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Chamonix in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

The best events in Chamonix this month

Featured in: | Chris Richard, Editor | Published

Magic March is here – the skiing is great, the days are longer and warmer and the madness of the half-term holidays is behind us.

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

Chamonix in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

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.

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Chamonix in March 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

This season has seen a real mixture of snow conditions so far. Early snow was followed by New Year sunshine, then a succession of storms brought snow, rain and high winds. The result was a patchwork of snow conditions. However, this has all changed in the last week or so as the end of February and the beginning of March brought a metre of fresh snow to the slopes of Chamonix. Current snow depths stand at 380cm at the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) and 157cm in Les Houches (1900m). This is fluffy, powdery snow so conditions are excellent for this time of year.

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Cross-country skiing in Chamonix

Night skiing – Every Thursday
Skiing is really good fun so, why stop when the sun goes down? Every Thursday this month, the cross-country tracks in town will be open for torchlit night Nordic skiing. On March 4th you can also do some light alpine skiing on the Planards beginner slopes which will be floodlit for the occasion.

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Parc animalier de Merlet

Wildlife snowshoe walks – Tuesdays & Thursdays
The Parc de Merlet is Chamonix's wildlife park, where local animals like chamois and marmots live. Closed during the winter, they only open their doors for guided snowshoe walks twice per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 13:00 to 17:00. Small groups of five to seven people will explore the forests above Les Houches and learn more about the valley's fauna. Booking in advance is necessary.

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La Folie Douce Hotels Chamonix

La Folie Douce attracts hundreds of revellers every evening for their legendary apres-ski parties. Starting at 18:00, you can enjoy live DJs, rock music, acoustic sets, aerial performances and, of course, their famous WTF, Bring The Noise and Bandit bashes. Head over to Bighorn Bistro beforehand, they have Happy Hour every day from 16:00 to 18:00. Well-known around town for their creative cocktails, concocted by mixologist extraordinaire Rhys, we suggest you pair their delicious drinks with the even more delicious homemade nachos, a match made in heaven.

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Amnesia Club Chamonix

Late nights
Le Privilege, in Chamonix's nightlife hot spot of the rue des Moulins, turns into a tropical paradise every Wednesday for their Latino Party. Dance to the best salsa, merengue, bachata and reggaeton from 21:00 and enjoy exotic-flavored cocktails. If you're not partied out after that, Chamonix's oldest club, Amnesia, opens until late.

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Cross The Line by Frost Company

Cross the Line – 14th March 2020
A combination of freeride and ski cross, this is the first Freeski-Cross race in Chamonix. Open to everyone aged 14 and over, including skiers and snowboarders, four participants will start at the same time and the first two to cross the finish line will move on to the next round. There'll be a great atmosphere around this event, which will take place in Flégère, with local pro riders in attendance and DJs, a BBQ, live music and a Black Crows ski test.

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More inspiration...

There's a lot more than just skiing or snowboarding in the Chamonix Valley this month! 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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