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School holidays 2016-17 (main EU countries)
Season Skipass* Week France European Union Accommodation
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

Zone B : Aix, Marseille, Amiens, Caen, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Orleans, Tours, Reims, Rennes, Rouen & Strasbourg districts

Zone C : Creteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse & Versailles districts

 Normal season attendance 

 High season 

 Very high season 

(*) Depending on ski resort



Find the best time?

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".


+      Christmas atmosphere

Low frequenting

attractive prices

Still not too crowded

Good ski conditions and almost all the ski area is open

Best ski conditions

Many animations

Atmosphere "white"

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

Attractive prices

Low frequenting

-      Uncertain ski possibilities (not always snow)

Short daytimes

Ski area not totally open (except for the new year week)

Low temperatures

Weather often changing

Snow sometimes thick at the begining of the month

Very crowded

Peak season fees

Bader snow at the end of the month Snow not always here (Spring snow)


Quiet resorts



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.









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