Half-term marks the start of the second half of the ski season and at last the snow is little short of superb almost everywhere across the Alps and the Pyrenees – and further afield. We’ve even got a great deal for Japan. What’s more, prices are tumbling by as much as 40% as tour operators begin to offload their remaining weeks. Why let someone else have all the fun – go on, get out there!
For more offers, check out the websites of operators such as Crystal Ski, Inghams, Mark Warner, Neilson, and Ski World. Consult specialist travel agencies, too – such as Sno, Snowfinders, Momentum Ski and Snow-Wise.
Niseko from £1,465pp with Ski Safari
Stay in the resort of Niseko on Japan’s Hokkaido island (about two hours from Sapporo) and you’ll be able to ski powder on extinct volcanoes, with some great groomed runs and back country too. Save 20% on accommodation and stay seven nights at The Green Leaf in Niseko from £1,465pp including international flights and resort transfers. The price is based on departures from the UK on March 10. Visit Ski Safari for more information.
La Plagne from £1,499 per family with Ski Famille
Huge discounts are now available in La Plagne during February and March. Prices are now from around half price at £1,499 (was £3,231) for a family of four departing February 21, including Gatwick-Geneva flights and resort transfers. In-chalet childcare is also available six days a week. More deals are available in Les Gets and Reberty-les-Menuires, too. Visit Ski Famille for more details.
Tignes from £599pp with Alpine Elements
Stay in Chalet-Hotel Le Pramecou in Tignes-le-Lac, with easy access to the slopes, where one week starting February 22 is now £599pp (was £698pp). The price includes flights, transfers and catered accommodation. Further information is available from Alpine Elements.
Les Menuires for £297pp with Skiweekends
This mid-week skiing trip to Reberty-les-Menuires, staying at Chalet Anthony/Cleopatra/Sapiniere, has been reduced by £65 to £297pp. The holiday departs on February 23, and the price includes chalet catered accommodation, flights and resort transfers. Book online at Skiweekends.
Mayrhofen for £299pp with Crystal Ski
Spend a week B&B at two-star Pension Elisabeth in Mayrhofen for £299pp (save £215pp). Departure date is March 21, with flights from Manchester to Innsbruck. Resort transfers are also included. Further information is available from
Crystal Ski Holidays.
Flaine for £519pp with Ski Total
Stay at Chalet Ibex in the popular resort of Flaine for £519pp (was £789pp) for a week departing March 15. Flaine is gateway to the Grand Massif ski area and Chalet Ibex is a contemporary chalet. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. Book by 4pm on February 14 and there will be a special Valentines bottle of wine in your chalet bedroom! Further details from Ski Total.
Les Arcs from £239pp with Ski Collection
Chalet des Neiges Arolles in Arc 2000 is located at the foot of the slopes, with impressive views. Book at least 30 days before departure to save 20% on one-week holidays starting March 28, including return Eurotunnel crossings. The holiday price is now from £239pp (was £288pp) based on five people sharing. More details from Ski Collection.
Sauze d’Oulx from £499pp with Inghams
Enjoy a ski and spa break to the lively village of Sauze d’Oulx, which is part of the enormous Milky Way ski area. The stylish four-star Grand Hotel Besson is close to the rustic old town area and has a spa with a salt-water pool, whirlpool, Turkish bath, sauna, hot plunge pool and a modern gym. Stay for seven nights half-board from £499pp, saving £180pp, and departing on March 21. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Turin and resort transfers. Regional flights are available for an additional supplement. For more information visit Inghams.
St Martin de Belleville for £995pp with Snowfinders
You can now stay in the attractive village of St Martin de Belleville for £995pp (was £1,295pp). Accommodation is half board in Chalet Abode, which is bound to be a gastronomic experience. The holiday commences on March 8, and flights and transfers can be arranged at additional cost. More information from Snowfinders.
Alpe d’Huez from £1,179pp with VIP Ski
There are a few spaces left at the comfortable Club Chateau overlooking the pistes, lifts and nursery slopes in Alpe d’Huez. The accommodation can be reserved by the room, giving the opportunity to stay in a larger chalet environment. Club Chateau provides a choice of twin or double rooms for up to 15 people, with hi-tech entertainment, a hot tub and sauna. Prices for seven nights starting on February 22 are from £1,179pp (was £1,409pp) including return flights from Gatwick, coach transfers, catered chalet accommodation. For more information visit VIP Ski.
Val d’Isere long weekend from £335pp with iGO SKI
Spend a long weekend from February 22 at Chalet Fjord in Val d’Isere from £335pp (was £450pp), staying from Sunday to Wednesday. The price includes flights, transfers and catered accommodation. More details are available from iGO SKI.
Chamonix apartments from £1,070 with Pierre et Vacances
There’s 30% off at the four-star Premium residence La Ginabelle in Chamonix. The residence is located in the centre of Chamonix and features spacious, cosy apartments, and a dedicated children’s play area in the reception area. A Deep Nature Spa is integrated into the residence allowing guests to relax and recover after a day’s skiing. The price is £1,070 (saving 30% on £1,529) based on a one-bedroom apartment for four people staying seven nights and departing the UK on February 28. Flights are currently £157 from Heathrow to Geneva with Swiss Airlines. More details from Pierre et Vacances.
Free lift passes for children in Val d’Isere
For those looking for some spring skiing, there are free children’s lift passes worth £154 for each adult pass purchased in Val d’Isere. The offer is valid from April 4 until May 2 and includes one free junior pass for children aged 5-13 years with every adult six-day Espace Killy pass costing £193pp. The lift pass offer is for the full Espace Killy area. Visit Val d’Isere Tourism for more information.
Saint-Lary from £96pp with Pyrenees Collection
Saint-Lary is a traditional and lively Pyrenean town with plenty of character and charm. The Cami Real residence is located in the centre of the village and 300m from both the cable-car and the Sensoria thermal spa centre. Book before February 19 to save 30% on one-week holidays starting March 28, including Eurotunnel return crossings. The price is now from £96pp (was £120pp) based on five people sharing. More details from Pyrenees Collection.
Gressoney for £374pp with Esprit Ski
Stay in the village of Gressoney, in the heart of the Monterosa ski area, for £374pp. Chalet Hotel Valverde provides an excellent location adjacent to the main ski-lift and four minutes’ walk to the village centre. The price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12 years) at £1,496 (was £2,293), travelling out on February 28, and including return flights from Gatwick to Turin, resort transfers, free wifi, free babysitting, use of the spa area, sauna and steam room, and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Go to Esprit Ski for more information.
Les Gets from £134pp with Peak Retreats
Les Fermes Emiguy is 300m from the resort centre and 450m from the Chavannes gondola in Les Gets. The free resort shuttle bus stops by the residence and is 800m from the Perrieres chair-lift. The accommodation offers an indoor heated pool and leisure facilities, with fully equipped apartments decorated in contemporary style. Book before February 22 to receive a 20% discount for one-week holidays starting March 28. The price is now from £134pp (was £155pp), including two Eurotunnel return crossings, based on eight people sharing. Further details from Peak Retreats.