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Val d'Isere in February 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Probably the best skiing month of the season

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February is a popular time to ski the slopes of Val d'Isère. There are a number of good reasons for this. Firstly, half-term school holidays make this the ideal month for a family winter getaway. Secondly, the longer days mean the lifts can stay open later than in the early part of the season, giving you more shred for your heard-earned ‘bread.’ Thirdly, the snow conditions are traditionally at their tip-top, absolute best. Furthermore, February always has a full calendar of entertainment and activities which do not directly involve skiing.

Occupying the middle month of the season, February benefits from all the early-season snow whilst suffering none of the inevitable melt-off that occurs towards springtime. The temperatures are low but typically less harsh and frosty than January and historically there are more powder and bluebird days than in any other month of the year. Factor in the half-term break and it is the perfect time to bring the whole tribe for some snow-based fun.

What are the snow & weather conditions like in Val d'Isere in February?

In February, the snow has already arrived. It has unpacked its bags, put the kettle on and flicked through all the available TV channels. It is about as snowy as the season gets without any early-season thin patches or late-season melt. Moreover, the snowfall continues, with only January usually seeing more powder per week. This can lead to pleasantly predictable conditions on-piste, the finest coverage off-piste (and thus options for exploration) and the perfect balance between winter’s cold and the sunny, long days of spring. Temperatures are typically milder than in February or January but it can still get very cold, especially at altitude, so don't forget to pack your thermals!

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Top tips for avoiding the February half-term crowds in Val d'Isere

February is a popular month for families so the slopes will be busier from February 8th, when the four-week French holidays begin. Fortunately, the Tignes-Val d'Isere ski area is so vast that even in high season you can find quiet slopes and minimal lift queues. Here are our insider's top tips for the school holidays:

  1. Be an early bird - Arrive at the lifts a few minutes before they open at 09:00 so that you get away before the rush of ski school classes setting out around 09:15.
  2. Ski over lunchtime - The slopes are calmer between 12:00 and 14:00 while the French take a leisurely lunch break
  3. Seek out the peripheral areas - Try to avoid the busy main ski areas closer to the resorts and head to the edges of the valley. A bit of exploring never hurt anyone and you may find quieter lifts outside the main hubs
  4. Get off-piste - Competent off-piste skiers can book a local mountain guide and explore the vast off-piste areas in the valley or even go touring to find complete solitude in the backcountry. 

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What's on in Val d'Isere in February 2020?

Alpine Ski Races
Every winter, Val d'Isère is the setting of some of the most nail-bitting, action-filled alpine ski races of the season. In February, you'll get the chance to watch the Lowlander FIS Race, including Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom courses until February 6th, as well as the Ladies Night Tour on February 11th.

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Family-friendly fun
February is traditionally the most popular month for family ski holidays and Val d'Isere knows how to cater to the little ones. There will be tonnes of activities and entertainment both on and off the slopes including Snake Gliss, Airboarding and Yooner sledging on the Savonnette beginner's piste, visits to the local farm and, for the tech-savvy out there, videogames competitions and virtual reality testing. The centre of Val d'Isère will also be pedestrianised every Thursday from 18:00 as light shows, performances and DJ sets take over, turning the resort into a giant open-air party for all ages.

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Torchlit descents
One of the most popular events in Val d'Isère is the stunning torchlit descents on the Face de Bellevarde, a spectacle not to be missed. The instructors of ESF Val d’Isere put on a show to show off their skills, accompanied by a torchlit descent of the Face de Bellevarde (or La Daille on March 3rd). After this, you’ll be able to enjoy a fireworks show and warm up with some vin chaud or hot chocolate. 

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Fun at La Folie Douce
Val d'Isere has a reputation for crazy clubbing and La Folie Douce is party central on the slopes. Enjoy their Born in the 90's party every Monday and go back to the roots of House music after you've tucked into some delicious oysters or steak tartare at their La Fruitière restaurant. Or perhaps you're more of a burger and hot-dogs kind of person? Then Le Butcher is your place. This year, La Folie Douce is also opening in the evenings and hosting Les Soirées Bonsoir, an immersive dinner show experience that combines music, performances and gourmet food for the ultimate family fun.

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Val d'Isère Carnival
Carnival is big in France and Val d'Isere is no exception. This year’s parade will be starring the world's best superheroes. To get you in the spirit of things, there will be free face painting workshops at the tourist office. The centre of town will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade which starts at the church before making its way into town. Alongside the parade, there will be Airstar illuminations, hot drinks and live music. The parade is on between 18:00-19:30, if you’re in town it’ll be hard to miss and you shouldn’t!

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Where to celebrate Valentine's Day in Val d'Isere?

Valentine’s Day is a big deal in France – it is the country famed for romance and love after all – so what better way to celebrate than to treat your better half to a romantic dinner in one of the resort’s many excellent restaurants? For the ultimate fine dining experience, nothing beats the Michelin-starred La Table de l'Ours where chef Antoine Gras serves contemporary dishes inspired by French regional cuisine. You can also celebrate on the slopes as there will be a special First Tracks experience for all the lovebirds, as well as a romantic evening planned at the top of the Solaise with live violin music.

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While February is probably the busiest month in Val d'Isere, with our vastly improved snow conditions there should be more than enough space for everyone. Better yet, the coming week looks set to bring further top-ups mixed with sunny intervals meaning further improvements in both depth and quality of snow. Follow the tips above and you should be able to avoid the worst of the queues and bottlenecks and find yourself riding great snow under often-sunny skies – the perfect mix. Bon ski!

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