Now that we’re halfway through August and the start of the autumn school term is just three weeks away, it’s time to turn your thoughts to snow. It’s been falling in Breckenridge this week – a sure sign that the season is just around the corner. The early skier catches the best offers…so here are 14 early booking ski deals to whet your appetite.
£141pp in Val Cenis with Peak Retreats
Stay in the traditional Le Criterium at the foot of the slopes in Val Cenis and you’ll save 10%. Prices are now from £141pp (was £157pp) for seven nights self-catering and includes return Eurotunnel crossings with FlexiPlus upgrade. This is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment and bookings must be made at least three months in advance to take advantage of the saving. For more information visit Peak Retreats.
Chamonix from £507pp with Ski Independence
New for the tour operator next season is Hotel l’Heliopic in Chamonix. Seven nights are on offer for the price of six, which at £507pp B&B is a saving of 10%. To take advantage of the deal you will need to book by September 30. Short breaks are also available, with three nights starting at £351pp B&B. Further details from Ski Independence.
£259pp in Val Thorens with Erna Low
There’s 10% off the accommodation price in Val Thorens, where it now costs £259pp (reduced from £285pp) based on eight people sharing a three-bedroom + sauna eight-person apartment in Les Montagnettes – Le Chalet de la Lombarde. The self-catering, ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrade. Accommodation is for seven nights starting January 4 and the offer must be booked by October 30 to receive the discount. Further details from Erna Low.
Val d’Isere with Esprit Ski for £583pp
Book early at Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie in the heart of Val d’Isere, and receive up to £120 per couple off the brochure price. On January 26 stay in a quad room for seven nights at £583pp. This includes flights from Southampton, return transfers and chalet board, and is based on a family of four at a total of £2,332. Children under five years receive lift pass and equipment hire free while adults can take advantage of the Buy one get one Half Price offer on lift passes for the Espace Killy area. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £199 for a week of exclusive Esprit ski lessons. Visit Esprit for information.
Free first-time ski packages in Seefeld and St Johann with Crystal
There is a limited number of free first-time ski or board packages available in Seefeld and St Johann, during selected weeks in January and March. The package includes tuition, equipment hire and a lift pass for the week. To take advantage of the offer, book by November 15 with Crystal Ski.
St Anton and Val breaks from £99pp per night with VIP Ski
Short breaks are available in both Val d’Isere and St Anton in a range of chalets and at Hotel Montjola in St Anton. From December 1 to 15 the breaks are available from £99pp per night. Alternatively book seven nights in Val d’Isere from £449pp excluding travel, with return transfers from Geneva available at £50pp. For bookings and more details visit VIP Ski.
Belle Plagne with Lagrange Holidays from £820/apartment/week
Book a ski break in Belle Plagne for the week commencing April 19, making the booking before February 1 to save 30% on the cost of accommodation in Le Chalet du Vallon apartments. The high-standard apartments, with sauna and whirlpool, are located 50m from the slopes. A two-bedroom apartment sleeping six people is now £820 per apartment per week, based on accommodation-only – so that’s a saving of £338 on the usual weekly prices. For more information visit Lagrange Holidays.
Powder White’s early booking offers
Treat yourself to a winter getaway with up to 20% off ski apartments if you book before September 30 for this coming season. The handpicked selection of apartments are in 10 resorts in the French Alps. There’s also free ski hire for the whole family if you book a fully-catered chalet holiday for the weeks commencing December 8 and 15. Further details are available from Powder White.
£100 off all Sainte Foy holidays with Premiere Neige
There’s now £100pp off all catered holidays with the specialist operator to Sainte Foy. You can choose from a range of luxury properties with log fires, balconies, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas – in ski-in ski-out locations. Further details from Premiere Neige.
Luxury chalets offer 20% discount with CK Verbier
There’s 20% off bookings for the Christmas week commencing December 22 – in the lively resort of Verbier, complete with Michelin-trained chefs and gifts for all guests. For example, Chalet Kernow was 65,000CHF and is now 52,000CHF; Bella Coola chalet was 60,000CHF and is now 48,000 CHF; and Fontanet was 64,500CHF and is now reduced to 51,600CHF. For more information contact CK Verbier.
£143pp to Serre Chevalier with Ski Apartments
There is 15% off in Serre Chevalier, with one week at £143pp (reduced from £169pp) based on four people sharing a one-bedroom four-person apartment at Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc. This price is for accommodation-only on April 5. More details available from Ski Apartments.
Val Thorens from £204pp with Ski Collection
Chalet Altitude is ideally located close to the slopes in Val Thorens and has apartments sleeping up to 14 people. You can now save 10% with prices starting at £204pp (was £226pp) for seven nights self-catering. The price is based on 10 people sharing a four-bedroom apartment and bookings need to be made by September 15. Self-drive packages are also bookable. For further information visit Ski Collection.
Avoriaz apartment from £653 with Pierre & Vacances
Residence Atria-Crozats is one of the more recent developments in Avoriaz and has a spa area within the residence. Aquariaz will be into its second season – the highest waterpark in Europe – and is not to be missed. A one-bedroom apartment for four to five people arriving on the January 11 starts at £653, which is a reduction in price of £163 from the full price of £816. For more details visit Pierre & Vacances.
Whistler for £1299pp with Ski Safari
The recently-refurbished Crystal Lodge in Whistler now starts at £1,299pp for 10 nights. The price includes return flights and transfers, with accommodation on a room-only basis. For more information visit Ski Safari.