Even though Val Thorens rarely struggles in this department, the snow in February is usually some of the best in the season, both in terms of quality and quantity.
February half-term is the busiest holiday of the British skiing calendar and Val Tho is rightfully a popular choice with families. With the town’s purpose built convenience, everything’s within easy reach and thanks to millions of Euros of investment, the lift system can carry 65,470 people an hour, so queues are rarely too much of a problem.
February Snow History
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February ski rating
Val Thorens has some of the highest skiing in the Alps and February is usually when we see the most snow, so you’d struggle to go wrong here! On average, there’s a very respectable 190cm of snow depth on top of the highest piste ‘Sommet des 3 Vallees’ (3200m) and 136cm at resort level (2300m).
As there tends to be an impressive covering of snow come February, this is usually a terrific time to explore the high altitude off piste. For spectacular views, try the powder at Praloguan, which is a short trek from the Col chairlift. If you fancy a bit of an adventure, Orelle has some awesome backcountry and for the return trip, you can now get the 1300 m zip wire back to Val Thorens from the top of Orelle’s Bouchet chairlift.
At the top of the Plein Sud lift, there are plenty of blues such as the long Pluviometre. In the same area, you’ll also find the infamous Folie Douce which has a huge sun terrace and is a hot spot for a beer in the afternoon. In the Boismint sector, you’ll find a nice mix of sunny intermediate runs, which should be in good condition on colder days, particularly at the beginning of the month. We like the red Boismint and blue Blanchot in this sector - both are relatively long, so your legs should have had a good workout by the time you reach the bottom! When the weather’s clear, check out the glacier runs like the blue Moraine and Genepi on the 3000m+ Glacier Thorens and the red Christine and blue Tête Ronde on the Péclet.
If you’re coming here for February half-term with kids who are new to skiing, you’ll find some lovely gentle greens to keep them entertained, including the Combe d’Espace Junior (reserved for children), 2 Combes and Combe des Thorens. Make sure you book lessons early, especially if you want morning lessons as they’re in high demand over half term!
If you’ve always fancied giving ski touring a go, then see whether the tourist office is still offering introductions to the discipline this February. In previous years, the touring taster has included a guided climb up to Chalet de la Marine and a generous supply of vin chaud to accompany the views. On a specially constructed 8km piste, you can have a go at guided snow mountain bike descents. It’s definitely worth skiing over to Orelle, if only just to take the new zip wire back to Val Thorens - it goes up to 100km/h and takes you back to the Thorens Funitel. Another great thing to do here is sledging on the 8km tobogganing run (you can do it in the daytime or at night which is great with older children), which will provide plenty of laughs for families over February half-term.
If you’re here with someone special over Valentine’s day, there are plenty of nice restaurants to dine à deux. Les Enfants Terribles does tasty gastro pub food in luxurious surroundings and the Tango do nice American-Italian dishes, with awesome views from the lounge. At Place Caron on the 14th, there’s usually ice carving which is really interesting to wander around (hopefully there will be hot ginger wine on offer again this year). For an unforgettable experience, you can also book a hot air balloon ride above the Three Valleys.
As Val Thorens is a first-rate resort, it usually hosts competitions almost every month of the season, including the FIS International Federation races. Be sure to see if there are any competitions being held at Val Tho this February.