Spanish schools usually take their winter break after ours around the end of Feb/beginning of March, and with most Brits heading to France, half term week in Spain can be wonderfully crowd free.
Thanks to a good build-up of snow and spring around the corner, a stay here can see a super mix of snow and sunshine. If you’re bringing the brood, resorts are fabulously family friendly with short transfer times, English speaking ski schools and cruisy runs to practice on. And we haven’t even mentioned the incredible slope-side tapas…
You’ll find more ski hotels than other types of accommodation in Spain’s ski resorts, and there are all manner of hotels to choose between. Ranging from wallet-friendly 3 stars to super posh 5 stars, you can pick a property to suit your plans and budget.
Meal plans are mostly half board or B&B, letting you choose whether to have most meals paid for and provided on-site (which might be handy for family bookings), or try a different restaurant in resort each evening.
This time of year tends to see the ski areas in their prime – a good snow depth has formed over December and January and fresh snowfalls keep everything ship shape. While night time temperatures tend to stay low to let the snow cannons do their work, daytime is usually milder with a lovely dose of Spanish sunshine. The off-piste terrain is fabulous most February’s, with affordable heli-skiing taking you to untouched mountainsides – just keep an eye on the avalanche bulletin to make sure it’s safe to stray beyond the markers.
Whisking you worlds away from the daily grind, Spain’s ski resorts let your half term be as busy or relaxed as you please. Whether you’re a family seeking fun for all ages or a teacher after some time away, you can find a balance that works for you.
Ski or snowboard until the cows come home, watch the world ski by from a tapas bar, peruse the spa program of the nearest 5-star hotel or take the kids tobogganing, ice skating or hacking on horseback – and that’s just the start of it!