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

The coming month’s weather, entertainment & events in the Chamonix Valley

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Chamonix Editor | Published
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February is a popular time to ski. The snow is already deep in resort, the days are getting longer and the temperatures are typically a bit warmer than January. The UK half-term weeks generally coincide with similar European school holidays, so Chamonix lay on plenty of additional amusements both on- and off-piste to keep everyone entertained.

There are lots of regular events and parties going on in the bars, hotels and clubs around town, you can check the events calendar for the details on all those. Here we've listed some more special one-off events to keep on your radar.

What's the weather like in Chamonix in February?

February is usually still a very wintery month. Even if the days are getting longer and the sun shines a little bit stronger, which makes staying on the slopes until lift closure much more pleasant, the weather can change rapidly. So expect a mixture of sunshine, overcast skies and snow. Temperatures are also generally milder but they can still get well below zero, especially if the wind blows, so remember to pack your thermals. With the deepest part of winter now behind us, the weather in February often tends to improve as the month goes on and spring approaches.

Weather in Chamonix

What snow conditions to expect in February in Chamonix?

January has been unusually sunny in the Chamonix Valley, with only a few cloudy days, and a couple of decent dumps. The huge snowfall at the end of January, probably the biggest of the season so far, has improved on and off-piste conditions massively but these hadn't suffered too much under the sun as cold temperatures ensured that the pistes remained in very good condition. Current snow depths range from 2.5m at the top of the Aiguille du Midi to a metre in Les Houches, so good snow conditions are ensured throughout February.

Chamonix Snow Report & Forecast

How to avoid the February half-term queues in Chamonix?

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 Chamonix Valley 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. Pre-book your lunch and avoid the queues - Le Spot de Lognan in Grands Montets and Tendance Foehn in Flégère are offering a Click & Collect service this season. Order your takeaway online and pick it up at the restaurant, quick and easy! The best way to avoid the queues and make the most of your time in the mountains. Vegan options are available
  4. Seek out the peripheral areas - try to avoid the busy main ski areas closer to Chamonix town, mainly Brévent and Flégère, and head to the edges of the valley as Le Tour/Vallorcine and Les Houches may be a bit quieter. If you have a Mont-Blanc Natural Unlimited pass, remember that you can also head outside the valley to the Evasion Mont-Blanc area or cross the border into Italy and ski in Courmayeur
  5. 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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Where to celebrate Valentine's day in Chamonix?

Chamonix is a foodie's paradise with several Michelin-approved restaurants. The only Michelin-starred eatery in town is the Albert Premier Restaurant, a superb establishment serving fresh regional produce, including fish from lake Léman, locally grown veggies and delicious Alpine cheese, in classic recipes with creative contemporary touches. But Chamonix is full of great gourmet options. For a relaxed, simple meal head to Bighorn Bistro or Monkey Restaurant in Cham Sud. Are you after some entertainment while you eat? La Petite Cuisine Restaurant in La Folie Douce has live music and shows every night from 21:15. And, for the most spectacular views, nothing beats Le 3842 Restaurant, one of the highest in Europe located at the summit of the Aiguille du Midi,

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What is there to do in Chamonix in February?

Kandahar Downhill Skiing World Cup
After four long years of absence, the Kandahar is back home in Les Houches in 2020, on the weekend of February 8th and 9th. THE sporting event of the winter in the Chamonix Valley, this year we will host the slalom and giant slalom – both spectacular disciplines to watch. A new slope has been devised, with works taking place all summer, to enlarge the arrival area and comply with FIS' regulations. It's free to watch but you need to book your ticket online to access the area.

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Epic Alpine Tattoo Week

Epic Alpine Tattoo Week
If you're looking for a way to remember this ski holiday forever, why not add some new ink to decorate your body? The Epic Alpine Tattoo Week takes over the Hotel Mercure from February 4th to 9th with tattoo artists coming all the way from France, Spain, USA and Argentina. You can book an appointment with them and get your artwork inked in from 14:00 to 19:00 – with early openings and late closings during the weekend. There will also be live music, art exhibitions, food and drink.

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Aprés-ski & nights out
If, like most people, you like to follow several hours of exercise with several hours of drinking, you can hit up any of a number of local aprés-ski sessions. Just down the Brévent slopes, you'll find world-famous La Folie Douce. Every week they organise themed parties such as the legendary WTF bash on Wednesdays, the popular Bring the Noise on Thursdays and their Glitter Party on Fridays &ndash the fun usually starts at 18:00. Afterwards, Head to Cham Sud where you'll find Monkey Bar and Bighorn offering great music, delicious food and Happy Hours. For late-night entertainment, Amnesia Nightclub has you covered with special nights on most days of the week, or perhaps you'd rather learn to dance salsa and merengue at Le Privilege's Latino Party on Wednesdays. 

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Family fun on the slopes
February is synonymous with school holidays on the slopes. As hundreds of children and their families descend on the pistes, the Chamonix Valley puts on a show for them. There are lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained on and off the mountain. Les Houches, the most family-friendly of all the resorts in the valley, has a treasure hunt that will take you all around the ski area every Thursday from 11:00 to 16:30, as well as paret sledging – a traditional wooden sledge – on Fridays after the lifts have closed.

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Night skiing
Want to maximise slope time? Then head over to Le Tourchet beginners ski area in Les Houches, for some night skiing – the two drag lifts will be open from 20:30 to 22:00 on Thursdays and the pistes will be floodlit. Over in Chamonix, Les Planards nursery slope will be open on Wednesday evenings from 17:30 to 21:00. It’s a great chance for beginners to get some extra practice or for skiers and boarders to do a swap evening, which always results in some hilarious spills. There will also be hot drinks on offer and music blasting through giant speakers.

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More inspiration...

There are plenty of things to do in Chamonix on and off the slopes, from snowshoe walks to photography courses, cinema outings, relaxing at the spa or husky sledding. Take a look at what's on offer.

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Events Calendar for Chamonix