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How to survive the half-term ski holiday hell - by The Daily Telegraph

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I'm sure snowHeads could do better but here's the Daily Telegraph advice

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/Skiing-How-to-survive-the-half-term-holiday-hell

1. Book rental skis and boots – and lessons – in advance
2. Get to the lifts by 9am
3. Head for slopes on the outer edges
4. Make the most of expert knowledge
5. Stay on the slopes at lunchtime
6. Set an ironclad routine
7. Opt for convenience
8. Think about your travel time
9. What about skiing at Easter?
10.
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1. Don't have kids or be a teacher.
2. Er, that's it

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11: Choose small resorts that are off people's radar
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Don't go to big resorts in France...that is just about all you need to know to avoid Half Term Hell.
The Hell bit = France, any other country will be busier than their normal, but nowhere near as busy as France.
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1. Go outside half term.
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1. Do lessons and jump the queues.
2. Ski off piste esp. where you have to hike/climb/skin to get to it.
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Choose small resorts that are off people's radar


This is a rather British idea - because Brits never heard of it, it's bound to be quiet, right?

Wrong, IME. Areas with big fast efficient list might be a better bet than smaller places without - though that does make for crowded pistes.

The "ski at Easter" advice is probably the best. But the Telegraph list is not bad. Especially ski through lunch time.
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0. Go ski in Japan instead.
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As Hell goes a skiing break doesn’t seem to bad!! Even if it is busy. The opening paragraphs make it out to be so terrible you wonder why bother. A holiday’s supposed to be fun
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If you’re driving, sacrifice a day or half a day on the slopes for a late arrival or an early return...(or both).
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Given that just about every single ski area in Europe should be open, half term should be much quieter than normaly, shouldn't it?

Looking at the forecast there is a chance we may even have all four ski areas in England open too. Laughing
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It's so nice not to even know when this half term is!
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0. Go ski in Japan instead.

Yes because that distance would work for just one weeks holiday wink
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Perty wrote:
If you’re driving, sacrifice a day or half a day on the slopes for a late arrival or an early return...(or both).


Given the cost of skiing at half term I would want my moneysworth and not to miss any skiing time. Why not take the kids out of school for one day in order to arrive in resort on Saturday morning. Then at the end ski the final Saturday and drive for a few hours on Saturday evening, stop overnight and do the rest of the journey on the Sunday.
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endoman wrote:
It's so nice not to even know when this half term is!


Oh it is really easy to spot, just look in a brochure for the really expensive week.
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The other point I would add is to try to find out where the bottleneck lifts are and avoid them at peak times. Nothing worse than needing to get back to your home station on a bluebird day and being caught in a 20 minute queue. Solution is to plot your days in the morning or night before then make a beeline for the farthest you want to go. Be back in home station by 2-230 p.m. and cruise for an hour or two.

Other key is biting the bullet and sorting gear/lift passes/lessons on Saturday, even if it means dinner is takeout pizza.
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NickyJ wrote:
endoman wrote:
It's so nice not to even know when this half term is!


Oh it is really easy to spot, just look in a brochure for the really expensive week.


Pre kids I used to always book skiing in Feb in order to ski on my birthday. I assumed that the high prices were due to the snow being at its best then and it didn't cross my mind to think of French school holidays. Embarassed Toofy Grin
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The bit of advice that really made me smile was "Children’s ski passes should be firmly attached to jackets and never removed. " I suspect either: the journalist hasn't skied for at least 10 years or knows how to staple through a hard plastic rfid card.
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endoman wrote:
It's so nice not to even know when this half term is!


Or it's very nice to know when it is. I started counting down the days to half term on 2nd January (I'm a teacher).
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The bit of advice that really made me smile was "Children’s ski passes should be firmly attached to jackets and never removed. " I suspect either: the journalist hasn't skied for at least 10 years or knows how to staple through a hard plastic rfid card.


I make sure the kids jackets have lift pass pockets in the sleeves (more of a challenge than it should be!) zip the passes in them then threaten them all sorts of punishments if they even dare touch the zip
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I have booked a weekend in Feb, just to see how bad it can get. I’ve done Xmas/New Year and it wasn’t bad at all.

I may yet bottle out and move the flights.
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NickyJ wrote:
johnE wrote:
The bit of advice that really made me smile was "Children’s ski passes should be firmly attached to jackets and never removed. " I suspect either: the journalist hasn't skied for at least 10 years or knows how to staple through a hard plastic rfid card.


I make sure the kids jackets have lift pass pockets in the sleeves (more of a challenge than it should be!) zip the passes in them then threaten them all sorts of punishments if they even dare touch the zip

When they were younger I would sew their zips up so they couldn't possibly get into the pocket.
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For those living in the mountains, here's my top tips:

1. Get up early for the first lift. Enjoy half a dozen runs on empty groomed pistes before the holidaymakers get over their hangovers and make it out of bed. Go home and do something else for the rest of the day.
2. Learn to langlauf. It's still skiing, but harder work, so think of the fitness benefits.
3. As above, but snow-shoeing, touring, etc.
4. Go on holiday somewhere else.
5. Set up camp on your sofa and binge watch rugby, ski racing, Netflix.
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Ski-Set, IME, is not a good bet at all.
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Perty wrote:


If you’re driving, sacrifice a day or half a day on the slopes for a late arrival or an early return...(or both).






Given the cost of skiing at half term I would want my moneysworth and not to miss any skiing time. Why not take the kids out of school for one day in order to arrive in resort on Saturday morning. Then at the end ski the final Saturday and drive for a few hours on Saturday evening, stop overnight and do the rest of the journey on the Sunday.



+1 @snowymum, that is what we are doing, we are leaving at stupid oclock early friday morning, (one child has inset, other child looks like having a bit of a cough Toofy Grin ) overnighting in Albertville on the way there.
Get up to Les Menuires for around 9ish sat morning, sort kit out and have a ski before the hordes arrive. on way home leave sat afternoon, stay over at Troyes, sun lunchtime crossing to get home for early evening!!
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NickyJ wrote:
johnE wrote:
The bit of advice that really made me smile was "Children’s ski passes should be firmly attached to jackets and never removed. " I suspect either: the journalist hasn't skied for at least 10 years or knows how to staple through a hard plastic rfid card.


I make sure the kids jackets have lift pass pockets in the sleeves (more of a challenge than it should be!) zip the passes in them then threaten them all sorts of punishments if they even dare touch the zip


Vail defeated that plan quite effectively at Whistler. Last year you could pay on your (season) pass and get a discount by scanning it on an RFID scanner, no need to ever remove it. This year they regressed to the same system other Vail resorts apparently use so have to take it out and swipe it. Son has lost his pass once so far this season! rolling eyes
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The other bit that made me laugh was the suggestion to use smaller airports like Chambéry! I’ve not used Chambéry in half term but my experience in Jan suggests it won’t be pretty

Ski holiday half term hell really must be the definition of a first world problem
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Was once skiing in Meribel the week before half term and OH broke her wrist on the last day. Managed to secure some additional days during half term while she was recuperating (was a complex break). IME wasn't as bad as people imagine (no where near as bad as Whistler on a weekend) however if there's a weather event then I expect it'd be a whole different matter.
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Be resident in almost any other European country, where they are enlightened enough to not force the whole country to take the same week off rolling eyes .

queen bodecia wrote:
For those living in the mountains, here's my top tips:
4. Go on holiday somewhere else.

Mini Shep and I are off to Grandma's in uk. The reverse flights are really cheap!

Anyway, chapeau to all the visitors who love their family skiing enough to overcome the challenges, and have a great time in spite of the uk's unhelpful policies. Enjoy! snowHead
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Could kick myself for not doing the research. After 5 years doing Scandinavia we thought we’d try Austria this half term. We now know it coincides with Fasching week. At least there’s a firework display Very Happy
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stuarth wrote:
... Vail defeated that plan quite effectively at Whistler. Last year you could pay on your (season) pass and get a discount by scanning it on an RFID scanner, no need to ever remove it. This year they regressed to the same system other Vail resorts apparently use so have to take it out and swipe it. Son has lost his pass once so far this season! rolling eyes

There is a lot of talk about Vail's technology. Presumably they still have the "tear this bit off and keep it in case you lose that bit" thing?
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I've skied in Chamonix and meribel during half term and it was busy but not as horrific as some have suggested. I wish good luck to all families heading to the slopes
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All sounds lovely reading that.
We will end up taking our son out of school to miss the whole week when he actually goes to school.
I realise it isn't always a popular move but ultimately it will be helping build his love of being active and outside so as far as i am concerned that's more valuable than a week of school at a very early age. And we will make sure he catches up on school
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