To jump straight on a chair lift, look out over unspoilt views and then cruise down quiet freshly groomed pistes is any skier or snowboarders dream. Unfortunately, those days seem few and far between. When you throw school holidays into the mix, it’s virtually impossible. 


Depending on where you live, this years Half Term will either fall from the week of 13th February or 20th February. If yours falls that first week, count your lucky stars. If your Half Term starts on the week of 20th February, you coincide with the winter holiday period for schools in France. Don’t give up just yet though because we’ve hatched a plan to help you combat rush to the slopes.


Top Tips

  • Wherever the destination, dodge the crowds from the get go. Set off ASAP! School is out on the Friday afternoon; the game has begun. Whilst other families are at home packing, your trip can be well under way.
  • Forget big name, high altitude resorts in France such as Courchevel, Val d’Isere, Meribel, Tignes and La Plagne. The French Alps have been graced by an epic snowfall recently so small, lower altitude resorts should still have great coverage.
  • Pre-book and collect any rentals the night before. On day one, get to the lift station for the first ride up the mountain. Your first hour will be an absolute dream.
  • Research the map and head away from the mountains hub. Take note of the lifts farthest away and ask staff for any hidden gems.
  • We can’t make any promises but if all else fails, take a late lunch. Between 12:30pm and 2pm, the pistes tend to get quieter while the restaurants get busier. 

SkiWelt, Austria

The SkiWelt is Austria’s largest interconnected ski area with 280km of pistes. The resorts are particularly family friendly with excellent ski schools and hotels geared to younger guests. The added benefit of short transfers from Innsbruck or Salzburg will have you well away from the stress of escaping Geneva airport. 


Åre, Sweden

We can thank Easyjet for this one. Until recently, Sweden’s leading resort was out of reach for UK skiers travelling with youngsters seeking mountains relatively close to home. There are now direct flights departing once per week from London Gatwick to Åre Ostersund. You will find the laid-back resort a speedy one-hour transfer away and with a claim that the main ski area is large enough to cater for every ability, it will be hard not to please the whole family. 


Trysil, Norway

Scandinavian resorts, although not well known internationally are arguably the best for families and boast excellent snow records. Trysil mountain is uniquely volcano shaped and therefore offers 360 degrees of linked pistes. With most hotels being ski-in-ski-out, beginners and families can land on the mountain with ease and the slopes surrounding the two main villages are gentle greens. Staying close to the local amenities with quick access to stunning tree-lined blue runs can be a real treat for parents leaving kids in ski school for half day sessions. 


Wengen, Switzerland

This resort is great for families of mixed abilities looking for a relaxing holiday. Wengen is one of three resorts in the Jungfrau region and accessible by mountain railway! You will find some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps and the traditional Alpine village is a breath of fresh air in comparison to purpose built modern resorts. Nursery slopes are conveniently located in the heart of this charming village and there’s plenty of long runs to cruise along for days. 


Selva, Italy

In the heart of the Dolomites you will find this Italian skiing village which not only has access to the Dolomites Superski area but offers extensive activities such as ice skating, indoor hot springs and pubs as entertainment for non-skiers. For many years, this area was part of Austria and still maintains many Austrian traditions. Selva caters to confident riders with challenging slopes whilst beginners have access to Corvara and Cofosco close by. Options are endless in the Dolomites. 

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