Top ski destinations for half term

Half-term is fast approaching and for a lot of UK families, this means a holiday is on the horizon. Skiing is one of the most popular things to do on a half-term break, but with so much choice it can be hard to know exactly where would make the best family holiday.

Here are a few of the top ski resorts for half-term:

St Anton in Austria

If you’re looking for a snowy paradise, St Anton could be the place for you. It boasts of being ‘a modern holiday resort that has retained its traditional appeal’. This means that it caters for all ages and levels, offering colossal backdrops of the peaks and skiing mountains as well as the comforts you expect to find from an international holiday resort. If you’re travelling by car, it’s important to know that a road tax sticker is obligatory in order to drive on motorways and on the S16. Alternatively, St Anton is just a stone’s throw away from Arlberg Rail Station. You can find some great winter deals with packages that include a 6-day lift pass, as well as half board and full board options.

Zermatt in Switzerland

Zermatt is a hugely popular skiing resort and is recognised as a family destination. Zermatt was awarded the Families Welcome seal of quality in 2013, which is given to holiday destinations that specifically target and cater for children and their families by the Swiss Tourism Federation. Wolli Park, close to the Sunnegga train station, is one of the best places to learn to ski, because it is sunnier and protected by the wind. Chalets come in a range of sizes to cater for both larger and smaller groups.

La Plagne in France

France is often the must-visit place for skiing. The stunning Alps and pockets of resorts dotted across it make it the ideal place to find your inner-skiing enthusiast. Not only is it great for adults but it can be heaps of fun for children as well. You can snow-board, trek, bob race, sledge and more at this vibrant resort.

Families can choose from a range of accommodation including the six separate high-altitude resorts which is perfect for keen skiers, or the picturesque villages which offer charm and the atmosphere of traditional Savoyard hamlets. Finally, there is the valley where families and holidaymakers can be in the heart of a preserved natural environment.

There are a number of things to consider when going on a skiing holiday, from the lift passes to the height of the slopes, but one thing you will want to make sure you don’t have to worry about is insurance. Ski insurance is specifically designed to cover you should you have an accident or if anything goes wrong on your skiing break. This offers peace of mind and ensures the only thing you’ll have to worry about is having fun.

September Weather Drives Up October Half Term Holidays

Half term holidays are gaining favour with UK families, following the recent spate of rain.

While severe weather warnings are only just abating in the UK, many parents are considering a holiday to warmer locations of Spain, Turkey and Portugal for the October half term breaks to take advantage of the bargains that are currently on offer.

According to the UK based car hire comparison company, comparecarhire.co.uk, in 2012 October half term bookings are on an increase over October 2011.

Andy Hemmington, the spokesperson of Comparecarhire.co.uk, said, ‘For some families the September storms have dampened spirits and driven Brits to book a break in the sun for half term. The weather is still warm in Europe’s most popular holiday destinations in October, particularly when compared with the weather in the UK, so it still remains a busy period for the travel industry. However, this doesn’t mean prices need to be high – there are some great deals out there to be had by holidaymakers.’

The half term vacations in autumn are generally from the end of October to the first week of November, for around a week, and a lot of destinations are offering deals at low prices as the summer rush is over now.

Haven Holidays, a UK based holiday park operator, is offering a three night break in a superior self-catering holiday home, for a family of up to six people, for £159 on arriving on October 22, 2012; and for seven nights in similar accommodation for prices commencing from £219 for stays commencing on October 19, 2012.

Comparecarhire.co.uk is reporting that a week of car hire for the period from Malaga or Faro Airport in Spain will be available for prices commencing at £6 per day; and from Palma de Mallorca airport for £9 per day.