Do you want a final shot at the piste this season? There’s still plenty of good skiing to be found at altitude and, although many lift systems are closing over next weekend, some resorts have three – or even four – weeks left to run.
This is also the time of year to be looking ahead to 2014-15, with some early booking offers. Yes, we’ll all have to wait for a few annoying months before the next season gets underway, but if you’ve never experienced the Alps in summer – do so and you’ll be in for a treat.
As well as our offers below, check for next year’s ski holiday deals on the websites of major operators such as Crystal Ski, Ski Total, Inghams, Mark Warner, Neilson, and Ski World. It’s always worth having a look at what the ski specialist travel agencies – such as Sno, Snowfinders, Alpine Answers, Momentum Ski and Snow-Wise – have on offer at the moment.
See our advice on the best resorts for spring skiing or summer skiing, and our Easter holidays guide for tips on where to go. And don’t forget to book your parking at least 24 hours beforehand – especially in the high-season Easter holidays. I Love Meet and Greet has some great deals at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham airports.
La Plagne from £499pp with VIP Ski
Ski for less than £500pp with a late-season ski break to La Plagne. The Lucerne Suite is an ideal spot for a family Easter break, with savings of £250pp. Prices start at £499pp (saving £250pp, previously £749pp). The price includes seven nights chalet board accommodation, return flights from Gatwick, and resort transfers. Departure is April 20. More details available from VIP Ski.
Tignes and Val from £524pp with Skiweekends
Save up to £100pp when travelling to Val d’Isere and Tignes in late April. Depart on April 17 or 24 to save on four-night weekend breaks to the resorts. The offer is available on holidays to Hotel Le Diva in Tignes or Hotel La Toviere in Val d’Isere. Prices start at £524pp (saving £100pp, was £624pp) for four nights B&B at Hotel Le Diva, including return flights going out on April 24, and resort transfers. More information from Skiweekends.
Val d’Isere for £399pp with Powder White
On April 19 a week at Chalet Appaloosa in Val d’Isere will now be £399pp (it was £599pp, savings of £200pp). The resort is a perfect base for a snow-sure late ski break with the resort open until early May. Chalet Appaloosa currently has eight spaces left, which can be taken on an individual room basis, all of which are en-suite. The chalet also has its own wellness centre with Jacuzzi and steam room. Further details from Powder White.
Avoriaz apartment from £381 with Pierre & Vacances
Savings of around £250 are available on entire ski apartments in family-friendly Avoriaz. Residence Saskia Falaise is in a great location right on the slopes yet a short walk from the resort centre. Prices start from £381 for a one-bedrooom apartment suitable for a family of four (saving £254, previously £635). More details are available from Pierre & Vacances.
Slovenia from £1,018 per family with Crystal Ski
To encourage families with young children to book earlier, free child places are being offered on every departure date next season. There’s also £100 off the Pepi Penguin Club, reducing it to £190 for full day care for children aged between six months and four years in seven locations in Austria, France, Italy and Slovenia. To take advantage of this offer you need to book by June 2. For example, a week’s holiday for a family of three including flights from Stansted, resort transfers, and half board accommodation at the ski-in ski-out Hotel Alpin in Kranjska Gora costs from £1,018 for the entire family – departing January 10 (adult price £509pp, with a free child place). The adult six-day lift pass is £143pp, ski hire £63pp and boot hire £32pp. First time or improver packages from £206pp to include equipment, lift pass and tuition. Further information from Crystal Ski.
Westendorf from £499pp with Inghams
The charming farming village of Westendorf is the perfect spot to enjoy outdoor activities including horse-riding, cycling and golf. During the summer months the local tourist office provides free guided mountain hikes that include gourmet walks to local cheese and dairy farms, and a woodcutter’s breakfast walk on the mountain for early-risers. Stay seven nights half board in four-star Hotel Jakobwirt from £499pp (saving £229pp), departing May 31, including return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, free daily packed lunches and afternoon tea, plus free bike hire. Flights are also available from Birmingham (+£39), Leeds-Bradford (+£39), Manchester (+£39), Bristol (+£39), Edinburgh (+£39). For more information visit Inghams.