Planning a February half-term skiing holiday? With plenty of snow on the slopes and kids activities galore in the resorts, this is one of the best times for some family fun in the mountains. Sure, prices can be high, and it can get busy on the pistes, but if you plan ahead and shop around, there are some fantastic off-the-beaten-track resorts that are uncrowded and good value. Here are some of Heidi'stop tips and favourite places to ski in Europe during the February half-term.
5 Top Tips For Skiing during February Half-Term
Beat the rush and book your February half-term skiing holiday early. You'll get the pick of the bunch for accommodation and the best prices.
Plan ahead and book ski lessons, passes and hire before you set off on your holiday. If you plan to eat out, it's also worth booking a few restaurants for lunch and dinner - places can get busy during peak times.
Set an early alarm and make the most of the first ski lifts. Not only will you avoid queuing, but you can also make first tracks on some peachy corduroy pistes and enjoy peaceful, uncrowded slopes.
Skip the mayhem and enjoy quieter slopes with a late lunch. Grab a snack and a warm drink late morning to keep you going, and ski until early afternoon. Then relax with an ice-cold beer and traditional mountain grub in peace.
Skiing on a budget? Opt for a self-catering apartment. You'll save some dosh on the accommodation, as well as the food. Plus, if you have a brood of fussy eaters, you can cater to their every need!
5 Top Resorts For February Half-Term Fun
Les Menuires, France
Have your cake and eat it at Les Menuires during February half term. Even though it's one of the quieter ski resorts in France, you'll still have access to the largest linked ski area in the world - Les Trois Valleys, with 600km of piste. You really can enjoy the best of both! There are some sweet local blue runs, too. And La Masse boasts super long slopes, both on and off-piste. Allez, allez, allez! For the kids, magic carpets will whisk them up colourfully decorated bunny slopes, and the ski schools are top-notch. With so much terrain to cover, you'll likely need a lay day, and there's no shortage of non-ski activities here. Catch a film in the cinema, hurtle down the mountain on the rail luge, or soothe aching muscles in a relaxing spa.
La Thuile, Italy
Easygoing. Great value. Peaceful. These are just a few of the reasons why a half-term skiing holiday in La Thuile in Italy is firmly on our list of favourites. The Italian schools don't break up for the February half term, so you can enjoy quieter slopes than in neighbouring La Rosière, France, and you'll have access to over 80 pristine pistes with incredible views of Mt Blanc and the iconic Matterhorn. Most runs are aimed at intermediates, but thrillseekers will find plenty of off-piste fun too. Not ready for the steep stuff just yet? Enjoy a handful of mellow blues further up the mountain. Magic!
If you're taking the kids to the mountains for the first time, family-friendly Flaine should be on your February half-term skiing holiday wishlist. Make the most of free lifts on the beginner slopes and book the groms into one of the many first-rate ski schools. Flaine’s popularity means the slopes can get busy during half term, but with all the activities going on, it's worth it. Plus, there's loads to do off the slopes, too. Get pulled along the snow by husky dogs on an action-packed sleigh ride. Or take it easy with some loops around the ice rink. As the biggest ski resort in the Grand Massif area, Flaine is really well set up and getting around is super easy. There's also heaps of ski-in and ski-out accommodation, which is ideal if you've got kids in tow.
For something a bit different during half term, Switzerland's charming, car-free ski resort of Wengen is just the ticket. Only accessible by train, the kids will love riding up into the mountains on the traditional railway, and you'll enjoy the spectacular views. Simply stunning! With a large nursery slope in the centre of town, beginners will be perfecting their snow ploughs in no time. And further up the hill, intermediate skiers have a vast choice of easy blues and cruisy reds. Fancy something more challenging? Clock a new PB on the longest downhill World Cup run at Lauberhorn. After dark, the apres ski is laid-back and relaxed, but look out for Wengen's Snow Shows during February - ski tricks, torchlit processions, and fireworks are on the agenda!
St Anton, Austria
Get set for an action-packed February half-term skiing holiday in the popular Austrian resort of St Anton. Well known for its lively apres ski, partygoers can let loose in the mountain bars. But there's plenty for families to enjoy here too. Plus, the hard-core revellers tend to avoid this period, so it can actually be less crowded than usual. Happy days! Experienced skiers will love the steep, gnarly runs. While intermediates will have lots of fun on challenging blues and reds. And if all that activity gets a bit too much, take a break with one of the many other activities in town. Whoosh down the floodlit toboggan run or wind down in the heated pool and sauna.
USA and Canadian resorts
Want to know the best way to beat the half term crowds? Skip them entirely! Travel to North America, and you'll find heaps of resorts, without the floods of people that the European half term brings. Now that's a result! No matter your abilities or desires for your ski holiday, you'll find exactly what you're looking for in Canada and the USA this half term. From beautiful vistas and snow blanketed forests of Banff in Canada or the high altitude, large scale of Après ready Aspen, you'll struggle to go wrong this half term! But note: if you're thinking of taking young ones, naturally, flying to North America involves much more travelling, so consider this if they've not experienced long-distance travel before.
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