The ski season in Europe mainly runs from December until mid-April, and during that timewe seeprices, snow conditions and busyness onthe slopesfluctuate wildly.

Of course, we can never accurately predict conditions for the coming year (even with the most energetic of team snow dances) but as a general rule,each month of the season has its own advantages.

So, when is the best time to book a skiing or snowboarding holiday? The answer really depends on what you’re looking for. Perfect powder? Uncrowded pistes? Après-ski buzz? Check out our month-by-month ski season rundown: