The big news last Wednesday was the start of the Colorado ski season, when Arapahoe Basin opened its first trail to the public. That was quickly followed by fresh snow in Lake Louise and Whistler in Canada. We’ve also had a snowfall in the Alps – though it was followed by a thaw. But it’s only October…so there’s still a long time to go.
Now is definitely the time to think about a pre-Christmas or Christmas ski trip, and you’ll still find some good ski deals available. To have a reasonable choice of where to stay, when to go and how to get there this winter, it makes sense to book by November.
In our weekly post we feature a selection of good 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 some good ski deals for this winter:
Esprit family Christmas in Val d’Isere for £475pp
Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie in Val d’Isere is now £475pp (was £855pp) for the week starting December 23. The price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children aged two to 12 years) at £1,899 (was £3,420). It includes return Southampton-Geneva flights (other flights available), transfers, three days ski hosting, babysitting, and seven nights’ catered chalet hotel accommodation. Childcare from £199 per week. Go to Esprit Ski for details.
Meribel with Alpine Elements for £749pp
Stay seven nights at Chalet Hedras in Meribel for £749pp, saving £200pp. The price includes Gatwick flights and half board accommodation, with departure on February 10. Bookings are through Alpine Elements.
Pre-Christmas in St Anton with Inghams for £399pp
Stay at the two-star Chalet Rose in the lively resort of St Anton from £399pp (was £599pp), departing December 8. The price includes seven nights catered accommodation, return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, and resort transfers. Visit Inghams for details.
Morzine Christmas with Skiweekends for £359pp
Spend six nights at Club Chalet Gourmet in Morzine from December 22 for £359pp including half-price equipment hire. Children up to 12 years receive a 15% discount when sharing a room with two adults. The price includes return coach travel from London Victoria on a chalet board basis. Ski five days and sleep six nights. For more information visit Skiweekends.
Val d’Isere with VIP for £519pp with lift pass savings
Head to Val d’Isere December 2 or 9 and if you pre-book your six-day Espace Killy lift pass you pay just £110pp – saving over £90pp. For December 16 departures the lift pass offer price is £180pp – a saving of 10%. Stay in Club Bellevarde, on the edge of the Santons piste, which that can be reserved by the room. Seven nights from December 2 costs £519pp, £444 per child (age two to 12 years), £125 for infants under two years. Price includes chalet board accommodation, but not flights or transfers. Visit VIP for details.
Ski Amis £379 offer in La Tania
The tour operator has lots of excellent offers in French resorts at the moment, including £379pp (was £499pp) for a week half board commencing January 19 at Chalet Christine in La Tania. The log-cabin style chalet sleeps 28 and is close to the lifts. Further information from Ski Amis.
Banff in January from £899pp with Ski Solutions
Save 25% and get a free room upgrade at the four-star Caribou Lodge & Spa in Banff. Seven nights room only with flights, free ski carriage and Gatwick lounge access from £899pp based on January 19 departures. Further details from Ski Solutions.
Avoriaz pre-Christmas with Ski Total for £459pp
Stay seven nights for 459pp (was £639pp) in Chalet Violetta, on the edge of the piste in Avoriaz, commencing December 16. The price includes flights from Southampton to Geneva (other departure airports available), transfers, and catered accommodation. More information from Ski Total.
Chalet luxury in St Anton for £408pp with Sno
Stay half board in five-star Chalet Inge in St Anton, departing from Gatwick on December 16 for seven nights. The chalet sleeps 32 and the price is now £408pp (was £658pp). There’s also a 2-for-1 equipment rental offer. Visit Sno for more details.
Winter Park in Colorado with Crystal Ski for £785pp
There’s a 2 for 1 lift pass saving up to £292 per couple (book by November 15). Stay room-only in three-star Vintage Resort for £785pp (save £150pp) based on four people sharing. Departure date is January 30 from Heathrow to Denver with BA flights, and airport transfers included. Go to Crystal Ski for details.
Val d’Isere in February with Ifyouski for £869pp
Spend seven nights half board in Chalet La Saulire in Val d’Isere from £869pp, with bookings for six people receiving the equivalent of half a place free (works at a saving of £454). The chalet sleeps 14 with full en suite facilities. Prices are based on departures from London on February 3 including private transfers. Go to Ifyouski for details.
Free ski passes and ski hire for half term and Easter with Powder White
A kids-ski-free campaign offers savings of over £200 per child in peak weeks for bookings made by November 16. Children aged 12 and under receive a free local ski pass and free equipment hire for six days when staying in a catered chalet in Verbier, Courchevel, Meribel, Val d’Isere or St Anton. The offer is valid on peak weeks of February 9 and 16, March 23 and 30, and April 6. Children also receive a further 10% discount on catered chalet holidays. Details from Powder White.
…and a competition…
Win a Le Ski holiday
Pay your deposit for a Le Ski holiday between now and 5pm on Monday November 5 and you will be automatically entered into a prize draw. The winner (to be drawn on Tuesday November 6) will have the cost of one adult’s holiday reduced to £0 on their booking confirmation. The operator has holidays in Val d’Isere, Courchevel 1650 and La Tania. To enter, visit Le Ski.