Christmas is almost here…followed closely by New Year’s Eve celebrations, resulting in the usual resolutions for more exercise and a healthier lifestyle after way too much over-indulgence. A good start might be to take a look at these offers below, some of which are a fraction of their original price and are guaranteed to sweep away the cobwebs. And if you’re still daunted by the idea of cooking a turkey, then there’s still time to grab a Christmas week in the Alps.
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.
A Couple for Christmas
Christmas chalet for £6600 with Ski Verbier
There’s 20% off on the Christmas week (December 22-29), where you can stay in great comfort at
Chalet Romantica for £6600 chalet board – saving £1650. Return transfers are free of charge from Geneva for up to four people. Booking code is SVChristmastreats. More information from Ski Verbier.
Christmas with Ski Total from £599pp
There’s some last minute availability in a selection of chalets for the Christmas week, including
Chalet Helvetia in St Anton for £699pp (was £999pp), Chalet Ysopes in Les Gets for £599pp (was £829pp), Chalet Lys Martagon in Tignes for £699pp (was £879pp), and Chalet Catherine in Val Thorens for £629pp (was £989pp). For more information contact Ski Total
Ten for January
La Plagne for £345pp with Alpine Elements
There are some great deals for January, including Buy One Get One Free on ski and snowboard hire. For example Chalet Gemeaux, 150m to La Plagne’s nearest lift, is available half board on January 5 week for £345pp. Flights are from Gatwick. On January 12 it is £85pp more – with other dates, airports and resorts available. Further details from Alpine Elements.
Cervinia from £399pp with Inghams
The high altitude resort of Cervinia is a popular choice with its beautiful scenery, exceptional snow record and extensive ski area. Stay seven nights half board at the four-star Hotel Europa from £399pp, saving £320pp and departing January 4. The hotel has a swimming pool, Jacuzzis, massage treatments, games room and sun terrace. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Birmingham (+£25) and Manchester (+£35). For further information visit Inghams.
£275pp in St Anton with Esprit Ski
For £275pp (was £627pp) you and your family can ski the world class resort of St Anton. Stay for seven nights catered-board in Chalet Pepi Gabl, situated right next door to the Nasserein ski gondola. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,096 travelling on January 5, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, transfers, free wifi, and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £209 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Visit Esprit Ski for more information.
Risoul for £145pp with Erna Low
There’s 40% off accommodation in Risoul, where it now costs £145pp (reduced from £210pp) for a week starting January 4, based on four people sharing a one-bedroom four-person apartment in Residence Antares. The self-catering, ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrades. Further details from Erna Low.
Les Menuires for £554pp with Skiweekends
Chalet Sapiniere comes complete with a spa, which includes a sauna, hammam, and Jacuzzi. Set in a little hamlet beside Les Menuires, the chalet sleeps ten. Book the whole chalet and one person goes free when travelling on January 20 for seven nights. This is a saving of over £550pp including chalet board accommodation, return flights and resort transfers. For more information or to book visit Skiweekends.
St Anton from £1049pp with VIP Ski
Save up to £1,049 when a third person shares a room with two full paying adults. The offer is valid for families travelling on January 5 to Hotel Montjola in St Anton. The hotel opened last year and experienced a hugely successful season. It comprises 33 rooms with a number of family rooms also available. Prices for seven nights start from £1,049pp arriving on January 5 including return Gatwick flights, resort transfers and half board accommodation. Free ski hosting is available. For more information or to book visit VIP Ski.
Avoriaz apartment from £645 with Pierre & Vacances
In Avoriaz there are savings of £215 on apartments for people arriving on January 4. The Saskia-Falaise apartments are close to the Aquariaz waterpark, the highest of its type in Europe. The mix of snow and swimming could be appealing to those with the New Year’s resolution of getting fit in 2014. Prices for seven nights start at £645, down from £860, for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping four people. For more information or to book visit Pierre & Vacances.
Reberty family deal from £1,149 with Ski Famille
On January 18 you can stay chalet board at the convenient Chalet Eva in Reberty Les Menuires for £1,149 for a family of two, £1,699 for a family of three, or £2,499 for a family of four. The offer includes free child care, but not flights. Further details from Ski Famille.
Verbier weekend chalet from 5,833CHF per night with CK Verbier
There are some short stay offers for those looking for luxury in Verbier. These are for three nights from Sunday January 12 to Wednesday 15, inclusive of full CKV service and dinner each night. Both Chalet Fontanet and Chalet Gentianes are 17,500CHF (or 5,833CHF per night) each. As well as this, there are complimentary private luxury return transfers for up to eight passengers for January, which gives savings of 1,460CHF. More information from CK Verbier.
Les Gets from £579pp with Ski Independence
Stay at the newly-renovated boutique Hotel Le Chamois d’Or in Les Gets in the vast Portes du Soleil ski area. has prices starting from £579pp for four nights half board (the normal price for three nights), which means you’re getting one night free. The price includes shared airport transfers and flights from Luton to Geneva. Fly from Edinburgh from £719pp. Further details from Ski Independence.
A Trio for March
Half term in Saint-Lary for £141pp with Ski Collection
Stay a week from Fabruary 15 in three-star Soleil d’Aure, which is in Saint-Lary village centre. The prices is now £141pp (was £165pp) self-catering, based on four people sharing an apartment on accommodation-only basis. Ski-drive packages are also available. To take advantage of the offer, bookings need to be made by January 6. More details from Ski Collection.
St Anton from £899pp with Supertravel Ski
Stay a week at Chalet Maroi in popular St Anton, with prices from £899pp (saving £100pp). Valid for arrival on March 23 and based on eight people sharing, the price includes accommodation on a chalet-board basis with Champagne reception on arrival. Just a short stroll from the bustling centre and with fabulous views of the home run, this four-bedroom modern apartment is in a great location. Further information from Supertravel Ski.
French resorts with up to 30% off with Lagrange
Lagrange Holidays is launching a 15-day ski sale on January 10, which will run until January 24. Here you can save up to 30% on March and April departures, enjoying the longer and warmer days on the slopes in the Alps and Pyrenees. Discounts of 20% and 30% are offered on selected March and April departure dates, including Easter (week commencing April 12) at all six of the Lagrange Prestige residence. More information from Lagrange Holidays.