When to Ski – Winter 20/21
Ski Resort Openings & Key Dates – Winter 20/21
We are very much looking forward to the next Ski Season and, whilst we do not know exactly what skiing in the Alps will look like right now (21/05/20), the coming months will offer more clarity and we are confident travel and ski will bounce back.
Here we take a look at the key dates for next Winter. If you would like any advice or quotes for travel next Winter, please do get in touch.
When does the Ski Season start?
For most resorts, this will be around the first week of December so the weekend of 5/6th December or the following weekend 12/13th December. This does of course depend to a certain extent upon snow cover however, by mid-November, most resorts have had their first significant snowfall and all resorts have extensive snow-making that make up for any of nature’s shortfall. As a minimum, you can expect excellent piste conditions this side of Christmas and the quiet slopes, cheaper prices and cosy mountain huts are a real treat.
If you are keen to ski before December then take a look at one of the Glacier Ski Areas in Austria : Stubai, Kaprun and Hintertux all open from mid-October.
When does the Ski Season end?
Easter Sunday falls on 4th April 2021 and this is the cue for the end of operations for some lower resorts. However, most ski areas have planned operation until at least the 11th April and higher resorts will be open for a week or two beyond this with Glacier resorts open in to May.
It is worth noting that, statistically, upper slope snow depths peak around the third week of March so you can expect excellent snow cover in late March and April. Spring weather can vary from further snowfall to long, warm sunny days and some lower, south-facing slopes can become soft in the afternoon (still very ski-able or just take a late and long lunch!).
What are the key Holiday dates this Winter?
Christmas & New Year
Christmas and New Year dates are predominantly Saturday-Saturday 19-26th December 2020 and from 26.12.20-2.1.21. Sunday to Sunday is also possible at some hotels however, short stay availability over the New Year is very limited. There is quite a bit of flexibility before Christmas so a short stay over the weekend of 19/20th December is a very good prospect this year.
The perfect time for a short break in our opinion: The New Year crowds have departed (most depart 3rd January 2021), snow depths are well-established and prices are lower than February with more flexible availability. The Hahnenkamm Downhill race in Kitzbuhel takes place on 23rd January 2021 and this impacts availability in the Kitzbuheler Alps region.
Half Term 2021
For most of the UK, half term 2021 falls in the week 13th – 20th February. This week also coincides with the high season European Holiday week (Fasching / Karnival) and you should definitely book early if you are restricted to these dates. The European School holiday period also stretches to the end of February and Hotel prices will be at high season rates at this time with little flexibility.
March 2021 – A great time for a short ski break!
The high season crowds have gone home, the snow is still excellent with more to come (upper slope snow depths peaking mid to late March), prices are dropping and there is more flexibility. Spring is in the air.
Easter Sunday is on the 4th April 2021 with most schools breaking up 1st April or the week before and, for families, Easter 2021 is a great alternative to February with keener prices and more flexibility.
When is the best time for a flexible Ski Break in 2020/21?
For most of our resorts and Hotels, we have a degree of flexibility with arrival dates and duration however, this is usually limited to 7-night stays over New Year and in February. The larger, more popular ski resorts (eg St Anton, Solden for example) offer less flexibility throughout the Winter season so it is worth looking at smaller resorts for a shorter stay.
In terms of the best dates for the most flexibility, aim for pre-Christmas, January, March and April. These dates also offer much better value for money both in terms of Hotel costs and also flight costs.
Ski Holiday Advice & Reservations
For further advice on when to travel, which ski resort is best for you or a quote for your ski holiday this coming Winter, please get in touch via the Contact button at the top of this page.