Starting to think about your ski holiday for next season? Winter offers are coming in regularly now, so keep an eye on this page if you’re looking to find a good ski deal. And if you miss the mountains but can’t wait for the season to start then why not book a last-minute summer holiday in the Alps with road cycling, mountain biking, hiking, golf and myriad other activities – or just a bit of picnicking, swimming and relaxation in gorgeous surroundings? This week I am in the Tirol where there is bright sunshine and a wide choice of activities for all ages.
Summer in The Alps
Valmorel for £339pp with Peak Retreats
Stay 14 nights at the four-star La Grange aux Fees, located in the Hameau des Lanchettes area of Valmorel, for £339pp (saving over £50pp). The smart apartments have an indoor heated pool and sauna, with access to the Ô des Cîmes Spa, all located a five-minute walk from the resort centre. This is based on the week commencing August 13, and prices are for five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment, including transport. Accommodation-only holiday packages are also available. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Lech for £599pp with Inghams
Save £90pp when you spend a week in Lech enjoying some spectacular walking in the Arlberg Mountains. Seven nights chalet catering at the four-diamond Chalet Hotel Montfort is now from £599pp departing July 30. Price includes return flights from Birmingham to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Alpe d’Huez Via Ferrata from £83pp
Climb the Massif des Grandes Rousses above Vaujany in a series of new Via Ferrata routes. Start at the edge of La Fare waterfall, which flows down the rockface in the summer. Beginners can edge along the walkways that wind along the wooded slopes, accompanied by a professional guide. And those with experience can clamber up vertical passages alongside the water. This is a free activity, and all climbing equipment can be hired locally. Minimum age is 14 years. Return flights from London to Lyon from £81pp with easyJet. Return trains from St Pancras to Lyon cost from £89pp. A week’s stay in an apartment for four costs from €100/£83pp (€400/£330 total). Bookings: Alpe d’Huez.
Zell am See from £564pp with Thomson Lakes
Stay half board at four-star Hotel Georg in the lakeside resort of Zell am See from £564 (save 20%, which is £140pp) departing August 6 from Gatwick to Salzburg, including resort transfers. Flights also available from all major UK departure airports. Bookings: Thomson Lakes
Where to Go This Winter
Obergurgl from £215pp with Esprit Ski
Take the family to Obergurgl here there is availability at Chalet Verwall for £2,125 for a family of four. The chalet provides a home from home and easy access to the slopes. The price is based on two adults and two children 5-10 years old travelling out on January 22, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, use of the sauna, free ski hosting and seven nights’ catered chalet accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week. Bookings: Esprit Ski
Tignes for £281pp with Peak Retreats
Stay in Tignes Les Boisses and, provided you book by October 31, you’ll get 10% off seven nights at four-star Kalinda Village apartments, located at the foot of the gondola. It now costs £281pp (was £312pp) for the holiday. There is access to the indoor heated pool and spa facilities and the price is based on the week commencing January 28, for five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment including transport. Accommodation-only holiday packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers also bookable. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
La Plagne from £569pp with Alpine Elements
Stay nine days for the price of seven at Christmas from £569pp, and eight days for the price of seven at New Year from £1,022pp. For example, nine nights in La Plagne commencing December 18 is £569pp, staying at Chalet Colette which sleeps 12 people. The price includes flights, transfers, and half board for six nights. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Val Thorens for £426 with Ski Collection
Book before October 1 and receive 15% off a seven-night holiday at the Koh-i Nor, located on the Plein Sud ski slope of Val Thorens. It now costs £426pp (save over £60pp) in the four-star self-catered residence which has an international restaurant, a brasserie, a large terrace with panoramic views, a lounge-bar, and an adjacent spa. The price is for the week commencing December 10, with prices for four people sharing a two-bedroom apartment, including transport. Accommodation-only holiday packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers also bookable. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Courchevel for £719pp with Ski Total
Stay in Courchevel 1850 where a week in Chalet Hotel Coq de Bruyère is now £719pp travelling out on January 15. Set a two-minute walk from the resort centre at La Croisette, the chalet hotel provides skiing virtually to the doorstep and a cosy interior. The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, resort transfers, and seven nights catered accommodation. Bookings: Ski Total.