Austria's population is small. German holidays are likely what matter in Austria. The German holidays vary by region. My link from last year showed which regions had which weeks, but the new link does not. 8 of the 10 weeks between Jan. 30 and April 16 have someone off in Germany. I read somewhere that Bavaria and a few other places in Europe have Mardi Gras week (Feb. 6-13 next year) off and that in general that's one to avoid, especially if it coincides with the British or French holidays.jamesdeluxe":a0v9whyu said:I notice that they don't include Austria, maybe because its nine regions stagger their school holidays.
15% of Germany plus a few Poles and Czechs should not be a big deal that week. Really, the 3rd week of February with the Brits and 2/3 of French is the only one that probably approaches the madness of Christmas. Our Zermatt trip in 2014 was 2nd week of February and we did not have any crowd issues.jamesdeluxe":udynbk3j said:Just like last year, Jan 30 - Feb 6 is my target week.
The length of the summer holidays varies a lot across EuropeScaaltey":3kf6mx8r said:Thanks for adding this year's calendar, Tony. I have a hotel booked in Verbier for March 5-10, which looks like it should be pretty ideal crowd-wise. Only potential issue I see is non-North faces being in the awkward transition to spring snow--do you know how much of the best terrain faces north in Verbier?
If you look at the Italian color, Mardi Gras week is next highest to the two at Christmas. There's also an Easter holiday. When we were in the Cinque Terre a week before Easter, we were told that Easter weekend itself would be crazy busy there.Do the Italian resorts escape the February crush since it appears their schools do not appear to have mid-winter half terms?