To most of us, skiing in February means dodging kids on the slopes with the precision and accuracy of Dave Ryding on a slalom run. But if you’re savvy you can avoid the crowds and find some great skiing at low prices when you book last-minute.
When is half term in Europe?
UK half term aside (this year that’s February 10th – 18th for most of us), it’s worth considering the native half terms too, which vary country to country and often regionally too. Below is a brief breakdown of European half terms. If you choose your ski resort wisely you may be pleasantly surprised by the space you have on the slopes:
European School Holidays*:
France – February 24th – March 4th
Austria (Tyrol region) – February 17th – 24th
Switzerland – February 10th – 24th
February skiing conditions
In addition to avoiding the crowds, also consider altitude and weather. February in the Alps is traditionally a stormy month. Whilst this inevitably means snow (excellent), it can also mean wind and whiteouts and maybe rain (not excellent). Additionally, the Foehn winds can bring unusually warm temperatures into some lower altitude valleys in the Northern alps, accelerating the potential for a thaw.
Top tips for finding the best skiing in February
- Look for resorts that offer access to some skiing below the treeline, often meaning you can make the most of a full day’s skiing even if the visibility isn’t ideal.
- In general, the higher the altitude of the village/resort base, the more likely you’ll be able to ski-in/ski-out conditions and a greater chance of snow rather than rain!
- If a resort is described about as ‘good for families’, it’s likely to be busier in February due to the school holidays in most European countries.
- Consult a knowledgeable ski tour operator staffed by experienced skiers, many ex-seasonaires who really know their onions when it comes to the best ski resorts in Europe.
Top 4 Ski Resorts in February:
- Val Thorens – The highest resort in Europe with multiple geographical aspects. Also part of the 3 Valleys ski area so a variety of lower altitude slopes below the treeline are within skiing distance.
- Tignes – plenty of skiing at high altitude to ensure that skiing in the rain is very The sheer size of the Tarrentaise means you’ll rarely be without a skiing option.
- Val d’Isere – A vast area with long high alpine runs and also gladed tree skiing in the local area, but also connected with Tignes for high altitude snow-sure skiing on the Grand Motte glacier.
- Zermatt – High altitude skiing on the Swiss side, and usually even better conditions over the border in Cervinia which is included on the full area lift pass and well worth a visit.
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