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La Plagne in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Sports, glacier festivals and swimming in the snow

Featured in: | Stuart Hamilton, La Plagne Reporter | Published
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With the vast majority of the school mid-term holidays now behind us, La Plagne will take on a more chilled atmosphere through March. The kids are back to school, the majority of parents are back to work and the slopes become our playground once again. March is one of the very best months in any ski resort.

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 La Plagne to make the best of the near-perfect conditions we have right now.

What's the weather like in La Plagne in March?

In terms of weather, you can normally expect pretty mixed conditions this month. You can be making sunny powder turns one minute then be in the middle of a storm the next. Don’t think just because we’re nearing the end of winter that means the end of the snow. Some of the best falls tend to come through this month and, judging by the current forecasts, this year should be no exception. March riding normally gives us the best of both worlds – regular top-ups interspersed with sunny days. The ideal mix.

Weather in La Plagne

What snow conditions to expect in March in La Plagne?

The recent dumps of snow, which are forecast to continue well into this week, have brought the return to winter we’ve waited so long for. After such a slow season, we’re again making powder turns where once there was just ice or a hard crusty layer. Conditions right now are the best they’ve been all season and, judging by the forecasts, are likely to remain so for a good while yet. The new snow has entirely refreshed the mountain – almost rebooted winter – as the start of the year really did see some incredibly mild weather and a very slow start.

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What's on in La Plagne in March 2020?

Rando Challenge – Les Diables Bleus (21st March 2020) & Rando by Night (25th March 2020)
As for events and activities, the final two events in La Plagne’s Rando Challenge take place later this month and should make for a thrilling conclusion to this four-stage event which started back in January in Champagny-en-Vanoise. 

The first – Les Diables Bleus – takes place in Montchavin on the 21st of March and features another uphill battle on two courses rising either 450m or 1000m up the mountain. This is no ordinary event as, after the gruelling climb, the competitors will also race down a challenging off-piste itinerary to the finishing line. The course follows the old track used by the 7th battalion of the Mountain Infantry – so most definitely a tough event and not one for the faint of heart.

The next – the Rando by Night event – starts in Plagne Centre at 18.30 on the 25th of March and will see the competitors climb up the Les Verdons summit to the top of the Verdons Sud chair. First to the top takes the prize in this event and it will also mark the final of the four-course challenge where we’ll learn who takes the overall title. As anyone who knows La Plagne will attest, the climb up Les Verdons has a relatively flat middle section but the start and end feature quite brutally steep pitches. And all this will be done at night. Sometimes the French really do seem like gluttons for punishment! That said, there is the small consolation of a buffet awaiting the racers at the top.

The overall winner of the four challenges will be crowned later at a prize-giving normally held in Plagne Centre, marking the conclusion of one of the toughest ski touring events in the world. 

Events in La Plagne

Après ski fun
March also tends to attract a younger bunch of visitors to La Plagne so you can expect quite lively nightlife through the coming month. Where once we had families and young kids through February, March normally sees students and more lively, younger types. The bars should be busy this month. 

Spitting Feathers in Plagne Bellecôte will have live music each Friday with Tom “Gibbo” Gibbs, a very talented musician who even has his own music published on Spotify. And on Thursdays, there’s also a quiz night followed by karaoke – traditionally the busiest and liveliest night of the week in the bar. Be warned, this is a busy night so you’re best getting there early. 

La Mine in 1800 also has regular live music and a great atmosphere while the on-hill bar/restaurant La Bergerie has DJs every day. The Igloo Igloo bar in Centre is also highly recommended for live music – and karaoke on Sunday nights. It also has one of the best-priced happy hours in La Plagne running from 16:00 to 20:00 every night. 

Or, if you’re looking for another top après haunt, you could do far worse than Le Bonnet, just above Plagne Bellecôte. Being on the hill, this isn’t a late bar, but it does have some of the best après in La Plagne. Definitely recommended. Alternatively, if you’re staying in Belle Plagne, Cheyenne and Bowling bar are probably the best places to be – followed by Saloon if you’re looking for a later night (open til 05:00).

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So, all in all, a very good month to visit La Plagne – particularly given the optimal snow conditions we have right now (easily the best of the season to date) and the more chilled, quieter lift lines and pistes around the resort. As we head relentlessly into the second half of the season, everything takes on a more relaxed feel around the area. If you can make it, it’s definitely one of the best times to be here.

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