|School holidays 2016-17 (main EU countries)|
|Fall||1st snow||26/11 during 03/12/16|
|03/12 during 10/12/16|
|10/12 during 17/12/16|
|Winter||High season||17/12 during 24/12/16||Zones A, B & C||Great Britain, Danemark, Norway|
|24/12 during 31/12/16||Zones A, B & C||Germany, Belgium, Danemark, Spain, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Finland, Luxembourg|
|31/12 during 07/01/17||Germany, Belgium, Danemark, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Luxembourg|
|07/01 during 14/01/17|
|14/01 during 21/01/17||Poland|
|21/01 during 28/01/17||Poland|
|28/01 during 04/02/17||Germany, Poland|
|04/02 during 11/02/17||Zone C||Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland|
|11/02 during 18/02/17||Zones C & B||Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Great Britain|
|18/02 during 25/02/17||Zones A & B||Danemark, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Finland, Luxembourg|
|25/02 during 04/03/17||Zone A||Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia|
|04/03 during 11/03/17||Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland|
|11/03 during 18/03/17||Germany, Czech Republic|
|Spring||18/03 during 25/03/17|
|25/03 during 01/04/17||Great Britain, Italy|
|01/04 during 08/04/17||Zone C||Belgium, Great Britain|
|08/04 during 15/04/17||Zones C & B||Germany, Belgium, Spain, Great Britain, Switzerland, Luxembourg|
|Spring ski||15/04 during 22/04/17||Zones B & A||Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Luxembourg|
|22/04 during 29/04/17||Zone A||Italy, The Netherlands|
|29/04 during 06/05/17|
Zone A : Besancon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon & Poitiers districts
(*) Depending on ski resort
The "perfect week" does not exist, each time has advantages and withdraws. Feel free to analyse the criteria that are most important to you and then choose your time. To help you, here are some "key elements".
|Still not too crowded
Good ski conditions and almost all the ski area is open
|Best ski conditions
|Still best ski conditions, especially at the begining of the month
Daytimes longer that at the begining of the winter
Temperatures warmer than at the begining of the winter
|Sun and tan
|-||Uncertain ski possibilities (not always snow)
Ski area not totally open (except for the new year week)
|Weather often changing
Snow sometimes thick at the begining of the month
Peak season fees
|Bader snow at the end of the month||Snow not always here (Spring snow)
December is full of the nice end of the year parties. The Christmas atmosphere takes all its meaning when you are in the moutains.
Nevertheless, it is usually not the best time for skiing. There is often snow thanks to the snow making guns, especilly if you stay on the ski runs. To ski out of the runs, it is better to come later in the year. December (as well as January) is often very cold and daytimes are short.
February is the month for "Winter holidays". Snow, liveliness...are at their best.
The only withdraws are the crowd and the high tariffs. If you come with your family, no worries, you will still have an amazing time. If you do not need to come during school holidays, it is better to come before or after the "Winter holidays" (fin January - begining of March).
The time from end of Marchto end of April shines by its nice weather (longer daytimes, sun almost there, warm temperatures).
The snow is sometimes "changing" and becomming more heavy, especially during April. Nevertheless, if you choose to ski in the highest peaks, you will have nice snow.