Like the idea of a summer holiday where you swop the busy beach for a peaceful mountain, exchange your skis or snowboard for mountain bike? You can also go hiking, road cycling, try watersports, golf, tennis, go horse-riding or try a new fun activity. Accommodation costs less than during the ski season and lift passes are a fraction of the winter price.
We also have some early booking deals coming in for next winter.
Don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go – this is especially important during peak holiday periods. If you’re flying from Gatwick, Cophall Parking has some offers just for Welove2ski viewers.
Due to readers’ requests, we now also have our ski holiday prices in euros (with the exchange rate correct at the time of writing), although you should contact tour operators direct for a quote that doesn’t include travel from the UK.
Summer in The Alps
Kitzbuhel castle stay for £499pp with Inghams
Enjoy a week in the five-star Hotel Schloss Lebenberg in Kitzbuhel. The former castle has a spa, rooftop pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Stay seven nights half board from £499pp (643€), saving £310pp (400€), departing June 11. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Morzine Tour-de-France with VIP Chalets
July 23 will see Morzine become the finale of the second last stage of the famous 3,519km race. The route then finishes in Paris after a flight to the capital. The stunning backdrop of rolling hills and mountains will be the perfect accompaniment to some world-class cycling. Two weeks before this thrilling stage, you can join the 15,000 cyclists on the Etape du Tour, which is one of the most famous sporting events in the world and is the only chance each year to ride the same route as the Tour de France pro riders on closed roads. There are minimum three-night stays during the key stages of the competition, with prices from £450pp (590€) between July 8 and 10, and from £600pp (773€) between July 21 and 23. Bookings: VIP Chalets.
Slovenia cycling from £739pp with Freedom Treks
Book by June 1 and receive two-for-one bike hire on a Slovenia tour. Highlighting the best of the country, this tour stretches from the lakeside mountain town of Bled, to the seaside resort of Piran on Slovenia’s short Adriatic coast. You can expect to see rocky limestone peaks, waterfalls, mountain lakes, and spectacular castles. This 10-night, 213-mile moderate-level tour starts from £739pp (952€) self-guided on B&B in mainly four-star hotels and guesthouses, and includes luggage transfer, maps and wine tasting. Departs daily between April and October. Bike hire from £119 (153€), with e-bikes available. Flights and transfers not included; fly to Ljubljana with easyJet, Adria, Brussels Airlines or British Airways. Bookings: Freedom Treks.
Morzine French language course from €275pp with Alpine French School
The British-owned French language school in Morzine combines a holiday in the mountains with the chance to improve French language skills. Activities for the 2016 season include those for ages six to 18 years, which is part of a family course in which everyone can participate in both lessons and activities. This course is available between July 10 and August 20, and costs 425€ (528€) per junior per week on a full day camp, and 275€ (354€) per adult per week on a French Intensive Course. A week’s self-catering accommodation is 600€ (773€) per family room. Adult activities cost extra and include hiking, canyoning, mountain biking, climbing, via ferrata, and an adventure park. Geneva to Morzine airport transfers 70€pp (90€) return. Bookings: Alpine French School.
Val d’Isere apartment from £397 with Pierre & Vacances
Residence Les Chalets de Solaise is located in the centre of Val d’Isere, close to the shops, restaurants and nightlife. From here, you can explore the range of summer activities available in the area from hiking and biking to golf, tennis and swimming in the water park. From £397 (512€) per apartment – down from £525 (677€), so a saving of 24% – for a seven-night stay in a studio apartment that sleeps up to four people arriving July 23. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Kitzbuhel from £429pp with Thomson Lakes
Spend a week B&B at four-star Q Hotel Maria Theresia in Kitzbuhel. Here you’ll find Tirolean tradition meets sophisticated style – from the natural woods and leather upholstered furniture to a modern spa. The price is from £429pp (554€) – so that’s a saving of £200pp (258€) – departing May 28 from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester or Newcastle to Salzburg, and including resort transfers. Bookings: Thomson Lakes.
Lech New Year for £1,389pp with Ski Total
Spend nine nights for the price of seven at Chalet Hotel Elisabeth in Lech over the New Year for £1,389pp (1,790€) – it was £1,689pp (2,177€). The Elisabeth comes with cosy comfort, well-appointed rooms and suites plus a wellness spa with its own small swimming pool, sauna and steam room. This price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck departing December 30, resort transfers, free wifi, free ski hosting and nine nights catered accommodation. Bookings: Ski Total.
Whistler from £1,082pp with Erna Low
Stay eight nights from £1,082pp (1,394€) – which is a saving of 40% provided you book by August 31. Accommodation is at the Crystal Lodge in the centre of Whistler Village. The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Vancouver with Air Canada, and resort transfers. This is based on double occupancy, departing on selected dates in January, February and March. You can also save 58% on lift passes, and there are some kids ski free offers. Bookings: Erna Low.
Alpe d’Huez from £959pp with VIP Ski
There are five chalets to choose from at Le Village in Alpe d’Huez. Chalet La Chapelle is part of a exclusive development sleeping 14 people. Surrounded on two sides by piste and set in an atmospheric cobble courtyard, it is situated at the top of town next to all the main lifts. Priced from £959pp (1,236€) – down from £1,059 (1,365€) – so that’s a saving of £100pp (129€) for seven nights beginning January 8, with return flights from Gatwick, coach transfers and catered chalet service. For later season skiing, prices are from £979pp (1,262€) – down from £1,079pp (1,391€) – arriving March 12. Bookings: VIP Ski.