Whether in winter or summer, it’s hard to beat a week’s holiday in the mountains. If you like the idea of keeping fit between seasons – then how about booking a summer holiday in the Alps or Pyrenees with some road biking and mountain biking, wild swimming, hiking, golf and horse-riding.
Below are some summer deals, and it’s worth bearing in mind that accommodation costs less at this time of year than during the ski season – with hikers’/bikers’ lift passes a fraction of the winter prices. You can scroll down for some early booking deals for next winter, too.
Kitzbuhel castle from £549pp with Inghams Lakes & Mountains
Hotel Schloss Lebenberg combines the style of a former aristocratic hunting castle with first-class modern comforts, and sits in a quiet, elevated position overlooking beautiful Kitzbuhel There’s a 48m rooftop pool and sun terrace with panoramic views. A seven-night stay half board is now from £549pp, which is a saving of £338pp and includes return flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on Wednesday May 30. Bookings Inghams Lakes & Mountains.
Les Saisies mountainboarding from £292pp with Peak Retreats
This summer the village of Les Saisies is home to the sport of mountainboarding. The hybrid discipline is a cross between snowboarding and skateboarding, using a sturdy board that’s mounted on four all-terrain wheels and equipped with a brake. Classes are suitable for ages five to adult, for beginners to experienced. All necessary protection (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards) is provided. Book before September and get 14 nights self-catering in July and August from £292pp (was £383pp) including return midweek ferry crossings, staying at four-star Le Hameau du Beaufortain. Price based on five sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps up to six) arriving July 28. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Les Gets with inflatable water park from 65pp per night with VIP Chalets
The waterpark in Les Gets is an aquatic playground comprising around 30 inflatable obstacles, monkey ladders, slides, climbing walls and even a human catapult. Those who tackle the course will come away feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and quite possibly exhausted from the water-based fun. Relax in Altitude Lodge, which has nine bedrooms sleeping 18-29 people, including five family rooms, some with balconies and terraces and three with private outdoor hot tubs. A stay here is from £65pp per night based on a minimum of three nights in June on a serviced self-catered basis. Half board upgrade available for extra cost. Les Gets waterpark is open daily from June 20 to September 2, entry from 8€. Bookings: VIP Chalets.
Ski Les Deux Alpes self-catering from £371pp with Skiworld
Five new apartments have been added to Skiworld’s range in Les Deux Alpes, giving you more choice than ever next season. Price is based on four people sharing a studio room for seven nights on a self-catering basis at the Multi Residences 1650, departing from Gatwick on January 5. Bookings Skiworld.
Cortina d’Ampezzo chalet-hotel for £589pp with Ski Total
A week at Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria in Cortina d’Ampezzo is a classically Italian, attractive chalet-hotel that is full of character, with exposed wood beams and wood-panelling in the lounge, bar and dining room. It now costs £589pp (it was £639pp) for a week half board, including Gatwick flights departing December 15, resort transfers, and 50€ bar credit. Other airports are also available. Bookings: Ski Total.
Les Deux Alpes group chalet for £835pp with SNO
Guests of Chalet Chartreuse get half price ski passes with a seven-night stay on certain dates. The property in Les Deux Alpes is good for groups, sleeping 18 in nine twin rooms with facilities including a sauna, hot tub and sun terrace. On the week beginning January 5, the cost of a stay with Gatwick flights, resort transfers and chalet catering is £835pp. Bookings: SNO.