If you’re reading this post, you’ll probably know by now that it’s been snowing in the Alps – from the Italian Dolomites to the Austrian glaciers – and not forgetting Scandinavia further north. Over in North America, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is due to open its first ski trails today. If you are starting to think about that pre-Christmas and Christmas ski trip, you’ll find some great ski deals still available right now. To have a reasonable choice of where to stay, when to go and how to get there this winter, it makes sense to book between now and November.
In our weekly post we feature the top ski deals available from a variety of tour operators. Make sure you also check out the offers pages on tour operator websites, and don’t forgot the likes of ifyouski.com, igluski.com, Ski Solutions, and Snowfinders. Check also our features on airline luggage allowances and driving.
Here are our top ski deals this week:
December in Val Thorens from £323pp with Erna Low
There’s 10% off the accommodation price in Val Thorens. It now costs £323pp (reduced from £356pp) based on six people sharing a two-bedroom-plus-cabin apartment in Village Montana. The ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with a free FlexiPlus upgrade. Accommodation is for seven nights starting March 16, and to receive the discount the holiday must be booked before December 15. Visit Erna Low for details.
Levi in Lapland from £699pp with Inghams
Seven nights half-board at the 4.5 star Levitunturi Spa Hotel now start at £699pp (was £897pp) departing December 9. The hotel has a new spa and children facilities, including a massive 17 indoor and outdoor swimming-pools, a bowling alley and children’s playhouse, and is located a short walk from the resort centre. The price includes flights from Gatwick to Kittila and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Manchester at a supplement. For more information visit Inghams.
Four-bedroom Verbier Christmas Chalet for £15,000 with Verbier Exclusive
The Christmas week is still available at lovely Chalet Entre Ciel et Terre (four bedrooms), which is now reduced from £16,800 to £15,000 for the whole chalet for seven nights half-board starting December 23. Book this with Verbier Exclusive.
£499pp for pre-Christmas in St Anton with Ski Total
Spend a week at Chalet Helvetia in St Anton from December 16 for £499pp (was £739pp). The chalet is in the suburb of Nasserein with the lift and slopes just 50 metres away. The holiday price includes flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, and catered chalet accommodation with free Wifi. Go to Ski Total for further information.
Cervinia in December from £459pp with Crystal
An all-inclusive holiday at three-star Hotel Petit Palais (all meals and free drinks included) in Cervinia is now £459pp (save £190pp) departing December 16 from Gatwick to Turin, with airport transfers. Visit Crystal Ski for details.
Peak Retreats £690pp break in Serre Chevalier
Book before November 18 to receive the 15% off a holiday in Serre Chevalier. For example, a week self-catering at Residence L’Adret Chantemerle now starts at £690pp (previously £774pp) based on four people sharing a two-bedroom apartment on February 16. Price includes Eurotunnel crossings for one car as well as four lift passes. (A £20 supplement each way may be made if travelling on peak dates.) Visit Peak Retreats for more information.
From £155pp at half-term in La Clusaz with Lagrange
Book a week’s stay in La Clusaz for February half-term before October 31 and you wil benefit from 10% off the usual apartment prices. For example, a one-bedroom apartment sleeping six in La Residence is now £155pp (was £172pp) for the week commencing February 16. The price is based on accommodation-only for six people sharing. Return Dover to Calais ferry crossings can be added at an additional £99. For more information, go to Lagrange.
January in Obergurgl from £338pp with Esprit Ski
A week at Chalet Verwall in Obergurgl is now £338pp (was £468pp) commencing January 13. The chalet is one of only two catered family chalets in the resort. The price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children aged two to 10 years) at a total of £1349 (was £1872) for the family. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, three days’ ski hosting, Wifi, babysitting, and seven nights’ catered chalet accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £199 for a week of exclusive Esprit ski lessons. Visit Esprit Ski for more bookings.
Christmas in Ellmau for £429pp with Thomson
Chalet Enzian in Ellmau, part of the Skiwelt area, is now going for £429pp (saving £300pp) for a week half-board. Departure is December 22 from Newcastle to Salzburg, with resort transfers included. Flights from other major airports can be booked at a supplement. Further information available from Thomson Ski.
£479pp early season in Tignes with Alpine Elements
There’s a seven-night early season offer at Chalet Neve in Tignes. It now costs £479pp including return Gatwick flights departing December 2 and half-board accommodation, which is a saving of £150pp. Other resorts are also available. Contact Alpine Elements for more details.
January in Banff for £1039pp with Skiworld
If you book before October 31, you and a friend can stay in The Brewster’s Mountain Lodge in Banff for seven nights on January 12 for £1039pp (was £1192pp, so it’s a saving of £150pp). The package includes direct flights with Air Canada, transfers and B&B accommodation just off Main Street. Go to Skiworld for bookings.
Half term in Les Orres for £375pp with Ski Collection
Stay at the four-star La Combe d’Or in unspoilt Les Orres. Prices are 375pp (was from £428pp) for seven nights self-catering based on four people sharing a one-bedroom apartment. Price includes Eurotunnel crossings for one car and a one-week lift pass for all people sharing the apartment. Visit Ski Collection for more information.
Lift pass and transfer deals
We’ve added another couple of offers here. They’re not accommodation discounts, but alternative ways of saving money on your holiday.
Free January transfers to Les Carroz and Morzine with Skiology
Free resort transfers worth 340€ are being offered for groups of eight or more on a week (costing from £449pp) or a weekend (from £299pp). The company has catered chalets in Les Carroz and Morzine, and prices include half-board accommodation. More information is available from Skiology.
Free lift passes in Courchevel 1650 with Powder White
Free lift passes are on offer in ultra-comfortable Le Portetta in Courchevel 1650 for bookings made by October 31. The offer is valid for half-board stays beginning December 15, January 5, March 16 and April 6. The hotel is at the foot of the slopes and comes complete with a spa and fabulous restaurant. Seven nights in a double room costs from 2590€ per room half-board. Further details from Powder White.