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Verbier in February 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Probably the best skiing month of the season

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Verbier Editor | Published
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February is a popular time to ski the slopes of Verbier. There are a number of good reasons for this. Firstly, half-term school holidays make this the ideal month for a family winter getaway. Secondly, the longer days mean the lifts can stay open later than in the early part of the season, giving you more shred for your heard-earned ‘bread.’ Thirdly, the snow conditions are traditionally at their tip-top, absolute best.

Furthermore, February always has a full calendar of entertainment and activities which do not directly involve skiing. Here's our guide with everything you need to know to make your February ski trip a raging success.

What are the snow & weather conditions like in Verbier in February?

Occupying the middle month of the season, February benefits from all the early-season snow whilst suffering none of the inevitable melt-off that occurs towards springtime. The snow has already arrived. It has unpacked its bags, put the kettle on and flicked through all the available TV channels. It is about as snowy as the season gets. Moreover, the snowfall continues, with only January usually seeing more powder per week. This can lead to pleasantly predictable conditions on-piste, the finest coverage off-piste (and thus options for exploration) and the perfect balance between winter’s cold and the sunny, long days of spring. The temperatures are low but typically less harsh and frosty than January and historically there are more powder and bluebird days than in any other month of the year.

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Top tips for avoiding the February half-term crowds in Verbier

February is a popular month for families so the slopes will be busier from February 8th, when the four-week French holidays begin. Fortunately, the 4 Vallées ski area is so vast that even in high season you can find quiet slopes and minimal lift queues. Here are our insider's top tips for the school holidays:

  1. Be an early bird - Arrive at the lifts a few minutes before they open at 09:00 so that you get away before the rush of ski school classes setting out around 09:15.
  2. Ski over lunchtime - The slopes are calmer between 12:00 and 14:00 while the Swiss and the French take a leisurely lunch break
  3. Seek out the peripheral areas - Try to avoid the busy main ski areas closer to the resorts and head to the edges of the valley. A bit of exploring never hurt anyone and you may find quieter lifts outside the main hubs
  4. Get off-piste - Competent off-piste skiers can book a local mountain guide and explore the vast off-piste areas in the valley or even go touring to find complete solitude in the backcountry.

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What's on in Verbier in February 2020?

SnowDay4Bikes - 7th February 2020
One of the most unique and enjoyable events in the Verbier calendar, this is a freeride mountain biking event on snow followed by drinks, fondue and then a final night descent. On February 7th, the amazing 10km long sledging run in La Tzoumaz will close for tobogganing and open for downhill mountain bikers to come and enjoy themselves, with no official races except friendly competition against friends. After a long day lapping the run as many times as you want, a fondue dinner will be provided at Savoleyes, followed by a descent back down in Verbier with a headlamp. Even if you’re not a rider, there will be plenty on show for spectators, and, no doubt, lots of crashes and wipe-outs. Be sure to head over to Savoleyres to enjoy the action, or simply join in with the fun back in Verbier at the end of the day.

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Family-friendly fun - Throughout February
February is traditionally the most popular month for family ski holidays and Verbier knows how to cater to the little ones. There will be tonnes of activities and entertainment both on and off the slopes including cookery workshops for kids, introductory climbing sessionsnight snowshoe treks or farm visits among many other things. Check our events calendar for a full rundown of family-friendly activities.

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Night skiing - Fridays in February
Les Moulins piste opens every Friday throughout February from 17:00 to 19:00 as the slope is floodlit. Live music, hot drinks and snacks at the Les Moulins restaurant make this a perfect plan for a family outing. Practice what you learned at your ski lesson or swap your skis for a board and vice versa... lots of laughs guaranteed.

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Bruson Freeride & Yeti Party
A Freeride World Tour qualifier, the Bruson Freeride competition is an adrenaline-packed event where over 120 riders will compete to find the biggest lines and throw the gnarliest tricks on the wild faces of the Six Blanc and Pointe de Sesal in Bruson. The event takes place on February 15th and is judged by a panel of elite snowboarders and skiers which in the past have included Verbier regular and snowboarding demi-god, Xavier de la Rue. Following the day's competition, there will be a lively Yeti Party down in Le Chable, with music, product stands, entertainment, and the prize-giving for the Freeride winners.

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Six Nations Rugby
Pub Mont Fort will be showing all the Six Nations' games on their big, ultra HD screens this February with commentary. Games will start at around 15:00-16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, perfect timing to take advantage of their weekend Happy Hour with special deals on drinks from 16:00 to 17:00. There are plenty of other events taking place at this après-ski and nightlife hot spot in February, including live music with The Peasants on February 4th or the Worn Wear Repair Tour on February 27th, where you can repair your technical clothing, followed by a screening of Patagonia's and POW's latest flick 'From the Alps to the Sea'.

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Carnival
Colourful parades, live music, face painting and creative costumes are what carnival's all about. In Verbier, you can celebrate it twice with a Kid's Carnival taking place on the slopes on February 24th and the Carna'Bagnes in Le Chable from February 22nd to 25th.

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Where to celebrate Valentine's Day in Verbier?

Valentine’s Day is a big deal in France – it is the country famed for romance and love after all – so what better way to celebrate than to treat your better half to a romantic dinner in one of the resort’s many excellent restaurants? Verbier is quite an upmarket resort, welcoming wealthy visitors from all around the world every winter, so it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of fine restaurants in town. Enjoy a delicious French-inspired menu made with local produce at La Cordée, gourmet tapas devised by a Spanish Michelin-starred chef at Eat-Hola or Alpine fare on the rooftop terrace of Le Rouge.

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While February is probably the busiest month in Verbier, follow the tips above and you should be able to avoid the worst of the queues and bottlenecks and find yourself riding great snow under often-sunny skies – the perfect mix. Bon ski!

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