February is one of the best months to ski Chamonix. The temperatures steadily creep up over the course of the month and the high altitudes of the five ski areas virtually guarantee quality, fresh snow. If you’re looking for a resort that boasts extra-curricular activities and events that rival the diversity of skiing on offer, you won’t be disappointed with Chamonix.
February half-term is the peak date of the holiday season with families and teachers descending en masse to resorts in the Alps. A huge Brit favorite, Chamonix is always going to be a popular choice – with plenty of activities to keep all ages amused. We think the buzz here at half term is great, but if you’d prefer to ski when it’s a bit quieter, look for a deal on a package holiday in the first half of February.
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You can enjoy some of the best skiing of the season in Chamonix at February. It’s still a little bit nippy at the beginning of the month, but temperatures steadily improve, creating awesome skiing conditions (especially leading into March) that allow you to explore the vast ski area and huge amounts of off piste terrain that Chamonix is famous for. As you’d expect with a high altitude resort like Chamonix, where 90% of the runs are above 2000 metres (don’t let the 1000m altitude of the resort fool you), there’s usually plenty of snow to slide on with an average depth of 341cm at the top of the piste - Aiguille du Midi (3842 metres) and 75cm down in the town (1037 metres).
Cham is an absolute paradise for expert and intermediate snow lovers. Head to the Grand Montets if you want to ski the biggest vertical drop in the world. The off piste terrain here is held sacred by freeriders across the world. With a vertical descent of 2700m, the glacial 22km Vallee Blanche is the longest run in the world. If you’re a fairly capable intermediate, you should definitely give it a go (you’ll need a guide to tackle it but the experience and panoramic views are well worth it).
If you’re skiing at the start of February when it might still be a bit nippy, check out the south facing runs at the Brévent and Flégère ski areas where you should find something to keep you amused regardless of your level. You’ll find loads of powder at Charles Bozon, a black run from the summit of Le Brévent. Half way down Brévent, Nants is another black piste that winds its way down the mountains through the woods above Chamonix. There’s also an excellent mix of intermediate runs in both areas that provide plenty of possibilities for graduation, such as reds like Crochutes and Lacheval in the Flégère area and blues like Blanchots and Sources at Brévent.
There’s usually so much going on at Chamonix in February that it’s nigh on impossible to list everything within a paragraph. That said, highlights on the month in recent years include three day off piste courses with top instructors and IFMGA mountain guides; the Tenmos Freeride qualifier for the Freeride World Tour; guided tours of Les Houches; igloo and ice people visits, market days and more.
Competitive alpine skiing is deeply embedded in the DNA of Chamonix and if you enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere, see whether the World Cup is on this February. If you’re on holiday with non-skiers during the half-term or otherwise, Cham usually puts on all sorts of fun winter activities including husky sledging, snow shoeing and skating and this is a proper mountain town, so there are plenty of shops and cafes to explore.