February is fantastic time of year to ski at Courchevel. The start of the month is a little bit chilly, but things soon warm up for some awesome conditions all round. This is a hugely popular resort and rightly so - the facilities are first-rate and huge investments have been made into the skiing, which ensures the pistes are well groomed and covered in a decent amount of snow.
Courchevel’s ski area is super for families, making this a super place to ski at half-term. February half-term brings a terrific buzz of Brits enjoying the snow, which makes this one of our favourite weeks to ski. If you’re flexible with dates and like things a bit quieter, you can find some great deals at the beginning and end of the month, with the latter being a good bet for sunnier skies.
February Snow History
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February ski rating
February sees some of the best snow of the season, both in quantity and quality. Historically, there’s an average snow depth of 147cm at the top (La Saulire at 2738 metres) and 119cm at the bottom (La Praz - 1338 metres). The weather warms up slightly too, with the mercury hovering around 2.5 degrees on most days with average highs of up to 7. This means you can comfortably ski most of the runs, including the tougher reds and blacks above the tree line.
Powderhounds in search of their next fix will enjoy the vast off-piste terrain available at Courchevel, which in many cases is right next to the red and black runs higher up the mountain (like the ones on Vizelle). This is an intermediate skier’s paradise with many long red runs to keep you entertained (we like Signal and the runs around Chanrossa). The beginner’s slopes above both 1650 and 1850 are lovely, and even include themed areas like the Indian and the Wicked Fairy Godmother pistes, which are great fun for kids here at ½ term.
February half-term is the peak holiday period of the skiing season. At many resorts, it can be pretty frustrating having to wait a long time for the lifts as your skiing time is rapidly eaten into. This is rarely an issue at Courchevel, as the vast majority of the lifts are incredibly fast and efficient. There are a few slow lifts (the one above 1650, for example, which is due to be replaced any minute), but these are conveniently marked on the map, so you can plan the quickest route to your chosen run.
Courchevel is a large, first-class resort, so you can be assured there’s always plenty of things to do in February. In years gone by, events have included the BMW Polo Masters (the highest snow polo tournament in the world), night skiing on the runs around the Verdons (there’s a family area too), and right at the end of the month, there’s usually the spectacular International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art.
For non-skiers and kids with boundless energy, there’s a whole host of winter activities like air-boarding, snowmobiling and ice climbing and if you’re really brave, hand gliding, paragliding and sky diving too!
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