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Val Thorens in February 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

The best events in Val Thorens this month

Featured in: | Rachel Wilson, Val Thorens Reporter | Published
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The January blues are over and February is just around the corner. It's the shortest month of the year so make sure you make the most of what Val Thoren has to offer this month.

Despite it being French and British school holidays, there's plenty of tips to avoid the busy periods and enjoy your time in the mountains. Here is a quick summary of what is coming up. 

What’s the weather like in Val Thorens in February?

After a very sunny January, February is set to have similar bluebird days. The unpredictable nature of the mountains means there hopefully will be a few snowy days but don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and thermals, February can still be a cold month. The end of January has seen the jet stream take a dip down and drive the Atlantic systems towards the Alps, so more snow has come to give the pistes a good top-up.

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What’s the snow like in February in Val Thorens?

It has been long-awaited but the snow has returned to the French Alps after a bright and sunny January. The end of January saw almost a metre of fresh snow dumped over two days which was a welcome change to the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. Keen skiers often rate February as their favourite time to visit Val Thorens as it often has some of the best skiing conditions of the entire season, with low temperatures keeping the snow in great condition while the slopes are groomed daily for ideal skiing.

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Where to celebrate Valentine's Day in Val Thorens?

You have until February 13th to tell the Val Thorens Tourist Office your most beautiful declarations of love and they will broadcast the on February 14th on the digital screens at the lift stations – the perfect opportunity for a romantic engagement! The lovely folk at the Tourist Office will also be giving out red roses on Valentine’s Day and you can even take part in a love heart hunt around the ski area and pedestrian paths.Take your findings back to Club Val Thorens so that Cupid can offer you a romantic reward.

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Frozen family-fun in Val Thorens this Febuary

The Three Valleys have partnered up with the Disney film 'Frozen 2' and have come up with an orienteering-style trail leading super fans all over the three major resorts, allowing families to explore every corner and see new things. Even if you are a regular to the Three Valleys, this treasure hunt will see that you take different routes and get away from the crowds. Just above Val Thorens, Poinçon 8 is in the Frozen-themed igloo village under colourful changing lights. Other highlights around the area include Frozen snow sculptures in Orelle and a themed maze in Les Menuires. It’s great for adults as they get to see some of the best viewpoints in the Three Valleys and the children get their own Olaf Adventures stamp card which, if you collect all 14 stamps, you get a medal, certificate and special prize. The Olaf Adventures Card is available at lift pass offices along with a dedicated piste map showing where to stamp the card’s blank squares.

Tips for avoiding the February half-term crowds in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has 140km of pistes of its own and also makes a great base from which to explore as much as possible of the Trois Vallées’ 600km so head out early and stay out over lunch as a lot of holidaymakers will be skiing to the nearest restaurant at that time. Our top tip for trying to avoid lift queues and busy pistes is to take advantage of the lack of queues on the popular Cime Caron cable car and enjoy the magnificent red runs from its 3,200m summit, then venture to the furthest point in the Three Valleys, the hidden fourth valley of Orelle, and enjoy its spectacular scenery and long blue runs.

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Hire a guide for some off-piste adventures

If you are looking around at the untouched snow and want a piece of the action, then hiring a local guide is the best way to get yourself safely in the powder. The guys at Val Thoren Ski Guides know the mountains inside out and are uniquely qualified to show you the best and safest off-piste areas. Let them be your ski or snowboard guide in the Three Valleys to find plenty of powder where you can make fresh tracks. Avalanche safety kits with ABS bags are provided by the company so you don’t have to worry about buying loads of new gear.

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There are also plenty of things to do off the pistes in Val Thorens, from soothing those aching muscles at a spa to helicopter tours, husky sledding, snowshoeing or sleeping in an igloo.

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