February is one of the best months to ski Val d’Isere. The snow conditions are usually excellent, with good depths of fresh snow and temperatures increase progressively throughout the month, allowing you to really make the most of the vast Espace Killy.
Val is particularly popular with us Brits, so you can expect it to be pretty heaving over February half-term, like all the biggest and best resorts in the Alps. We love the buzz during this week, but if you’re flexible with your dates, you can enjoy some great value for money skiing outside half term week.
February Snow History
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February ski rating
February is undoubtedly one of the best times to ski in Val d’Isere. Historically, there’s an average snow depth of 183cm at the top of the slopes (123cm at the bottom) and temperatures tend to hover around 2 degrees. At the beginning of the month, it’s likely to be quite cold, so make sure the thermals make it into your suitcase! If conditions are particularly windy, there’s quite of lot of sheltered terrain below the tree line, like the runs at Fornet or La Daille. As temperatures warm up through the month, you are literally spoilt for choice with 150km of slopes in the local area and 300km if you upgrade to the Espace Killy pass.
Val d’Isere is an expert’s paradise with plenty of challenging runs such like the Face at Bellaverde. Face is really popular, so try and ski it first thing when it’s lovely and groomed. There’s a vast amount of off-piste terrain to discover at Val d’Isere and with some falls of fresh powder likely, February’s a fantastic time to sample the backcountry here. Intermediates are equally well catered for - watch out for runs that are under classified, like the “blue” Santons run back down to the resort, which is really a red run on most days and a black run in bad conditions. The blues in the Solaise sector are ideal for building confidence. If you’d like an insight into what it’s like to be a competitive skier, check out the OK piste, which is used for the World Cup downhill– when groomed, it’s a great cruising run down the mountain. For beginners, there are some gentle greens like the Madeleine or those at the Solaise. If you’re coming here in February half-term with kids who are absolute beginners, there are loads of ski schools to choose from including British ski schools like New Generation, Progression and TDC ski - be sure to book ahead as group lessons fill up quickly for half term!
There’s absolutely loads going on at Val d’Isere in February which combined with the almost limitless variety of terrain makes this a great place to go if you like an action packed week on and off the snow. Events that have taken place in recent years include torch lit descents, wildlife walks, guided walks around the historic town, a night carnival with ice sculptures, live music and firework displays. If you’re here with the kids at half term, they’ll love air boarding and snake glissing (sledging in a group in a snake-like chain).
Val d’Isere is the venue of choice for many big events, including the World Cup and the Olympics in 1992. In February 2014, it was Val d’Isere turn to host the Frostgun freestyle event which featured some of the best riders in the world, huge after parties and concerts.