If you haven't booked a family ski trip yet, look no further. We've got the low down on some last minute ski availability in February half term and during the Easter holidays. With the Easter weekend late this year (19-21 April) skiing holidays will need to be at the start of the holidays or high up in the mountains to guarantee snow. If you've got pre-schoolers and you're not limited by the school holidays then hip, hip hooray, there's lots of snow so get booking!
a&u favourite Powder Byrne run private flights at family-friendly times and sensible prices, which are almost impossible to come by this close to Feb half term.
Click on the link above to head to their website to see options available across Europe including self-catering at Rocks Resort in Laax (£2,630 p/p self catering but including pastry breakfast delivery), old fashioned charm at the Hotel Belvedere in Grindelwald (£3,210 p/p half board) and, top of Emily's wishlist, the Valbella Inn in Lenzerheide (£3,451 p/p b&b).
Ski Famille still have some availability in Les Gets for families wanting to ski at the start of the Easter holidays. Chalet Grand Mouflon is ski-in/ski-out, just a minute's walk to the nearest ski lift and slopes and 10 minutes to the village centre. For younger ones it has in-chalet childcare and a large playroom. There's also a new roof top sauna and hot tub. For a family of four arriving 30 March the cost is £4,399, including Gatwick flights and transfers or a Eurotunnel FlexiPlus ticket. regional flights available at a supplement. Offers also available for families of five. Call 01252 365495 for more information.
Well what can we say, James Bond's Goldfinger was shot in glorious Andermatt. The Chedi Andermatt has brought a new level of luxe to the traditional Alpine village. Utterly dreamy with a courtyard private ice rink, more fireplaces than rooms, and a five-metre high cheese cellar located in the restaurant. Scott Dunn is offering a 7-night stay at from £3,600 per person, based on a family of four staying in a Deluxe Room on a half board basis and includes British Airways flights to Zurich and private transfers.
Chalet Sophie, a catered chalet in the French resort of La Tania (Courchevel 1550), sleeps 10 adults and two children and has arguably the best views in La Tania from the top-floor living area. We love the contemporary fireplace in the open plan living area. A games room complete with Wii and table football and an outdoor hot tub we are sure will be a hit. Camel Snow is offering Chalet Sophie 14-21 April for £7,560.
The lovely Chalet Madrisah, which sleeps eight, is available over the February half term. The chalet is in a small private hamlet in sunny Le Cret overlooking Val d'Isere and has a hot tub and sauna.
On with VIP Chalets it has been reduced bv £399 p/p. The week of 17 February costs £19,700 (for four adults and with four children). Price includes flights, transfers and chalet board catering.
Claire Gill took her family to the charming Tarentaise resort of La Rosiere last year and highly recommends. The luxury 4* residence Les Cîmes Blanches is well situated and has indoor pool, sauna and steam room, lounge area with fireplace, and free WiFi. Peak Retreats has a 2 bed s/catering apartment for the week commencing 13 April. £297 p/p (based on five sharing) including return Eurotunnel crossing.