It’s not over yet! Four weeks are still left to run before the European ski season draws to a close. The weather is spring-like, so if you fancy a final frolic on piste and feel in need of a sunshine, grab your wallet.
This is also the time of year to be looking ahead to 2014-15, with some great 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, you are in for a treat.
As well as our offers below, check for ski holiday deals on the websites of the 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 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 apartment for £699 with Mountain Heaven
Theere are reductions on all remaining self-catering properties in Plagne Montalbert and Grimentz for the week commencing April 12. For example, in La Plagne Montalbert, 31A Les Chalets de Montalbert is now £699 (was £1,199). This is a top floor ski-out ski-in apartment that is located on the piste and has spectacular views. The duplex apartment has three bedrooms upstairs and downstairs there’s a living room and kitchen. Free wifi and UK satellite TV. Further details from Mountain Heaven.
St Anton for £399pp with Alpine Elements
The first child goes free on a selection of ski holidays commencing April 13. These include Scandinavian-style Chalet Christine in the lively resort of St Anton for £399pp. Alternative resorts include Val d’Isere, Tignes, Meribel, La Tania, Les Arcs and Morzine. Further information from Alpine Elements.
La Tania from £199pp with Ski Amis
Offers are available over Easter on April 12 and April 19. For example, Chalet Sermoz in Les Arcs is now £249pp (was £559pp) on the week of April 12, and Chalet Lea in La Tania is now £199pp (was £549pp) on the week starting April 19. Geneva airport transfers are from £80pp return for both weeks, and there are discounted lift passes on the week of April 19. Other deals are available in Les Menuires as well. More information from Ski Amis.
Les Menuires from £499pp with Ski Famille
On the week starting April 12 you can stay in Chalet Eva at Reberty-les-Menuires from £499 per adult, £349 per child, based on a family of four sharing. The offer includes free in-chalet childcare, chalet had board and resort transfers. Other deal can also be found in Les Gets and La Plagne. Childcare includes free nappies and wipes, and babysitting on six nights. Contact Ski Famille for details.
La Plagne for £293pp with Esprit Ski
Stay in Belle Plagne, the highest of ten villages that make up La Plagne. A suite in Chalet Hotel Des Deux Domaines is now £293pp (was £620pp) based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,172 (was £2,480) travelling on April 20 and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free babysitting, free wifi, use of spa facilities with indoor pool, and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £209 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. More information from Esprit Ski.
Val d’Isere from £794pp with Mark Warner
On April 13 you can stay for seven nights at Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isere including flights (London, Manchester, Birmingham) into Grenoble, resort transfers, and chalet board accommodation in the snow-sure resort of Val d’Isere. Adults now pay from £794pp and children from £684. There’s also a free Espace Killy lift pass on offer. Further information from Mark Warner.
Verbier from £299pp with Powder White
Save £500pp on a seven-night fully catered chalet holiday at Chalet Sabliere in Verbier for arrivals on April 5 – was £799pp now £299pp. Sleeping eight, the apartment-style chalet is in a spectacular position above the main town just a short walk from Le Rouge drag-lift, and has a large balcony. Details from Powder White.
La Plagne from £162pp with Ski Collection
Save over £400 when you stay at the four-star Sun Valley, which is located slope side in Plagne Soleil up at 2050m. Seven nights self-catering includes return Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades and is now from £162pp based on five people sharing a three-bedroom apartment (sleeps eight) on the week starting April 19. Further information from Ski Collection.
Les Arcs apartments from £67 with P&V Holidays
Savings of over £150 are available on apartments at the Premium Residence Le Village arriving in Arc 1950 on the week starting April 12. The high resort of Arc 1950 makes it a good bet for plenty of snow towards the end of the season. Prices are from £637 for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping four (saving £158, previously £795). More details from P&V Holidays.
Tignes for £618pp with Ski Total
Save £270pp when booking a chalet in the completely snow-sure resort of Tignes. Chalet Arktic is located in Lac de Tignes and is now £618pp (was £888pp) travelling out on April 20. This modern chalet is two minutes’ walk from the nearest lift and has a stylish interior complete with home cinema, sauna and outdoor hot tub. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. More details from Ski Total.
St Anton from £799pp with VIP Ski
There’s a chance to save £200pp on holidays to the Hotel Montjola in the lovely resort of St Anton, departing April 13. The property is the tour operator’s only hotel and has a kids programme to make this a good family destination. There’s also the advantage of free kids’ ski hire on this particular week. Prices start at £799pp (previously £999pp) including seven nights half board, return flights from Gatwick and resort transfers. More details from VIP Ski.
Courchevel from £133pp with Erna Low
There’s 30% off the accommodation price at Les Chalets de la Mouria in Courchevel 1650. It’s £133pp (reduced from £190pp) for accommodation only, £181pp (reduced from £239pp) to include two return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrades, or £433pp (reduced from £491pp) to include return flights from London to Grenoble and private taxi transfers. Prices are based on eight people sharing a four-bedroom eight/ten person self-catered apartment for seven nights commencing April 12. More details from Erna Low.
Samoens from £250pp with Peak Retreats
Samoens village is linked to snow-sure Flaine, one of the closest resorts to the UK when driving, and only one hour from Geneva. There’s a free six-day Grand Massif lift pass on offer when you stay at the four-star La Reine des Pres – with its free wifi, onsite pool and spa. Seven nights self-catering including return Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades is now from £250pp based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment on the week of April 12. Visit Peak Retreats for bookings.
Morzine from £527pp with Skiweekends
Save £50pp using the discount code GOURMETS50 on week-long breaks this April. The Chalet Gourmets is in Morzine, a town renowned for its chilled atmosphere into spring and with access to great skiing around the Portes du Soleil. Prices start at £527pp (previously £577pp) and including seven nights chalet board accommodation, return flights and resort transfers. Details from Skiweekends.
Zermatt chalet for £17,850 with AK Villas
Save from £3,150 on a week in Zermatt for the week commencing April 13. Chalet St Maurice, designed by renowned architect Magali Von Tscharner, is now £17,850 (was £21,000) for 12 people for the week of April 13 (that’s a 15% discount). It has six bedrooms, large south-facing balconies on each floor, sauna, massage room, an internal lift, and outdoor hot tubs. Full details from A&K Villas.
Summer in the Alps
If you love the mountains as much as we do, you might want to consider a summer holiday in the Alps. The myriad activities on offer outside the ski season include mountain biking, and road cycling, white-water rafting, tennis, golf and of course lots of lovely walks and picnics.
Slovenia from £429pp with Thomson Lakes
Spend seven nights half board in four-star Hotel Park at Lake Bled for £429pp (save £190pp). The departure date is May 28 from Manchester to Salzburg with Thomson Airways, and includes resort transfers. More details from Thomson Lakes.
La Plagne for £467pp with Esprit Sun
For a summer family break, stay in Chalet Hotel Des Deux Domaines located close to the village centre of Belle Plagne for £467pp (was £578pp). The price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,868 (was £2,312) staying half board in a Paradiski suite, travelling out on July 9, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free day trip to Annecy, free guided walk to dairy farm, free morning children’s clubs, use of spa facilities including an indoor pool. More details from Esprit Sun.
Early Booking for Next Winter
Now is an ideal time to book your ski holiday for next winter, as there are some good deals around already. The earlier you book your holiday, the greater choice of accommodation and flights you will have.
Breckenridge with Ski Independence
The Beaver Run Resort has one of Breckenridge‘s best ski-in ski-out locations at the base of Peak 9. The property is a self contained 500-room resort and features lots of impressive amenities. For early bookings there’s 30-45% off the usual price in all one- and two-bedroom condos. For example, a 14-night holiday starting December 2 with BA direct flights and shared transfers is now £1,497pp (instead of £1,923pp) if you book by July 31. More information is available from Ski Independence.
Sauze d’Oulx from £645pp with Crystal Ski
Crystal has lots of early booking offers for next season, including Hotel Relais des Alpes in the friendly resort of Sauze d’Oulx where a week half board will cost from £645pp including flights and transfers. Other early booking offers are available in a range of resorts in France and Austria – including Les Deux Alpes and Soll. As well as these, you can book 10 adults (or more) to get a half-price local lift pass, saving you up to £105pp. The offers are available for all dates except New Year departure and February half term. To take advantage of the offers you’ll need to book by July 23 with Crystal Ski.