Although the official start to the European ski season is fast approaching and snow is already covering the Alps and Rockies at altitude, it’s not too late to search out a bargain holiday.
Apart from the offers we’ve listed below, it’s also worth checking for deals on the websites of the major operators such as Crystal Ski, 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, Momentum Ski and Snow-Wise – have on offer at the moment.
St Anton from £650pp with Erna Low
Stay seven nights B&B at Hotel Banyan in St Anton including return flights from London to Zurich and a shared transfer from the airport to resort from £650pp (30% off). The hotel is situated in the heart of the resort and has a sauna, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming-pool. Departure is December 13. To take advantage of the offer, book before November 30. Details from Erna Low.
Alpe d’Huez for £474pp with Esprit Ski
Stay in Chalet Hotel Mariandre in Alpe d’Huez for £474pp (was £557pp), based on a family of four (two adults and two children under 12) at £1,896, departure on December 14. The price includes return flights from Stansted to Chambery, resort transfers, free wifi, free babysitting and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. More information from Esprit Ski.
Val d’Isere from £539pp with free lift pass from VIP Ski
Head to Val d’Isere, departing on November 30 or December 7 for £539pp including a free lift pass. All of VIP Ski’s chalets here are luxurious and spacious, with open fires and comfy sofas. This year, eight new hot tubs have been added to these chalets. Prices from £539pp in VIP CLUB Bellevarde Lodge for seven nights chalet board. Flights from Gatwick to Geneva from £107 with easyJet, and transfers can be arranged for £50pp return. Visit VIP Ski for details.
Champoluc for £469pp with Snowfinders
Stay a week at Chalet Hotel Breithorn in Champoluc from £469pp (was £649pp) departing December 13. The traditional hotel (sleeps 62-82) has been beautifully restored and modernised yet retains its traditional Alpine character. The spacious lounge and reception area has an open fire and wooden vaulted ceilings. Location is key here and it is a flat walk to the gondola in the village centre. More details available from Snowfinders.
Family activities for £1,555 with Santa’s Lapland
Visit Father Christmas in his log cabin in Lapland’s frozen north on a holiday that includes return flights, transfers, a private family meeting with Santa, a gift from Santa for children, and a full day’s activities such as husky-sledding, a reindeer sleigh ride, tobogganing, ice-fishing, snow hockey, plus the Elves and Igloo Fantasia. A family of four can save £918 travelling for three days departing on December 1 with the family price now £1,599 for two adults and one or two children under 12. This includes return flights from Manchester, resort transfers, and half board in Hotel Holiday Club. Visit Santa’s Lapland for further information.
Tignes from £560pp with Alpine Elements
A White Christmas can be a reality in the French and Austrian Alps, with a Christmas week in Tignes from £560pp, which includes flights from London departing December 21, resort transfers, half-board catering and a traditional Christmas meal with all the trimmings. Other resorts are also available, as are seven night all-inclusive Christmas holidays from £670pp. More information from Alpine Elements.
Zermatt from £999pp with Supertravel
Stay seven nights at Chalet Hörnli in Zermatt for £999pp – saving over £800pp. Supertravel is one of the few British tour operators still offering catered chalet holidays in Switzerland. The sumptuous chalet has a spa, swimming-pool and is ski-in ski-out. Departure is on January 11, and the price includes BA flights from Gatwick, resort transfers and chalet board accommodation. Book by November 14 to take advantage of the offer and visit Supertravel Ski for details.
Kitzbuhel from £599pp with Inghams
Stay seven nights half board at the four-star Q Resort Health and Spa in the attractive Tirolean resort of Kitzbuhel and you will save £280pp. The hotel is the perfect retreat to burn off the Christmas calories – as well as nutrition consultations and advice on meal plans, the hotel offers meditation classes and a free activity programme which includes yoga, Pilates, Nordic Walking and strength training. Departure is January 10 and the price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. For more information visit Inghams.
Megeve from £1,078pp with Ski Independence
Spend four nights in the four-star Hotel Mont Blanc from £1,078pp B&B. The lovely Megeve hotel is situated right at the heart of the village, just a short stroll from the gondola. The hotel houses the Pure Altitude Spa and famous restaurant Les Enfants Terribles restaurant. The holiday departs on January 7 and includes easyJet flights from Gatwick to Geneva and airport transfers. Further details from Ski Independence.
Half Term Offers
Valmorel from £476pp with Peak Retreats
Valmorel offers ski-in ski-out alpine charm, a compact village centre and great facilities for children. Stay in the new four-star La Grange aux Fees with its free wifi, pools and spa area. Seven nights self-catering including Eurotunnel crossings from £476pp based on five people sharing on the week with departure on February 14. More information from Peak Retreats.
Les Arcs apartment from £2,026 with Pierre & Vacances
There are savings up to 10% on February half term holidays at Premium Residence Le Village in Arc 1950. The apartments are ski-in ski-out and the pedestrianised village makes it safe for children. The Premium Residence has a spa, two swimming-pools, heated whirlpool baths and fitness facilities. From £2,026 (saving 10% on £2,252) for seven nights in a one-bedroom apartment sleeping four people. Flights from £307pp from Gatwick to Geneva with easyJet, departing February 14. Visit Pierre & Vacances for further details.