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Les Deux Alpes in February 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Good snow, family-friendly events & how to avoid the crowds

Featured in: | Ian Huyton, Les 2 Alpes Reporter | Published
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February is the most popular time of the year to book a ski holiday. It’s right in the middle of the winter, the snow is often at its best, the temperatures are slowly rising and the days are getting longer.

Of course, the other reason that many people pick February is the half-term holidays. Families with school-age children have a choice between Christmas, February or Easter holidays, and the middle of winter is an obvious time to go. If you don’t have children, you may want to avoid the busiest two weeks in the middle of February.

What are the weather & snow conditions like in Les Deux Alpes in February?

In February, the snow is reliable and usually very good. The weather is still wintry, with regular snowfalls and cold sunny days. However, the days are longer and the weather is warmer than in December or January. In 2020 we have a great base after big snowfalls in December and at the end of January. The forecast is for more snow over the next week or so. Expect good snow and cold weather if you are coming to ski this February.

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What is there do in Les Deux Alpes in February

Sunset Parties
The Refuge des Glaciers restaurant at 3200 metres has revived the format of the famous Full Moon Parties from years gone by. Those with tickets for this very special evening get to stay on the mountain after closing, skiing on the glacier as the sun sets. This is followed by a traditional meal of local dishes and musical entertainment in the restaurant. The evening culminates with a ski descent of 1600 vertical metres in the dark, with ski patrollers and qualified instructors supervising to ensure everybody’s safety. Sunset Parties will take place on Thursday evenings during the holidays, i.e. the 13th, 20th and 27th February.

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Night skiing
If you want to ski on after the lifts close without having to go up to the glacier for the Sunset Party, you can try night skiing on the Lutins piste, right next to the main square. From Tuesday to Friday every week of the holidays, the floodlights come on at 17:30 and the Lutins lift stays open until 20:00. When you’ve had your fill of skiing after dark, the Bivouac bar at the foot of the slope does a great mulled wine or hot chocolate.

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Weekly activities on the pistes
The full programme of weekly events will be taking place in February. You can open the mountain with the ski patrollearn off-piste safety skills or take a ride in a piste basher. Check with the tourist office for more details.

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Weekly activities off the pistes
There is also a wide range of activities besides skiing and snowboarding. There is snowmobiling, husky sledding or taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Or you can try tandem paragliding, showshoe excursions or tour the resort on an electric mountain bike. And of course, there are plenty of sports and leisure options including swimming pools, spas, sports halls, fitness centres, a cinema and a bowling alley. Whatever your tastes, there will be an activity to suit.

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Top tips to avoid the February half-term queues in Les Deux Alpes

February is the most popular time to ski, which means it is also the busiest. The queues for the main lifts out of the resort can be disheartening in the morning but it is possible to avoid these with some alternative routes up the mountain:

  • The Jandri Express and Diable chairlift can have big queues at times. Instead, use the White Eggs, Belle Etoile or Village lifts to access Les Crêtes where a new eight-man chairlift should reduce the queuing time. From here, the Bellecombes and Super Diable chairlifts give access to the central part of the ski area.
  • To access the spectacular high-altitude runs on the glacier, ski past the queue for the Jandri Express 2 and follow the Pierre Grosse 1 blue piste towards the La Fée sector. From here, the brand-new Pierre Grosse gondola offers an alternate fast route to the top of the mountain.
  • The smaller, lower Vallée Blanche sector is often overlooked. However, it holds some very pleasant blue runs, a challenging black, good off-piste with the right snow conditions and some unique views of the Romanche valley and the Bourg d’Oisans plain. It also tends to be a lot quieter than the main ski area.
  • Finally, the slopes are quietest between 12:00 and 14:00 when many people stop for lunch. Try to eat early or late and use this time for skiing.

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Read more from our reporter Ian on his website.

More inspiration...

February is a great time to take the whole family on a magical ski holiday. With a little organisation, you can avoid most of the crowds and enjoy great skiing on good snow. With February being peak time for families, there will be many more children’s activities than those mentioned above. Look around the town when you arrive or ask at the tourist office. There will be plenty to keep all ages entertained.

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