‘Christmas planning, general election, New Year parties…once they’re all over the best thing to do is go skiing and regenerate,’ says Nick Morgan of Le Ski. The snow is spectacular in many resorts at the moment, so you could set off on a ski holiday even earlier than that. And if you happen to be opening a new ski school, you probably couldn’t have chosen a better winter in which to do so in the past 25 years. With record February-like snow conditions in the higher resorts, huge demand for December skiing is going through the roof. Plenty of bargain deals are on offer as skiers heading to the higher resorts in unprecedented numbers to take advantage of bumper snowfalls.
Val d’Isere has got less cover than the Austrian Tirol, but with already the best part of a metre in town and double that at the top of the ski area, who is complaining? Certainly not Ralph Evin who opened his new school Prosneige here today with a flurry of instant bookings.
As well as looking through the deals below, it’s also worth seeing what the ski specialist travel agencies have on offer, such as SNO, Snowfinders and Ski in Luxury. Most of the major tour operators have ski holiday deals available throughout the winter, too.
La Tania Christmas from £799pp with Le Ski
Chalet MarMau is a modern, attractive chalet in a sunny position just above the village centre in La Tania, with fabulous mountain views. It sleeps 23 and all 10 bedrooms have wooden floors and ensuite bathrooms. The mixture of twin, triple and family bedrooms means the chalet is a flexible option for families and groups. Le Ski’s childcare programme sometimes uses part of the chalet’s ground floor. There are still 18 beds available on the week starting December 22 for £799pp (was £1,288pp) chalet board, including flights and resort transfers. Bookings: Le Ski.
Tignes end of February for £420pp with Peak Retreats
Stay in Tignes 1800 at the newly built three-star superior apartments at the Altaviva. Situated at the foot of the Boisses gondola, the residence also houses an indoor heated pool with south-facing terrace, a spacious wellness area, hot tub, steam room and sauna. There’s 15% off the week commencing February 29 when booked by December 10. Seven nights in a two-bedroom apartment is £420pp (was £486pp) based on five sharing and including return Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrade. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
St Anton in April for £851pp with SNO
Book an April trip to St Anton’s Chalet Monte Vera and get a seven-night stay at half price. Departing on April 4, a package with chalet catering, Gatwick flights and transfers has been reduced by 50% to £851pp. The Nasserein property sleeps 14-16 people and features a wellness area with a sauna. Bookings: SNO.
Val d’Isere mid-February from £1,549pp and £50pp lift pass with VIP
Enjoy £50 lift passes when staying at Chalet Davos in Val d’Isere. The traditional Savoyard exterior compliments the chalet’s four-bedroom interior, with wood panelling and rustic stone fireplaces. A wet suite with hot tub and sauna, as well as marble bathrooms, completes the chalet’s luxurious ambiance. A seven-night stay starting February 17 costs from £1,549pp, with lift passes for £50pp. Price includes return flights, transfers and chalet board catering. Bookings: VIP SKI.
Levi in February from £529pp with Inghams
There’s a seven-night ski holiday to Levi in Lapland on a half board basis. Accommodation is at the four-star Levi Spa Hotel and the price from £529pp based on three people sharing. The price represents a saving of £430pp and includes return flights from Bristol to Kittilä, and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on February 2. Bookings: Inghams.
Chamonix half term £499pp with Erna Low
Save 15% on accommodation at four-star Residence Isatis in Chamonix over February half term. Next to the train station at Les Tines for fast access to all the world-class skiing in the Chamonix valley, the self-catering residence also offers an indoor/outdoor pool and lovely mountain views. Seven nights self-drive from February 15 in a one-bedroom four-person apartment with Eurotunnel Flexiplus crossings is now £1,999 (or £499pp based on four sharing) – the full price was £2,281. Bookings: Erna Low.
La Plagne in early February for £699pp with Ski Beat
For the week starting February 8 there’s a seven-night holiday fully catered with a saving of £280pp. Chalet Laurier is a short walk from the Plagne 1800 chair-lift. The chalet combines traditional Alpine charm with modern luxuries, a hot tub, log fire, balconies, and has unrestricted views of the pistes. The week’s stay now costs £699pp (was £979pp) including return Gatwick flights (Manchester + £20) and resort transfers. Bookings: Ski Beat.
Courchevel from £611pp with Ski Collection
Opening for the 2019/20 winter season, the five-star Canyon Lodge in Courchevel Moriond is an exclusive development of ski-in ski-out self-catered chalets. The chalets are situated 200m from the Ariondaz gondola and are stylishly furnished, offering a comfortable stay with modern facilities, private hot tubs, and parking. Ideal for groups or families, the two chalets (five and six bedrooms) can sleep up to 10 and 12 people. There’s 30% off the weeks commencing December 14, 21 and 28; January 4, 11, 18 and 25; February 1, 8, 22 and 29; March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and April 4, 11 and 18. All must be booked by January 31. For example, seven nights in Chalet Allnatt is from £611pp (was £853pp) based on 10 sharing the five-bedroom Chalet Allnatt (sleeps up to 10) on the week commencing March 14. Price includes return Eurotunnel crossings for two vehicles with free FlexiPlus upgrade. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Les Arcs from £404pp with Ski Total
The Yogi is a big chalet-apartment in the L’Ours residence at Arc 2000. It sleeps 16 people, has a sauna, and lots of balconies. There’s also access to an indoor swimming pool in the adjacent Altitude residence. The pistes and nearest ski-lift are 250m from the front door. For whole chalet bookings there’s a ‘cook your own supper option’ on the chalet staff nights’ off. On the week commencing December 15 it’s now £404pp (was £754) half board including flights and transfers – but there are other weeks with discounts, too. Bookings: Ski Total.