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Half Term Austria/Germany

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Half Term Austria/Germany

Hi

Anyone know when the Austrian and German February half term holidays fall

2014 and whether it makes a difference to the queues, pistes etc. Thanks.

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1. Re: Half Term Austria/Germany

German/Austrian half terms move around every year. In Germany there are even different dates for different states.

Yes it gets a lot busier. In ski resorts also popular with british families it can also get a lot busier.

I've been skiing during UK half term when NOT coincident with German/Austrian and has been busy but ok. Been when all 3 have been coincident and it has been unbelievable. Lift queues generally very busy in the morning (and evening around 4pm if you go somewhere you cant ski down). Ski areas themselves generally ok ( in a good ski area with good lift systems). Biggest problem is lunchtime. If on your own you may find space but as a family you can end up not finding anywhere. Has happened to us on a number of occasions. We tend to go to lunch at 11:30

2014 Half term.

The following website gives you an idea. There is an English version but not always as well laid out as the German version. You will see that Bayern is early March but other parts of Germany cover various parts of Feb

schulferien.org/Schulferien_nach_Jahren/2014…

You will see in Austria "Semester" for most states is up to mid Feb

schulferien.org/Ferien_Oesterreich/ferien_oe…

In the UK many schools half term will be 15-23 Feb

Best week would appear to be last week in Feb

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2. Re: Half Term Austria/Germany

The previous reply was a bit generic - specifically in Saalbach and Hinterglemm, there are very few long queues, even at half-term, as most of the main lifts in both villages have been upgraded in the last 5 years. As an example, last season at half-term the longest I queued was for 10 minutes (at 10.00 at the Bernkogel gondola). The following day at around 09.50 I walked straight onto the same lift. The Schonleiten lift, down the valley towards Viehofen, can get very busy (15 mins or more) as it caters for day-trippers coming up the valley, but if you stay in the village (Saalbach or Hinterglemm) then apart from 10.00, when the ski schools start, queues are not bad.

The point about eating on the mountain is valid. It's best to eat before 11.45 or after 13.15. You also get the slopes to yourselves while everyone else is at lunch!

The Austrian half-term has little impact on how busy the resorts get. The nationalities that fill the resorts are the Danes and Swedes in Week 7 and 8 and the Dutch in Hinterglemm in Weeks 8-9-10. Week 10 (March 1st) in 2014 is Fasching, so will be slightly busier than usual. The comparatively few British guests in S-H, even at half-term, have no impact on the queues.

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