If you have’t yet decided where to eat your turkey and pull your crackers this year, think skiing. This winter the seven-day cycle of December 25 is at its penultimate worst for package ski holidays, with Boxing Day on a Saturday. Barely have you had time to digest the Christmas pud – and please don’t mention the hangover – before you are bundled on to a coach for the pre-dawn airport transfer.
Of course, not all tour operators have their changeover day on Saturdays, but with Christmas falling at the end of the week, combined with the no-snow situation last year, tour operators are struggling to sell it.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that 90% of our December deals this week are for the first week of the festive season. Prices may go lower yet, but can you afford to wait? There are some great bargains to be found right now.
And don’t forget to book your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go. If you’re flying from Gatwick, Cophall Parking has some offers especially for Welove2ski readers.
Due to readers’ requests, we now also have our ski holiday prices in euros (with the exchange rate correct at the time of writing), although you should contact tour operators direct for a quote that doesn’t include travel from the UK.
Arc 1950 for £444pp with Erna Low
You can now stay for seven nights at Le Village, Arc 1950 on a self-catered basis, including return Eurotunnel crossings with free Flexiplus upgrades for £444pp (602€). This is a discount of 20% on the original price. The holiday departs December 19, and the price is based on four people sharing. More details from Erna Low.
Flaine for £98pp with Ski Collection
Ski Flaine and get a 15% off when you stay in Les Terrasses for £98pp (133€) – instead of £115pp (157€) for week of December 12 and £272pp (370€) instead of £320pp (435€) for week of December 19. The residence is located in the peaceful Flaine-Foret area, next to the Grand Vans chair-lift, allowing ski-in ski-out access. Prices are based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel crossings. Offers must be booked before October 31. Further information from Ski Collection.
La Rosiere for £750pp with Esprit Ski
Save over £600 (817€) per family when you stay in Chalet Schatzi the friendly resort of La Rosiere for £750pp (1021€). The chalet is located at the foot of the slopes and has a spacious interior. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12 years) at £2,999 (4081€) – was £3,551 (4832€) travelling on 20 December and includes return flights from Southampton to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi, free babysitting and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 (293€) for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Details from Esprit Ski.
Meribel from £1,516pp with Pierre & Vacances
For people who wish to ski over Christmas, this residence at the heart of Meribel provides a family-friendly location. The Fermes de Meribel residence is divided between six stone and wood chalets, and has dedicated fitness areas with saunas, steam rooms, fitness suites and an indoor swimming-pool. From £1,516 (2063€) down from £1,921 (2614€) for a seven-night stay from December 19 in accommodation that sleeps up to five people. For more information, visit Pierre & Vacances.
New Year Italian style in Champoluc for £1,049pp with Ski Total
Save £190pp (259€) when you stay at Chalet Hotel Breithorn in Champoluc over New Year. It now costs £1,049pp (1428€) – was £1,239 (1686€). The Briethorn is a well-established Chalet Hotel, which has been beautifully restored and modernised yet keeping all its traditional Alpine features and character. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Turin departing 26 December, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered. More information from Ski Total.
Sainte Foy for £230pp with Peak Retreats
Ski Sainte Foy and get a 40% booking discount. Stay in four-star Le Ruitor apartments for £230pp (313€) instead of £383pp (521€) on the week commencing December 19. The residence is in an ideal location at the foot of the slopes, 400m from lifts, and has an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Prices are based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel crossings. Offers must be booked before October 31. More details from Peak Retreats.
Reberty 2000 for £999pp with Ski Famille
Stay for £999pp (1360€) in Chalets Katie 1 and 2 in Reberty 2000 this Christmas and you will save £230pp (313€). The price includes flights and transfers and is for the week starting December 20. There is an additional £200pp (272€) saving for grandparents joining the group. Details from Ski Famille.
Saint Lary for £178pp with Pyrenees Collection
Ski in Saint Lary this Christmas and you’ll get a 15% discount on your accommodation. Stay in Cami Real for £178pp (242€) instead of £209pp (284€) on the week starting December 19. The Cami Real residence is in the centre of the village and 300m from both the cable-car and the Sensoria thermal spa centre. The nearest supermarket is a two-minute walk away. Prices are based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel crossings. Offers must be booked before October 31. More information from Pyrenees Collection.
Free lift pass in St Martin de Belleville with The Alpine Club
In St Martin de Belleville this Christmas there’s a free lift pass offer, worth £200pp (272€) when you stay in one of the boutique mountain chalets, Chamois Lodge or l’Ecurie. The chalets have fine dining chefs, a tailored service and alpine chic decor. Chalet Abode sleeps ten people and Chamois Lodge sleeps nine. Information from The Alpine Club.