Welove2ski was in Verbier last week, which was looking picture-perfect. There’s still availability in most Alpine resorts and good snow is virtually guaranteed for Christmas. 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.
Les Arcs and Avoriaz apartments from £541 with Pierre & Vacances
There’s a range of discounts available over the next four weeks. Premium Residence Le Village in Arc 1950 has spacious apartments loacted right next to the slopes. Prices for seven nights on December 14 start at £681 for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping four people, a saving of £121. On the same week, the Residence Saskia-Falaise in Avoriaz is £541 for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping four, a saving of £135. For more information visit Pierre & Vacances.
Tignes from £554pp with Alpine Elements
Spend a week at Chalet Neve in Tignes Val Claret for £554pp, flying out this weekend. December ski deals start at £410pp, including seven nights chalet accommodation, Gatwick flights (regional departures are also available), resort transfers, and half board accommodation. More information from Alpine Elements.
Christmas in the Alps
Orelle from £154pp with Peak Retreats
Stay seven nights self-catering at the three-star superior Le Hameau des Eaux d’Orelle in the little resort of Orelle, which is linked directly to Val Thorens by gondola. The accommodation has free access to the 200m2 spa area with an indoor heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and a steam room. The accommodation is now available from £154pp (was £270pp) based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six) and including return Eurotunnel crossings for the weeks starting December 21 and 28. To take advantage of the offer, bookings must be made by December 20. Details from Peak Retreats.
Saas Fee from £699pp
Save £180pp over the Christmas week by heading to the picturesque Swiss village of Saas Fee. You can stay seven nights half board at the three-star Hotel Europa from £699pp, departing December 21. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Birmingham (+£29), Bristol (+£29), Cambridge (+£29), Manchester (+£39), Newcastle (+£39), Glasgow (+£59) and Edinburgh (+£49). For more information visit Inghams.
Tignes for £699pp with Ski Total
A week at Chalet Hotel Rosset in Tignes is now £699pp (was £968pp), travelling out on December 22. This well located Chalet-Hotel is one minute’s walk from the nearest lift and has lovely views across the lake. The price includes return flights from Birmingham to Chambery, airport transfers, free wifi and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Further details from Ski Total.
Risoul for £215pp with Erna Low
There’s 35% off the accommodation price in the purpose-built resort of Risoul, where a week commencing December 21 is now £215pp (reduced from £314pp) based on six people sharing a two-bedroom six-person apartment in Residence Antares. The self-catering, ski-drive price includes return Eurotunnel crossings with Free FlexiPlus upgrades. More details from Erna Low.
Avoriaz from £317pp with Ski Collection
Stay for seven nights self-catering at the Electra residence, which at the foot of the slopes in Avoriaz. It is now available from £317pp (was £422pp), based on five people sharing the apartment. The offer includes return Eurotunnel crossings, and departures are on December 21. Further information from Ski Collection.
Wengen for £371pp with Thomson Ski
Spend seven nights half board in two-star Hotel Bernerhof in the traditional village of Wengen for £371pp (save £180pp). Departure is from Gatwick to Geneva on January 4 and resort transfers are also included. Further information from
Courchevel for £799pp with Powder White
Stay for the week commencing January 4 at Chalet R in Courchevel 1550, which is now £799pp fully catered (was £1,499pp) or £8,629 (was £9,169) self-catered. This ski deal means a saving of £700pp, with flights and transfers arranged on request. For reservations visit Powder White.
Selva for £384pp with Esprit Ski
Book to stay in Selva Val Gardena for £384pp, with a week’s accommodation in Chalet Wiesenheim which is six minutes’ walk to the nearest ski-lift. This price is based on a family of four (children under 12) at £1,535 travelling out on January 5, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, airport transfers, free wifi, free ski hosting and catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £209 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Details from Esprit Ski.
Ruka, Finland for £165pp with Crystal Ski
Self-cater for seven nights in the four-star Ruka Tonttu Apartments (half board option alo available) in the Finnish resort of Ruka, which costs £165pp (save £200pp) based on four people sharing. Departure is January 5 from Gatwick to Kuusamo, with airport transfers included. More details on this ski deal from Crystal Ski.
Beginners package in Meribel from £585pp with Ski Weekends
For beginners looking to learn to ski or snowboard, there’s a special three-day package tailor-made for them. The package includes lessons, coach travel, half board accommodation and a lift pass. Ski lessons are for two hours each day of the trip and accommodation is at the Club Hotel Verseau in Brides les Bains, which is linked to Meribel by cable-car. The beginner package starts from £585pp based on two people sharing and the price is applicable right through the season – excluding the half term week (February 15-23). For more information visit Skiweekends.
Verbier luxury chalet from 59,000CHF with CK Verbier
Try a January 10-day special (inclusive of full CKV service and dinner on nine of the 10 nights) in Verbier at a reduced rate. For example, Sunday January 5 to Wednesday 15 is now 59,500CHF for the whole of Chalet Fontanet or Chalet Gentianes – both sleeping 12 people. More information from CK Verbier.
And for something a little different…
Free ski lessons and gourmet food in Courmayeur for £2500pp
Serious foodie? Spend three nights in Courmayeur being hosted by Heston Blumenthal, with from Michelin-starred chefs including Marcus Wareing and Sat Bains. Highlights include complimentary ski lessons for first-timers, hot chocolate created by Heston during one of your pit stops, and picnics prepared by celebrity chefs halfway down the legendary 17km Vallee Blanche to Chamonix. Contact Momentum Ski for more information.
New ski app
An app is being launched to help skiers not only book a chalet but also make the most of their time in the resort. The app is packed with information on resorts and the ski areas – including reviews of restaurants and bars, plus ideas of things to do. There’s a CHATback wall linked to each resort, which allows skiers to organise group skiing sessions and share tips and advice on the best slopes. Holidays start at £799pp based on two sharing at Aspen Lodge in Val d’Isere. Prices include return flights from Gatwick, resort transfers and chalet board catering. For more information on holidays and the app, visit VIP Ski.