With the Ski Show behind us, the next big event is the opening of Espace Killy on December 1 – which is always the semi-official start of the ski season in Europe. Conditions on the Grand Motte glacier are looking good at the moment – and it was announced today that from November 10 you’ll be able to ski down to resort level in Tignes. (The photo above was taken in neighbouring Val d’Isere on November 7 by John Yates-Smith of YSE.) Elsewhere the snow has also been accumulating nicely at altitude, although a thaw has set in lower down. But that’s normal at this time of year.
Now that November is here, it’s time to get serious about booking your trip. If you’re aiming for one of the busier weeks, and you want a reasonable choice of where to stay, when to go and how to get there you need to get the details sorted quickly. Even those in search of ski deals for pre-Christmas or mid-January holidays can think about booking now: because we’ve started seeing the first big discounts coming through this week. Ski Total, for example, is now offering pre-Christmas weeks in Tignes for £400, half-board, including flights and transfers.
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 for the week ahead:
£263pp Ski Apartments in Valloire for New Year
There’s 20% off holidays to Valloire, with a week going for £263pp (reduced from £329pp) based on four people sharing a one-bedroom four-person apartment in Les Valmonts. The offer is for accommodation only commencing December 29 and must be booked before November 17. Visit Ski Apartments for details.
Early December for £219pp with SkiWeekends to Brides-les-Bains
Receive £50 off online bookings per couple when using the promotional code show2012. Prices start at £219pp half board in three-star Club Hotel Verseau in Brides-les-Bains, departing December 7 for four nights and including coach travel. Visit SkiWeekends for details.
Verbier chalet in January for £618pp with Sno
Stay in catered Chalet Medran in the lively resort of Verbier for £618pp (was £956pp) for the week starting January 12, based on two people sharing a room. More information is available from Sno.
Alpine Elements to Chamonix in early December for £521pp
Spend seven nights in a chalet-hotel in Chamonix for £521pp, which is a saving of £150pp. The price includes half board and flights from Gatwick departing December 9. Other resorts are also available and further information from Alpine Elements.
Ski Collection’s Christmas deal in Flaine from £333pp
Spend Christmas week in Flaine-Foret, part of the extensive Grand Massif ski area. Stylish Les Terrasses de Veret is ski-in ski-out with an indoor pool and sauna. It now costs from £333pp (was £431pp) for seven nights self-catering based on four people sharing a two-bedroom apartment. Price includes Eurotunnel crossings for one car and passengers, with free FlexiPlus upgrade. Book before November 17 for this ski deal. More details from Ski Collection.
Powder White’s Verbier chalet for £549pp in January
Seven nights at Chalet Verona in Verbier is available for £549pp based on a January 12 arrival, with a flight included to the value of £100pp. The offer is available on fully catered chalet bookings throughout the season (excluding Christmas, New Year and half term and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers). Book through Powder White.
Peak Retreats’ Valloire offer in January for £266pp
Save 20% for bookings made before November 17 in the charming village of Valloire in the Maurienne Valley. Accommodation is in the traditional Les Valmont apartments, located close to the slopes and near the resort centre. Prices now start from £266pp (was from £291pp) for seven nights self-catering based on five people sharing a two-bedroom alcove apartment for the week of January 5. The price is accommodation-only, plus ski hire and lift passes for two adults and three children. Go to Peak Retreats for more details.
Madonna di Campiglio luxury from £980pp in December with Ski Solutions
Stay seven nights half board at the four-star Majestic Mountain Charme in the heart of the old town, including a six-day lift pass and 20% off ski hire/lessons and private transfer. From £980pp based on departures on December 15. Further information from Ski Solutions.
Kranjska Gora in early January for £299pp with Crystal
Spend a week half board at three-star Hotel Alpina in Slovenia. The price is now £299pp (save £200pp) with departure on January 5 from Belfast, Glasgow or Manchester (other airports also available) – to Salzburg, with resort transfers included. More details from Crystal Ski.
December in Obergurgl from £569pp with Inghams
Seven nights half board at three-star Hotel Sportiv in the delightful resort of Obergurgl now starts at £569pp, saving £190pp, and departs December 15. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, use of the leisure facilities at interconnecting Hotel Crystal, a daily apres-ski buffet, weekly evening entertainment and child supervision at the Hotel Crystal. For more information and bookings visit Inghams.
Skiworld’s £339.50 Christmas offer in Solden
There are half price places for children at Christmas in selected chalets. Chalet Karl Riml in Solden on December 23 is now £339.50 (was £679pp), which is a saving of 50%. Flights are from Gatwick, with transfers and catered chalet accommodation included. Bookings with Skiworld.
Meribel for Christmas for £372pp with Erna Low
There’s 12% off accommodation prices at Christmas. For example, in Meribel Mottaret it’s £372pp (reduced from £416pp) on December 22 based on four people sharing a one-bedroom, four-person apartment in Les Sentiers du Tueda. The self-catering ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrade, but not flights. Visit Erna Low for details.
St Johann in Tirol in early January for £415pp with Thomson
Spend a week half board at Hotel Post in St Johann in Tirol for for £415pp (save £200pp) departing January 5 from Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, (other airports also available) to Salzburg, with resort transfers. Visit Thomson Ski for details.
Stop Press….Two Val d’Isere deals just in!
Ski Total to Val d’Isere for £359pp in December
Spend seven nights in Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins in Val d’Isere, commencing December 9 for £359pp (was £529pp). The chalet hotel is at the foot of La Daille, three minutes from the high-speed gondola. The price includes flights from Southampton to Geneva (other airports available), transfers, and seven nights’ catered accommodation. Go to Ski Total for more information.
Esprit’s Val d’Isere offer in February for £749pp
Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie in Val d’Isere is now £749 per adult (was £1119) with children from 50% discount for the week commencing February 10. Price includes flights from Southampton to Geneva (other airports available), transfers, and seven nights’ catered accommodation Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £199 for a week of exclusive Esprit ski lessons. Visit Esprit for details.
…and an equipment deal
Intersport is offering 40% off all ski hire booked online for French resorts. For example, if you are staying in Flaine, Les Gets or Meribel over February half term, you will save at least 41% (80€) per adult and 60€ per child for six days’ rental. This means that a family of two adults and two children could be saving 280€ on a one-week holiday. And if you book between November 16-19, children’s safety equipment hire is free.