Family Ski FAQs: When is the Best Time to Go Skiing with the Family?

Best time to family ski - skier in front of snowy mountains

You might think that ski holidays during the winter months are all the same, but actually, your holiday experience can really vary depending on which month you choose for your family friendly ski getaway.
Check out our handy guide, to help you decide which ski season month from December – April might best suit your family ski needs…
Skiing in December

Average Temp: 

Between -15 and -20 degrees

Snow: 

Snowfall can be limited at low-altitude resorts, so opt for a higher altitude resort if this a deal breaker for your family

Resort Atmosphere: 

December is just before the main season kicks off, so resorts are nice and quiet with small queues and often reduced prices on ski facilities. Resorts tend to start getting busier towards the end of the month, when Christmas/New Year kicks off.

Best For:

Magical Christmas ski breaks at higher altitude family resorts – you don’t have to worry about organising celebrations yourself and your little ones will love meeting Father Christmas amongst the twinkling lights, cosy chalets and sparkling snow!

December Ski Resort Pick: Festive vibes at high-altitude Chalet Eva 

Average Temp: 

Between -16 and -21 degrees

Snow: 

Snowfall starts to fall properly during this month, so you’ve got a good chance of being able to really hit the slopes!

Resort Atmosphere: 

This is a good time to book if you want to enjoy a snowy ski holiday for a decent price – there are some great deals to bag in January, particularly during the first two weeks of the month. Resorts aren’t too busy at this time but the days are shorter and it can quickly get very cold, so be sure to wrap up little ones!

Best For:

Snowy ski holidays before the busy season takes off – but it will be very cold!

January Ski Resort Pick: Stunning snowy mountains and cosy rooms at Chalet Delphine 

Skiing in February

Average Temp: 

Between -16 and -21 degrees

Snow: 

Very good snowfall at most ski resorts during this time, almost definite chance of being able to hit the slopes 

Resort Atmosphere: 

February is peak ski season, so most resorts are very busy during this time. There will be lots of activities and events going on, but do be prepared to queue at times. School half-term week is usually one of the busiest in the whole season, so if your little ones are below school age then it’s a good idea to avoid the peak prices and busier slopes of this time. 

Best For:

A proper ski holiday experience or getaways for big groups/school age kids who want plenty of things to do including lots of apres-ski entertainment.

February Ski Resort Pick: Escape the crowds on the stunning balcony at Les Chats Bleus

Skiing in March

Average Temp: 

Between -14 and -19 degrees

Snow: 

The snow is starting to melt by now, so slopes tend to more slushy and less ideal for skiing 

Resort Atmosphere: 

The slightly warmer weather means that being outdoors and exploring the surroundings is much easier and more enjoyable, but there will be less opportunity to hit the slopes for some serious skiing. 

Best For:

First time skiers with young tots who are happy to do a bit of skiing, but also would like to potter around the resort and take part in some other activities, making the most of the less biting temperatures. 

March Ski Resort Pick: Little ones will love the colourful playroom at Chalet Le Marjorie 

Average Temp: 

Between -12 and -17 degrees

Snow: 

Heading to the Alps in April will provide you with more of a spring vibe rather than a proper winter ski holiday, but you can enjoy long days and fun activities outdoors. 

Resort Atmosphere: 

Because there isn’t as much snowy skiing going on, during this time you’ll find a bit more happening within the resort itself. BBQs, social events and non-snow themed activities are common, with lots to do amongst the beautiful mountains. If you’re not too fussed about having lots of snow, the Easter holidays are a much cheaper and calmer time to get away for a ski trip with school age kids.

Best For:

Those who want to avoid crowds, very cold temperatures and high prices. Lots of social events going on, but less snow and winter activities.

April Ski Resort Pick: Blissfully recline in the hot tub and sauna at Chalets Katie 1+2

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