agoria, AZF, Camion Bazar, La Mamie’s and The Architect, this is a rolling five-day party with seemingly endless live DJs hell-bent on keeping you dancing. It all starts with an intimate ‘secret party’ (limited to 350 people) at an undisclosed location in Arc 1800 on Monday, March 16th. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will be disco, house, techno, hip hop, rock and absolutely everything in-between being played in slope-side bars, village cafés, resort nightclubs and literally everywhere... The festival culminates in a banging late-night warehouse party on Friday 20th, with doors opening at 18:30 and music until at least 03:00! Most gigs are free, with tickets for the Monday and Friday events starting from €15.

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Star Trail – 20th March 2020
Whilst some people are preparing to get their warehouse rave on, other (perhaps crazier) individuals will be setting out on the Star Trail. Starting on March 20th at 18:00, this is not a euphoric musical journey of self-discovery but an arduous and intense uphill journey over an 11km course. The Star Trail is a foot race held on the snowy slopes and features 710 metres of climbing. Oh, and you do it in the dark, with a head-torch on. Still interested? Well, the bravest and fittest amongst us are invited to sign up for only €5. With top prize-money of €300 for both the top male and female runners, it could be an investment...

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European Gay Ski Week – 21st-28th March 2020
The partying continues from 21st to 28th March as European Gay Ski Week returns to Les Arcs for the second year running. Billed as the only LGBT winter sports festival, EGSW 2020 is a comprehensively full week of events that run all day and all of the night. Highlights include (but are not limited to) a welcome party, pool parties, daily cabaret, club nights, after-hours partying (post 05:00 in the morning!), fondue dinner, raclette night, mountain lunches, headliner DJs, and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves! That’s right, you’ll be walking on sunshine when Katrina performs live at the Mountain Lunch in Arc 1950. With plenty more on the agenda, it is a guaranteed contender for ‘most fun week of the season.’

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La Course du Coeur – 29th March 2020
Finally, the Course du Coeur arrives in Bourg Saint Maurice on Sunday, March 29th. An annual non-stop relay race from Paris to the Haute Tarentaise valley, around 20 teams run but also rollerblade, cycle and canoe their way from the French capital to the heart of the Alps in support of organ donation. Many of the participants are transplant recipients and the achievement is both significant and realised for a worthy cause. The caravan arrives in town around 11:00 with the final stage, a climb up to the Les Arcs resorts, starting at 14:30. The race will finish at the Place Basse des Villards in Arc 1800.

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There are always regular local events happening throughout the Les Arcs resorts, with welcome drinks a usual feature of the villages’ snow fronts on a Sunday evening. You can make early “first tracks” before the lifts open, go cross-country ski joëring pulled by a horse, play laser games, compete in a parallel slalom race, have a snowball fight or do a little night skiing. Check out our events calendar for more ideas.

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