Amazingly, there are still some Christmas deals out there… So if you want to give yourself and your family a really memorable Christmas present this year, why not grab one of these last-minute offers? Go high if you can, to make sure of finding decent snow when you get there.
See our feature on reliable resorts for Christmas if you’re thinking of heading off during the festive season. Before that, there’s still time for an early December break.
To have a reasonable choice of where to stay, when to go and how to get there, it makes sense to book as soon as you can. It’s also worth checking for offers on the websites of the major tour operators.
Don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go – 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.
Peisey-Vallandry for £1,129pp with Club Med
A departure on December 13 from Gatwick to Peisey-Vallandry in the Paradise (shared with Les Arcs and La Plagne) area. Stay at Club 4T Med, for an all-inclusive seven night-holiday that now costs £1,129 (1,568€) per adult – it was £1,329 (1,845€), and £935 (1,298€) per child – it was £1,099 (1,526€). Children under four years old stay free. Further information from Club Med.
Megeve from £290pp with Stanford Skiing
Take a short break in Megeve before Christmas, with prices starting at £290pp (403€) in catered Chalet-hotel Rond Point or Sylvana for a three-night stay, excluding flights. Alternatively you could go for a short break or a full week over Christmas. Prices have been cut by £100 (139€) to £550pp (764€) in catered Rond Point or £200 (278€) off in superior chalet Les Clochettes to £800pp (1,111€) for one week, excluding flights. More details from Stanford Skiing.
Isola 2000 from £150pp with Ski Collection
Here’s somewhere really high and therefore as snowsure as you’ll get. Chalets Harrod’s in Isola 2000 was a newly-built chalet last season, set in a quiet location 200m from the lifts, shops and slopes. Book by December 15 and get 20% off the week starting December 19. The £150pp (208€) price is based on seven nights, with eight people sharing an apartment, including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers are also bookable. Further information from Ski Collection.
Obergurgl from £869pp with Inghams
Another high resort is Obergurgl, also is a firm favourite among families. There are plenty of activities in Hotel Bellevue including a swimming-pool and spa. The family-run hotel is a few metres from the slopes and a short walk from the town centre. Stay seven nights half-board from £869pp (1,207€), saving £439pp (610€) and departing December 19. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, and a Christmas gala dinner. For more information or to book visit Inghams.
Val d’Isere for £2,099 per family with Esprit Ski
In snow-sure Val d’Isere there are savings of £1,641 (2,278€) per family in centrally-located Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie for the week commencing December 20. The chalet-hotel has a traditional interior with comfortable and spacious family rooms. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12 years) at £2,099 (2,914€) – it was £3,740 (5,193€) – and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi, free babysitting and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 (299€) for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Further details from Esprit Ski.
Courchevel from £649pp with Mark Warner
Stay for seven nights departing on December 20 with accommodation in at Chalet Hotel Dahu in Courchevel. It now costs from £649 (901€) per adult and £513 (712€) per child. This includes flights, resort transfers, and chalet board accommodation. More information from Mark Warner Holidays.
La Rosiere for £195pp with Snowfinders
Stay at Chalet Quatre Saisons in the friendly resort of La Rosiere for the week starting December 20. The holiday is catered chalet board for seven nights with flights from Gatwick (Manchester also available at a supplement). The price was £725pp (1,007€) and is now £195pp (271€). Further details are available from Snowfinders.
La Tania for £439pp with Ski Amis
Chalet Elliot is located in a wooded area, yet close to the village centre and the ski lifts of La Tania in the 3 Valleys ski area. It features traditional decoration such as with wooden beams, and sleeps eight people in twin en-suite rooms. For the week commencing December 19 you can now save 50%, with a week now costing £439pp (610€). More information from Ski Amis.
Verbier for £1,500pp with VIP Ski
There are three VIP chalets to choose from in Verbier including Chalet Tortin, which is located three minutes’ walk from the Medran lift station. The chalet is decorated in classic alpine style and has lovely views of the mountain scenery. The chalet sleeps six in three bedrooms and is priced at £1,500 (2,083€) – down from £1,939 (2,692€), so a saving of £439 (610€) – for a week’s stay arriving December 20. Accommodation is chalet board, including return flights from Gatwick and resort transfers. For more information visit VIP Ski.
St Anton for £499pp with Ski Total
Stay at attractive Chalet Helvetia in the lively resort of St Anton for £499pp (693€) – it was £999pp (1,387€) – travelling out on December 20. This well-positioned chalet is a one-minute walk from the nearest lift and provides a home-from-home experience. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, free wifi, use of sauna, free ski hosting, and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Further details from Ski Total.
Ax Les Thermes from £134pp with Pyrenees Collection
Les Chalets d’Ax is a recently-built, modern residence located in the pretty spa village of Ax les Thermes, a short walk from the village centre and the gondola that accesses the Ax 3 Domaines ski area. Stay eight nights for the price of seven on the week of December 19 (stay December 18 free). The £134pp (186€) price is based on five people sharing, including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers are bookable too. Information from Pyrenees Collection.
Val d’Isere from £725pp with YSE
Stay for a week in a family/group chalet over Christmas, departing December 20, and you’ll receive some excellent discounts. For example, Chalet Bozzetto (sleeps six) is now £850pp (1,080€), which is a saving of £330pp (458€). Chalet Charlotte (sleeps eight) is now £725pp (1,007€), which is a saving of £255pp (354€). Both are chalet half board, including flights, resort transfers and free ski carriage. For these and more discounts contact YSE Ski.
New Year and Onwards
Morzine weekend from £395pp with Butler & Lloyd
The lovely 19th-Century renovated farmhouse, Ferme du Margot, in Morzine is more like a boutique hotel – with gorgeous interior furnishings. The property sleeps 10-12 people in five en suite bedrooms. The chalet looks out to the Pleney side of Morzine, so it has prime views of the night skiing. Half board prices from £395pp (548€) for a weekend, £595pp (826€) per week. For more information visit Butler & Lloyd.
Flaine entire apartment from £1,571 with Pierre & Vacances
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style and save 21% staying at Les Terrasses d’Eos in Flaine. The five-star ski-in, ski-out residence comprises two large stone and wood-clad buildings. The apartments are spacious, with large bay windows that open onto a balcony. There’s an outdoor heated pool, an indoor whirlpool, sauna and steam room. A week costs from £1,571 (2,181€) – down from £1,989 (2,762€), so a saving of 21% – in a superior one-bedroom apartment for four people, arriving December 26. Travel is not included. For more information visit Pierre & Vacances.