It’s been snowing on and off in the last few week, with cover now pretty good everywhere at altitude. It’s still far too early to predict what the season will be like, but at the moment all signs indicate a promising winter. Most of the major operators have ski holiday deals available, and it’s also worth having a look at what the ski specialist travel agencies have on offer – such as Sno, Snowfinders, Alpine Answers and Snow-Wise.
La Plagne from £979pp with VIP Ski
When booking on either January 12 or March 23 in La Plagne there are savings of up to £450pp with buy-one-get-one-free lessons and equipment hire. VIP has seven chalets here, all situated in the Summit View building overlooking the slopes. The Lucerne Suite is the largest, sleeping up to 12. Prices for seven nights from January 12 start at £979pp, including Gatwick flights, resort transfers and chalet board catering. Visit VIP Ski for information.
Luxury chalet for 17,500CHF with CK Verbier
Short stays in Verbier are on offer from January 12-15 (Sunday–Wednesday), which is three nights half board. Chalets Fontanet and Gentianes are both available for 17,500CHF (or 5,833CHF per night). Further information is available from CK Verbier.
Les Arcs for £422pp with Ski Apartments
There’s 10% off in Arc 2000, with a week at £422pp (reduced from £469pp) based on eight people sharing a four-bedroom 8/10 person apartment at Residence Le Chalet des Arolles. The price is for self-catering, accommodation only. To benefit from the offer, bookings need to be made by December 15. Further information from Ski Apartments.
La Rosiere for £418pp with Esprit
A seven-night stay from 5 January 5 at Chalet Oliver in La Rosiere now has £448 off per family. It is now £418pp (was £530pp) in the chalet with its in-house nursery. The price includes return Heathrow-Geneva flights, free wifi, babysitting, and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £209 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Details from Esprit Ski.
Christmas in Cortina from £749pp
Spend Christmas in the stylish resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, with its fantastic shopping and a backdrop of the spectacular Dolomite Mountains. Stay seven nights half board at Hotel Parc Victoria from £749pp (saving £150pp), departing December 23. Price includes return Gatwick-Innsbruck flights, and resort transfers. For more information visit Inghams.
Les Menuires for £178pp with Erna Low
There’s 25% off the accommodation price on December 14 to Les Menuires. One week is now £178pp (reduced from £227pp) based on six people sharing a three-bedroom six/eight-person apartment in Les Chalets de L’Adonis. The price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrades. Information from Erna Low.
Val d’Isere from £708pp with Skiweekends
There is a 10% saving on four-night breaks staying at three-star Hotel Toviere in Val d’Isere on a bed and breakfast basis. The price starts at £708pp and includes flights and resort transfers. The departure date is December 12. Visit Skiweekends for more details.
Romantic chalet for £8,250 with Ski Verbier
It’s not often we come across a chalet for just four people, but here’s one in Verbier. Chalet Romantica is available for a week on December 22 fully catered for £8,250. A complimentary return transfer is on offer from Geneva airport. More details are available from Ski Verbier.
Courchevel for £498pp with Ski Total
Chalet Cascades in Courchevel 1850 is now £498pp (was £558pp) for departures on December 15. Located in the heart of the resort, the Cascades is conveniently located opposite the piste. This price includes return Heathrow-Geneva flights, resort transfers, wifi and seven nights’ catered accommodation. More details from Ski Total.
Sainte-Foy for £294pp with Ski Collection
Sainte-Foy is an uncrowded gem and you can stay here in four-star Le Ruitor this Christmas. There’s free access to the private pool, sauna and steam room. Prices are now from £294pp (was £468pp) for seven nights self-catering based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six) and including return Eurotunnel crossings. Visit Ski Collection for bookings.
Chamonix apartment from £356 with Pierre & Vacances
Chamonix is the place for serious skiers and seven nights arriving any Saturday in January (4/11/18/25) now starts from £356pp, which is a saving of 20% on the £full price of £427 for a studio-apartment sleeping four people. Visit Pierre & Vacances for more details.
La Plagne from £649pp with Ski Amis
Ski in Plagne Montalbert this Christmas for £5,400 with exclusive occupancy for the week – or alternatively stay here from £649pp. Chalet Anniek comes with a hot tub and sauna, views of Mont Blanc from the balcony, and skiing across from Montalbert to Plagne Centre takes about 40 minutes. Further details from Ski Amis.