Starting to think about your ski holiday for next season? Winter deals are beginning to come in now, so keep an eye on this page if you’re looking to find a good deal. And if you miss the mountains but can’t wait for the ski season to start then why not book a holiday in the Alps with road cycling, mountain biking, hiking, golf and myriad other activities – or just a bit of picnicking and relaxation in beautiful surroundings?
Summer in the Alps
Samoens cycling from £180pp with Peak Retreats
Stay in the traditional village of Samoens for some lake-side hiking, biking and a bit of adventure park fun. Keen cyclists can take part in the 1-Day, 1-Col road cycling event on August 17 at Col de la Ramaz (outside Les Gets) which is about 40 minutes’ drive away. It’s free to take part and there will be refreshments and entertainment on the day. Stay 14 nights self-catering from August 16 at Les Fermes des Samoens from £180pp, based on five people sharing and including ferry crossings. The residence has an indoor and outdoor pool and free wifi. Further information from Peak Retreats.
Kitzbuhel from £699pp with Inghams
Head to lovely Kitzbuhel this summer and explore the medieval walled town with its cobblestone streets, pastel-painted buildings and pavement cafes. On August 2 the village hosts its annual Jahrmarkt Festival with live music, entertainment and food stalls offering local specialities. Stay for seven nights half board at the four-star Q Resort and Health Spa from £699pp, saving £209pp, with departure on July 30. The price includes return flights from Manchester or Gatwick to Salzburg, with resort transfers included. Flights are also available from Newcastle (+£49). For more information visit Inghams.
Mayrhofen family trip for £2,158 with Crystal Summer
Spend a week in three-star Hotel Neuhaus Landhaus Annexe in the Tirolean resort of Mayrhofen. It now costs £2,158 for a family of four including flights, transfers, and half board accommodation, departing Gatwick on July 30 with Thomson Airways. Direct flights from all major UK airports are available at a supplement. The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, children’s play areas and a spa. The saving is £920 for the family of four (or £230pp). Further information from Crystal Summer.
Winter Ski Trips
From £319pp in Montchavin with Ski Amis
Chalet Dolomites is a new budget self-catering chalet sleeping 8-11 people in the village of Montchavin. It’s ski-in ski-out and has easy access to La Plagne ski area and the Vanoise Express. Prices start at £319pp (or £3,120 for the whole chalet) and there’s a launch discount of 10% on any bookings made before the end of August. Early booking offers are also available on other selected properties. Details of the chalet can be found at Ski Amis.
Les Menuires double room and flights for £1,999 at New Year with Ski Famille
With limited flight seats and rooms remaining over New Year (December 27 week) the operator is offering the last available room in Chalet Katie 2 in Reberty 2000 to one adult and one child for £1,999, including flights and transfers. Limited New Year packages without flights are still available in other chalets. Further details from Ski Famille.
Zermatt from £1,099pp with Supertravel Ski
Supertravel Ski continues to offer catered chalet holidays in Zermatt (many British operators have pulled out due to new employment legislation). You can stay in Chalet Furi (sleeps four), with Matterhorn views, a swimming-pool, and a spa area with sauna and steam room. The main gondola up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is close by. A week’s stay commencing January 11 costs from £1,099pp (saving £100pp), including chalet board accommodation. More details from Supertravel Ski.
La Toussuire from £164pp with Peak Retreats
La Toussuire is new to the Peak Retreats ski programme – the village’s own 55km ski area is now fully linked into the giant Sybelles circuit, which offers 310km of slopes. The skiing here is suited all standards and there are two terrain parks. Stay at Les Balcons des Aiguilles at foot of the slopes and close to resort centre. The residence has an indoor heated pool with a wellbeing area. Book by August 11 and save 15% – prices are now from £164pp based on five people sharing for seven nights self-catering and includes Eurotunnel crossings with free Flexiplus upgrades. Details from Peak Retreats.
Half-term in Arc 1950 from £603pp with Ski Collection
Arc 1950 offers snowsure skiing and direct access to the Paradiski ski area. Stay in the four-star luxury ski-in ski-out Le Village residence with a pool, spa and wifi. Book by November 4 to save 10% on the February half-term week of February 14. Prices are now from £603pp for seven nights self-catering, including return Eurotunnel crossings with free Flexiplus upgrades. The price is based on four people sharing. More information from Ski Collection.
Buy-on-get-one-free lift passes from Crystal
If you book a Crystal Ski holiday to any European ski resort, you can buy one adult lift pass and get another free, saving you up to £309 (such as the Zermatt area lift pass). The offer doesn’t apply to Christmas, New Year, February half term or Easter (March 28-29 and April 4-5) departures. Limited availability, for new bookings only. Closing date Wednesday 6 August 6. To book, visit Crystal Ski.
Whistler from £1,083pp with Erna Low
Stay seven nights staying at the Crystal Lodge in the heart of Whistler Village, including direct scheduled BA flights from Heathrow, shared shuttle transfers and lodging on room-only basis from £1,083pp departing January 20 (10 nights from £1,213pp). Further details from Erna Low.
Val d’Isere luxury chalet from £1,365pp with Scott Dunn
Chalet Genepy is in the exclusive Le Petit Alaska collection of chalets in Val d’Isere and has an indoor swimming-pool set into rock. The chalet is split over three levels with open-plan living and dining space, separate TV room for children and wellness area. Stay for seven nights from £13,645 (£1,365pp based on four adults and six children) travelling out on January 18, with flights, transfers, private chef, and two free childcare places. Price includes 15% early booking offer and is valid for bookings until August 31. More details from Scott Dunn.
Les Angles apartment from £275 with Lagrange
Les Angles is a pretty Pyrenean village resort with well-preserved architecture and skiing for all levels. The lift passes are good value, the slopes are quiet and this is a good spot for budget-conscious family groups. Spend a week in Prat de Lis apartments at the foot of the slopes, from £275 per apartment per week. Further details from Lagrange.