A family skiing holiday requires many different sets of considerations, and one of the most important of these is which time of year in which to go. Here we break down the skiing season, month by month and look at the pros and cons of a family skiing holiday in each.
Of course, there are skiing resorts all over the world, which means that even if you want to go for a skiing holiday in August there will be a place to do it -providing you are okay with travelling a great distance to do so. However, when it comes to skiing with children, most families prefer to opt for staying relatively close to home.
With the careful packing, the logistics of getting there, hiring equipment, booking lift passes and making sure you’ve picked the very best accommodation for your family it’s no wonder most families chose not to travel halfway across the world to get some decent ski time!
The ski season in Europe usually runs from December to late April (weather permitting of course), and each time of year has its own positives and negatives. So let’s take a look at some of them to help you choose the right time of year for your family ski trip.
Family skiing in December
If you want to get away from the madness of the festive season, December is a fantastic time to pack the whole family up and head off on holiday. Plus it’s a truly magical time of year to go skiing. You should enjoy great skiing conditions, you’ll also be able to truly revel in views of snow-topped mountains, getting cosy in your luxury ski chalet and indulge in fun festive apres ski activities, which are bound to keep the whole family entertained.
In December, you can enjoy Christmas festivities somewhere with guaranteed snow, get some relaxation time in before Christmas descends, head out for Christmas itself and be waited on hand and foot in your catered chalet, and even see in the New Year there!
It’s important to note that if you want absolute guaranteed snow it’s best to head to a higher resort, and some resorts might get pretty busy so make sure you book early!
Family skiing in January
What better way to start the year then head on a family skiing holiday? January is an ideal time to ski, particularly if you prefer less hustle and bustle in your report and quieter slopes. This is one of the less busy months and therefore can be ideal for families who want to do some family bonding and may have an inexperienced skier or two in their party!
January means shorter queues for the lifts, a calm and peaceful atmosphere and fantastic snow conditions. It’s also one of the cheapest months to ski so you can enjoy great discount too!
Remember, it’s particularly cold in January – so make sure you’ve packed all the right equipment for you and the children to stay warm and safe on the slopes.
Family skiing in February
February half-term is a popular time of year for families to head off on a family skiing trip. This time of year boasts excellent skiing conditions so you can practically guarantee a great time on the slopes. However, remember that this time of year is likely to be pretty busy – particularly as French schools are out on holiday at this time, so be prepared for busier slopes and bustling resorts!
Family skiing in March
March is again a quieter time of year though there is no reason why you and your family shouldn’t enjoy fantastic snow conditions still. March sees the coming of spring too so you and your family can enjoy the warmth of the sun on your faces as you take to the slopes – just remember to wear sunscreen as the sun reflects off the snow and can make you more susceptible to burning.
Family skiing in April
In April families can enjoy the warmer weather, though the snow should still be good – it’s the last chance for families to get out on the slopes and enjoy some skiing time together. April sees longer days, therefore, you’ll get more time on the slopes. It’s best to head up to the higher resorts to ensure you make the most of the snow though. Families should also be able to take advantages of an end of season discount too!
Family skiing can be enjoyed over many months of the year. However, it is always worth considering when to go to make sure you pick the right time of year for you – hopefully, this guide will help!