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France in March: prices and busyness of slopes

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
I'm looking at booking a large self-catered place for a trip in March. I've found that prices in French resorts are often considerably higher in the first week (5th-12th March) than in subsequent weeks (12th-19th cheaper, and 19th-26th cheaper again). It's not universal but it's quite a widespread pattern.

Any particular reason? I can't see anything particularly relevant in the school holiday calendar. Is it just that the snow conditions get gradually less reliable as the month goes on?

Would you also expect the slopes to be noticeably busier in the week of the 5th than in later weeks?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Mid-march does tend to be one of the quietest times.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
The week beginning 5 March is the first after the 4-week French holidays - so an absolute top demand week. 12th March is a good compromise.
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