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

Probably the best skiing month of the season

Featured in: | Sam Birch, Les Arcs Reporter | Published
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February is a popular time to ski the slopes of Les Arcs. 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.

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 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. Factor in the half-term break and it is the perfect time to bring the whole tribe for some snow-based fun.

February half-term holidays in Les Arcs

February is a popular time to ski and this makes it a bit busier on-piste. However, unlike Christmas-time when everyone is celebrating at the same time, the half-term holidays are spread out throughout February, with UK schools normally being closed for one of two weeks, whilst there are four weeks that children across Europe might be enjoying their vacation. Combined with Les Arcs’ 425km of pisted runs and the longer lift-opening times, this ensures that there is plenty of room for all the family.

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Longer lift opening times in Les Arcs in February

From the 9th of February 2020 the draglifts, chairlifts, ‘lobster-pots’ and gondolas all work that little bit harder. More daylight equates to later lift closing which, in turn, means more ski-time for everyone. On average, the ski-lifts stay open for an additional 15 minutes, with it becoming possible to take a final ascent out of all the resorts at 17:15. This is extra time that can be advantageously spent having a refreshing beer on a slope-side terrace, or shredding down a near-deserted piste as the sun sets in hues of blue and pink.

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What are the snow conditions like in Les Arcs in February?

In February, 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 without any early-season thin patches or late-season melt. 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.

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What's on in Les Arcs in February 2020?

Freeride Week
Although Freeride Week started in January, the most prodigious 4* World Championship Qualifier actually happens from January 31st to February 2nd. Fearless athletes showcase incredible skill and technique to rapidly descend some of the most precipitous drops in Les Arcs. It is quite a spectacle.

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Ice Warrior
Apparently ‘mud day’ is a thing and, to celebrate it, Arc 1800 is hosting an Ice Warrior challenge on Tuesday 11th February. It is a free event featuring a 50-metre-long snowy obstacle course complete with scramble nets and climbing walls. Starting at 17:00, expect to get cold, wet and invigorated.

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Family-fun in Bourg Saint Maurice
Throughout February, every Thursday (13th, 20th, 27th) sees a programme of events in Les Arcs’ main town, Bourg Saint Maurice. Starting at around 17:00, there is always mulled wine, hot chocolate, a live performance in the main square and a firework display. In addition, there are early evening activities like a reindeer parade or ice sculpting to make the occasion fun for young and old alike. With the funicular running from Bourg Saint Maurice to Arc 1600 until 20:00 in the evening, there is plenty of time for a festive evening sojourn to the valley.

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Les Arcs Safety Day
Safety Day may not sound like an enjoyable activity, but it is designed to give you the skills to have a lot of off-piste fun. Scheduled for Wednesday 19th of February from 09:30 until 16:30 at the top of the Col de la Chal, this annual event is both informative and liberating. Through providing a better understanding of the risks of the mountain, and helping you anticipate them, safety professionals give demonstrations, offer advice and teach you how to use avalanche safety equipment. Open to all, this is the perfect first-step induction to a world of backcountry and off-piste.

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Air Show
In the winter, every week in Arc 1950 has a different theme, complete with appropriate activities and events. The one to look out for in February is the Air Show (15th to 21st Feb) when the village centre is accessorised with rails, boxes and jumps for a spectacular but intimate freestyle show. In the evening, jib- and flip-merchants take to the snowy streets of 1950, catching air and showing off their craziest moves. The shows normally begin après ski but more details on times will be available later in the month.

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There are always local events happening throughout the resorts, from welcome meetings to free concerts, snowball fights to laser games, electric snowmobiling to architecture tours. Visit our events calendar page for more information about what’s going on this and every other month.

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