Some of these last-minute Christmas offers make it very tempting to escape from the endless cooking and clearing up that Christmas at home can bring. To have a chance of finding decent snow when you get there, make sure you aim for a high resort.
See our feature on reliable resorts for Christmas if you’re thinking of heading off during the festive season. After that, there’s still availability for New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Alps.
It’s also worth checking for offers on the websites of the major tour operators.
Don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go – especially important during peak holiday periods. If you’re flying from Gatwick, Cophall Parking has some offers just for Welove2ski viewers.
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.
Sainte Foy from £250pp with Premiere Neige
Book a self-catered apartment or chalet in Sainte Foy with a week’s self-catering starting at £250pp (345€). For example, book rooms in The North Face luxury catered chalet, 100m from the slopes and complete with a hot tub, for £590pp (814€). Or book an entire two-bedroom self-catered stay in Apartment Vue des Montagnes for £1,000. Further details from Premiere Neige.
Kuhtai from £649pp with Inghams
Stay seven nights half board at Chalet Hotel Elisabeth in the pretty Tirolean village of Kuhtai. A week here costs from £649pp (896€), which is a saving of £389pp (537€). The price includes return flights from Manchester to Innsbruck, resort transfers and a delicious Christmas dinner. For more information or to book visit Inghams.
Meribel apartment for £1,750 with Fish & Pips
The newly refurbished luxury apartment Chamois in Meribel sleeps six and is available for the week starting December 19 at £1,750 (2,415€) – which has been reduced from £2,650 (3,658€). Benefitting from a log fire, swimming-pool and views over the village and piste, this could make a great Christmas break. Further details from Fish & Pips.
La Plagne for £320pp with Alpine Elements
Spend the week starting December 20 in La Plagne, where Chalet Gemeaux is almost ski-to-door, and has a sauna. It now costs £320pp (442€) – a saving of £300pp (414€) – for seven nights half board including flights and resort transfers. More information is available from Alpine Elements.
Ski Les Saisies from £305pp with Peak Retreats
Stay in The Chalets d’Emeraude in Les Saisies, which is located 200m from the ski kindergarten, about 200m from the ski lifts and 600m from the resort centre. The property is built in typical mountain style with an extensive use of wood and stone. The price is from £305pp (421€) on the week starting December 18, so there’s an extra night free. More information from Peak Retreats.
Flaine apartment from £1,023 with Pierre & Vacances
Save 41% on Christmas at Premium Residence Les Terrasses d’Hélios in Flaine. This prestigious residence offers great views and a warm atmosphere. A chair-lift gives direct access into the Grand Massif ski area. The spacious apartments all feature a balcony or terrace and there is a wellness area with a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool, as well as a Deep Nature Spa® in the residence. Everything you need is on site, from ski hire and a mini-market, to a nursery. Priced from £1,023 (1,412€) – down from £1,738 (2,399€), so a saving of 41% for a week’s stay in a one-bedroom apartment that sleeps four people arriving on December 19. For more information visit Pierre & Vacances.
St Anton for £499pp with Crystal Ski
Spend a week at Chalet Inge in St Anton with half board catering, for £499pp (689€) – saving £550pp (759€). The departure is December 26 including flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Direct flights also available from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted at a supplement. Further details from Crystal Ski..
Les Arcs family holiday for £2,999 with Esprit Ski
Spend New Year in the high-altitude resort of Arc 2000, home to some of the longest runs in the French Alps. Traditional style Chalet McKinley is now £2,999 (4,139€) – was £5,013 (6,919€) – with the nearest ski lift 100m away. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12 years) travelling on December 27 and includes return flights from Southampton to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi, use of swimming-pool and sauna, and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons. More information from Esprit Ski.
Morzine for 302pp with Erna Low
Stay seven nights at L’Aiglon de Morzine on a self-catered basis for £302pp (417€), which is a saving of 25%. The high-quality residence is ideally situated in the heart of Morzine and offers spacious apartments and a sauna. The holiday departs on December 26 – and the price is based on eight people sharing. Details and bookings from Erna Low.
Voss for £650pp with Ski Safari
Voss in Norway is in a lovely lakeside setting with skiing on Mount Hanguren. The resort is a magnet for adrenaline fuelled sports and has been hosting an extreme sports week for the last 15 years. A five night B&B stay for four people at four-star Fleischer’s Hotel is £650pp (897€) – down from £700pp (966€), so a saving of £50pp (69€). The holiday starts on December 29. Visit Ski Safari for details.
La Rosiere for £500pp with Snowfinders
A week half board at Chalet Jeode in La Rosiere is now £500pp (692€)- it was £800pp (1,108€) – or you can book the whole chalet for 13 people at £5,750 (7,963€) – it was £7,500 (10,386€). The chalet has a hot tub and the holiday departs December 26. Transfers are included in the price, and flights can be arranged. More details from Snowfinders.
Alpe d’Huez from £909pp with VIP Ski
Chalet Chapelle in Alpe d’Huez is part of an exclusive development. It sleeps 14 people, has a hot sub and sauna and is ski-in ski-out, surrounded on two sides by piste and set in a cobbled courtyard. It is situated at the top end of town, 200m from the main lifts. Priced from £909pp (1,255€) – down from £1,109pp (1,531€), so a saving of £200pp (276€) arriving on January 17. The price includes return flights from Gatwick, coach transfers, and all meals. For more information visit VIP Ski.
Champoluc for £579pp with Ski Total
Stay at Chalet Hotel Breithorn in Champoluc for £579pp – it was £769 – for the week commencing January 2. The Breithorn is a well-established chalet-hotel, which has been restored and modernised yet has kept its traditional Alpine character. The spacious living area has an open fire, wooden vaulted ceilings and comfortable furniture, as well as a spa area. This price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, free wifi, use of the wellness area, free ski hosting and seven nights catered accommodation. Ski Total.
Later in the Season
Cauterets two week holiday from £148pp with Pyrenees Collection
Stay at Residence Le Lys in the centre of the village of Cauterets. The residence has lots of amenities for its size, and is set close to the shops, bars and restaurants, 100m from the gondola. Two consecutive weeks in a studio sleeping four costs from £148pp (204€). All prices based on seven nights, including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only packages are also available, as well as ski packs, insurance and transfers. Details from Pyrenees Collection.
Alpe d’Huez from £325pp with Ski Collection
Stay at Le Cristal de l’Alpe, located at the heart of Alpe d’Huez, 200m from the ski slopes and 50m from the nearest ski lifts and shops. It now costs £325pp (449€) – it was £361pp (498€) – for seven nights on the week starting March 5, based on five people sharing and including Eurotunnel crossings. Book before December 15 to take advantage of this offer. Accommodation-only packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers are bookable too. More information from Ski Collection.