There’s a still time to grab a week or weekend’s skiing in one of the high resorts still open, such as Tignes, Val d’Isere and Val Thorens. You won’t be disappointed by the snow conditions either, as there’s still masses of the white stuff. You might even catch some spring snow, and there’s always the chance to go ski-touring. And if you missed out on the best ski season in living memory – or have returned from your ski holiday and can’t wait for the next one – the good news is that there are some early-booking discounts coming in for next year’s ski season.
Val Thorens last chance to ski for £147pp with Erna Low
A holiday starting on April 28 is still available to the high-altitude resort of Val Thorens. The resort stays open until May 8, making a full week of skiing possible in one of the best season’s snow for many years. A studio for up to four people in the Silveralp Residence now costs £587 including return Eurotunnel crossings, which works out at £147pp. Bookings: Erna Low.
Seefeld rejuvenation week from 175€ pp per night
Stay at the new five-star superior Astoria hotel in Seefeld in the Austrian Tirol this summer. You’ll be able to relax in the wellness area, swim through the interlinked pools and make the most of a free Heart Rate Variability test, which evaluates the balancing act between the sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight) and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Leave the Astoria feeling rejuvenated and equipped with some top tips for a healthy lifestyle. A night’s stay costs from €175pp including half-board accommodation, welcome drinks with canapes, access to the pools, access to the wellness area and natural swimming lake plus hikes and Nordic walking tours. Flights and transfers are extra. Information: Visit Tirol.
Morzine summer activities from £55pp per night with VIP Chalets
From June 9, Morzine will re-open and become an alpine playground with up to 60 activities, including biking, hiking, trail running, swimming and golf – all available with the resort’s Multi Pass. Enjoy staying at the comfortable Colibri Uno contemporary chalet apartment in the centre of Morzine. It has four en-suite bedrooms, some with bunk beds, and a spacious lounge and dining area. The property is priced from £55pp per night based on a minimum stay of three nights on a self-catered basis. Half board upgrade is available for extra cost. Bookings: VIP Chalets.
Val d’Isere relay race from 60€ pp to enter
From July 6-8 you can take part in the Odlo High Trail Vanoise, which starts and finishes in the centre of Val d’Isere. The 70km endurance race sees competitors running through the village of Tignes and climbing to the summit of the Grande Motte Glacier (3653 metres high). The route is challenging, and runners will ascend and descend more than 5000 metres vertical. To give an increased number of trail runners the chance to run up the Grande Motte Glacier, a new relay race has been introduced for the 2018 programme. Pick a teammate and take part: the first leg is 35km long with 2300 metres of ascent, and the second part of the race (for the second runner) is 35km long and climbs 3000 metres. Throughout the race, there are refreshments posts to help keep everyone on top form. The relay race costs 60€ pp to enter. Information: High Trail Vanoise.
Les Deux Alpes for Christmas with SNO
Chalet Alexandre in Les Deux Alpes is available on the Christmas week beginning December 22, with a deal for a half-price lift pass. A seven-night stay costs £855pp, including Gatwick flights, resort transfers and chalet catering. The chalet is 350m from the nearest lift and has a private sauna. Bookings: SNO.
Val d’Isere for £921pp and free lift pass with Snowfinders
There are full area lift passes going free over Christmas and in January in Val d’Isere, Courchevel, and La Tania. For example, you can spend a week at Chalet du Berger in Val d’Isere starting January 6, and the price includes chalet half board, flights, transfers and a lift pass. The free lift pass saves up to £260pp. Bookings: Snowfinders.
Val d’Isere from £1,349pp with VIP Ski
You can now save £100pp when booking the weeks of January 6, 13, 20 or 27 or March 10, and benefit from quieter pistes away from the school-holiday crowds. Make the most of snow-sure Val d’Isere in January and stay at Chalet Bel Sol that sleeps six to eight people in four bedrooms and is priced from £1,349pp (down from £1,449pp, so a saving of £100pp) arriving January 6. Price includes chalet-board accommodation return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, and coach transfers. Bookings: VIP Ski
Free kids places and sibling discounts with Alpine Elements
New for the 2018/19 ski season for early bookers are some very generous child reductions available for almost all the operator’s chalets and hotels. Some resorts are offering the youngest child to go for free and further savings on other children’s places, or you might receive up to 50% off the youngest child’s holiday and further reductions of 5%, 10% or 25% on other children’s stays. These are phone-in only offers, and can be tied in with group offers. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Earlybird offers in French resorts and Christmas deals with Peak Retreats
There’s 10% off your holiday apartment in the French Alps provided you book before October 31, and there’s a deposit of only £200 to pay, no matter how many people are in your party. As well as this, there’s an offer of eight nights for the price of seven this Christmas in selected properties, arriving on Friday December 21 and staying until Saturday December 29. Some properties also offer eight nights for the price of seven in mid-December, arriving Friday December 14 and staying until Saturday December 22. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Whistler from £2,115pp with Ski Safari
Ski Safari’s first round of early-booking offers to Whistler will be coming to an end on April 30 and a number of offers are available, with savings of up to 50%. For example, a 10-night stay, at the luxury Four Seasons Resort Whistler and Residences, for departures between 10 January 10 and March 31, now costs from £2,115pp including return flights, transfers and a free room upgrade to Executive Suite. Save up to 50% if you book the holiday by the end of April. Bookings: Ski Safari.