It’s no secret that the skiing season in Europe is one of the best in the world. The powder is just waiting to be kissed, and whether you prefer gentle slopes or you want to take the more adventurous route and explore freeride terrains, there’s plenty to choose from.
But aside from the exhilaration of skiing, there are a host of other reasons why you might want to hit the slopes in February. Let’s explore some of them.
The Snow Will Last Longer
Unlike in other months, the snow in February is more likely to stay on for the whole season. This is because the air is very cold and dry, which prevents snow from melting quickly. This in turn means more powder days.
Temperatures are also low, so you can be sure that you’re going to stay warm even on the coldest slopes. The combination of low temperatures and high amounts of snow gives you the perfect excuse to stay on for longer and take more trips to the mountain.
It’s The Best Time To Visit The Continentals
One of the best touring maps you can get for skiing is the Continentals Map. This is because the snow makes for easy and quick travel between the top European ski resorts. This is especially convenient for those who want to hit the slopes in a city for a day and then continue to the country for more leisurely skiing.
The advantage of this map is that you can ski in the morning and rest in the afternoon. This is because the night temperatures are usually very low, and consequently so is the morning air. Thus, the combination of fresh powder and an easy day’s skiing makes for an invigorating rest before heading back down the mountain.
The map also displays the chairlift queues. This is important information for anyone who is planning on skiing in the Alps and wants to avoid the rush. It also indicates how many runs are open and which ones are closed due to bad weather or capacity limits. This is vital information when planning a ski vacation because you don’t want to ruin your day by not knowing which slopes are open and available.
More Skiers Means More Entertainment
When more people are skiing, it usually means more entertainment. This is especially true at night, when the slopes become less crowded and you can have some private fun.
Being at the top of the mountain during the day is also a great way to meet other skiers. This can be useful because then you’ll have someone to share the experience with. In other words, it’s not just about having fun in your own company.
Less Crowded Ski Areas
Ski areas that are further away from the towns frequently have fewer people. This is because tourism is less about visiting the popular resorts and more about getting as much skiing as possible. Some of the biggest and best known ski areas are located in the Swiss Alpes, which means fewer tourists and more opportunities for everyone to have a good time.
The downside is that the farther you go, the more expensive the lift ticket is going to be. This is because more electricity is needed to power the bigger and longer lift.
More Snow And More Tricky Conditions
Skiing in the winter is undoubtedly appealing because there’s more snow and more difficult conditions. This is the reason why it’s very popular at holiday resorts, which are commonly located in the winter. That being said, experienced skiers know that the snow is more likely to be tricky and unpredictable. This is why they love it when heading off to explore some new territory.
To make matters more difficult, the snow could be at risk of melting during the day. The heat that is generated by the skiers and sun rays could cause the snow to disappear rapidly. This is why it’s best to avoid skiing in the afternoon and head down earlier in the day or later in the afternoon.
This also means you have to be in top physical condition because the morning is when the trails are generally open and it’s an all-round workout for your body. If you’re not prepared for the physical exertion, then it might not be the best time for you to be on the slopes.
Warmer Climates Means More Opportunity For You To Visit The Countryside
The countryside also receives lots of sunshine, which in turn means more opportunity for you to visit it. This is especially important if you want to get a change of scene and be somewhere warmer. The scenery can also be breathtaking because the weather is particularly beautiful during the summertime. This is another perk of heading to the countryside during the summer months.
On the other hand, if you head to the country in the winter, you’ll be treated to the magnificent scenery in crisp, white snow. A lot of people consider this to be one of the ultimate sights in skiing. When it comes to getting some fresh air and a change of scene, it’s definitely a place to go.
The downside is that the weather can be awful, especially in February when it’s cold and damp. This makes it more difficult for you to stay outdoors and enjoy the scenery. You’ll also be limited to the more popular resorts because the rest of the country is generally closed due to bad weather. This can make it frustrating if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.
More Sunshine Means More Sunshine Tourism
More and more people are discovering the delights of a European sunnier climes, which means more opportunities for sunshine-based tourism. This could be in the form of a package holiday where you visit the major ski resorts and have the chance to have some ice cream, buy some sunglasses, and take a selfie or two.
The obvious perk of this is that you get to enjoy some warm, welcome summer sunshine. You can also head to the beach with your friends and family in the evening, which is always a fun experience.
The downside is that it gets very crowded very quickly during the peak season. This is because more and more people are discovering the delights of a European summer and are looking for ways to enjoy the weather. Thus, it’s advisable to visit the country when the crowds have gone home and the holiday resorts are quiet. This way, you can have the experience of a lifetime and head back to your friends and family with a smile on your face.
This article is going to give you a better idea of what to look forward to in February. Hopefully, it’ll make you want to hit the slopes that month more than any other. But, if you still need convincing, then let’s look at some more advantages of going in the winter.