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European School Holidays 2017-18

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Courtesy, once again, of Eric Bonnel:

https://twitter.com/ebonnel

Edit: note that Mardi Gras (Fasching) is 13 February - during U.K. half term.

Previous year's: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=124749

Subsequent year's: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3107903


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Super - thanks to @altis, and of course to the Great Man himself for tweeting these wonderful calendars.

Looks a tricky one next year... March is a bit more trappy than normal, but a lovely clear run through January
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Most useful thread on Snowheads, thank you @altis.

Curious omission seems to be Austrian school holidays and Fasching dates?
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@Themasterpiece, I use this site for Austrian school holidays:
http://www.feiertage-oesterreich.at/schulferien/2017/

Fasching can be found under Aktionstage calendar off the menu top right.
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Great calendar!

Looks like Italy at Feb half term could be a better bet than france?

Can anyone with experience tell me if Italy is normally quieter than france (in the week at least)?
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Great calendar. Just to say Swansea schools Feb half term 2018 is week 8 rather than week 7. Guess other areas may be same.
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We go to France in half term - Serre Chevalier and Vars and it's not been too busy. A short wait for some main chairs but rest was fine.
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Looks like France may be relatively quiet during the first UK Easter week. No French schools off. Only really the Germans (and the Brits, of course) as a big potential source of skiers.
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sheffskibod wrote:
Looks like Italy at Feb half term could be a better bet than france?

Can anyone with experience tell me if Italy is normally quieter than france (in the week at least)?
Only French zone 1 overlaps UK half term, so perhaps not bad in France. I've never done half term in France, but I can say that Italy (at least in Cervinia) has been OK the last two years.
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Brillant @altis, just what I need. Found "cheap" flights to Munich for half term but looks as if France might be a better bet UK as it's going to clash with Fasching in Austria, typical as Geneva flights are 3x the Munich price. What to do?!
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@always29, can you give us a heads up on the "cheap" flights?
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We have just returned from our trip to Austria and being in the holiday mode I thought I would just have a little check out of the half term 'deals' for Feb 2018. My goodness - the prices are SO ridiculous - the holiday we have just been on with TO is £2500 MORE than this year. Extortionate!!
Who is going to pay over £6000 for 3 people to go skiing for a week?????
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@@smudger, around £250pp whereas we paid just over £300 this year - skyscanner with Lufthansa.
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12 and 13 Feb 2018 will be a Fasching holiday for a lot of Italy (Holiday in Abruzzo, Basilicata, Bolzano - Alto Adige, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia, Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Trento (Prov. aut.), Umbria, Valle d'Aosta, Veneto) so this will have implications (was mentioned by my Ski Instructor in Corvara this half term). We were in St Anton last year over Fasching, but it hardly made a difference as it isn't an actual holiday for lots of areas.
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We are in Zillertal Arena, Tyrol now during Fasching. There are queues, but nothing horrendous. Longest wait for a gondola was 20 minutes, with average 5-10 minutes for chairs.
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Booked up for La Plagne 11th - 18th Feb, pleased to see that it's only Zone A week !
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It's a tough one for Easter 2018. We are going to Austria last week of March when locals will be on holiday too Sad but following week is UK holidays so much more expensive.....opting for the cheaper holiday but worried piste will be horrendously busy.
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Is there a particular French zone to avoid for their February holidays? We're looking at UCPA centres so various locations possible but we likely need to travel end Feb/early March and I do like quiet slopes!
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@milzibkit,
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Is there a particular French zone to avoid for their February holidays?

I'd say avoid Zone C (Paris) weeks if possible. Also, in Feb 2018, Zone A week coincides with main GB half term (and Belgium, for good measure).
That leaves w/c 3 March as your best option during French school winter break 2018, in my opinion. Even then, finding quiet slopes will be a challenge. Choosing where to go then becomes important.
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Thanks for the advice. The UCPA centres mostly seem to be in the well-established ski areas so I assume they'll be fairly busy that week.
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help out an american here--week of Feb 17-24 looks pretty good if one avoids France correct? That's after UK mid term and Fasching, small concentration of "D" (is that Germany?), some Swiss (including Zurich), but generally pretty good for February?
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mr. mike wrote:
help out an american here--week of Feb 17-24 looks pretty good if one avoids France correct? That's after UK mid term and Fasching, small concentration of "D" (is that Germany?), some Swiss (including Zurich), but generally pretty good for February?


In Switzerland we are certainly busy, but not crazy that week. February is usually good for snow too.
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@mr. mike, Quite a few UK areas have their February half term break 17-24 Feb 2018. Part of Netherlands too, in addition to those you mention. Snow conditions will influence visitor numbers. February still considered peak season, so busier than March or January (except for school holiday periods). 17-24 probably less crowded than previous week.

If / when you have somewhere specific in mind, I'm sure snowHeads will advise how busy they think places might be.
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The worse weeks in France are the two middle weeks of the holidays as that is when there are two regions on holiday at the same time. The best weeks if you have to go are the first and last week of the French holidays.
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Always used this calendar for reference but this year we were in the Dolomites week 27/1 -3/2 and it was much busier than expected, turned out to be an Austrian holiday. I don't see Austria on the chart or am I missing it?
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sarah wrote:
Always used this calendar for reference but this year we were in the Dolomites week 27/1 -3/2 and it was much busier than expected, turned out to be an Austrian holiday. I don't see Austria on the chart or am I missing it?


We arrived in Selva on Sat 3rd Feb and it was very busy for a few days with German speaking visitors but really quietened down on the Tuesday so that is probably explained by your comment above .

We left on the 10th and they were gearing up for an Italian holiday which doesn’t appear on the chart either - Carnivale they called it ?

I guess the only way to really avoid the crowds is mid to late Jan ??
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@sheffskibod, yes that was it, we arrived on the 27th and it seemed to get busier as the week went on. The hotel told us it was an Austrian holiday, hence the German speakers.

Carnevale is on the chart!! it's in the 'others' section and yes I was in a different part of Italy that week and it was very busy with Italians on Carnevale!!
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@sheffskibod, yes that was it, we arrived on the 27th and it seemed to get busier as the week went on. The hotel told us it was an Austrian holiday, hence the German speakers.

Carnevale is on the chart!! it's in the 'others' section and yes I was in a different part of Italy that week and it was very busy with Italians on Carnevale!!


It is but says Portugal and Brasil...!! ( and China?)

It’s a bloody minefield !

Sadly as I have a son about to start GCSE’s who will then go onto A levels ( and a daughter 4 years younger ) I am stuffed anyway for the next 8 years...!!
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can anyone shed some light on w/c 24th march?
Denmark, part of UK, Poland, E?
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can anyone shed some light on w/c 24th march?
Denmark, part of UK, Poland, E?


Looking at it there's what you said but also Germany and Russia (on the others).

My guess at E would be Spain?

As for the UK it would seem a large part are the following week from the areas I have looked at.

Would also appreciate any more info on this as I'm in Les Arcs that week!
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E is indeed Spain... They ski in Spain (mainly on the plain) if at all.

No Germans will come to France so don't worry about them and I don't think the Russians are too much of an issue at Easter

Plenty of Brits of my acquaintance are planing and early easter trip though, even though the official Skool hols aren't till the week after

Not many Danes and those that there are tend to drive down to Austria

All in all it should be a lovely week of fairly quiet Spring skiing
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