We’re just about to head into the final month of the 2013-14 ski season – a month where you can expect a suntan and spring snow. As you will see from our snow report, there was a good dump in the northern Alps last weekend, with many resorts getting half a metre of snow. Temperatures have been low for late March too. All that bodes well for April BUT don’t forget that if you’re skiing late in the season: aim high and pack plenty of factor 30 in your luggage.
As well as our offers below, check for ski holiday deals on the websites of the major operators such as Crystal Ski, Ski Total, Inghams, Mark Warner, Neilson, and Ski World. It’s always worth having a look at what the ski specialist travel agencies – such as Sno, Snowfinders, Alpine Answers, Momentum Ski and Snow-Wise – have on offer at the moment.
See our advice on the best resorts for spring skiing and our Easter holidays guide for tips on where to go. And don’t forget to book your parking at least 24 hours beforehand – especially in the high-season Easter holidays. I Love Meet and Greet has some great deals at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham airports.
Early April Holidays
Vail from £2,100pp with Ski Independence
You can now stay ten nights in the world-class resort of Vail where the boutique-style Austria Haus – 250m from the new Vail Gondola – is available from £2,100pp B&B. Alternatively there’s The Mountain Haus, 300m from the lifts (a ski shuttle stops outside) from £2,150pp B&B. Prices are based on April 3 departures, with return BA flights from Heathrow to Denver and resort transfers included. Further details are available from Ski Independence.
Les Menuires from £184pp with Erna Low
There’s 35% off the accommodation price at Les Chalets de L’Adonis in purpose-built Les Menuires. It is now £184pp (reduced from £284pp) accommodation only; £216pp (reduced from £316pp) to include return Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades; or £566pp (reduced from £665pp) to include return flights from London to Geneva and private taxi transfers. The prices are based on six people sharing a three-bedroom eight-person self-catered apartment for seven nights commencing April 5. More details from Erna Low.
Flaine for £232pp with Ski Collection
Save over £500 on the week of April 5 in convenient Flaine, staying at four-star ski-in ski-out Le Centaure with free wi-fi, an on-site pool and spa. Seven nights self-catering including return Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades are now £232pp (was £335pp) based on five people sharing two-bedroom apartment. More details from Ski Collection.
La Plagne with Mountain Heaven
There are reductions on all remaining self-catering properties in La Plagne Montalbert for the weeks of April 5 and 12. For example, the duplex apartment at 31A Les Chalets de Montalbert is now £699pp (was £1,199pp). It has three bedrooms upstairs (sleeps six) and downstairs there’s a living room and kitchen; free wifi and UK satellite TV are included. Other offers are also available on the same dates in the pretty Swiss resort of Grimentz. Details from Mountain Heaven.
Val d’Isere luxury from £999pp with VIP Ski
There are savings of up to £550pp on holidays to the Bellevarde Lodge in snow-sure Val d’Isere, arriving on April 6. The slope-side chalet is just below the Santons piste and has a terrace hot tub, perfect for winding down after a day on the slopes. Prices start from £999pp (saving £550pp, previously £1,549pp) for seven nights chalet board accommodation, return flights from Manchester (Gatwick £1,300pp, saving £249pp) and resort transfers. Further information from VIP Ski.
Brides-les-Bains from £299pp with Skiweekends
Throughout April, free child places (under 17s) are on offer on week-long breaks, with savings of up to £600 available for a family of four. Families can enjoy the 3 Valleys skiing and travel by coach to the Club Hotel Verseau in Brides-les-Bains, connected to Meribel by lift. Prices start from £299pp which is £598 for a family of four (saving £598, previously £1,196) and including five nights half board accommodation in a quad room and return coach travel from London/Kent direct to resort. Further details from Skiweekends.
Vaujany from £749pp with Ski Peak
One of our favourite places to ski in spring is Vaujany, where you have the contrast of a little farming village complete with goats and hens – with the vast cable-car whisking you up to the ski area. Spend the week starting April 6 in British-run Hotel Rissiou, or at Chalet Rostaing in the neighbouring hamlet of La Villette – both for £749pp (£165pp and £275pp off the brochure price). Includes return Gatwick-Grenoble flights and resort transfers. More information from Ski Peak.
St Anton from £479pp with Alpine Elements
There’s a seven-night holiday on offer in the attractive resort of St Anton, staying half board at Chalet Alber for £479pp on the week commencing April 6. The return flights are from Gatwick, but other airports are available too. Other resorts such as Chamonix (£499pp) and Les Arcs (£565pp) also have Easter deals. Visit Alpine Elements for further information.
Morzine from £444pp with Skiology
There’s 20% off in Morzine, with Chalet George (sleeps 14) now £560pp (was £700pp) for the week commencing April 6. Long weekends also available at £399 for three nights or £437 for four nights. For something a little smaller there’s Chalet La Roche (sleeps 8) now £444pp (was £555pp), also from April 6. Long weekends are available here at £299pp for three nights or £333pp for four nights. More information from Skiology.
Mid April and Easter Trips
Zermatt from £399pp with Inghams
Zermatt offers some of the world’s most spectacular views, fabulous skiing, and a snow-sure glacier. You can now stay here for seven nights half-board in Chalet Hotel Atlanta from £399pp (saving £200pp). Departure is April 19 and the price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers. For more information visit Inghams.
Sainte Foy from £690pp with Premiere Neige
There are now free creche places and free lift passes with Premiere Neige in Sainte Foy. Catered holidays start at £690pp including one free childcare place (creche or kids club) and buy-one-get-one-free lift passes – quote Promocode SPRINGSKI. It’s now £5,500 (save up to £4,400) for the whole of The North Face chalet (five bedrooms) on the week of April 12. Quote Promocode SPRINGSKI and you’ll also get the BOGOF lift passes and a free childcare place. More details from Premiere Neige.
Avoriaz apartment from £679 with Pierre & Vacances
Avoriaz is the highest resort in the vast Portes du Soleil and also boasts Europe’s highest waterpark – Aquariaz – as an exciting alternative to the slopes. Stay for seven nights at the Residence Atria-Crozats arriving on April 12 from £697 for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to five people (saving 30%, previously £996). More details from Pierre & Vacances.
Tignes for £307pp with Peak Retreats
Spend a week at Tignes les Brevieres in the snow-sure Espace Killy ski area. Luxury Santa Terra residence has views over the lake and an on-site spa and wellbeing centre. Seven nights self-catering including return Eurotunnel with free FlexiPlus upgrades is now £307pp, plus get one free six-day adult Espace Killy ski pass (worth nearly £200pp) per apartment. The price is based on five people sharing two-bedroom apartment on the week commencing April 12. More information from Peak Retreats.
Les Gets for £383pp with Ski Total
Save £365pp when you stay in Chalet Monet in Les Gets. It now costs £383pp (was £748pp) for a week travelling on April 13. This centrally located chalet is four minutes’ walk from the nearest piste and has an outdoor hot tub, sauna and home cinema. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Visit Ski Total for more details.
St Anton for £524pp with Esprit
Ski in the world-famous resort of St Anton, where Chalet Pepi Gabl is now £524pp. Located 50m from the Nasserein gondola and a five-minutes’ walk from the lively town centre, this chalet is popular with families. The price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children under 12) at £2,096 (was £2,717) travelling out on April 13, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, free wifi, free babysitting and seven nights catered chalet accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £209 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Details from Esprit Ski.
Verbier chalet for £2,200 with Ski Verbier
Teddy Bear is a quirky free-standing chalet with unusual features in each room. Located on a quiet road in an elevated position above Verbier, the views from the balcony are stunning yet the centre of town and the Medran lift are only a short walk away. For the week Sunday starting April 6 the chalet is reduced to £2,200 for six people self-catering. Further details from Ski Verbier.