Winter is almost here and less than two months to the start of the European ski season. Which means that now is the time to seriously begin researching where you want to go for your ski holiday, if you haven’t done so already. Several of the Alpine glaciers have now opened for the autumn, as you will see from our snow report, which certainly helps to whet the appetite for what’s to come this winter.
Apart from the offers we’ve listed below, including a few with sell-by dates, it’s also worth checking for ski 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.
Offers With Sell-By Dates
St Martin de Belleville chalet from £6,920 with The Alpine Club
There’s £1,450 off chalet bookings to St Martin de Belleville in January – with fine dining chefs, tailored service and alpine chic decor. Chalet Abode sleeps eight and is reduced to £8,510 (£1,063.75pp); Chamois Lodge sleeps six and is reduced to £6,920 (£1,155.33pp) for a week. Price includes catered accommodation but not travel. To benefit from the offer, bookings need to be made by October 31. Information from The Alpine Club.
Kranska Gora family trip from £1,595.50 with Crystal Ski
A family of three now pay £1,595.50 (save £344.50) for two adults learning to ski and one child in the creche on the week of January 10. This includes half board at three-star Hotel Alpina in Kranjska Gora, with Gatwick flights, transfers, two first-time ski packages (including lift pass, equipment and tuition), as well as six full days in the Pepi Penguin creche. In Niederau Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne and Tignes, Claviere and Val di Fassa, half-price full-day places are available in the creche for children aged six months to four years, saving £137.50 per child (usual price £275) on selected dates in January, February and March. To benefit from the offer, bookings should be made by October 23. Details from Crystal Ski.
Sainte Foy from £177pp with Erna Low
Stay a week at Residence Eco Le Ruitor in Sainte Foy and you’ll receive 40% off accommodation. The Residence is 400m from the lift (with free access to the slopes) and there’s an indoor heated swimming-pool. The prices are now £177pp (reduced from £294.85pp) for accommodation only, £211.20pp (was £329pp) to include return Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrades, or £554pp (was £671.80pp) to include return flights and private resort transfers. Prices are based on six people sharing a two-bedroom four/six person self-catered apartment for the week commencing December 20. To benefit from the offer, bookings should be made by October 31. Further information is available from Erna Low.
Les Arcs apartment from £694 with Lagrange Holidays
There’s a 10% early booking discount for 14 selected Lagrange Prestige and Confort+ residences in the French Alps and Pyrenees on stays from January 3 to February 7, and from March 7 to the end of the ski season. For example, a two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six people in the ski-in ski-out Residence Le Roc Belle Face in Arc 1600 is now £694 per apartment on the week commencing March 28. To benefit from the offer, bookings need to be made by October 17. For details visit Lagrange Holdays.
Sainte Foy from £415pp with Ski Collection
Save 10% on a Christmas week in Sainte Foy. The large traditional village has doorstep skiing and four-star Les Fermes des Sainte-Foy includes has wifi, a swimming-pool and an on-site spa. The ski-drive deal includes Eurotunnel crossings and costs from £415pp (was £457pp). More details can be found at Ski Collection.
Reberty-les-Menuires for £940pp with Powder N Shine
To make Christmas even more special, Powder N Shine is offering a limited edition Harrods teddy bear for every child who stays that week in Chalet Flocon des Neiges (sleeps 16-19). Adults aren’t left out, with all couples receiving a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne or a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape. Christmas week costs £940pp including en-suite chalet board accommodation. Chalet Flocon des Neiges in Reberty Village is ski-in ski-out, with a sauna, hot tub, free wifi, a heated boot room and garage with space for all your ski gear. Further information from Powder N Shine.
Valloire from £403pp with Peak Retreats
Stay in the four-star Les Chalets d’Adrien, which are luxury apartments in the centre of traditional Valloire – a village that is great for families, intermediates and non-skiers. The ski-drive deal is for seven nights self-catering including Eurotunnel crossings and costs from £403pp. Visit Peak Retreats for more details.
Alpe d’Huez apartment from £435 with Pierre & Vacances
There’s 20% off accommodation for Christmas holidays in Alpe d’Huez, staying at Pierre & Vacances’ Residence L’Ours Blanc which is ideal for families. The cosy apartments are next to the ice rink and the shops and restaurants are just a few steps away. A week at l’Ours Blanc over Christmas starts from £435 (was £543) for a one-bedroom apartment for four people, arriving December 13. Visit Pierre & Vacances for further information.
Val d’Isere from £699pp with Le Ski
Half board holidays in Val d’Isere are now from £699pp including lift passes on the week commencing December 7. The price also includes flights, resort transfers and chalet board accommodation. Also on offer is the week starting February 8 in Chalet du Berger (sleeps 16), which has been reduced from £823pp to £699pp. More details from Le Ski.
Solden for £469pp with Ski Total
It now costs £469pp (was £606pp) for seven nights half board in Chalet Hotel Hermann, which sleeps up to 59 people and is five minutes’ walk from the centre of the lively Tirolean resort of Solden. The price includes free use of chalet’s wifi and spa facilities, with departure from Gatwick on December 7. Further information is available from Ski Total.
Les Gets half term at £2,539 for adult and child with Esprit
The dilemma of the parent who doesn’t ski but whose spouse wants to go skiing with their child could be solved by booking the one-parent-and-one-child deal to Chalet Aventine (sleeps 11) in Les Gets. It now costs £2,539 (saving £399) for one adult with one child on the week of February 15. The price includes return Gatwick to Geneva flights, resort transfers, free wifi, and catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. More information can be found at Esprit Ski.
The Rest of the Season
Val d’Isere from £949pp with VIP Ski
Save money in Val d’Isere with free lift passes and a £100pp discount when staying in the Farmhouse or Bellevarde Lodge on January 11. The Farmhouse sleeps 12-14 in quirky yet luxurious comfort. Bellevarde Lodge sleeps 12 and has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private hot tub. Prices start at £949pp, including lift pass, flights and transfers and catered accommodation. Visit VIP Ski for further details.
Verbier luxury chalet from 22,000chf with CK Verbier
Luxury chalet Fontanet-Sagittaire in Verbier is now available on a choice of two short breaks in January. The first is Sunday January 18 to Thursday January 22 at 22,000chf (£14,325) and the second is Wednesday January 28 to Sunday February 1 at 30,000chf (£19,534). Both are for four nights. For more information contact CK Verbier.
French resorts from £295pp with Ski Amis
Ski Amis are celebrating 25 years of chalet holidays to the French Alps and to mark the occasion they are offering a 25% discount on selected chalets during the off-peak weeks in January, March and April. The offer applies for bookings made before the end of October – with prices from £295pp in January. Full details at Ski Amis.