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

All the best events taking place in resort for the coming month

Featured in: | Giles Towler, Morzine Reporter | Published

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 Morzine lays on plenty of additional amusements both on- and off-piste to keep everyone entertained.

What weather to expect in Morzine in February?

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

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.

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What are the snow conditions like in Morzine in February?

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

Following a mostly sunny January, the snow has well and truly returned to Morzine over the past couple of weeks. Heavy snowfall last Wednesday improved conditions drastically and provided the first real powder day of the year. This was followed by heavy snowfall over the weekend all the way to the top of the mountain, which was obviously far from ideal. However, by Monday the temperature was dropping and over the past 24 hours heavy snow has fallen all the way down to Morzine. With 15cm of fresh snow in town and a metre at the top, things are looking good for the start of the busiest month of the season. At the moment, it looks as though there could be even more snow coming at the start of next week, although forecasts can change quickly.

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Top tips to avoid the February half-term crowds in Morzine

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

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 Portes du Soleil 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 Morzine town and head over to the less-trodden pistes, such as the Mont-Chéry area in Les Gets
  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 Morzine in February 2020?

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

Family fun on the pistes
February is synonymous with school holidays on the slopes. As hundreds of children and their families descend on the pistes, Morzine puts on a show for them. There are lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained on and off the mountain. A great family outing is to wake up early and open the pistes with the local lifties, followed by breakfast at the team's mountain chalet – available every Wednesday from 08:00 and open to children from 3 stars up. Also on the slopes, you can take part in a treasure hunt every Tuesday or learn how artificial snow is made on Mondays at 14:00. On Tuesdays, after the lifts have closed, ESF puts on a torchlit descent of the Pléney – you can sign up your kids at the ski school office.

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

Family fun off the pistes
There's also plenty to do for the whole family in town. The Palais des Sports offers creative, crafty workshops for children aged 6 and over throughout February while on Friday, February 21st, you'll be able to participate in a hero touch laser battle outside the tourist office. For slightly older kids, the ice rink is open for a 'dancing on ice' party on Thursdays from 20:30 to 23:00, complete with light and sound shows.

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Chalet Hotel La Marmotte

Fabulous food
Foodies visiting us this February should book a table at the gourmet La Piste Noire restaurant, in Les Gets, on a Friday evening to try their tasting menu while more adventurous souls will be drawn to their secret menu, served on Tuesday and Saturday nights. Those looking for a Sunday morning plan with the whole family will be happy to hear that Hotel La Marmotte, where the restaurant is located, offers a delicious brunch feast that includes access to the swimming pool from 12:00.

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Burton Qualifiers & Step-On test in Avoriaz
On Sunday, February 9th, at the top of the Prodains lift, Burton Snowboards will be offering snowboarders a chance to test out their new Step On binding technology. Avoriaz will also host the Burton Qualifiers snowboard competition on Saturday 15th. As part of a global snowboard competition, it is bound to attract some of the most talented riders in the region.

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Laury's Bar

On February 6th, Cafe Chaud will be hosting the launch party for the Morzine Film Awards. The actually awards and competition take place late March but the launch party is a great opportunity to find out what it’s all about and enjoy the films from previous years. The day after, on Friday 7th, Laury's Bar will have live hip hop/funk from The Protolites. Anyone in Les Gets at the weekend should check out the Quiksilver shop party from 18:00 on Saturday 8th. There will be free beer, Quiksilver gifts and poster signing by Quiksilver athlete Sebastien Varlet.

As well as all these one-off events, there are still the usual weekly events to look forward to. Cavern Bar has live music for apres every weekday from Jukebox Joel, and anyone looking for something a bit heavier can head down to Cafe Chaud on Mondays from 22:00 where Joel will also be playing the weekly punk night. Cafe Chaud has a drum and bass night every Sunday with music from Tommy Bowers and Tom Hiseman. Tom Hiseman also organises the legendary weekly apres parties at Happy Hours Bar at the bottom of Ardent every Wednesday.

For something a bit more cerebral, The Aubergade has a weekly pub quiz every Monday from 20:00 – reserving a table is definitely recommended for this. Finally, on February 25th, Opera Nightclub will be hosting The Eskimo Ball 90s NYC Block Party. X-Ray Ted will be providing the music.

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

Ski with the eagles
New this season, the mountain restaurant on Pointe de Nyon has turned into a haven for birds of prey. Yes, you've read it right, head up to Nyon and you'll get to hang out with owls, eagles and other magnificent animals. There are tonnes of activities here, from falconry courses to snowshoe hikes through the nature park, bird shows during lunch or what is set to be the highlight of your winter: skiing with the eagles!

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Where to celebrate Valentine's Day in Morzine

Restaurant la Biskatcha

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? If you'd rather make your Valentine's Day more green than pink, Planks Clothing will be hosting a  “Share The Love” party in association with Montagne Verte. It offers a chance to find out who Montagne Verte are and learn about sustainability and green living in Morzine. There will also be a Planks' sponsored raffle.

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Whether on the mountain or down in town, there is plenty going on this month to keep people entertained, and the snow just keeps coming.

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