Skiing outside of the school holidays

A winter holiday in the mountains is often an opportunity to combine the joys of skiing and a feel-good change of scene.

The French Alps are an outstanding destination and, as holidaymakers are well aware, the ski resorts can attract hoards of people during the school holidays. This is why we are offering advice on finding the best dates for your stay outside the school holidays.

What is the best time to go outside the school holidays?


There are several advantages to coming outside the school holidays, which may persuade those of you without children to have a change this year and enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains. Indeed, outside the school holidays you can make the most of your stay in the mountains without encountering crowds on the ski slopes. Many of you ask yourselves what is the ideal date to go skiing. Here’s some food for thought to help you decide:


Beginning of December: a winter wonderland


The beginning of the month of December is an ideal time to take your partner, friends or family on a pre-Christmas skiing holiday. You’ll be there when the resort opens to enjoy a winter wonderland of freshly-groomed ski slopes without any crowds.


January: fewer people, more snow


Do you love skiing in powder snow? We think the month of January is your best choice! With abundant snowfall, sunshine and very few skiers on the slopes, you'll make the most of each day for an intense experience in the 3 Vallées ski area.


March: longer days


If you’re a family with very young children, you may want to opt for a holiday in March or early April, before the Easter holidays. With the days pulling out, you'll be able to really make the most of the ski area and all the activities organised in the villages.


What are the advantages of skiing outside the school holidays?


Skiing in the Alps outside the school holidays avoids a number of disadvantages. It is an excellent solution if you enjoy skiing on quiet slopes.


Easy booking

Looking to book your next holiday in the mountains and want to find an apartment rental or a hotel? Outside the school holidays you’ll have a wider choice of accommodation in Courchevel. Indeed, as the resort is less busy during these periods, there are more chalets and apartments available and you’ll be able to stay in accommodation at the foot of the slopes.


The best offers

Courchevel puts together special holiday packages for the whole season. This means you can book your accommodation with the help of our holiday advisors and add activities to enjoy during your stay. Our booking centre proposes special offers, a selection of holidays and various options to satisfy your wishes!

The 3 Vallées management company also offers discounts at the beginning and end of the season, allowing you to ski at lower prices. Click here to see lift pass options.


Avoid the traffic jams

Enjoy a stress-free trip to the resort, without the traditional traffic jams encountered by holidaymakers travelling back and forth on a Saturday. Avoid the stress and reach the resort feeling relaxed and all set to hurtle down the ski slopes!


Save time

Whether you come to Courchevel during or outside the school holidays, you’ll never suffer the inconvenience of long queues at the ski lifts. Indeed, the ski area is large enough to keep the movement of skiers flowing smoothly. However, periods outside the school holidays offer you a chance to enjoy peace and quiet in the ski resort.


Which village to choose in Courchevel?


You’ve decided to go on a winter sports holiday to ski outside the school holidays and your chosen destination is Courchevel. You now have 6 villages to choose from. But where to go skiing?

Each of the resort villages offers quality facilities, restaurants, ski equipment rental shops and places to relax. Want to sign up your children for skiing lessons? You’ll find options suitable for both children and adults at our ski schools.

Benefit from easy access to the ski area thanks to the ski lifts across the resort. Whichever village you decide to stay in, you’ll benefit from advantages and activities for all age groups.

Have we convinced you? Book now for the period outside the school holidays, by contacting our teams.


✍🏼 Written par Ariane Marin La Meslée 

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