How to survive February half term week
February half term is notorious for being the busiest time of year to ski. Having said that, the conditions are usually at their best and the worst of the sub-zero temperatures have passed.
If you’re not a fan of the busy slopes, then take a look at our guide below on how to survive half term week.
Book rental skis and boots – and lessons – in advance. We give you the option – we can sort it all out for you, or you can head into resort and book them yourselves. We will even deliver them to your chalet or apartment.
If you can get to the lifts by 9am (and in some resorts they open earlier), you’ll be up and away before the ski-school rush hour. The early start means you can justify finishing earlier to avoid the mad dash home at the end of the day.
Ski instructors hate the crowds as much as anyone and are practised at finding quieter spots. Signing up for ski school, even if you’re past the beginner stage, can be a smart move.
If you’re good enough (and the snow is), book an off-piste course.
Ski during the lunch rush hour of 12-2pm. Put a few snacks (snaffled from the breakfast buffet) in your rucksack, have a hot chocolate at elevenses and keep skiing until early afternoon to make the most of the quieter slopes, or have lunch before midday. If you opt to eat late, check what time your restaurant stops taking orders.
Have an ironclad routine: children’s ski passes should be firmly attached to jackets and never removed. Gloves and goggles can be dried and put in the helmet ready for the morning. Tissues and change for ski-school snacks can be zipped into children’s pockets the night before. Even if you’re a free spirit, it’s worth becoming obsessive-compulsive about this.