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Alpe d'Huez in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

The manic pace shows no signs of letting up in March

Featured in: | Rob Wood, Alpe d'Huez Reporter | Published
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The half-term holidays are all but finished and the first week of March sees the end of the French schools' winter holidays. However, that’s not the end of the action in Alpe d’Huez.

March will be a mixed month in Alpe d'Huez. Here is our guide to what’s happening this month in resort.

What's the weather like in Alpe d'Huez in March?

The days are stretching out now with sunrise at the start of March at 07:10 and sunset at 18:22. By the end of the month, these times will become 07:16 (as European Summer Time starts) and 20:03, so there will be plenty of daylight at the end of the day after the slopes close. Traditionally, March sees the end of winter and the start of spring as the temperatures start to rise in the Southern Alps, although this March looks set to start with a chilly and inclement spell of weather with cold temperatures and plenty of snow in the forecast up to around the 10th. You would expect temperatures to rise from mid-March onwards and sunshine to be prevalent as spring fast approaches.

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What are snow conditions like in March in Alpe d'Huez?

It’s fair to say that it’s been a strange season across the Alps with massive snowfalls in November and December and a strangely snow-free January. The end of February and start to March looks like bringing plenty of snow and conditions should be fantastic. Snow depths are likely to be in the region of 180 to 200cm around resort, at 1850 metres, and well over 300cm on the upper slopes, at 3300 metres. And, with virtually every lift and piste open and in operation, lift queues should be nice and short.

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What's on in Alpe d'Huez in March 2020?

Classical music concerts – Every Thursday
If a bit of culture is your thing, then head to the stunning church next to the leisure centre every Thursday at 18:00, where the music of Bach, Mozart et. al. is played on the wonderful organ. Each concert is led by a different conductor and features many other instruments and performers from all over the world.

ESF Ski Show – 4th March 2020
Starting at 18:45 on the Signal is the final of the ESF ski shows, bringing the half-term period to an end with a bang. The instructors of ESF put on a truly fabulous show including freestyle ski and snowboard tricks, synchronised skiing, a torchlit descent by 300 instructors and a fabulous firework display. The show lasts for around 75 minutes and is one of the highlights of the season.

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Derby du Loup – 28th  March 2020
The Derby du Loup or "Race of the Wolves" has risen in popularity each year and now has different categories to accommodate the growing participant numbers. This is is an eyeballs-out, no-holds-barred ski race against the clock from the top of Pic Blanc (3300m) down to the Pont de Sarenne (1900m) – 1400 metres of freeride descent for the very best amateurs and professional skiers. With no pistes, no markers and pretty much no rules – there are just a few mandatory timing gates that skiers must go through but, other than that, it’s a real free ride.

Skiers, telemarkers, mono-skiers and snowboarders are set off in waves of four from the summit of Pic Blanc with the sole aim of being the quickest down to the Sarenne bridge, towards the bottom of the Sarenne black run. Riders pick their own route in this thrill-filled ride to the bottom. The event starts at 09:00 but don’t be surprised to see the first finishers down at the Sarenne bridge in little over 20 minutes. New for this year, there will be a best-fancy-dress prize, as well as senior and female categories, with the first prize in the male and female category being a fabulous helicopter ride.

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Ofe X Day – 21st-22nd March
Local legend and general all-round top girl Ophelie David hosts her annual ski cross competition in the snowpark at the mid-station of the DMC lift. The ski cross legend, winner of the 2007 ski cross World Championships and four-time gold medallist at the Winter X Games, is keen to develop young talent and this is her way of paying something back to her hometown resort. Over two days, between 10:00 and 14:30, budding ski cross racers between the age of 11 and 14 will get some invaluable tuition from a true legend of winter sports. Photo and autograph opportunities are aplenty and it’s an event well worth checking out.

Ice hockey – 1st & 15th March 2020
Located in the middle of resort is the ice rink, which is home to the local ice hockey team, Les Yetis. In March, they have two home games: Saturday 1st sees them entertain Chambery, whilst Saturday 15th sees Serre-Chevalier as the visitors. Both games have free entry and get underway at 19:00.

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The fabulous local leisure centre hosts a plethora of regular activites including indoor swimming, crazy golf, gym, fitness classes, tennis, five-a-side football, squash, badminton and a climbing wall. Take a look at our Events Calendar for a full run down and check out all the Things To Do in resort.

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