February falls in the middle of the winter ski season, and often brings heavy snowfall interspersed with blue skies and sometimes cold winds. With the UK school holidays falling half way through the month, it’s a busy time for families and kids heading to the slopes – but certain resorts do handle the influx better than others, and we have a few recommendations to make below.

Book in advance for the broadest range of accommodation and ski school availability

The February half term counts among the winter season’s priciest months – with demand pushing the costs of accommodation to a higher rate – but families looking for value for money can take steps to make their money go further. 

Booking ahead is a good way to help ensure you pick from the broadest range of accommodation in your chosen resorts, and by gathering your group and booking early, you’ll be able to pay the deposit and spread the cost of the holiday across the preceding months. You’ll also enjoy a greater chance of pairing your chalet or hotel choices with any ski school or childcare places you might need. Even throughout the busy month of February, there are still group discounts available on catered ski chalets or chalet-hotels, as well as deals on lift passes and ski hire

February means family-friendly skiing

With the half term break from school, kids and parents alike can escape to the slopes for family adventure. Across the Alps, ski schools deliver half-day or full-day programmes of tuition for learners of all ages and levels. It’s a perfect chance to improve your skills as a family on the snow. 

In-house childcare services and independent nanny companies deliver action-packed days of activity and entertainment both indoors and out on the snow. If you’re taking the family to the Alps and wondering what the most suitable childcare options might be, don’t hesitate to check with our helpful experts. 

Half term skiing, where to go?

The Alps is home to a dazzling selection of wonderful ski resorts, but when it comes to families and children, some do stand out above the competition. 

In France, the high-altitude ski resort of Avoriaz boasts spectacular scenery, fine nursery slopes, child-friendly terrain parks and a superb selection of non-ski activities in case bad weather closes in, or the kids need a change of scenery. Alpe d'Huez offers wonderful nursery slopes, Val Thorens boasts huge swathes of ski in/out accommodation, and Montgenèvre offers perfect beginner-friendly terrain and an excellent snow record. La Plagne, Les Arcs, la Rosière and Meribel are also worthy of particular note. 

The Austrian resorts of Obergurgl and St Anton both offer packaged ski holidays with exceptional in-house childcare programmes – which are ideal for parents with young children in tow. Equally, Lech offers a pretty Alpine setting, swift ski lifts, top-flight ski and snowboard tuition as well as plenty of gentle terrain. 

If your family is considering Italy for a week in the Alps in February, the resort of Champoluc is peaceful and quiet, with rapid ski lifts, wonderful snow record, and a great range of intermediate-friendly slopes to explore. The village is very charming, and you’ll also find accommodation options here with in-house childcare programmes. 

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