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Holidays & Travel: Where to ski when

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
Question:
How can I avoid the February half-term crowds and high prices when skiing with my family this winter?
Answer:

Sadly February half term is always a busy and more expensive time to go skiing, but using a few tricks should hopefully help you find a better value ski holiday and shorter lift queues.

Booking early is the first piece of advice, particularly for flights and transfers. Check out when the flights go on sale and book on the first day if possible, not only will this save you a lot of money but it will also guarantee you a space.

Secondly, be sure to check out online when February half term is for the schools near your destination. Local visitors make up a large proportion of the skiers and boarders on the slopes, so if you can visit during local term-time you will find the slopes far emptier. It is well worth looking at the website www.schoolholidayseurope.eu as you’ll find different regions have holidays at different times. For example in Austria, the Vorarlberg (e.g Lech / Zurs) and the Tyrol (e.g Kitzbuhel / Mayrhofen / Obergurgl) have different holiday weeks in February as do different parts of the French Alps.

Finally I would consider looking away from the well-known resorts and try to go slightly off the beaten track. By no means will this reduce the quality of your ski holiday as some of the following resorts are excellent destinations, but as of yet undiscovered by the British ski market. The Austrian resorts of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and Damuls-Mellau both possess enviable snow records, well over 100km of slopes and fantastic modern lift systems. Another place to consider is the Monterosa region of Italy which is often much quieter than the Dolomites or the Aosta Valley.

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