If you take a look at our weekly snow report you’ll see that skiing restarts in Tignes on October 1 and in Les Deux Alpes there’ll be skiing on the glacier from October 22 to November 1. Skiing is currently on offer at Hintertux and at least three other Austrian glaciers. Winter is certainly approaching fast.
You will be aware by now that the traditional Saturday changeover day falls on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve which are not favourite days to travel to the resort or home again. Because of this, some tour operators are offering Monday, Tuesday and Friday changeover days for the Christmas week – or nine-day holidays for the price of seven over New Year. No-one is finding it easy to sell New Year, in particular…so there are some good bargains around.
And, if you’re flying from Gatwick, don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go. Cophall Parking has some offers especially for Welove2ski readers. You should also contact tour operators direct if you want a quote that doesn’t include travel.
Christmas Holiday Season
Les Gets for £839pp with Esprit
There’s a free child place for every adult booking this Christmas to either the Chalet Aventine or Karine in Les Gets. Adults pay £839 and can take an accompanying child for free. Set in a quiet yet convenient location, both chalets share a building and are an attractive home-from-home. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva travelling on December 23, transfers, free wifi, use of sauna and hot tub and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of ski lessons. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
La Plagne for £596pp with Alpine Elements
Ski for nine days for the price of seven in La Plagne. The holiday starts on December 18, and costs £596pp staying half board at Chalet Gemeaux. The chalet has a sauna, and is 100m from the slopes. The price includes flights and transfers, 50% off ski and board hire. Groups of six or more receive up to £100 off, and children aged 2-12 years get £50-£75 off. Similar deals are also available in La Tania, Meribel, Morzine, Les Gets, Tignes and St Anton. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Geilo from £575pp with Ski Safari
Although Geilo’s downhill skiing is more suited for beginner and intermediate skiers, the cross-country is superb and the resort claims to have Scandinavia’s only super-pipe. Stay at Geilola Forest Cabins, which are situated among the trees right next to the slopes. Six nights from December 20 cost from £575pp (£2,300 total – was £2,760, so a saving of 20%) for two adults and two children aged 11 and under in a three-bedroom lodge. Price includes return flights London to Oslo and transfers or car hire. Food, lift pass and ski hire extra. Book by October 12 to save 20%. Bookings: Ski Safari.
See in The New Year
Val d’Isere for £1,090pp with Le Ski
There’s £300pp off some chalets over New Year in Val d’Isere – for example Chalet du Berger is now £1,090pp (was £1,390pp). As well as this, people going to either Courchevel 1650 or La Tania will be given 100€pp Aquamotion passes for all bookings made before October 31. Bookings: Le Ski.
Meribel for £929pp with Inghams
You can now have an eight-night holiday for the price of seven in Meribel. Stay at the 3.5-diamond Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes from £929pp, saving £450pp, departing December 30. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Chambery, and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Les Arcs for £845pp with Ski Total
This New Year there are nine nights for the price of seven, a group discount, and a further £50 off per person. This adds up to a saving of £484pp in Chalet Ours Brun in Les Arcs, with many more chalets are available. Chalet Ours Brun is now £845pp (was £1,329pp) travelling on December 30 and returning January 8. Set three minutes’ walk from the nearest lift, the chalet is a great base for a festive holiday. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi, free use of an indoor pool and nine nights catered accommodation. Bookings: Ski Total.
Low Season January
Val d’Isere sociable skiing from £1,099pp with VIP Ski
CLUB Aspen is situated in the heart of Val d’Isere, on the high street and 250m from the piste. The stylish chalet is perfect for skiers or snowboarders who don’t want to take over a whole property and would prefer to be with like-minded skiers in a larger shared chalet. Chalets are reserved by the room, have chefs with a flexible menu plan, complimentary beer and wine, and breakfast and cleaning every day. A seven-night stay, starting January 15, is priced from £1,099pp (down from £1,199pp, so saving £100pp) for a catered stay including return flights from Gatwick, and transfers. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Meribel from £529pp with Madame Vacances
Hôtel Le Mottaret offers ski-in ski-out accommodation in Meribel-Mottaret. The hotel has been renovated recently and features a terrace, hot tub and a lounge bar with an in-house DJ. The lower terrace is home to Café del Mott, a barbeque restaurant where you can enjoy a hearty but affordable lunch overlooking the mountains. A week’s stay, from January 7-14 costs from £529pp half-board. Flights from Dublin to Geneva cost from £206pp. Transfers, lift pass and ski hire are extra. Bookings: Madame Vacances.
Serre Chevalier from £686pp with Erna Low
A one-bedroom apartment sleeping four to five people now costs £686pp on March 11 – which includes 20% off for bookings made before November 2 (full price is £802pp). Stay in the three-star Residence L’Alpaga in Serre Chevalier, including Eurotunnel with FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Erna Low.
Saint Lary from £82.50 with Pierre & Vacances
Stay in three-star Residence Les Rives de l’Aure at Saint-Lary-Soulan from £82.5pp (£330 per apartment, which is down from £444, so a saving of 25%) for a seven-night stay in a self-catered apartment that sleeps up to four people arriving March 25, April 1 or 8. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Val Thorens luxury Easter from £3,020pp with Butler & Lloyd
The Happy Families concept means parents and children can stay at the opulent five-star Hotel Altapura in Val Thorens over Easter (March 25 to April 1, or April 1-8). Situated near the Plein Sud chair-lift, the ski-in ski-out hotel features sumptuous bedrooms, sleek bathrooms, and three different restaurants. The Pure Altitude spa has heated indoor and outdoor pools, too. There’s a luxury coach transfer from the airport to the resort, organised childcare, and a private charter from Farnborough Airport to Chambéry to take the stress out of flying. From £3,020pp (£12,080 in total) for a family of four (two adults and two children), including half-board accommodation, flights and transfers. Bookings: Butler & Lloyd.
Hopfgarten sports programme from €85 per night
The new Sport Resort Hohe Salve introduces a healthy way to holiday in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental. Working in co-operation with the Institute for Sports Science at the University of Innsbruck, the new accommodation offers a personalised service to enhance the healthy nature of your stay. Experts will help to put together an exercise plan, looking at activity and recovery, performance and health, nature and technology and is an ideal starting point for a sustainable active lifestyle or to increase current sporting performance. The hotel has access to a large indoor ‘movement’ area with yoga room, gym, spa, regeneration zone and pool. Prices from €85-€475pp per night half-board, including access to the move & relax area and other facilities. Bookings: Visit Tirol.