Although the official start to the European ski season is fast approaching and snow is already covering the Alps and Rockies at altitude, it’s not too late to search out a bargain holiday.
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.
Crystal Ski’s saving of £177 on lift passes
If you book a holiday to any Crystal Ski resort by October 21, you will be able to buy one lift pass and get another for half price – saving up to £177. For example, Vail resorts’ Epic seven-day lift pass price of £354 (unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Araphahoe Basin) would be at the buy-one-get-one-half-price – saving £177. To take advantage of this offer, holidays must depart between January 4 and February 9 inclusive. More details from Crystal Ski.
Val d’Isere £649pp short break clinic
with Le Ski
The last few places are still available on a pre-season Top Ski clinic where you will be able to see real improvements in your technique in a short period. Prices are from £649pp including flights, transfers, lift pass and full day tuition including video feedback, with chalet board including outdoor hot tub in Val d’Isere. Week-long holidays are also available. More information is available from Le Ski.
La Plagne from £399pp with Alpine Elements
Early-season ski deals are available to high-altitude resorts in the French and Austrian Alps including La Plagne, Val d’Isere, Meribel, St Anton, Tignes, and Morzine. For example, stay seven nights on the week commencing December 15 at Chalet Colette in La Plagne from £399pp. The price includes Gatwick flights (Manchester also available), transfers, champagne reception, and chalet half board. More details from Alpine Elements.
Sainte Foy from £646pp with Premiere Neige
Book La Marquise or The North Face chalet in Sainte Foy on a sole occupancy basis for any off-peak week and you’ll get 15% off, which is a saving of up to £202.50pp. The offer is based on the full adult occupancy rate and excludes the weeks starting December 28/29, February 15/16 and March 29/30. All catered chalets are close to the slopes, with en suite bedrooms and balcony hot tubs. Prices start from £646pp and bookings need to be made by October 30. Details from Premiere Neige.
Cortina d’Ampezzo from £699pp with Inghams
For a festive break visit Cortina d’Ampezzo with its Christmas market. Seven nights catered accommodation at four-star Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria is from £699pp (saving £160pp) departing December 21. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers and a Christmas gala dinner. Flights are also available from Birmingham (+£39), Manchester (+£39), Bristol (+£39) and Edinburgh (+£59). For more information visit Inghams.
Val d’Isere free liftpass with VIP Ski
The Farmhouse in Val d’Isere has a great location in the heart of the old town and sleeps 12-14 people. On the weeks commencing December 8 and 15 a free lift pass is on offer, providing a saving of £224pp. Prices for the week beginning December 15 start from £979pp including flights from Gatwick, transfers, chalet catering and a free lift pass. For more information visit VIP Ski.
Alpe d’Huez studio for £601 with Pierre and Vacances
There’s up to 20% off selected residences, even on popular school holiday weeks. For example, in the four-star Residence Les Bergers, Alpe d’Huez, which has a large heated outdoor swimming-pool, you can stay in a studio sleeping four people. The price for the week beginning January 11 has been discounted from £751 down to £601. For more information visit Pierre and Vacances.
Lift pass deals with Snowfinders
The tour operator has some some early deals with buy-one-get-one-free lift passes on selected December dates in La Rosiere, Val d’Isere and La Plagne. There’s also self-catered accommodation available for half term on February 15/16 departures with BOGOF lift passes on properties in Courchevel, Alpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes and La Plagne. More details from Snowfinders.
Flaine for £282pp with Erna Low
There’s 20% off the accommodation price in Flaine, where £282pp (reduced from £344pp) is the price based on six people sharing a two-bedroom six/seven person apartment in PV La Foret. This ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrades. Accommodation is for seven nights starting December 21. The offer must be booked by November 5 in order to receive the discount. Visit Erna Low for details.
Gressoney savings of £584 per family with Esprit
Spend a week in the village of Gressoney, at the heart of the Monterosa ski area, for £469pp (was £615pp). Chalet Hotel Valverde is adjacent to the main ski lift and four minutes’ walk from the village centre. It has its own spa area and in-house nursery and playroom. This price is for seven nights based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,876 (was £2,460) travelling out on January 25, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Turin, transfers, wifi, babysitting, ski hosting and seven nights catered accommodation. More information from Esprit Ski.
A couple more just in…
Verbier five-star from £1266 with Ski Independence
Save 10% at the brand new five-star Hotel W in Verbier when you book early, plus receive half-price Swiss Rail transfer tickets. Prices from £1266pp for a week half-board. Bookings through Ski Independence.
La Plagne for New Year with Ski Collection
Spend a week in La Plagne for £490pp, staying at a five-bedroom apartment sleeping 13 in Les Balcons residence. The price is for self-catering based on 12 sharing, accommodation only. The self-drive price with Eurotunnel is from £504pp. For further details contact Ski Collection.