It’s not too early to start thinking about skiing for next winter, even though we’re right in the middle of that in-between season. The early booking deals are starting to trickle in, so you might be able to grab a good deal right now.
Meanwhile, how about some mountain biking? Or you could go hiking, road cycling, take part in some watersports, golf or tennis, get fit with Nordic walking, go horse-riding or try a new fun activity. It’s worth remembering that lift passes prices are a fraction of the winter ones.
Summer in The Alps
St Gervais fortnight from £262pp with Peak Retreats
The picturesque village at the foot of Mont Blanc is 20 minutes from Chamonix, and you can stay here for 14 nights in south-facing three-star Le Grand Panorama from £262pp (was £327pp). Book before May 15 and you’ll get 20% off selected weeks. The price quoted here is based on July 29 arrival, and includes midweek ferry crossings from Dover to Calais. Apartment prices are for five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six), and accommodation-only packages are also available Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Grindelwald luxury for £1,294pp with SNO
A seven-night stay in Grindelwald’s Hotel Sunstar has been reduced by £300 to £1,294pp on the week beginning May 31. The cost includes flights from Heathrow, airport transfers and half board accommodation. The four-star hotel has a swimming-pool, wellness centre and outdoor tennis court, with bedrooms overlooking the Eiger and Wetterhorn peaks. Bookings: SNO.
Mayrhofen from £789pp with Inghams
Mayrhofen is a lively, bustling village offering an unrivalled range of activities, excursions and events throughout the summer. There is extensive walking for all levels in four local valleys, and Zillertal Natur runs a programme of free guided walks. There’s a seven-night holiday half board at the 4.5-star Hotel Strass from £789pp. The price represents a saving of £270pp and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing May 27. Bookings: Inghams.
Morzine for £506pp with Alpine Elements
On the week starting June 25 stay a week in Morzine for £506pp. The price includes London flights and seven nights half board in Hotel les Dents Blanches, which has a hot tub. You can also save up to £250 per child. The offer includes a guided walk or hike, guided mountain biking, six days bike hire, a lift pass, kids and teen club, white water rafting and a free Active Pack with a wide range of activities to try, worth up to £355pp. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Avoriaz apartment for £843 with Erna Low
Stay seven nights at the P&V Premium residence L’Amara in Avoriaz on the week commencing July 22. Two adults and two children staying in a two-bedroom apartment now pay £843 – it was £1,053, so this is a saving of £210. The residence has lovely apartments in the new Amara district at the entrance of the resort, overlooking Morzine and the valley below. Bookings: Erna Low.
Hintertux from £170pp
There’s always time to ski in Hintertux, the Austrian Tirol. Less than 90 minutes from Innsbruck Airport, Austria’s only year-round ski resort offers snow-sure conditions for 365 days per year. Throughout the summer months, approximately 10 lifts remain open, suitable for all levels of skier. A week’s stay during the summer costs from €199pp/£170pp in self-catered accommodation. Return London to Innsbruck flights cost from £112pp with easyJet. Transfers, lift pass and ski hire are extra. Bookings: Visit Tirol.
Early Bookings for Next Winter
Val Thorens from £494pp with Ski Independence
Save up to 20% on luxury stays, for example seven nights at the four-star Residence Le Koh-i-Nor in Val Thorens is now from £494pp, including savings of 15%. Book by April 29 for an additional 10% saving. The price is based on four people sharing a deluxe apartment, including return Eurotunnel crossings and free FlexiPlus upgrades. Departure is December 16. Bookings: Ski Independence.
Val Cenis from £167pp with Peak Retreats
Val Cenis borders the lovely Parc National de la Vanoise and you can stay here for seven nights at Les Balcones de Val Cenis Village from £167pp (was £186pp). The self-catered apartments are at the foot of the slopes, 200m from the gondola and ski school. Book before September 30 and get 10% off selected weeks. The price is based on February 2 arrivals and includes standard Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Apartment prices are for five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six), and accommodation-only packages are also available. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Tignes for £2,477 family holiday with Snowfinders
If you are one of the lucky ones whose children break up for their Easter holidays on the weekend of March 24/25, there are a number of operators who haven’t spiked their Easter holiday prices for this date. So you can spend a week at Chalet Curling in Tignes, departing March 24. The price for two adults and two children under 11 years is now £2,477 half board, including flights and transfers. Bookings: Snowfinders.
Val d’Isere from £1,069pp with VIP Ski
Save £100pp when you book Chalet Madrisah, which sleeps eight people and is part of a small private hamlet at Le Cret overlooking Val d’Isere. The chalet has a wet suite with hot tub and sauna. Priced from £1,069pp (down from £1,169pp, so that’s a saving of £100pp) the holiday starts on January 7 and is for seven nights’ chalet-board, including return flights from Gatwick, and transfers to/from the resort. The saving applies if the holiday is booked before October 31. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Vaujany from £669pp with Ski Peak
There’s a 5% early bird discount in Vaujany until May. For example, Chalet Rostaing, which sleeps 12-17 people in 6 bedrooms, is now £669pp half board, not including travel. Bookings: Ski Peak.
St Christoph from £579pp with Inghams
Save £50pp on seven nights, catered accommodation at four-star Chalet Hotel St Christoph in the St Anton ski area, which is now on offer from £579pp for holidays departing in December. The price includes return flights from Gatwick and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Belle Plagne from £248pp with Ski Collection
Stay seven nights at three-star Les Balcons de Belle Plagne from £248pp (was £270pp). The apartments in Belle Plagne offer doorstep skiing, plus an onsite restaurant and bar. Book before September 30 and get 10% off selected weeks. The price is based on January 27 arrival, and includes standard Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Apartment prices are for five sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six), and accommodation-only packages are also available. Bookings: Ski Collection.