It’s almost Christmas and it’s a great start to the season once again, with good snow cover almost everywhere. Amazingly, there’s still some availability over New Year.
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 readers.
Late December Treat
Santa’s Magic post-Christmas break from £599pp
The fun doesn’t have to stop once Christmas Day is over. After the festivities draw to a close this year, why not surprise the kids with a post-Christmas trip to Lapland? A trip to Santa’s homeland means children can say thank you to Santa in person. The two-night, three-day family trip is from £599pp (based on two adults and two children, aged 2-10 years) at the Santa’s Hotel Tunturi for departures on Friday December 27. Price includes activities, thermal clothing, accommodation on a half board basis, return flights from a choice of UK airports to Ivalo, and airport transfers. Bookings: Santa’s Lapland.
New Year’s Skiing
Courchevel from £927pp with SNO
Seven nights sharing a twin room in Courchevel’s Chalet Elan has been reduced from £1,437pp to £927pp. The price is for the week beginning December 30 and includes chalet catering, Stansted flights and airport transfers. Positioned in a peaceful cul de sac, the chalet is seven minutes’ walk from the centre of Courchevel 1850 and seventy metres from a green piste. Bookings: SNO.
Niederau from £749pp with Inghams
A seven-night New Year ski holiday on a half board basis at the four-star Hotel Sonnschein in Niederau in the Austrian Tirol is now from £749pp. Price represents a saving of £440pp and includes return flights from Edinburgh to Innsbruck and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on December 29. Bookings: Inghams.
La Plagne for £2,000pp with VIP SKI
Set next to the piste at 2000 metres at La Plagne, the Summit View Leman Suite has views of the Grand Rochette mountain as well as the Front de Neige. The suite’s interior is sophisticated but retains subtle Savoyard influences. Sleeping up to eight people in four bedrooms, the chalet makes for a fantastic location for groups. A seven-night stay starting December 30, costs from £2,000pp (reduced from £2,339pp, so saving £339pp). The price includes chalet board, flights and transfers. Bookings: VIP SKI.
Gressoney for £727pp with Esprit Ski
Celebrate the New Year in style in charming Gressoney, located in the heart of the Monterosa ski area. Seven nights at the three-diamond-plus Chalet Hotel Valverde is now from £727pp (was £1,297pp) on December 29, departing from Edinburgh, Gatwick and Birmingham. The property has a sauna, steam room, hot tub, and on-site childcare. Price includes flights, transfers and chalet catering accommodation and New Year’s Eve gala dinner with champagne. Esprit’s childcare is available from £39 per day for children aged between 17 weeks and 12 years old. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Alpe d’Huez from £934pp with Ski Total
Alpe d’Huez has 250kms of pistes and acres of off-piste. Stay here for seven nights at the four-diamond-plus Chalet Vieux Logis from £934pp (was £1,434pp) departing on December 29 from Gatwick and London City airports. The Chalet Hotel Logis is recently renovated and is located on the Eclose slope with the 10-person Alpe Express gondola close by. Price includes chalet catering accommodation and New Year’s Eve gala dinner with Champagne, flights and transfers. Bookings: Ski Total.
January Ski Trips
Val d’Isere for £599pp with Ski Beat
Val d’Isere is a high-end resort, but you can take advantage of January’s lower prices bag a ski bargain with a week’s skiing for £599pp (it was £769pp, so saving £170pp) including chalet board accommodation at Chalet Cristal, close to the ski lifts and resort centre. The price includes return Gatwick flights and transfers, Manchester +£20pp. Departure is January 19. Bookings: Ski Beat.
La Tania for £799pp with Le Ski
Chalets in Courchevel, Val d’Isere and La Tania are now on sale from £749pp including flights and transfers. For example, spend a week at Chalet Bois d’Emeraude in La Tania, on the week starting January 6, is now £799pp (was £1,105pp), where eight bedrooms are available. The new chalet is in a peaceful location and is beautifully finished. Bookings: Le Ski.
Les Arcs 1800 apartment for £767 with Erna Low
Enjoy a quiet week on the slopes and stay seven nights in the ski-in ski-out Residence Edenarc in Arc 1800 – with 25% off the accommodation for the week of January 12. A one-bedroom two-to-four-person apartment was £911 and is now £684; a two-bedroom four-to-six-person apartment was £1,022 and is now £767. There’s a restaurant on site, an in-house ski shop, bakery delivery and an aqua centre. Flexipass Eurotunnel or flights are both available on request. Bookings: Erna Low.
Les Houches from £212pp with Peak Retreats
Le Hameau de Pierre Blanche luxury four-star residence in Les Houches benefits from panoramic views and great skiing in the Chamonix Valley, close to the Prarion cable-car and 1.5km from the resort centre. There’s a private indoor heated swimming-pool with hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness room and a spa centre. There’s now 20% off the week commencing January 5 when booked by December 31. Seven nights in two-bedroom Gold apartment is now from £212pp (was £254pp for seven nights) including return Eurotunnel crossings with a free upgrade to FlexiPlus. The price is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps up to six). Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Champoluc short break for £794pp with Ski2
The gorgeous and uncrowded resort of Champoluc in the Monte Rosa ski area – seen in the main picture above that was taken today – has availability at three-star Hotel Castor on March 17 for four nights. The price includes full board (with lunch vouchers useable at a good selection of mountain restaurants), resort transfers from a choice of airports, and an area lift pass. All you need to buy is your flight. Bookings: Ski2.
Flaine from £293pp with Ski Collection
There’s 15% off skiing in Flaine staying at the ski-in ski-out four-star Le Centaure. Facilities include free access to the recently added spa centre and an indoor heated swimming-pool with children’s pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness room. There’s 15% off the weeks commencing March 30 to the end of the season, when booked by December 31. Seven nights in a two-bedroom apartment is from £293pp (was £337pp) including return Eurotunnel crossings with a free upgrade to Flexiplus. The price is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps up to six). Bookings: Ski Collection.