During February half term, the German ski resorts are a world away from the classroom: fairy-tale Bavarian villages, child-friendly ski areas and a fascinating new culture to soak up.
German schools tend to stagger their February holidays by region, so chances are the ski lifts won’t suffer too much from queues. The snow is usually at its best at this time of year, and you’ll find plenty of activities indoors and out.
With a range of ratings and amenities, there are hotels here to suit every kind of half term holiday. Spa facilities can be a big bonus at this time of year, offering a fabulous way to warm up and relax after a day in the great outdoors. If you’re bringing young children with you, the best family hotels have facilities like kids play areas and a board game library to keep them entertained.
Pick a hotel package with half board catering if you want to minimise the stresses of meal planning and budgeting: your breakfasts and suppers for the week will be served within easy reach of your bedroom and paid for with the cost of your stay.
January and February tend to get the most frequent snowfalls of the season in the German ski resorts - by the time half term week arrives, there’s often been a good build-up of snow on the slopes as well as regular bouts of fresh coverage. It can be nippy at this time of year - usually between 0 and 5°C at resort level - so be sure to pack plenty of layers!
You get about 9-11 daylight hours, which gives you a good amount of time to explore the resort. The sun tends to set around 5-6pm and on a clear day, the view of orange skies and Bavarian peaks is spectacular.
If you’re not skiing or snowboarding from first lift up to last lift down, you’ll find a wonderful range of other activities in the German ski resorts.
Horse drawn sleigh rides are a magical way to explore the surroundings and tobogganing always goes down a treat with families. Non-skiers will find some spectacular snowshoeing routes.
Indoors, most resorts have museums, cafes, swimming pools and spas.