Only 22 weeks left to the start of the season! Ok, so hopefully we’ll see a bit of real summer along the way, but now is the time to pick up an advanced booking bargain. Cash-hungry tour operators are offering early enticements that range from free lifts passes to free beds.
It’s worth bearing in mind that next winter’s high season dates are as follows, give or take a day or two: Christmas week – December 21-28, New Year – December 28–January 4, half term – February 15-22, Easter weeks – April 5-12 and 12-19. Here are the latest early booking deals – although we say we have 10 offers, we will be adding more as they come in.
Le Ski’s savings in Couchevel and Val d’Isere
Free lift passes, free creche place and bigger group discounts are all available until July 31. The free ski passes are on offer for Courchevel (save 219€ per person) and Espace Killy (save 252€ per person) on Christmas week starting December 22, and on all January departures. There is also free childcare in the private creches – which is a saving of £250 per child – on the weeks starting February 2 and 9, March 2, 9, 16 and 23. On August 1 the free places ratio goes down by at least half a place, so the saving made in booking by July 31 could be as high as £778. To take advantage of any of these offers, visit Le Ski.
Lagrange 15% off apartments in La Plagne
Book before August 5 and save 15% on selected dates at the ski-in ski-out Les Chalets Edelweiss apartments in Plagne 1800 – conveniently located in the centre of the resort and 20m from the ESF ski school meeting point. A week in a one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to four people in Les Chalets Edelweiss start from £470 per apartment, accommodation-only. More information from Lagrange.
Powder White’s 20% discount to French resorts
Powder White is offering a 20% discount for bookings made by October 31 on a range of apartment holidays in resorts including Tignes, Val Thorens and Avoriaz. For example, stay seven nights in a one-bedroom apartment at Les Temples Du Soleil in Val Thorens arriving April 12 and you’ll pay €134pp, based on four people sharing, which is a saving €134 per apartment. Further details from Powder White.
20% off Christmas holidays in Avoriaz with Erna Low
There’s 20% off accommodation in Avoriaz for seven nights starting on December 21. It now costs £293pp (reduced from £359pp) based on six people sharing a one-bedroom + cabin six/seven person apartment in La Saskia Falaise. The ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrade. Bookings must be made by November 5 to receive the discount. Further details from
VIP’s new short breaks to St Anton and Val d’Isere
The operator is now offering short ski breaks to Val d’Isere and St Anton between December 1 and 22. Accommodation is in comfortable Hotel Montjola in St Anton, and in Val d’Isere VIP SKI’s conveniently situated Aspen Lodge. Prices will be £149pp per night for a minimum of three nights half board. For example, a long weekend break arriving on a Thursday and leaving on a Sunday (three days skiing) costs from £447 at Aspen Lodge. Price includes catered chalet accommodation. Flights and transport to resort not included but can be arranged at a supplement. More information from VIP Ski.
Snowfinders 2-for-1 lift pass deals in France
At the moment you can find some of the best prices, free places for groups, and 2-for-1 lift pass deals. As well as this, next seasons prices are at their lowest. The 2-for-1 lift pass deals are available for the following holidays: Chalet Millega in Val d’Isere which has seven nights from £619pp, Chalet Amandier in Serre Chevalier offers seven nights from £564pp, and Chalet Les Arolles in Les Deux Alpes has seven nights from £584pp. More details from Snowfinders.
Alpine Elements all-inclusive holidays to French resorts
The operator now has all-inclusive holidays from £629pp. Seven nights would include a free area lift pass, free ski hire or free ski carriage, half board accommodation in a hotel or catered chalet, flights from Gatwick (others available), and transfers. This applies to Val d’Isere, Meribel, Morzine, La Plagne and La Tania. Further information from Alpine Elements.
Val d’Isere 10% discount with Consensio Holidays
Book the whole of Chalet Montana in Val d’Isere and you’ll receive a 10% discount on the weeks starting January 26 to February 2 or March 23-30. The rate with discount is £24,750 including full chalet board. The chalet comes with a full staff including a private chef and in-resort chauffeur and offers extraordinary luxury in the exclusive enclave of Les Carats, with ski-in ski-out access. The chalet sleeps 10 adults and five children. To take advantage of this offer bookings must be made before July 31. Further details from Consensio.
Ski Safari’s Whistler deal
Spend 10 nights in Whistler for £1,139pp, which is a saving of over 40% on accommodation. Accommodation is in a three-star property based on four sharing a two-bedroom condo – the options are the Stoney Creek Lagoons, Tyndall Stone Lodge or the Glacier’s Reach. A nine-day lift pass is also available with a saving of 38% making it £393pp. For more details visit Ski Safari.
20% off in Alpe d’Huez with Ski Apartments
It now costs £196pp (reduced from £246pp) based on four people sharing a one-bedroom four/five person apartment at Residence L’Ours Blanc in Alpe d’Huez. This is for accommodation only. Accommodation is for seven nights on the week commencing February 8. Visit Ski Apartments for more details.
20% off Christmas chalet bookings with CK Verbier
There’s 20% off bookings in Verbier for the Christmas week commencing December 22. The chalets all have Michelin trained chefs, exquisite service, are beautifully decorated properties, and there will be gifts for all guests. Chalet Kernow was 65,000CHF and is now reduced to 52,000CHF. Bella Coola chalet was 60’000 CHF and is now reduced to 48,000CHF. Fontanet was 64,500CHF and is now reduced to 51’600 CHF. For details contact CK Verbier.
First eco-village in the French Alps from £286pp with Peak Retreats
There’s currently a saving of 10% on self-drive packages and accommodation-only prices. For example, it costs from £286pp (was £317pp) for seven nights self-catering in the brand new four-star apartments in Kalinda Village in Tignes. The price includes Eurotunnel crossings and is based on five people sharing. You’ll need to book by October 31 to take advantage of the offer. For more details contact Peak Retreats.
40% discount at Four Seasons Whistler with Scott Dunn
The luxurious Four Seasons Whistler is located at the base of Blackcomb mountain and just minutes from the slopes, shops and restaurants. Its world-class spa provides a superb choice of therapies using the most natural products including seaweed, fresh fruits, wild flowers, pure essential oils and clay harvested from British Columbia’s glacial lakes. You can now stay here from £1,930pp for seven nights based on two adults and two children in two deluxe rooms, with return flights from London to Vancouver and private transfers. Further details from Scott Dunn.