But what if you feel that you still haven’t had enough of the mountains? How about paying a visit in summer, staying with one of your favourite ski tour operators? You’ll be able to enjoy hiking, watersports, tennis, golf, horse-riding, mountain biking and myriad other activities. Accommodation is cheaper than in winter and you obviously won’t need an expensive lift pass either!
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 Skiworld. 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 for next winter.
Also see our advice on the best resorts for summer skiing for tips on where to go over the next few months.
Summer in the Alps
Belle Plagne for £440pp with Esprit Sun
Save £552pp on an active family holiday in the Alpine village of Belle Plagne. Stay in Chalet Hotel Des Deux Domaines located close to the village centre for £440pp (was £578pp). This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,760 (was £2,312) staying in a Paradiski suite, travelling out on July 9, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva (regional flights available), resort transfers, a free day trip to Annecy, free guided walk to a dairy farm, free morning sun squad and sunset club for children, use of spa facilities including an indoor pool, and seven nights catered accommodation. Further details from Esprit Sun.
Tignes from £252pp with Peak Retreats
Book by April 30 and save 10% on seven nights B&B in Tignes Val Claret. It now costs from £252pp (was £279pp) based on four people sharing, to include ferry crossings, accommodation at three-star Hotel Ecrin du Val Claret – which is ideally located with spa, pools and free wifi. You’ll also receive one Sportignes activity card per person, allowing free or discounted access to activities including pedal, kayak or canoeing, catamaran or dinghy, swimming-pool, squash, archery, air-gun shooting, trampolining, volleyball, soccer, tennis, and airbag jumping. More information from Peak Retreats.
Hinterglemm from £399pp with Inghams
It now costs from £399pp chalet board – saving £219pp – staying for a week from June 21 in Chalet Hotel Pinzgauerhof in the scenic Glemm Valley this June. It’s a great place for hikers with over 400km of walking trails to explore and more than 30 rustic mountain huts dotted throughout the region. The Saalbach-Hinterglemm Joker Card gives unlimited use of all cable-cars and buses in the valley, as well as free entrance to local attractions. The accommodation is situated in the pretty village of Hinterglemm, close to the main gondola and a short stroll to the village centre. The price also includes return flights from Manchester and Birmingham and resort transfers. For more information visit Inghams.
Alpbach for £283pp with Crystal Summer
Stay for a week B&B at two-star Guesthouse Furstenhof in the pretty little village of Alpbach. The price is £283pp (save £220pp) departing May 31 from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways. Resort transfers are also included. For more information visit
Lapland family holiday for £2,162 with Santa’s Lapland
Visit Santa in Lapland this December and receive one free child place. Stay in Hotel Kieppi in the village of Saariselkä for two nights at £2,162 for a family of four (two adults and two children under five), travelling on November 30 from Gatwick (regional flights available). The price includes a free child place, a private family snowmobile safari to find Santa Claus, a husky and a reindeer sleigh ride, a visit to the Elves and Igloo Fantasia, a range of fun activities, and a special gift for all children. Half board accommodation includes a Gala Dinner. Bookings are with Santa’s Lapland.
Two-for-one deals with Alpine Elements
Earlybird bookers can snap up a free or half-price lift pass for almost every week during the 2014-15 ski season. This can save you up to £210pp. There are also upgrades on extended lift passes starting from £9pp per week. The offer is strictly limited and must be booked by May 30. There is also two-for-one ski hire for every 2014-15 winter ski and snowboard holiday. Further details from Alpine Elements.