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Alpe d'Huez in February 2020 - What weather to expect & what to do

Back to full gas in resort after a fairly quiet January

Featured in: | Rob Wood, Alpe d'Huez Reporter | Published
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After the quiet month of January, it’s back to an all-systems-go month as we approach February. Not only do we have the uber-busy week of UK school half-term but we also have pretty much the whole month of French and the rest of Europe’s school breaks.

In February, ski areas go all out to entertain families. So, with plenty to do this month, here are just a few of the highlights and what to expect.

How to avoid the February crowds in Alpe d'Huez?

It’s well documented that, after the traditionally quiet month of January, it’s super-busy in February and this year looks set to be no different. The UK half term, on the whole, falls between Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd of February, which is always the peak week but it’s worth remembering that virtually all of France and mainland Europe are on holiday at some point in February. This is due to the fact that, rather than concentrating the school holidays into one week in the middle of the month, a zonal system is adopted which means that, at least one region of France is on holiday for the period from Saturday, February 8th through to Saturday, March 7th. This zonal system helps to take the pressure off the accommodation providers and infrastructure, and it really is a great system that helps to keep prices down a bit as well.

The ski area will obviously be very busy throughout February but, thanks to around 100 pistes and 70 lifts being open, the queues shouldn't be too bad. A great tip to get away from the madding crowd is to hop onto the AlpAuris lift (aka the 'scare chair') at the Les Bergers area of resort and head across to the Auris sector of the ski area. It’s always much quieter over there and there is something for everybody with plenty of variety.

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What will the weather be like in Alpe d'Huez in February?

The days are noticeably getting longer now, and that will continue as spring begins to approach. January has been incredibly sunny with only three or four cloudy days, which brought a little bit of fresh snow, but cold temperatures have ensured the pistes have remained in very good condition. The first week of February looks set to be nice and settled with plenty of sunshine, although we may get a bit of snow on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th, after which the sun will probably shine right up until the UK half-term holiday week. The cold temperatures will continue, which is good news for the piste conditions – but remember to wrap little ones up nice and warm if you are heading out in the holiday period. 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 Alpe d'Huez

What are the snow conditions like in February in Alpe d'Huez?

Thanks to the really snowy November and December we enjoyed, we have around 2.5 metres of snow on the higher slopes and around 1.2 metres on the lower pistes around resort, at 1850m. With it being the busiest month of the season, Alpe d’Huez will be operating as close to 100% of its capacity as possible, this will see around 100 pistes open and these will be served by some 70 lifts. The continuing cold temperatures should ensure on-piste conditions remain really good.

Alpe d'Huez Snow Report & Forecast

What's there to do in Alpe d'Huez in February?

Rando Race by Night – 1st February 2020
A freestyle touring race that takes in a couple of loops up and down the floodlit Signal piste at the top end of town, by the DMC lift station. This popular event with both locals and visitors is organised by the ESF ski school and costs only €10 to enter – just remember to bring your head torch!

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ESF torchlit descents & Ski Shows – 12th, 19th & 26th February 2020
Again held up on the floodlit Signal piste, these descents are one of the season's highlights, not to be missed! Starting at 18:00, 18:15 and 18:30 respectively to take into account the lengthening days, the descents see a wonderful display by around 350 ski instructors and are followed by a great fireworks display. The event lasts around 75 minutes and it can get quite cold, so make sure you wrap up nice and warm.

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Sarenne Sunset – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th February 2020
The Sarenne black run is the stuff of legend here in Alpe d’Huez and there is no better way to experience it than at night. Starting as the sun goes down, you are accompanied by the ski instructors of ESF on this magical twilight, torchlit descent of one of the world's most famous pistes. Organised by ESF ski school, booking is essential.

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Ross on Tour – 29th February 2020
Top ski brand Rossignol brings its annual Ross on Tour event to the DMC lift station. Check all the latest in ski tech from one of the globe's top ski suppliers and even demo some of the very latest innovations in on-slope tech.

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Classical music concerts at the church – Every Thursday at 18:00
If a bit of culture is your thing, then head to the stunning church next to the leisure centre where the music of Bach, Mozart, et. al. is played on the wonderful organ each week. Every concert is led by a different conductor and features many other instruments and performers from all over the world.

Events Calendar for Alpe d'Huez

More inspiration...

This is only a summary of all that's taking place in Alpe d'Huez this month, one of the busiest in the season. And, if the weather isn't that great, check out the leisure centre in the heart of resort, offering a whole host of activities and events including indoor swimming, crazy golf, gym, fitness classes, tennis, five-a-side football, squash, badminton and a climbing wall.

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Events Calendar for Alpe d'Huez