If you want an active summer holiday, why not consider a trip to the Alps? You might be surprised by the amazing range of activities on offer for all ages – such as road biking and mountain biking, wild swimming in natural lakes, hiking, golf and horse-riding. It’s a great way to keep your ski-fitness levels going, too.
Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go – this is especially important during peak holiday periods. If you’re flying from Gatwick, Cophall Parking has a discount for Welove2ski.
We are now receiving a increasing number of offers for the coming winter in the Alps, so it’s also worth finding out what the specialist travel agencies have on offer in the way of early bookings for next winter, such as SNO, Snowfinders and Ski in Luxury.
Summer in the Alps
Lech from £549pp with Inghams
Book a seven-night holiday on a catered basis at four-diamond Hotel Montfort in Lech from £549pp. Price represents a saving of £280pp and includes return flights from Birmingham to Innsbruck and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on August 31. Bookings: Inghams.
Saas Fee from £819pp with SNO
Seven nights in Saas-Fee’s Hotel Schweizerhof has been reduced from £1,108pp to £819pp for the week beginning September 18. Gatwick flights and airport transfers are included, as well as half board catering. The four-star hotel is popular for its gourmet and wellness offerings, positioned a minute’s walk from Saas-Fee centre. Bookings: SNO.
Val d’Isere and Morzine short breaks from £150pp per night with VIP Ski
Sneak to the Alps for a short ski break to Val d’Isere in early December, or fancy exploring Morzine for a few days in January 2020, bookings are now available for short breaks. Every Thursday lunchtime, a selection of rooms or chalets that are available for the following week become available for short breaks. You pay from £150pp per night for the same catered product and stay for a minimum of three nights. An extended weekend break (arriving Thursday and leaving Sunday) would normally cost £450pp. Flights and transfers are not included, however they can be arranged. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Les Carroz from £381pp with Peak Retreats
At the traditional alpine village of Les Carroz in the heart of the Grand Massif ski area you can stay in the luxury self-catered apartments of Les Chalets de Leana. Perfectly situated in the heart of the village, the nursery slopes are a five-minute walk away. Facilities at this recently-built residence include access to an indoor pool and wellness area, and the Ô des Cîmes Spa Centre. There’s 15% off the week commencing December 21 when you book by October 31. So seven nights in a two-bedroom duplex apartment (sleeps six) is £381pp (it was £440pp) including return Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrade. This is based on five people sharing. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Whistler from £1,673pp with Inghams
There’s a seven-night holiday on a self-catering basis at the four-star Whistler Peak Lodge in Whistler from £1,673pp based on four adults sharing. Price represents a saving of £316pp and includes a 47% discount on the accommodation price. Also included is a free room upgrade from studio to deluxe studio (when you book before August 31) as well as return flights from Heathrow to Vancouver and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on December 20. Bookings: Inghams.
Tignes half term apartment for £2,210 with Erna Low
Save 10% on accommodation for February half term at four-star Residence L’Altaviva in Tignes 1800. This residence offers good value for money and caters for families of all ages with kids and teens clubs in the school holidays, an indoor heated pool and relaxing spa area for the adults. They even have an on-site restaurant if you don’t feel like cooking. Book a self-drive package including Eurotunnel Flexiplus crossings and seven nights accommodation in a one-bedroom four-person apartment for £2,210 (reduced from £2,411) which is £553pp based on four sharing. Larger apartments with two and three bedrooms are also available. Bookings: Erna Low.
Val d’Isere from £2,796 per family with Ski Total
Take a seven-night holiday on a catered basis at Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie in Val d’Isere from £2,796 per family (two adults and two children sharing). Price represents a saving of £838 and includes return flights from Gatwick to Chambery and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on January 12. Bookings: Ski Total.
Val Thorens from £879pp and 2-for-1 ski rental with SNO
Val Thorens’ Hotel Le Sherpa is down from £1,152pp to £879pp for a seven-night stay beginning on January 4 – Gatwick flights, resort transfers and half board included. The three-star hotel has ski-back access and is a one-minute walk from the resort centre. The package comes with an offer for 2-for-1 equipment hire. Bookings: SNO.
Chamonix from £321pp with Ski Collection
Chamonix is a world-renowned resort at the foot of Mont Blanc, known for its great ski opportunities for experts and off-piste skiers. Stay in the luxury Le Cristal de Jade self-catered apartments, a recently-built residence is located next to the Aiguille de Midi cable-car, has modern facilities and apartments are fitted to a very high standard. There’s an in-house leisure centre with a private indoor pool. Save 10% throughout the season (except weeks commencing December 21 and 28; February 8, 15, 22 and 29) when booked by October 31. For example, seven nights in a two-bedroom apartment (based on five sharing) is now from £321pp (was £352pp) on the week of December 14, including return Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrade. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Les Arcs from £3,017 per family with Esprit
Book a seven-night holiday on a full board basis at the new hotel for W19/20: Hotel Les Mélèzes in Les Arcs from £3,017 per family (two adults and two children sharing). Price includes flights from Gatwick to Chambery and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on January 5. Don’t miss out on the two-for-one lift pass offer (valid on adult passes only, on all new bookings made before August 31. Bookings: Esprit.
Megeve 10% off with Stanford Ski
Book by the end of August to get some great discounts on next season’s prices. As an incentive there’s a discount of 10% on a week-long stay or 5% off a ski weekend or short break in any of the operator’s catered chalets or self-catered apartments in Megeve. These exclude half term (w/c February 17), January 5-18 and March 22 to April 4. For example, stay in Chalet Les Clochettes which has seven en-suite rooms, an excellent chef, a large and comfortable sitting room, a sauna, and is in a quiet location. Bookings: Stanford Ski.
Jackson Hole from £905pp with Ski Safari
Save up to 35% on a seven-night stay in the Parkway Inn at Jackson Hole. The family-run hotel is in the centre of the lovely old town and has an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. A seven-night stay costs from £905pp on selected departures between January and February based on two adults sharing a superior room on B&B basis. Price includes returned flights and transfers or car hire. Book by August 28 to take advantage of the offer. Bookings: Ski Safari.