Travel challenge: A skiing holiday for February half-term

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a family skiing holiday during February half term. Our research has shown that many specialist family ski companies have already sold out of February half- term holidays. However some of the larger tour operators still have some interesting deals. Prices quoted are for a family of two adults and two children departing for a week on Sunday 20 February.

Esprit Ski

£3,828: Chamonix, France

Includes flights departing Stansted, transfers, catered accommodation at the Chalet Hotel Sapinière with wine and a daily minibus shuttle service to the ski lifts. "The chalet hotel option is ideal for families, with all the child-care facilities in-house plus free baby-listening on offer every night – a real sense of home from home for both parents and children," says Moira Clarke at Esprit (01252 618 300; espritski.com).

Directski.com

£3,056: Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Includes flights departing Gatwick, self-catering accommodation in a one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to five people at the Manzano Apartments, ski and boot hire, lessons and lift passes for two adults and two children. "Pas de la Casa is an ideal resort for families who are learning to ski because it has lots of wide open slopes and an excellent ski school," says Neal Collins of Directski.com (0800 358 0448; Directski.com).

Thomson Ski

£3,055: Pragelato, Italy

Includes flights departing Gatwick, transfers and half board at the four-star Pragelato Village Resort & Spa in the Milky Way ski area. "A beautiful property with rooms located in chalet-style Alpine cottages scattered throughout the resort, all finished to a very impressive standard of design and facilities. The 400km of runs of the Milky Way ski area are conveniently accessed via a cable car right at the entrance to the complex. With a wealth of facilities available a few steps from your cottage, including a children's miniclub, impressive swimming pool, wellness and beauty centre, prepare to relax in a hotel that is ideal for those who want to get away from it all amidst spectacular mountain scenery," says Ian Davis at Thomson Ski (0871 971 0578; thomsonski.co.uk).

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