We’re almost ready for lift-off and it’s been snowing for weeks now. Many resorts are opening early this weekend – ranging from Courchevel in France to Baqueira-Beret in Spain – that’s a week to a massive three weeks ahead of time, and it’s due to all that snow! However it is still too early to predict a bumper season, as it’s scheduled to warm up again next week. Most of the major operators have ski deals available and it’s worth having a look at the ski specialist travel agencies such as Sno, Snowfinders, Alpine Answers and Snow-Wise.
Party in Pas de la Casa for £169pp with Thomson Ski
The three-star Manzano Apartments in lively Pas de la Casa are available on a self-catering
bases from £169pp (save £200pp) – based on four people sharing for a week. Departure date is December 15 from Gatwick to Toulouse with transfers included. Further information from Thomson Ski.
Les Arcs 2000 for £369pp with Esprit Ski
Spend a week in traditional Chalet Machu Picchu in Arcs 2000 for £369pp. The chalet provides an excellent base with the nearest ski lift 100m away. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12) at £1476, travelling out on December 15, and includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, transfers, free wifi, use of swimming-pool and sauna and catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £209 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Add to this is airport parking at Heathrow for just £19. More details from Esprit Ski.
£549pp and free nannies in Val d’Isere with VIP Ski
Free childcare is on offer with holidays beginning December 8 in Val d’Isere, December 15 in Morzine and December 22 in La Plagne and St Anton. This ski deal is also available on January 12 in La Plagne. Private nannies are one of VIP Ski’s most popular features with prices starting at £475 per nanny on December 8, and on other weeks starting at £525 – so this is a big saving. Packages on these dates start at £549pp for seven nights chalet board in Val d’Isere, excluding travel. For more details visit VIP Ski.
Courchevel 1850 for £459pp with Ski Total
Stay in Chalet Hotel Coq de Bruyère in the stylish resort of Courchevel 1850, where it now costs £459pp for a week, travelling out on December 15. The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. You can also book airport parking at Heathrow for £19. Further details from Ski Total.
Meribel for £249pp with Les 3 Chalets
Spend a week in a four-star chalet in Meribel Les Allues for £249pp – the service is five-star but prices are not. Chalets L’Ancolie or Campanules provide an excellent base with the Olympic gondola 350m and 450m away respectively. This price is based on travelling out on December 14, and includes staying on a catered chalet basis, excluding flights and transfers. Further details from Les 3 Chalets.
Magical Christmas skiing
Morzine from £546pp with Alpine Elements
Stay seven nights half board – including a traditional Christmas dinner – at Hotel Ridge in Morzine, with flights departing from Gatwick on December 22. Other French and Austrian resorts are included in this Christmas offering, though some are now fully booked. More information from Alpine Elements.
Cervinia from £649pp with Inghams
Enjoy Christmas in Cervinia, which gives the option of skiing both Italy and Switzerland in one day. Stay seven nights half board at four-star Hotel Europa from £649pp, which is a saving of £330pp, departing December 21. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Turin, resort transfers and a Christmas day gala dinner with live music. Flights are also available from Birmingham (+£25) and Manchester (+£35). For more information visit Inghams.
Soll for £485pp with Crystal Ski
Stay half board at three-star Chalet Mounty in the Tirolean resort of Soll for £485pp (save £160pp) – based on two people sharing. The departure date is December 21 from East Midlands Airport to Salzburg, including resort transfers. Further information and bookings from Crystal Ski.
Alpe d’Huez for from £637pp with Pierre & Vacances
This Christmas in Alpe d’Huez a special programme will be organised by the Tourist Office including special Christmas-themed shows for children, magical walks, fire eaters, shows on ice and torchlight events. Arriving on December 21 for seven nights at Residence L’Ours Blanc, prices start from £637pp, down from £762pp, which is a saving of 16%. This price is based on a studio apartment sleeping up to four people. For more details visit Pierre & Vacances.
Springtime in the Alps
Tignes from £342pp with Ski Collection
Stay for seven nights self-catering in four-star luxury Le Telemark, which provides doorstep skiing in Tignes. The price is from £342pp (was £380pp) based on four people sharing and includes return Eurotunnel crossings, departing on April 5. Further information from Ski Collection.
Le Grand Bornand half term from £467pp with Peak Retreats
Stay in the unassuming resort of Le Grand Bornand, where you can save up to 30% on ski passes when you book seven nights self-catering in four-star Le Village de Lessy, located close to the slopes. The price starts at £467pp, based on five people sharing and includes return Eurotunnel crossings. Departure is February 15. More details from Peak Retreats.
Ski for free at half term with Powder White
There’s a free local area lift pass for children under 12 this February half term. This ski deal is valid on new chalet bookings in Courchevel, St Anton, Verbier, Meribel and Val d’Isere for the week commencing February 15 – a saving of up to £125 per child. Seven nights at The Sebastian in St Anton costs £1299 per adult and £1169 per child half board, with a free local area six-day lift pass for children under 12. Travel, transfers, in-chalet ski fitting and activities can all be organised in advance. Bookings through Powder White.
Comedy in Brides les Bains from £339pp with Skiweekends
Skiweekends has introduced comedy nights at Club Hotel Verseau in Brides-les-Bains, the valley resort beneath (and linked to) Meribel. These special evenings on the chef’s night off are scheduled for January 28, February 18, March 4 and April 8, with Canadian Phil Nichol and New Zealander Carey Marx performing on the first night. Tickets start at £25 and include a curry and drink. Holiday prices for six days’ skiing with coach travel start at £339pp half board. For more information visit Skiweekends.