Winter is certainly here, as you will have felt from the drop in temperatures at home, and if you haven’t already checked our most recent snow report… do so now! As John Yates-Smith of Val d’Isere specialist YSE reports: “Ratraks are grooming the fresh snow on the Face de Bellevarde. In just eight days, the best male skiers in the world will open the European leg of the World Cup tour here”. Looks like it’s time to go skiing.
If want an early break, a January trip, or plan to ski one of the high season weeks – look no further. To have a reasonable choice of where to stay, when to go and how to get there this winter, it makes sense to book as soon as you can.
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 best ski deals this week:
Meribel and Val d’Isere from £285pp with Fish&Pips
A week in either Meribel or Val d’Isere now costs £285pp (was £365pp). This is based on a catered chalet service with free-flowing wine and beer. Price does not include flights or transfers. As well as this, a whole 3 Valleys or Espace Killy adult ski pass is on offer for 115€ (40% off), there’s 20% off your ski hire with Slide Candy in Meribel, and one-way easyJet flights from £35. Bookings can be on both sole occupancy or room-by-room basis and the offer is valid until the December 8. Contact Fish&Pips for more details.
La Plagne from £869pp with VIP
The Annecy Suite in La Plagne overlooks the pistes, lifts and nursery slopes. A week there from December 16 is now £699pp, down from £869, which is a saving of £170. The price includes return Gatwick flights and resort transfers, as well as chalet board catering. For further information visit VIP.
Val d’Isere from £399pp with Powder White
Close to the Solaise and Bellevarde ski lifts, Chalet Hokkaido is perfectly located in Val d’Isere. Powder White is offering seven nights full catered from December 15 from £399pp – saving £300pp – or £3392 (£339pp) self-catering, based on 10 people sharing. For reservations visit Powder White.
Val Thorens for £414pp with Sno
Stay a week at Chalet Maryse in the snow-sure resort of Val Thorens, flying from Stansted on December 15. The price is now £414pp (was £668pp) and is based on two people sharing. For further details and bookings visit Sno.
Les Houches for £119pp with Erna Low
There’s 20% off the accommodation price at Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley. It now costs £119pp (reduced from £138pp) on December 15, based on four people sharing a two-bedroom, six-person apartment in Les Balcons d’Anaite. The ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrade. Go to Erna Low for details. Go to Erna Low for details.
Verbier for £399pp with Ski Total
Take an early ski trip to Verbier for £399pp (was £659pp), staying for seven nights from December 16 in Chalet Hotel Montpelier, with a wellness centre and swimming-pool. The price includes Southampton to Geneva flights (other departure airports available), transfers, and catered accommodation with free Wifi. Visit Ski Total for further information.
Lech luxury for £1240pp with Ski Solutions
Staying five nights half board in the four-star boutique Hotel Kristiania in Lech now costs from £1240pp including Gatwick flights and private transfers. There will be a welcome bottle of Champagne and chocolates on arrival, as well as a picnic in the snow. The offer is based on departures on December 15 with four people sharing. More information from Ski Solutions.
Les Arcs from £365pp with ifyouski
Seven nights in the fully catered three-star Chalet Cicero in Les Arcs now starts at £365pp (save £154pp) based on departures from Gatwick on December 15 and including transfers. The chalet sleeps eight. More information from ifyouski.
£259pp and BOGOF lift passes for Meribel with Skiweekends
Stay at Club Hotel Verseau in Brides Les Bains (below Meribel) and ski for the weekend with lift passes on a buy-one-get-one-free basis. The dates are between December 13 and 20, with three days’ skiing flanked either side by coach travel from London to the resort, missing out on the airport queues. The price for the weekend trip is £259pp including coach travel and half board accommodation, along with the option to purchase two lift passes for the Meribel area for the price of one. For more information visit Skiweekends.
A white Christmas
Val Cenis from £359pp with Peak Retreats
Spend the Christmas week in the offbeat resort of Val Cenis in the Maurienne Valley. Accommodation is in Les Alpages de Val Cenis, with its outdoor heated pool and spa/fitness area, costing from £359pp (was £446pp). The price is based on four people sharing a two-bedroom apartment and includes return Eurotunnel crossing for one car and passengers. Book by December 9 to make this saving. Visit Peak Retreats for details.
New Year celebrations
Whistler for £1589pp with Crystal Ski
Stay 14 nights at the lovely Fairmont Chateau Whistler, where the accommodation is room only. It now costs £1589pp (saving £220pp) based on four people sharing – so perfectly feasible for a family. The departure date to Whistler is December 29, flying from Heathrow to Vancouver with transfers included. Visit Crystal Ski for details.
La Rosiere for £415pp with Ski Collection
Stay at the luxury MGM Les Cimes Blanches in La Rosiere, with an indoor heated swimming-pool and spa facilities, for only £415pp (was £459pp). The holiday is seven nights self-catering over the New Year week and the price is based on eight people sharing a three-bedroom apartment, including return Eurotunnel crossings for one car and passengers. Further information from Ski Collection.
Belle Plagne for £214pp with Ski Apartments
There’s 20% off in Belle Plagne, with a week going for £214pp (reduced from £268pp) based on two people sharing a four-person studio apartment in Residence Cassiopee. The price is for seven nights accommodation-only from January 26. Visit Ski Apartments for more details.
Champoluc for £811pp with Ski 2
There’s now a completely free full-day nursery care (normally £44 per day) in Champoluc for those aged four and under for any number of days between January 6 and 20. Staffed by British nannies, this offer is available to those booking any Ski 2 holiday or short break. For example, seven nights half board at Hotel Petit Abri is £811pp with an infant at £100. This includes a six-day area lift pass, return transfers, daily snack lunches at a choice of mountain restaurants. For further information visit Ski 2.
Grindelwald from £429pp with Inghams
Spend a week half board in the traditional resort of Grindelwald (which has two ski areas, one shared with Wengen), staying at the three-star Hotel Jungfrau Lodge from £429pp (saving £320pp). Departure is January 5 and the price includes return Gatwick to Geneva flights. alternative flights are also available from Birmingham (+£29), Bristol (+£39), Edinburgh (+£49) and Manchester (+£29). For more information visit Inghams.
Verbier chalet for 39,800CHF with CK Verbier
Chalet Kernow is now available for the week starting January 6 at a reduced rate. The full CK Verbier five-star bespoke service and complimentary return transfers from Geneva airport now costs 39,800CHF (sleeps 10-14 people), which is a saving of 25,200CHF on the usual price – with transfer savings of up to 2,500CHF. Visit CK Verbier for bookings.
St Anton from £375pp with Esprit Ski
Chalet Markus in St Anton is now £325pp (was £729pp) for the week commencing January 6. The price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,300 (was up to £2,041) and includes return Gatwick to Innsbruck flights, resort transfers, Wifi, babysitting, and seven nights’ catered chalet accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £199 for a week of exclusive Esprit ski lessons. Go to Esprit Ski for more information.
Half term in the Alps
Courchevel free lift kids lift pass with Ski Bluebird
During half term there are free ski passes for those under the age of 18. The holiday price is £899pp for the week starting February 9, and £1,049pp on February 16, staying at ski-in ski-out Chalet Barragiste in Courchevel 1550. This includes full chalet catering and transfers to and from the airport. More details from Ski Bluebird.