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What's On in Alpe d'Huez March 2019

The manic pace shows no signs of letting up in March

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| 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 – this month sees the biggest of this year's events as the Tomorrowland bandwagon rolls into town.

Here is our guide to what’s happening in March in resort.

Tomorrowland Festival – 9th-16th March

The first winter edition of this legendary Belgian music festival comes to resort and it is set to be truly epic. Tomorrowland Summer makes Glastonbury look like a small-budget, village-green affair and its winter Alpine counterpart is going to be equally as lavish. Some of the biggest names in dance music will play with the likes of Afrojack, Martin Garrix and Armin Van Burren headlining the mainstage in the Les Bergers car park, which has been transformed thanks to a 120m-wide mainstage. There are five stages around the main hub area with a further 10 stages spread across the whole ski area. 30,000 music fans from 98 different countries will come to Alpe d'Huez for the festival so it sure is set to be a busy week. The action will go on well into the early hours thanks to a pop-up, 10,000-capacity nightclub – the aptly named “Garden of Madness”. Why not check out our insider's guide to the event?

ESF ski show - 6th March

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

Derby du Loup - 23rd-24th March

The Derby du Loup grows in popularity each year and now takes place over two days to allow for the ever-growing participant numbers and categories.  is an eyeballs-out, no-holds-barred race against the clock from the top of the Pic Blanc down to the Pont Sarenne (Sarenne Bridge) at 1900 metres, making it 1400 metres of freeride descent for the very best amateurs and professional freeride skiers. No pistes, no markers, (pretty much no rules!) there are just a few timing gates that skiers must go through – other than that, it’s a real freeride. Skiers, telemarkers, mono-skiers and snowboarders are set off in waves of four from the top of Pic Blanc at 3300 metres 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 and it’s a thrill-filled chase to the bottom. The event starts at 09:00 each day up at the Pic Blanc and don’t be surprised to see the first finisher down at the Sarenne bridge in little over 20 minutes.

Ofé X Weekend - 23rd-24th March

Local legend and general all-around top girl Ophelie David hosts her annual ski cross competition at the snowpark by the mid-station of the DMC. 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. Over two days, 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.

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Classical music concerts

The local church is a beautiful setting for some classical music. Every Thursday (except on the 14th when Tomorrowland is on,) the classical concerts start at 18:15 and feature the works of Beethoven, Bach, Berlioz, Liszt and Vierne.

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The fabulous local leisure centre hosts a plethora of regular events including badminton and squash tournaments, fitness classes, a climbing wall, indoor swimming, tennis and a well-appointed gym. 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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