All the ski domains will have snow in February; however our recommendation is Samoëns in the French Alps with a ski area which extends up to nearly 3,000m so you won’t go short. Samoëns offers access to the 265km of linked slopes in the Grand Massif ski area, and there are some fantastic mountain restaurants, including Lou Caboëns just below the gondola station, and the cosy La Luge a Téran at the bottom of the Gouilles chair.
December (before Christmas) and January (after New Year) are good months to ski if you enjoy quiet slopes and cold, dry snow. But if you like a little après-ski in the sunshine and long leisurely lunches, or you have a family and need to fit in some half-term skiing, then February and March are ideal.
Skiing in February
Perfect for families
By the third month into the ski season, the days are getting longer but it’s still very chilly — although recent years have shown us not to rely on traditional weather patterns. Unlike later in the season, when it’s best to choose domains that are high and reasonably snow-sure, February is good for lower domains and also allows the whole family to ski together while the school holidays are in full swing.
Skiing in March
If you have very young children, March ski holidays are unparalleled for family skiing. The weather is generally a bit warmer, so kids can enjoy time on the slopes without getting cold fingers and toes. The ski lifts are open for longer and there’s an almost guaranteed chance of a sunny lunch on the slopes or a post-skiing beer at the end of the day, watching the sun go down on the terrace.