February Half Term Skiing in Verbier – How is the resort shaping up for your ski holiday?
We ask Alpinemojo ski school director Roddy Willis about this winter’s skiing conditions and for some of his tips for making the most of the skiing in Verbier during half term week.
When are the February half term holidays?
‘This year most European countries including the UK are having the same half term -the second week of February. It will be busy but if you think outside the box you can ski as if it wasn’t high season.’
How has this winter been so far for you?
‘Having incredible conditions has really sped up the beginning of our winter; the start of the ski season feels like yesterday. During Christmas and New Year our team were busy with all levels of skiers and snowboarders, and now we are working on our planning for the next school holiday half term period, as well as enjoying the conditions ourselves!’
How has the snow been this winter?
‘This winter we’ve had an exceptional amount of snow and some of the best powder and off-piste skiing we have had for years! This has ensured that there is a great base layer of snow over the pistes too, allowing the entire sector to be open for the half term holidays. No matter your level, you are sure to enjoy the great snow conditions.’
What are your tips for making the most of half term?
‘The trick is to plan your days to be out of sync with everyone else. Start early (be on the first lift) making the most of the first few perfectly groomed ski runs. Ski through the normal Swiss lunchtime (12 midday to 2pm) and avoid the busy restaurants during this period. The pistes will be quieter, then have a late lunch in a quieter mountain restaurant!’
Where should you ski in Verbier during half term week?
‘It is a good idea to ski in the less well-known areas of the resort. Most people head to the big names like Mont Fort or Tortin, but if you head to areas that you’ve seen on the Verbier piste map that you haven’t heard of, then there’s a good chance it will be less crowded!’
What if you are taking ski lessons during the half term week?
‘The biggest tip here is to book early. If you want flexibility and a tailored lesson, then you are best in a private lesson. You can then contact the school, or your instructor directly, to ask if they can meet early to avoid the 9am rush at the bottom of the lifts. The ski school should be able to inform you of your instructors’ name, and usually will have a picture of them on the website- making it quicker to find them on the morning of the lesson! If the instructor knows the resort, then he or she will know the best methods to finding the best of the current conditions in Verbier.’
Do you have any other tips for the half term week?
‘Have fun, smile, and enjoy the great skiing – The snow this year is exceptional.’
If you need help to find the best option on ski lessons for half term week, then please do get in touch.