In most places the snow may have now retreated to the glaciers, but you can still have loads of fun and fitness in the Alps – cycling, hiking or just chilling on the shore of a beautiful lake. We have collected together a handful of deals that are too good to miss.
And if you want to start sorting out your winter now, check for next year’s ski holiday deals on the websites of major operators such as Crystal Ski, Ski Total, Inghams, Mark Warner, Neilson, and Skiworld. 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 for next winter.
Summer in the Alps
Morzine from £242pp with Peak Retreats
Morzine is a great destination for those wanting an active break – or for cycling in neighbouring Les Gets. On July 27, cycling enthusiasts can join in the 1-Day 1-Col event (see picture above) at the Col de Joux Plane between the Grand Massif and Portes du Soleil. During the event, the mountain roads and pass are cleared of traffic for half a day so that cyclists can enjoy the ascents and declines safely. Stay seven nights at The Lodge Morzine, with its large on-site spa area and gym, from £242pp based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment including return ferry crossings, for the week starting July 26. Further details from Peak Retreats.
Kitzbuhel from £549pp with Inghams
De-stress from everyday life with a wellbeing stay at five-star Hotel Schloss Lebenberg, overlooking the lovely resort of Kitzbuhel. Combining the style of a former aristocratic hunting castle with modern comforts, the hotel is luxurious and contemporary without compromising on its historic roots. There’s also a roof-top swimming-pool with panoramic views of the mountains. Stay seven nights half board from £549pp (saving £229pp), departing June 14. The price also includes return flights from Birmingham and Bristol to Verona, and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Gatwick (+£19), Manchester (+£49) and Edinburgh (+£59). For more information and bookings visit Inghams.
Belle Plagne for £454pp with Esprit Sun
Stay in the attractive village of Belle Plagne, with accommodation in the superb Chalet Hotel Des Deux Domaines located close to the village centre. It now costs £454pp (was £608p) based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12 years) at £1,816 (was £2,432) staying in a Paradiski suite. Travel out on July 16 for one week and the price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, a free day trip to Annecy, free guided walk to a dairy farm, free morning Esprit Sun Squad and evening Sunset Club for children, the hotel’s own spa facilities including an indoor pool, and seven nights catered chalet accommodation. Details from Esprit Sun.
Soll for £229pp with Thomson Lakes
Stay for a week B&B in two-star Hotel Rubin in the Tirolean village of Soll for £229pp (save £240pp). Activities to try include hiking and learning to rock climb, swimming, mountain biking and cycling around the Wilderkaiser mountains. Departure is from Gatwick to Salzburg on June 11 and resort transfers are also included in the price. For further information contact Thomson Lakes.
Avoriaz apartment from £750 with Pierre & Vacances
The Portes du Soleil offers a wealth of outdoor activities from kids and adults – from biking, hiking, horse riding, canyoning and climbing to exploring the spectacular surroundings. Pierre & Vacances five-star Premium Residence L’Amara is situated within the recently developed L’Amara area of the resort featuring new restaurants, bars and shops. The residence also has its own swimming-pool and spa and is close to the famous Aquariaz waterpark, which features natural tropical vegetation and temperatures, a central pool area with a gentle flowing river, climbing walls and a large swimming-pool. A Water Playhouse is ideal for smaller children and features slides and a paddling pool. Prices start from £750 based on four sharing a one-bedroom apartment for four to five people, departing July 19 for seven nights. For more information visit Pierre & Vacances.
Save 10% on summer in Morzine with VIP Chalets
This summer you can enjoy the bustling town of Morzine and save money with 10% off VIP Alaska and Altitude Lodges and a free multi pass for the week. The multi pass gives unlimited use of 21 chair-lifts and cable-cars and the inter-resort bus service. It also provides entry to the swimming-pool and swimming lake, the ice-rink, mini-golf and tennis courts. Morzine itself is very popular with cyclists, walkers and climbers. Prices start from £70 per room, per night self-catering in Alaska Lodge, including the multi pass 10% discount. For more information and to book visit VIP Chalets.
Mayrhofen from 299€pp on Peter Habeler Walking Tour
Try the new walking tour which covers a total of 60km linked by six mountain huts, with individual distances of between 3.5 and 13km. The walking routes vary in difficulty and terrain, from alpine meadows and gravel paths to moraine and boulders. The well-respected and world-famous mountaineer, Peter Habeler, was born in Mayrhofen and became the first man ever to attempt and succeed the first ascent of Mount Everest without artificial oxygen, along with his climbing partner Reinhold Messner in 1978. A six-night walking tour, staying in each of the mountain huts, the Pfitscherjochhaus, Landshutterhütte/Europahütte, Geraerhütte, Tuxerjochhaus, Friesenberghaus and Olpererhütte starts from 299€pp half board. The interactive map on the Mayrhofen tourist office website allows you to tailor your route to suit your ability. For more information call +43 5285 6760 or email email@example.com
Lenzerheide from £2,765pp with Powder Byrne
Stay at Hotel Schweizerhof in the charming resort of Lenzerheide where Powder Byrne is now offering full season service. The family-friendly hotel makes a good festive get-away in the Alps, so to get into the Christmas mood but still be home for Christmas, you could book the first week of the school holidays. From £2,765 per adult for seven nights half board from December 13. Further information from Powder Byrne.
2-for-1 equipment hire and half-price lift passes with Crystal Ski
Hire adult skis or a board and you’ll get another set free of charge. The second set must be the same type and for the same duration, and this applies to seven-night bookings to any European resort. Valid on all January departures and 1 February, this 2-for-1 offer can be used in conjunction with the ‘half price lift passes when 10 adults or more book selected hotels’ and you’ll save up to £180. Available for all dates except New Year and February half term. Booking must be made by July 23. Contact Crystal Ski for details.