What you want in a February ski holiday is a ski area with wide open pistes and plenty of space for everyone. Good resorts to try are Tignes, with its vast network of well-pisted blue and red runs; or Courchevel, where the quieter village of La Tania offers enjoyable skiing in stunning scenery away from the crowds.
If you are an off-piste aficionado, Chamonix is worth a visit in February – the school children will stay on the ski runs leaving you to enjoy the powder in relative peace. Alternatively, head for the little-known resorts of Sainte Foy in the Tarantaise, or La Rosiere, near Les Arcs, where you’ll be away from the bustle of the big resorts and free to enjoy the setting and the skiing with your friends and family.
The school holidays run for 1 week (2 weeks max) and this is always in the middle of February. The early and late weeks of Feb can actually be surprisingly crowd free and refreshingly cheap, with some good deals on offer - particularly because many people incorrectly perceive the whole of Feb to be a "school holiday month" and steer clear as a result. In fact all this does is clog up the slopes in March and drive early March prices skyward!
One thing which is very important to remember in February is that ski schools will get booked out fast, and ski hire shops may run out of equipment. It is vital to pre-book any of these extras that you require, and make sure your booking agent knows your level of skiing ability, as they can’t book you into a class without knowing your level. With a little bit of foresight, all potential pitfalls of February skiing are easily avoided and can actually save you money, as the exchange rate is favourable to buying in sterling at the moment.