For those looking for guaranteed snow, February can be the perfect month. Ideally placed in the middle of the season, you will avoid a late start to the snow or an early thaw in the spring. It’s true, February can also mean 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, along with the best winter conditions.
Read on to learn all you will need to know when choosing a February ski holiday.
February Skiing, Altitude and Snow
As we mentioned, in addition to avoiding the crowds, also consider altitude and weather. February in the Alps is traditionally a stormy month. Whilst this can mean the odd overcast day or a whiteout afternoon, it inevitably means excellent snow! We’re talking boundless off-piste opportunities to test out the new powder skis (mental note to add to the Christmas list).
As with most times of the season, it’s best to find a resort with some high altitude skiing. Not the be-all and end-all in February, as there will be plenty of snow forecast, but a hidden glacier is a perfect way to escape the ski school snakes.
Top Tips for Finding the Best February Ski Holidays
- Look for resorts that offer access to some skiing below the treeline, often meaning you can make the most of a full day on the snow 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 find ski-in/ski-out accommodation. This means avoiding the busy buses, and ensures you are first on the chairlifts
- Why not try a lesser known resort? Ideal for keeping down the costs down and avoiding busy queues.
- 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 for February ski holidays in Europe, like Skiworld.
Five Top Resorts for February Skiing Holidays
1. 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. Chalets to watch here include Chalet Abricot for the larger groups, Chalet Verseau for the smaller, and Chalet Peche for anyone looking for a sneaky 4 person room.
Plenty of skiing at high altitude to ensure that skiing in the rain is rare. The sheer size of the Tarrentaise Valley means you’ll rarely be without fresh piste to test. The lift pass of course giving you access to the world-class skiing of Val D’Isere. Chalet Annina and Chalet Carmen give the perfect self-catered base to the explore the mountains, with Chalet Giorgio being ideal for the larger groups.
3. Alpe D’Huez
Great skiing for beginners, intermediates and the more advanced. There’ll be something for everyone. What’s more, if your a fan of the Soleil you’re in for a treat. This resort is renowned for enjoying an average 300 balmy days of sun a year.
A fantastic resort all in one place. No need to travel between different villages, everything you need will be on your doorstep. Also a bonus for those with kids- short transfers! Les Deux Alpes really does have something for everyone, with plenty of varied terrain for beginners, intermediates and more advanced skiers.
A perfect option for families and small groups is the Chalet Gorges with 6 beds. For bigger groups or families with more kids the Chalet Chamois Volant has you covered, with 7 bedrooms and extra beds for children.
Popular with locals, seasonaires and families, Meribel is a firm favourite and for good reason. Positioned in an ideal location in the middle of the three valleys ski area, you can easily explore both Courchevel and Val Thorens and be back in time for afternoon tea. Après goers will also be happy with the multitude of options spread across the valley and the town.
Those looking for great piste access- get yourself over to the Chalet Germine in Meribel Mottaret. If you’re after a bit more luxury in the way of a private hot tub, the Chalet Aline or Chalet Laetitia could be for you.
Half Term Skiing 2022
Half Term ski holidays always book up quickly and in 2022 this fact is compounded by the loss of ski holidays in 2021. There are two key half term departure dates for the UK: February 12th and 19th, and both are proving very popular. It’s best to start researching and booking early to avoid missing out! Hopefully, this blog will help you find the perfect destination. We will be offering big all-inclusive savings on all our properties, along with group discounts and loyalty bonuses for those who qualify, so start perusing and lock in your long-awaited February ski trip.
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