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European School Holidays 2020-21

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Shamelessly lifted, once again, from Eric Bonnel:

https://twitter.com/ebonnel

Note that Mardi Gras / Fasching / Carnaval / Pancake Day is 16 February and Easter Sunday is 4 April 2021.

Preceding year: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=139730

More useful links:
Calendar: https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/?year=2020
Austria: https://www.feiertage-oesterreich.at/schulferien/2020/
France: https://cache.media.education.gouv.fr/file/Services/57/8/2019_calendrier_scolaire_2020_2021_1164578.pdf
Germany: https://www.schulferien.org/deutschland/ferien/2020-2021/

NOTE: This is for winter 2020-2021.


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Here's the dates for Austria:

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Good old Eric - and good old altis too.

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UK Half term week looks like an incredibly busy week for Austria.
Any idea what Italy would be like that week?
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Does anyone know when Russian school holidays fall ?
We are in Alta Badia this feb half term and lots of Russians are here (and more in Kronplatz).

It is already very busy this year - with carnivale/ fasching next year aligning with virtually all the EU school holidays - Feb 2021 is to be avoided at all costs !!
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@sheffskibod, but the week before half term (ie 6 to 13 Feb) does not necessarily look too bad for dolomite skiing from the table? I doubt france holidays have too much influence on crowds in dollies, although I am more concerned over influence from German and polish hols? Austria possibly an influence too?
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Hi, any views on how busy Austrian resorts will be in the 1st week of Feb with partial holidays in Austria and Germany. Thanks in advance, Brian
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This chart is always very helpful, thx for posting. Now I get to wait and see if I will be allowed to enter Europe next season. Given the US response to the pandemic, that's iffy and for good reason.

(and FWIW I haven't run into Russians in Alta Badia)
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@brianr, the whole of February is high season in Austria because someone is on holiday in every week, as the calendar above shows. Resorts will typically be 90% full or more, but full is a relative term. I've visited Saalbach-Hinterglemm in UK half term week every year for the last 10, and while it has been busy in places, we've also had some occasions when we were the only people on the piste. Choose your resort wisely and it will be busy but bearable. Max queue will be something like 10 minutes at peak times (e.g. 0930 when all of the ski schools arrive at the bottom of the key lifts), and less than 5 minutes at others.
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@brianr, 1st week of Feb is a good time to go. The Austrians and Germans haven't fully ramped up by then and prices (including ours!) are about 20% lower for the 1st week. Plus, if you're driving down the roads will be a little less congested. Pick a decent sized resort and eat lunch late and you should be fine.
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First week of February is Vienna week in Austria which means roughly 35% of Austrians are on holiday. It is usually busier than UK half term, depending on which German and Dutch holidays coincide with that.
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Thanks all, I'm considering 20th Feb which, from the above holidays charts, would suggest no Germany or Austria holidays. I appreciate Dutch and Scandanavians are on holiday and favour Austria.
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Am I correct in saying that 13-18th Austria will be a good, quiet time to visit? Bringing my father here for his first ski trip. Would be great if the slopes were relatively quiet too. Zell Am See we’re going Smile
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@nba2005uk, which month? 13-18 February will be busy. Same dates in April, less so. And December, January or March should be quieter.
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last week of Jan is usually pretty quiet in Austria.
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Sorry I meant 13th March. Hoping for a bit of quietness and good weather!
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13th March should be ok, its before the easter break so the crowds should arrive as you leave.
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@queenie pretty please, During Vienna week do the Austrians Mainly tend to ski locally or do they venture into The rest of the Alps. I’m in Tignes that week. Was hoping for a quiet week.
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Will there be a lot of poles in the french alpes in period of 31th of january till 7th of february?
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No more than usual. They will be marking the edge of the pistes. Very Happy
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@Eggfried, Vienna week is usually the busiest week of the season in our part of Austria. I would think very few Austrians make their way further west into France. Switzerland maybe. But most of them remain in Austria.
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@queenie pretty please,
Thank you Queenie.
I’m in Obergurgl in 6th March. I understand that this is the 2nd week if the Hamburg holidays. Would you think the slopes would be very crowded because of this. I could move the trip back to the 13th March.
Thanks for your help.
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