With spring just around the corner it’s time for a little March madness during the off-peak weeks that mark the run-up to Easter. Tour operators are offering a host of bargains with some hefty discounts and lots of goodies such as free lift passes, half-price childcare and two-for-one equipment hire there for the taking.
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.
Val d’Isere for £1,209pp and half-price childcare with VIP Ski
For the week starting March 8, there is half-price childcare in both Val d’Isere and La Plagne, saving families up to £387. A week’s stay in Aspen Lodge in Val d’Isere, with two children, departing March 8 would cost £1,209 per adult, and £1,134 for children under 12, with a saving of up to £387 on childcare. Prices for childcare usually start at £525 per week for one child. For more information visit VIP Ski.
Zermatt for £799pp with Supertravel Ski
Stay seven nights in complete luxury in Zermatt for £799pp (saving £400pp). Accommodation is in ski-in ski-out Chalet Furi (sleeps four), with Matterhorn views, swimming-pool, spa, sauna and steam room. Arriving March 8, the holiday includes full-chalet board. Flights are extra. Further details from Supertravel Ski.
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 March 15 is now £675pp (was £849pp). The price includes flights, transfers and catered accommodation. Further information is available from Alpine Elements.
Les Gets from £1,699 per family with Ski Famille
Great savings are now available in La Plagne, Les Gets and Reberty-les-Menuires in February and March. Prices are from £1,699 (was £2,430) for a family of four in Les Gets departing March 21, including Gatwick to Geneva flights and resort transfers. In-chalet childcare is also available six days a week. Visit Ski Famille for details.
Badkleinkirchheim from £649pp with two-for-one ski hire and free lift passes with Inghams
Bad Kleinkirchheim is a traditional ski resort, which benefits from crowd-free slopes, queue-free lifts and skiing up to 2055m. The resort is also home to ski hero, Franz Klammer (see the video above). Holidaymakers will receive two-for-one ski hire and free lift passes on bookings for the week commencing March 14 or 21. For example, stay seven nights half board at the four-star Hotel Eschenhof from £649pp, saving £199pp, departing March 21. Price includes return flights from Manchester to Salzburg and resort transfers. For further information from Inghams.
Les Menuires for £488pp with Powder N Shine
Stay in one of the three high-quality chalets in Reberty-les-Menuires from March 14 for £488pp, which is a 35% reduction. Includes seven nights chalet board accommodation, with selected pairing wines and unlimited free house wine. More details from Powder N Shine.
La Rosiere family trip for £1,996 with Esprit Ski
Stay in the friendly resort of La Rosiere 1850 where Chalet Schatzi is now £424pp (was £644pp.) This chalet is located at the foot of the slopes and has a spacious interior. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12 years) at £1,996 (was £2,576) travelling out on March 8 for seven nights. It includes return flights from Stansted to Chambery, resort transfers, free wifi, free babysitting and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Further information from Esprit Ski.
Meribel apartment from £921 with Pierre & Vacances
There’s 20% off late season snow at Premium four-star residence Les Crets in Mottaret-Meribel. The spacious and elegant rooms look out over the mountains and there’s doorstep skiing. Prices start from £921 (saving 20% on £1,151) for a one-bedroom apartment for four to five people arriving March 14 for seven nights. Flights to Geneva from Gatwick are currently £59 with Swiss. Details from Pierre & Vacances.
Les Arcs from £278pp with Erna Low
Stay seven nights with a 35% reduction at the Chalet des Arolles in Arc 2000, including return flights from London to Geneva and shared resort transfers. The price is now from £278pp based on six people sharing. The residence offers easy access to the slopes, an indoor heated swimming-pool, and the holiday departs March 14. To take advantage of the offer, book before March 7). Further information is available from Erna Low.
Les Gets from £118pp with Peak Retreats
Four-star Les Fermes Emiguy is 300m from Les Gets resort centre and 450m from the Chavannes gondola. The free resort shuttle bus stops by the residence. The accommodation has an indoor heated pool and the apartments are decorated in a contemporary style. Book before February 22 and you’ll receive 20% off holidays starting March 28. Seven nights including Eurotunnel return crossings from £118pp (was £139pp) based on six people sharing. More information from Peak Retreats.
Kitzbuhel for £689pp with Crystal Ski
Spend a week in three-star Chalet Linda in the beautiful old ski town of Kitzbuhel for £689pp (save £50pp) fully catered. The departure date is March 28 from Gatwick to Salzburg with resort transfers. Further information from Crystal Ski.
Val d’Isere from £649pp with Ski Total
Stay in Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins in Val d’Isere for £649pp (was £819pp) for one week travelling out on March 29. Set in a ski-to-your-door location, this chalet-hotel has one of the best positions in the resort. This price includes return flights from Edinburgh to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. Further details from Ski Total.
Les Angles from £94pp with Pyrenees Collection
Les Angles is an authentic mountain village with Catalan roots. Le Clos des Fontaneilles is a recently-built residence located 600m from the slopes and the resort centre. It features an indoor heated pool. You can save 20% on holidays commencing March 28, where one week including Eurotunnel return crossings now costs from £94pp (was £108pp) based on six people sharing. More information from Pyrenees Collection.
Verbier up to 15% off and free lift passes with CK Verbier
On the week starting March 29 there’s 15% off at Bella Coola and Fontanet-Sagittaire, and 10% off Le Ti chalet, Les Esserts-Sagittaire and Chalet Monterosa. For example, Fontanet-Sagittaire was from 54,200chf for the whole chalet half board sleeping up to 13 people. As well as this there’s one private complimentary return transfer from Geneva airport to the chalet (in an eight-passenger luxury vehicle) worth up to 1500chf, And two complimentary six-day Four Valleys lift passes worth over 700chf. Further information from CK Verbier.
Arc 2000 from £207pp with Ski Collection
Spend a week at four-star Chalet des Neiges Cimes des Arcs in Arc 2000, which is situated very close to the lifts. Book at least 30 days in advance to save 20% off – for example book by February 26 for Easter. One week from March 28 including Eurotunnel return crossing is now from £207pp (was £250pp) based on six people sharing. More details from Ski Collection.
Big White from £1,229pp with Ski Safari
Receive three nights free this Easter, whilst staying 10 nights at the three-star White Crystal Inn in Big White, with prices starting from £1,229pp, including flights and resort transfers. The holiday departs March 30, and to take advantage of the offer you will need to book by March 1. Visit Ski Safari for further details.
Verbier from £1,480pp with Scott Dunn
Stay for a week at the fabulous W hotel in Verbier, from £1,480pp B&B, including flights from the UK and return train transfers. Price includes one night free (saving £180pp), a room upgrade (excluding suites and residences) and 15% off dining at the in-house Arola Restaurant. Offer is valid for travel until May 3, when booked before March 7. More details from Scott Dunn.
Brides-les-Bains family trip from £600pp with Skiweekends
A family of four can go skiing for as little as £600, staying in Brides-les-Bains in the valley below Meribel and connected by gondola into the 3 Valleys skiing. Book any weekend or week travelling on a coach from Victoria and stay at the three-star Hotel Verseau. This offer must be booked by March 9. Details from Skiweekends.