If you are planning to take a family ski holiday this season it's good to be aware of British and French (and beyond) school holidays. If you're travelling as a family there will be more planned activities and events during this time. But if you're travelling as a couple or a group of friends, booking outside of these dates means you can make the most of fewer people on the slopes.
We've put together the dates below to help make planning your ski holiday that little bit easier.
UK School Holidays 2017 - 2018
Christmas & New Year School Holidays
18/12 - 05/01 (although some private schools' holidays begin sooner)
February Half Term
12/02 - 23/02 (1 week in this period)
Easter School Holidays
26/03 - 13/04 (2 weeks in this period)
French School Holidays 2017 - 2018
Christmas Holidays in France
All 3 zones are off for Christmas from 23/12 - 08/01
February Half Term in France
Zone A: 10/02 - 25/02
Zone C: 17/02 - 04/03
Zone B: 24/02 - 11/03
Easter School Holidays in France
Zone A: 07/04 - 22/04
Zone C: 14/04 - 29/04
Zone B: 21/04 - 06/05
School holiday dates for the whole of Europe can be found on School Holidays Europe.
Zones include the following cities:
A: Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse
B: Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen, Strasbourg
C: Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris, Versailles
School Holiday Dates for 2018 - 2019
UK School Holidays 2018 - 2019
24/12 – 04/01
February Half Term Holidays
18/02 – 03/03 (1 week in this period)
08/04 – 26/04 (2 weeks in this period)
French School Holidays 2018 - 2019
All 3 zones are off for Christmas from 21/12 – 06/01.
February Half Term Holidays in France
Zone B: 09/02 – 24/02
Zone A: 16/02 – 03/03
Zone C: 23/02 – 10/03
Easter Holidays in France
Zone B: 06/04 – 22/04
Zone A: 13/04 – 28/04
Zone C: 20/04 – 05/05
Peak Dates 2018 - 2019
22nd December 2018 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).
New Year skiing
29th December 2018 (most European countries are on holiday this week too).
Half term week skiing
16th and 23rd February 2019 (this will be one of the main weeks for the whole of France plus other European countries).
6th and 13th April 2019 (some cross-overs with parts of Europe).