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

Probably the best skiing month of the season

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Tignes Editor | Published
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February is a popular time to ski the slopes of Tignes. 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 Tignes 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 Tignes

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 Tignes-al d'Isère 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 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 Tignes in February 2020?

French comedy at Tignespace
Tignespace auditorium will be hosting comedians, singers and theatrical performers suitable for all the family. Comedian Laurie Peret will be kicking things off with humour from 20:30 on February 28th. If you have a strong understanding of the French language, why not immerse yourself in a night of laughter. Tickets are €20 for adults and €12 for school children.

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Family-friendly fun
In February, many families visit the resort as the UK and French school holidays are staggered throughout the month. PDS Academy and Evolution 2 offer ski school packages for children first finding their feet on skis. Parents, be sure to pick up an animation guide during these weeks, as Tignes organises a range of child-friendly activities.

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On-piste activities
The piste isn’t just amazing for skiing and sledging this month, it is great for 'Pala'fou'. The toboggan run is a thrill-seeking adventure that runs from the Palafour lift in Le Lac from 17:30 to 19:30 each evening. The 3km track, including a 40-metre tunnel, isn’t for the faint-hearted, as you will discover the exhilarating speeds that can be reached on a sledge. The experience costs €8 and includes the hire of the sled and a torchlit helmet. 

If tobogganing sounds a little frightening to you, head up to Val Claret where the snowtubing course is located. This track is more child-friendly as the giant buoys are suitable for kids from three years old, and can hold multiple participants. Although, once you have left the start line, there is no way of braking and you can speed up to 45kmph. Snowtubing is €15 for an hour of fun.

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Six Nations Rugby
Tignes is the kind of resort where every nation of the Six Nations can peacefully watch the rugby in unison. It’s a great excuse for the pubs to extend happy hours during the games, such as at The Marmot Arms and Loop Bar in Le Lac.

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Fun at La Folie Douce
Tignes has a reputation for crazy clubbing and La Folie Douce is party central on the slopes. Enjoy their Born in the 90's party every Monday and go back to the roots of House music after you've tucked into some delicious oysters or steak tartare at their La Fruitière restaurant. Or perhaps you're more of a burger and hot-dogs kind of person? Then Le Butcher is your place. This year, La Folie Douce is also opening in the evenings and hosting Les Soirées Bonsoir, an immersive dinner show experience that combines music, performances and gourmet food for the ultimate family fun.

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Where to celebrate Valentine's Day in Tignes?

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? For the ultimate fine dining experience, nothing beats the Michelin-starred Ursus Restaurant. Its interior emulates a forest, with almost 400 trees surrounding the tables while the tasting menus on offer are created around local, seasonal produce.

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February is probably the busiest month in Tignes. 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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