2016-17 School holiday calendar

Ensure you avoid the crowds

Avoid booking your next ski break in the midst of busy school holidays!

Click this link to view the 2016-17 provisional European school holiday calendar and plan your stay to avoid the weeks when lots of countries are on holiday at once.

During winter 2016/17, the busiest periods will be :

  • Christmas & New Year holidays  24/12/16-07/01/17  (all European schools on holiday)
  • Half term holidays week 1 – 11-18/02/17 (zone B & C France, UK)
  • Half term holidays week 2 – 18-25/02/17 (zone A+B France, UK, Netherlands)

If you have a choice, we do recommend holidaying outside of these dates, as French ski resorts will be particularly busy.

NB – French holidays are planned each year according to zones, in order that different parts of the country are on holidays at different times. The country is split into 3 zones that holiday at different times.

  • French zone A – all schools from Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Rennes and Toulouse
  • French zone B – all schools from Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen and Strasbourg
  • French zone C – Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris and Versailles ***when zone C is on holiday, French ski resorts become exceptionally busy***

View the holiday calendar

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  1. MS
    November 10th

    Hi – Is there a reason that Austria is not listed on the calendar? That would be helpful for the Austrian resorts

    • ZigZag
      November 10th

      Hi Max, we operate in France so the info provided is relevant to clients looking to ski with us here. Perhaps you’d be better asking this information from somebody who operates in an Austrian resort as they’ll be far better placed to help you.

  2. J Connor
    February 20th

    Hi having just returned from a half term break last week, we had 5 hrs private tuition with Philippe that was fantastic. Do you have any dates for French school winter break details for next year we are looking to return when the U.K. Half term starts on the 17/02/18. From what I can make out last week was the main time as Paris schools where off and it didn’t seem as bad as reported?.

    • ZigZag
      February 21st

      Hi John, we’ve emailed next year’s school holiday calendar for you as requested.

      This year was actually busier than ever but thanks to the installation of new lifts (particularly the Saix Express), the pistes felt a lot quieter than normal. We’re excited to see what the future lift developments will bring!

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