How would you like a trip to a ski resort brighten up January? Below is a selection of offers available on the weeks between now and Easter.
With New Year upon us and still little sign of winter beginning in earnest across most of the Alps, tour operators are starting to offload holidays at huge discounts.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that’s there not much point in snapping up a bargain for next week in a resort where green grass still rules…unless you only want a suntan. The European weather will most probably change over the next fortnight and the snow will fall, no doubt in copious quantities.
Meanwhile we’ve given asterisks to the January deals in resorts where cover should lie somewhere between acceptable and excellent. Three *** = conditions are excellent, two ** = conditions are ok. We haven’t included any January deals with less than **.
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.
If you’re flying from Gatwick, don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go. Cophall Parking has some offers especially for Welove2ski readers.
***Tignes from £582pp with SNO
Getting the new year off to a cracking start, packages for January in Tignes are coming with offers like ‘buy 1 Espace Killy lift pass, get 1 half price’ for last minute bookings. Chalet Annina can be booked with this deal at £582pp for a seven-night stay travelling out on January 7. The price includes Gatwick flights, resort transfers and chalet catering. In the centre of Tignes Le Lac, Annina is a new build chalet, 50m from the nearest piste. Bookings: SNO.
***Serre Chevalier for £419pp with Inghams
Serre Chevalier has good snow at the moment, and 250km of interconnected pistes to choose from. Stay here for seven nights on a chalet board basis at the three-and-a-half-diamond Chalet Pyrene from £419pp (saving 40%). The price represents a saving of £280pp and includes return flights from Gatwick to Turin and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on January 14. Bookings: Inghams.
***Tignes short break for £391pp with Snowfinders
Why not take a short ski break, staying at Ski Lodge Aigle in Tignes? The catered chalet is available for four nights and the new price of £391pp (it was £516pp) includes flights and transfers travelling out on January 3. Bookings: Snowfinders.
***Val d’Isere for £445pp with Alpine Elements
On the week commencing January 7 you can stay in Val d’Isere for seven nights at £445pp. Staying in Chalet Tuteliere you can almost ski to the door. The accommodation is half board with flights and transfers included. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
***Tignes from £550pp with Esprit
Ski with your family this January in the snow-sure resort of Tignes. Chalet Charline is now available from £550pp. The chalet is set in an attractive Savoyard building with clever use of wood and stone to create a cosy interior, and the balcony has views of the Grande Motte peak. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children aged two to ten years) at £2,199 travelling on January 22, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of ski lessons. Bookings: Esprit.
**La Plagne for £1,999 for a family of 4 with Ski Famille
Spend a week in Chalet Nicole in La Plagne which sleeps 30 and has a dedicated playroom and wellness area including hot-tub, sauna and steam room. This chalet is in an ideal location for a family ski holiday. It now costs £1,999 for seven nights half board for a family of four on the week starting January 14. The price includes Gatwick flights and resort transfers. Regional flights can be arranged at a supplement. Bookings: Ski Famille.
**Flaine apartment from £437 with Erna Low
Save 35% on the accommodation price at the Residence la Foret in Flaine, for the week commencing January 7. A one-bedroom four to five person apartment is currently reduced from £672 to £437 for the week. You can also include Eurotunnel crossings with Flexiplus upgrades for a total price of just £657. Bookings: Erna Low.
**Les Menuires short break from £249pp with Ski Amis
From January 9 to 14 you can stay for five nights with a free lift pass. For example, Chalet Irene in Les Menuires is now £249pp – it was £349pp – and sleeps eight to ten people in four double rooms. Similar deals are also available in La Tania and La Plagne. Bookings: Ski Amis.
Val d’Isere from £559pp with Ski Collection
Book before December 31 and receive 10% off March skiing. For example, seven nights in Val d’Isere is now from £559pp (it was £616pp). New for the 2016-17 ski season, five-star Chalet Skadi is 500m from the centre of the resort on the road towards Le Fornet: the free resort shuttle bus stops 50m from the chalet. Facilities include the Bains du Montana Spa with an indoor swimming-pool, sauna and hammam. The price is based on four people sharing a two bedroom self-catered apartment (sleeps four) on the week commencing March 11 and includes Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Samoens fortnight from £557pp with Peak Retreats
Stay for 14 nights in Samoens from £557pp (it was £613pp). Accommodation is in the four-star Chalet Rose, which is 350m from the heart of the village (100m from mini-market) and 350m from the Grand Massif Express gondola. There’s also an outdoor Jacuzzi. The price is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom self-catered apartment (sleeps six) on the week commencing April 1 and includes Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Peak Retreats.