There’s still availability over Christmas and New Year – due to the fact that the public holidays fall on weekends, making the usual Saturday or Sunday transfer days less popular than usual. A lot of tour operators have managed to get around this by offering their transfers on weekdays.
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.
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.
Arc 1950 pre-Christmas apartment from £1,721 with Erna Low
Stay seven nights in Arc 1950 from £1,721 departing December 17. This three-bed apartment sleeps up to 10 people and has ski-in ski-out accommodation. On this half-price deal Arc 1950 is also offering one free lift pass for the week (on top of there being buy-one-get-one-free on lift passes) and breakfast for two in La Brasserie. Children’s special ski rental price is from £37pp. Bookings: Erna Low.
Le Chable from £405pp
Situated in Le Chable, the A Lârze Hotel is a charming boutique hotel with 10 light and airy bedrooms. The hotel is five minutes on foot from the ski area and the gondola taking you up to Verbier. A week’s stay, from Monday December 19 costs from £405pp B&B including parking. Flights, lift pass, ski hire and other meals are extra. Bookings: Verbier Tourism.
La Tania from £299pp with Ski Amis
A week commencing December 10 staying half board at Chalet Titania in La Tania is now £249pp – it was £449pp. There is still availability in two twin rooms, but also space in Chalet Balkiss at £299pp – it was £499pp. Bookings: Ski Amis.
Christmas and New Year
Courchevel from £399pp with Ski World
On the week starting December 20, there will be flat pricing, meaning that the best rooms will now be available on a first-come first-served basis. The Classic Chalets are now from £389pp, Superior Chalets from £429pp, Signature Chalet from £579pp. There are savings up to £590pp, with all holidays for seven nights including return flights and transfers, and accommodation is with chalet half board catering. For example, the ten-bedroom Classic Chalet Lapin de Neige in Courchevel Moriond is now from £399pp – a saving of £560pp. Bookings: Ski World.
Val d’Isere New Year from £2,000pp with VIP Ski
Sleeping up to 14 people, the Farmhouse in Val d’Isere is an excellent choice for larger groups looking to see in the New Year together. The rustic-chic farmhouse conversion is located in the heart of the cobbled old town. Priced from £2,000pp (down from £2,749pp, so that’s a saving of £749pp) for a seven-night stay arriving Monday December 26.The price includes return flights from Gatwick, resort transfers, and seven nights’ chalet board accommodation. Bookings: VIP Ski.
La Rosiere Christmas from £399pp with SNO
With a saving of over £450pp, seven nights in La Rosiere’s Chalet Marmotte now costs £399pp (down from £864pp). Starting on Tuesday December 20, the holiday includes a seven-night stay in a catered chalet, with flights from Gatwick and airport transfers. There’s also access to a wellness area with saunas, hot tubs and a steam room. Bookings: SNO.
St Anton Christmas from £569pp with Inghams
Those looking to spend Christmas week in a lively yet picturesque mountain resort with excellent skiing need look no further than St Anton. Stay seven nights chalet board at four-and-a-half star Chalet Kapall from £569pp, which is a saving of £640pp. The price includes return flights from Edinburgh to Innsbruck and resort transfers, departing Friday December 23. Bookings: Inghams.
La Plagne New Year for £650pp with Ski Beat
See in the New Year in the village of Plan Peisey, which is in the ski area shared by La Plagne and Les Arcs and you’ll save 50% on a week’s holiday departing December 31. For example, there’s a saving of £649pp on a week’s stay at Chalet Chamois, which has a lovely open fire and panoramic views – it now costs £650pp (it was £1,299pp). The offer includes return Gatwick flights, resort transfers, and chalet half board. Bookings: Ski Beat.
Val Thorens for £799pp with Ski Total
Due to popular demand, the operator has added an extra flight from Stansted to Chambéry departing Friday December 23. Stay in the highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens, where Chalet Le Sommet is now being offered from £799pp (it was £1,029pp). The cosy chalet has great views and has use of a swimming-pool. The price includes return flights, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation including Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Bookings: Ski Total.
Alpe d’Huez New Year apartment from £399 with Pierre & Vacances
With flexible arrival dates and lengths of time, you can head to the Alps whenever it suits you and stay for as long as you wish. Pierre & Vacances’ Residence Les Horizons d’Huez is 600 metres from the centre of Alpe d’Huez, priced from £100pp (£399 per apartment, down from £594 which is a saving of 20%) for a three-night stay in an apartment sleeping up to four people arriving Friday December 30. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Sainte Foy for £450pp with Peak Retreats
Stay Tuesday to Tuesday in four-star Les Fermes de Sainte Foy at the foot of the ski slopes, close to the shops. The apartment in Saint Foy contains an O des Cîmes Spa, a heated indoor pool, and a fitness room. The price is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom self-catered apartment (sleeps six) on the week commencing December 27. Seven nights self-catering is £450pp including Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
La Rosiere from £575pp with Esprit Ski
There’s now an extra flight departing from Stansted to Chambéry on Friday December 23, so you can ski in the family-friendly resort of La Rosiere over Christmas. Chalet Braconnier, which has a sauna and a ski-to-the-door location, is now available from £575pp. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children aged two to ten years) – from £2,299 for the whole family – and includes return flights, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation – and of course a full Christmas dinner. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Les Gets for £1,499pp with Ski Famille
Spend a week at Chalet Bogart in the family favourite resort of Les Gets for £1,499pp half board. The chalet is a few minutes’ walk from the lifts and the holiday commences on Friday December 23, including Eurotunnel Flexiplus crossings. Bookings: Ski Famille.
Later in the Season
La Rosiere short break for £280pp with Snowfinders
Spend four nights in the pretty resort of La Rosiere where it now costs £280pp – it was £425pp. The departure date is Tuesday January 3 with flights from Gatwick, and resort transfers are included. Accommodation is half board in Chalet Marmotte, which has six ensuite rooms, some of them with Jacuzzi baths. Bookings: Snowfinders.
Val d’Isere for £814pp with Ski Weekends
Departing on Monday January 16, you can enjoy three days’ skiing in Val d’Isere. Accommodation is B&B in the fabulous five-star Hotel Avenue Lodge for £814pp, including flights and resort transfers. Bookings: Ski Weekends.
Bourg St Maurice from £204pp with Ski Collection
There’s 10% off March skiing in Bourg Saint Maurice, staying seven nights from £204pp (it was £222pp). Four-star Le Coeur d’Or has a steam room, sauna, fitness room, and swimming-pool. It is located 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre, 800m from the TGV/Eurostar mainline train station, and one mile from the Arc-en-Ciel funicular which whisks you up to Les Arcs. This is a way to save money skiing – by staying lower down the mountain where prices are lower, yet still having easy access to a vast ski area. Price is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six) on the week commencing March 4, including Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Kitzbuheler Alps ski jumping for €50pp
Ski jumping requires nerves of steel and you can try it in the Hohe Salve region. You’ll receive expert training and full guidance before you launch yourself off the 15m jump. The ski jumping centre in Wörgl has five jumps that meet the international FIS standard, with three smaller jumps (15m, 30m and 40m) and a larger one (60m). So if you’re staying in Niederau, Westendorf, Kitzbuhel, or anywhere else within easy reach, then Ski Jumping for Everyone is available at €50pp for three hours. Bookings: VisitTirol
White Fish from £1,195pp with Ski Safari
The resort of Whitefish in Montana has quiet slopes and more than 300 inches of snow, on average, each year. Make the most of the area and stay at the four-star Grouse Mountain Lodge, five minutes from the centre. The hotel has delicious food and an on-site spa. A 10-night stay starting January 14 costs from £1,195pp, if booked by December 31. Price includes two free nights, return flights, and transfers or car hire. Bookings: Ski Safari.