February is the time to find the best snow of winter, with optimum ski and snowboard conditions from the Chamonix to Whistler. With high snow reliability coinciding with the school half term, slopes are likely to be busy through mid-February with the most popular spots snapped up straight away.
If you’re interested in booking a family ski break, booking way in advance is essential for February, especially as the half term runs from the 9th to 16th the same time as the French school holidays. You may have missed out this year, but you can prepare in advance for 2013. There are many alternatives to the French Alps, which are more reasonably priced. Try exploring slightly further afield in Europe, for example in Italy, resorts Corvara, Courmayeur, Sauze d'Oulx, San Cassiano, Selva, and Sestriere or perhaps head further afield to the US to check out Heavenly, Stowe, Squaw Valley, or Sun Valley. Ideally before booking, make sure daycare and ski school is available for younger children as well as child-friendly activities for older children.
If you’ve been skiing a few times before with the family, make sure you check existing ski clothes for any rips, tears or if your child has grown out of their salopettes. Avoid the temptation of buying ski clothes too early before your trip, in case you need to exchange further down the line. Gloves, hats, scarves and goggles can be bought any time in advance, and are good to pick up in the sales. A month or two is a good time to prepare ski clothes.
It is also advised to purchase a ski helmet for kids on the slopes, as well for yourselves – however as ski helmets are not subject to the same regulations as sports helmets are, it is best to do some research and look for HECC/CSA certified helmets for all members of the family. As always, remember to pack plenty of sun block suitable for the slopes which is also suitable for children’s sensitive skin.