February is one of our favourite months to ski at Verbier. There’s usually heaps of fresh snow, the temperatures are a bit milder and the conditions are generally good enough to fully appreciate the 4 Valley’s vast diversity of skiing (especially Verbier’s legendary off piste).
Half-term is the busiest week of the skiing calendar though Verbier doesn’t really market itself as a family resort, meaning it’s a great place for teachers looking to get away from the masses. This doesn’t mean Verbier can’t cater for families – it’s fantastic if the whole brood are competent on the piste.
If you come here on dates that fall outside of half-term, you might be able to nab a great deal on our Verbier package holidays and enjoy some lovely, crowd-free skiing.
February Snow History
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February ski rating
There’s usually some of the best snowfall of the season at Verbier in February, which combined with sunnier skies creates some terrific conditions to explore Verbier and the Four Valleys as a whole. Average temperatures are 1.8 degrees, though you can definitely expect it to be warmer at the end of Feb/beginning of March as winter turns to spring. In recent years, there’s been an average of 192cm of snow at the top of the Mont-fort piste (3,300 metres) and 111cm at the bottom of the slopes back in town (1,500 metres). Like the temperatures, the depth of snow tends to improve considerably through February with the end of Feb/start of March historically having the most amount of snow in the season, so you shouldn’t have to look to hard to find some fresh, untracked powder.
Verbier’s famous off piste itinerary runs (marked as yellow on the piste map) are generally serviced by lifts and monitored for avalanche risks. The backcountry here comes into its own in February, and there’s loads of variety for experts and powder virgins alike. The Col des Mines is a huge bowl with slopes of moderate steepness that has a NE exposure, which keeps the snow nice and cool as the weather warms up towards the end of Feb. The big, open bowl at La Marleinaz is similar to Mines, though it faces the south for some sunny freeriding early in the month or in the morning.
Intermediates will enjoy the network of blue and red runs at Savoleyres. Early in February, check out the pistes overlooking Verbier, which get a decent amount of sunshine at this time of year. Later on in the month, these runs are best tackled in the morning before the sun comes out.
There are a limited amount of beginner slopes (Les Moulins, Les Esserts and Le Rouge). That said, the ski schools are very good and there’s loads of intermediate terrain if you’ve been skiing before. The Chaux Bowl is a particularly good place for families to practice their turns together over half term.
Verbier’s après ski bars and clubs are legendary and put on some wild events throughout the year. Mardi Gras is a big thing in Switzerland and in years gone by, places like Le Rouge and Nelson Pub, have held big events to celebrate.
If you’re coming here in the February half-term with kids, see whether the Verbier Sport + Carnival is happening this year. Taking place on the Moulins slope, it usually includes fancy dress parties, races for kids and prizes for the quickest/best costumes, making it a really fun event for all ages.
Verbier’s well-known for its almost limitless freeriding potential and is a magnet for the best freeriders in the world. If you want to get an adrenaline rush from the sidelines, see whether Ride Verbier is taking place this year, a competition which is open to both amateurs and pros. The atmosphere is usually buzzing during a competition week making it a great time to party with the pro’s at places like Pub Mont-fort, which also has daily happy hours.