Two of the editors of Welove2ski are in the Alpe di Suisi area of the Dolomites this weekend, where the snow is pretty good – especially high up and on the north-facing slopes. It’s the same story everywhere, but spring is coming…and what is powder on a north-facing slope is breakable crust as soon as you move 10 degrees east or west.
If you’re thinking of squeezing in a last-minute break to the Alps, look no further than this page for a great skiing deal over the Easter holiday period.
Don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go – this is especially important during the peak holiday periods such as Easter. If you’re flying from Gatwick, Cophall Parking has some offers just for Welove2ski viewers.
Due to readers’ requests, we now also have our ski holiday prices in euros (with the exchange rate correct at the time of writing), although you should contact tour operators direct for a quote that doesn’t include travel from the UK.
Avoriaz apartment from £659 with Pierre & Vacances
The three-star Saskia Falaise residence offers ski-in ski-out accommodation in the car-free resort of Avoriaz. After a day of skiing, parents can take their children to Aquariaz, the largest water park in the mountains. Priced from £659 (850€) – down from £852 (1,099€) which is a saving 22% – for a week’s stay in a one-bedroom apartment for four people arriving March 19. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
St Anton for £629pp with Crystal Ski
Four-star Chalet Pia in St Anton has an open-plan lounge/dining area, sauna and wifi. The price for a week here is £629pp (812€) – with a saving of £380pp (490€) – with the departure date April 2 from Gatwick to Innsbruck, including resort transfers. Bookings: Crystal Ski.
Le Grand Bornand from £189pp with Ski Independence
Spend a week in the four-star apartments Le Village de Lessy just 100m from the slopes of Le Grand Bornand. Price of £189pp (244€) is based on six people sharing a two-bedroom apartment for seven nights, including Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades, and departing March 26. Bookings: Ski Independence.
Val Thorens short break from £469pp with Inghams
As Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens is a great choice for a short spring ski break. Stay four nights with chalet catering at the 3.5 diamond Chalet Maryse from £469pp (605€) departing April 9. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Les Arcs from £552 with Erna Low
Stay seven nights at Manoir Savoie in Arc 1950 on a self-catering basis including Eurotunnel Flexiplus crossings from £552pp (712€). The accommodation sleeps four, but the price is based on two people sharing. Situated at the edge of the resort, the pool provides lovely mountain views and there’s also free access to the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Departure is March 19. Bookings: Erna Low.
Montgenevre from £122pp with Peak Retreats
Stay seven nights at the four-star Hameau des Airelles in Montgenevre from £122pp (157€) – saving £150pp (194€) – based on five people sharing and including transport. Located in the new Obelisque area, it is at the foot of the Chalvet slopes and 500m from the resort centre. The offer is for the week starting April 2. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Plagne 1800 entire family trip for £1,799 with Ski Famille
Ski in the family friendly resort of La Plagne and stay in Chalet Nicole on the week of April 9 at £1,799 (2,321€) for a family of four, including flights and resort transfers. Price also includes chalet half board and there’s access to the in-chalet childcare. Bookings: Ski Famille.
Meribel from £530pp with Alpine Elements
There are some great Easter family deals, including kids skiing free in France and Austria. For example, departing April 3 you can spend seven nights at Chalet La Grange in Meribel – which is almost ski-to-door – for £530pp (684€). Kids ski for free, and the price includes Gatwick-Lyon flights, resort transfers and half board chalet catering. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
La Plagne from £299pp with Ski Amis
On the Easter week commencing March 26 you can stay from £399pp (515€) – it was £539pp (695€) at Chalet Dolomites in La Plagne. On April 2 it costs from £299pp (386€) – it was £599pp (721€), and on April 9 it is from £299pp (386€) – it was £549 (708€). On those two non-Easter weeks there are also lift pass deals. Prices include chalet board accommodation. Bookings: Ski Amis.
Val d’Isere for £530pp with Ski Total
Spend the week commencing March 20 at Chalet hotel Champs Avalins in Val d’Isere. It now costs £530pp (684€) – it was £719pp (928€) – chalet half board departing from Stansted (other airports also available) and including resort transfers. Bookings: Ski Total.
Flaine from £158pp with Ski Collection
Stay seven nights at Les Terrasses de Veret from £158pp (204€), which is 25% off the usual price, based on five people sharing the apartment and including transport. The residence can be found in the peaceful Flaine-Foret area on the upper level of Flaine. Locted next to the Grand Vans chair-lift it allows for ski-in ski-out access as well as being close to resort centre. The holiday is for the weeks of April 2 and 9. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Morzine from £549pp with Butler & Lloyd
Chalet Roche sits at the edge of Morzine and has four bedrooms and an open-plan living/dining area. A short bus ride away are a number of bars and restaurants. Priced at £549pp (708€) – it’s down from £649pp (837€), so there’s a saving of £100pp (129€) for a seven night stay. The fully catered chalet that sleeps up to 16 people arriving March 20. Bookings: Butler & Lloyd.
Meribel luxury for £1,00pp with VIP Ski
This lovely Meribel chalet offers style, comfort and lots of space, with an impressive suspended central fireplace. Chalet Zebra provides accommodation for 12 people in six en suite bedrooms. Priced at £1,200 (1,548€) – down from £1,649pp (2,128€) so that’s a saving of £449pp (579€) – for the week beginning April 3. The price includes catered accommodation, return flights from Gatwick, and coach transfers. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Saint-Lary from £68pp with Pyrenees Collection
Stay seven nights at the Cami Real residence in Saint-Lary from £68pp (88€) based on five people sharing and including transport. The property is located in the centre of the village, 300m from both the cable-car and the Sensoria thermal spa. The nearest supermarket is a two-minute walk away. The holiday is for the Easter week of week of March 26. Bookings: Pyrenees Collection.
Val d’Isere from 819pp with Marker Warner
Mark Warner is teaming up with Henry Schniewind, the internationally renowned off-piste ski guide and avalanche expert in Val d’Isere. Each week includes five full mornings of instruction, evening talks and meals taken together. For example, Henry’s Introduction to off-piste is designed for confident on-piste skiers ready to leave the groomed runs to explore the back-country. On January 22 stay at Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isere for seven nights, from £819pp (1,057€), plus £495pp (639€) for the off-piste course. Bookings: Mark Warner.