At Ice and Fire we often welcome beginners to our chalets and one of the questions which we are regularly asked is what is the best time of year to book your first ski holiday?
As keen skiers and boarders ourselves, we know that the first time on snow is an amazing experience but its important to get it right. When we’re asked, we usually recommend a March ski holiday for beginners because of its warmer temperatures, softer snow and longer daylight hours.
Unfortunately, the weather is something which we can’t control! But March ski holidays usually come with with sunnier days, warmer temperatures and milder weather.
As a beginner its usual that you will spend some time standing still, sitting on lifts and going slowly. Staying warm and comfortable makes a huge difference to your enjoyment and so March is a great choice for this.
Softer March Snow
You do get a fair few falls as a beginner so the best snow conditions for learning to ski are fresh, soft, groomed snow and March is a good choice for this.
The warmer temperatures in March, without the freeze-thaw which we often see in April, combine to reduce the chance of ice underfoot during your lessons. In Les Coches the snow cannons allow for additional artificial snow as needed, and the piste bashers keep the pistes in tip top condition.
Longer Daylight Hours
On your first ski holiday you might find that you don’t want to spend every minute skiing. Lessons every day can feel quite intense until you get the hang of things, and unfamiliar muscles can feel a little sore.
The longer daylight hours in March give you a huge choice of options for things to do off the slopes as well as on. Why not go for a swim in the pool at nearby Montchavin? Or try the world-famous bobsleigh across in La Plagne?
Lighter March evenings also lend themselves well to a beer at an apres bar or a well-earned hour in the hot tub. What better way to enjoy your March ski holiday!
If you have never skied before then booking your first holiday can be quite daunting, but luckily Ice and Fire are on hand to answer your questions and to help with booking your lift passes, ski hire and ski school. Get in touch to find out more about March skiing with Ice and Fire.