Not every ski resort is great to ski in the latter parts of the ski season due to many factors. If a ski resort has a glacier, high altitude and a good snow record then conditions in March are likely to be good for a ski holiday. Across the world, there are ski resorts that are perfect for March skiing. Our ski experts have created a guide for the best places to ski in March in Europe and North America.
Where does it snow in March?
We are spoilt in Europe with incredible ski resorts with high altitudes and glaciers in the Alps that provide great snow in March. Whether it’s the ever-popular Tignes in France or Passo Tonale in Northern Italy, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. North America also offers plenty of great resorts that are consistently snow-covered as well. Take a look at some of the best recommendations in more detail below.
Alpe d’Huez, France
Booking a ski trip to Alpe d’Huez in March is ideal because of its high altitude of 1,860m-3,330m and the Pic Blanc glacier. This great combination means snow reliability is fantastic near the end of the ski season. If you buy a full ski area lift pass you can access 250km of slopes with great access to nearby ski resorts Vaujany and Oz-en-Oisans. The ski terrain is suited to all abilities of skiers and the ski resort is also brilliant for families.
Engelberg is one of the best places to ski in March with its skiing on the Titlis glacier and the high altitude of 1,050m-3,020m. The Swiss ski resort has an amazing reputation for powder skiing and has a great snow record in the latter part of the ski season. You can ski 89km of pistes which has something for all types of skiers. Advanced and professional skiers around the world visit Engelberg for the incredible off-piste terrain in the area.
Having the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in Kaprun means it’s a brilliant option for March skiing. In addition, it also has a high altitude of 800m-3,203m. The Austrian ski resort has 138km of slopes, mainly suited to beginners or intermediate skiers. There are also great links to neighbouring Zell am See if you want to explore more terrain. Located near the Hohe Tauern National Park, you can admire breathtaking views of the Austrian Alps.
Mammoth’s high altitude of 2,425m-3,370m and its impressive snow record make it one of the best places to ski in March. Located in Eastern California, Mammoth has 90km of slopes all located on one huge mountain. Skiers of all abilities will find a piste for them during their time here. It has a mixture of wide-open pistes near the top of the mountain and tree-lined runs towards the bottom. A brilliant choice if you want snow reliability throughout the season.
Passo Tonale, Italy
Located in northern Italy, Passo Tonale is regarded as one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the country. This reputation is because of its high altitude of 1,885m-3,100m, its great snow record and the Presena glacier. It has 130km of slopes to enjoy, which will provide entertainment to all ability of skiers. There are also 200 snow cannons on the mountain guaranteeing the best conditions throughout the season.
Sölden has fantastic conditions throughout the ski season. This is due to the Rettenbach and Fiefenbach glaciers providing early and late skiing. In addition, the ski resort has a high altitude of 1,380m-3,250m, which helps with regular snowfall during the year. You can enjoy 155km of skiing, which is mainly suited to intermediate skiers. It is also the home to the ‘BIG 3’ peaks, Gaislachkogl, Tiefenbachkogl and Schwarze Schneide that showcase stunning views from over 3,000m.
Tignes is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world and is also one of the best places to ski in March. It has a brilliant snow record for this time of year and is helped by the Grande Motte glacier terrain. The snow reliability is also down its high altitude of 2,100m-3,456m. If you buy a full Espace Killy ski area pass, you can ski an impressive 300km of slopes. There are also brilliant links to neighbouring ski resort Val d’Isere which has an equally impressive snow record for March.
Val Thorens, France
As one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, Val Thorens is an ideal choice for March skiing. The incredible high altitude of 2,300m-3,230m means there’s reliable snow throughout the ski season. As part of the Three Valleys ski area, you can access an astonishing 600km of slopes. There is fantastic access to nearby ski resorts Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Méribel and St Martin De Belleville. Whether you’re a first-timer or an advanced skier, there is something for everyone on the slopes.
There’s a reason why Whistler is on many skiers’ bucket lists. The Canadian ski resort in British Columbia has some of the best snow conditions in the world and is great for March skiing. Its regular low temperatures and altitude of 670m-2,284m make it very snow-sure throughout the ski season. It has 200km of slopes that are suitable for all levels of skiers. In addition, the amount of powder that falls means there are excellent off-piste opportunities to take advantage of too.
Home to the iconic Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt is one of the best places to ski in March. It has a high altitude of 1,620m-3,820m and also has the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise area. Both of these factors combined means there are brilliant snow conditions all year round. There are 360km of slopes in the area, mainly suited to intermediate to advanced skiers. In addition, you can hop over the border to Italy to ski in Cervinia.
To find out more about the best places to ski in March, call our ski experts on 0207 471 7700.