It’s going to be a white Christmas just about everywhere, although as our snow report shows, more snow is needed. Hopefully we’ll get a big fall in time for the 25th and even more around New Year. The new moon rises on January 1st and this often heralds the end of a period of consistent high pressure.
A number of last-minute Christmas ski deals are still available and there are plenty of January bargains coming on to the market now, as well as some spring breaks. Most of the major operators have ski deals available and it’s 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.
Beitostolen for £879pp with Crystal
Stay for a week half board in the four-star Radison Blu Hotel in Beitostolen, Norway. It now costs £879pp (save £210pp) with departure on December 22 from Gatwick to Fagernes and 45 minute transfers. Further details available from Crystal Ski.
Val Thorens studio from £525 with Pierre & Vacances
There’s half price accommodation available for the Christmas week, arriving in snow-sure Val Thorens on December 21. The Residence Les Temples du Soleil is now available from £525 for a studio apartment sleeping up to four people, which is a saving of £525. The apartments are located right next to the slopes and facilities include a bar and a fitness area with swimming-pool. For more information visit Pierre & Vacances.
Val Cenis for £274pp with Peak Retreats
A two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six people is available in Les Alpages de Val Cenis in this good-value resort in the Maurienne Valley. Facilities include an outdoor heated swimming-pool. The price is now £274pp (was £375pp) based on five people sharing, and include a return Eurotunnel crossing for one car with free FlexiPlus upgrade for seven nights. Book by December 13 to take advantage of the offer. Further information available from Peak Retreats.
Les Gets from £1999 for a family of three with Ski Famille
Spend the Christmas week in the family-friendly resort of Les Gets, departing December 21, staying in centrally-located Chalet Bacall. A family of three will pay £1,999, a family of four £2,499, and five is £2,999. The offer includes free child care, chalet half board and resort transfers. Flights are not included. For further information contact Ski Famille.
Flims from £1,999 for eight people with Powder Byrne
A luxury eight-person chalet apartment is still available in Laax-Flims. This offers a family group the flexibility of self catering or eating out at different restaurants in the village of Flims. Alternatively you can try the Swiss Cook concept, where freshly-made meals are prepared and delivered oven-ready (and all dirty dishes removed!). The apartment has log fires and large TV screens. Price from £13,999 for up to eight people for seven nights from December 21, staying in Casa Flumina on a self-catering basis. The price includes a delivered breakfast pack and private transfers. Flights can be quoted for separately. For more information visit Powder Byrne.
Courchevel for £599pp with Mountain Heaven
Stay seven nights half board at Chalet Emilie in Courchevel Le Praz, which now costs £599pp (was £999pp) including resort transfers, for week commencing January 11. The chalet is 100m from the main lifts accessing Courchevel’s world class skiing. Further details from Mountain Heaven.
Sainte Foy from £174pp with Premiere Neige
There’s 15% off January self-catered holidays in little Sainte Foy. Choose from a range of chalets and apartments, and save 15% on one-week bookings from January 4 to February 2. There’s also 25% off childcare, with prices starting from €187.50 per child. The operator also has three remaining Christmas properties, with 15% off as a late booking discount: Apartment Genepi is £1912, Chalet Ambiance £3102 and Apartment Le Clou is £3480. Visit Premiere Neige for details.
Zell am See from £435pp with Neilson
Spend a week in the four-star Fischerwirt Hotel in the attractive resort of Zell Am See from £435pp (saving £250pp), travelling out on January 11. The price includes half board, return flights, and resort transfers. Further information from Neilson.
Morzine for £320pp with iGOSKi
A range of short breaks are available in January, such as the Ridge Hotel in Morzine at £320pp for three nights from January 12. Chamonix, Les Gets and La Tania are also available for ski weekends and short breaks. Flights from Gatwick are included, as is half-board accommodation. Further information from iGOSKi.
Flaine for £159pp with Erna Low
There’s 30% off accommodation price in purpose-built Flaine, where it now costs £159pp (reduced from £206pp) for a week starting January 11, based on four people sharing a one bedroom + cabin six-person apartment in Les Pleiades. The price is for self-catering, ski-drive including return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrades. More information available from Erna Low.
Saas Fee for £343pp with Esprit Ski
Chalet Hotel Annahof is at the foot of the slopes in chocolate-box pretty Saas Fee and is now £343pp for the week beginning January 12. The price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,372 and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, free wifi, ski hosting and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £209 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Details from Esprit Ski.
Ischgl for £719pp with Thomson Ski
Spend a week half board at four-star Hotel Seiblishof in the vibrant resort of Ischgl. The price is £719pp (save £250pp) with departure on January 4 from Gatwick to Innsbruck, including resort transfers and a free kids club. More information is available from Thomson Ski.
La Plagne from £739pp with VIP Ski
This season marks the 10th anniversary of the linking of La Plagne with Les Arcs, and you can stay in La Plagne for a week starting January 12 saving £100pp. VIP has seven chalets in the Summit View building right on the piste. Prices start from £739pp with the offer applied. Accommodation is on a chalet board basis with return flights from Gatwick and resort transfers included. To take advantage of this offer bookings must be made before Christmas. For more information visit VIP Ski.
Sauze d’Oulx from £399pp with Inghams
Stay in the lively village of Sauze d’Oulx, where seven nights half board at the three-and-a-half-star Hotel Hermitage now starts at £399pp – a saving of £200pp, departing on January 4. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Birmingham (+£25) and Manchester (+£35). For more information visit Inghams.
£454pp in Avoriaz with Ski Total
Chalet Perce Neige in the convenient resort of Avoriaz is now £454pp (was £908pp) for a week, travelling out on February 2. This ski-in, ski-out chalet has a sauna to relax in after skiing. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, free wifi and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Further details from Ski Total.
Verbier for £499pp with Powder White
Stay for the week commencing March 22 at The Locarno in fabulous Verbier, which is £499pp fully catered (was £649pp). This ski deal means a saving of £150pp, with flights and transfers arranged on request. For information and reservations visit Powder White.