Family Ski Holidays

To make sure you’ve planned the best gateway for you and your family, all facts must be considered. It seems obvious to check the holiday dates your children get, and time you can take off work – but there are benefits to scheduling a holiday within French holiday dates too, such as dedicated children/family-friendly events and activities. However, it also increases popularity so places are likely to be much, much busier.

French school holidays operate using a different system to the UK, different zones have their holidays at different times of the year, reducing demand for holidays.

UK School Holidays

This year, our holidays clash with at least one French zone for each holiday. The UK holidays (though they do vary slightly between counties, and between independent and state schools) are as follows:

Christmas Holidays: 16/12 – 05/01
February Half Term Holidays: 13/02 – 17/02
Easter Holidays: 31/03 – 18/04

The Telegraph have got a rundown of the British School Holiday dates for 2016/17.

French School Holidays

Christmas Holidays

All 3 zones are off for Christmas from 18/12 – 02/01.

February Half Term Holidays

Zone C: 05/02 – 19/02
Zone B: 12/02 – 26/02
Zone A: 19/02 – 05/03

Easter Holidays

Zone C: 02/04 – 17/04
Zone B: 09/04 – 23/04
Zone A: 16/04 – 01/05

School holiday dates for the whole of Europe can be found on the School Holidays Europe site.

Peak Dates

Christmas skiing

24th December 2016 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).

New Year skiing

31st December 2016 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).

Half term week skiing

11th or 18th February 2017 (depending on your area's school holiday dates; this will be one of the main weeks for the whole of France and other European countries).

Easter skiing

1st April, 8th April or 15th April 2017 (depending on your area's school holiday dates).