Are the crowded high streets at home getting you down? The drizzly grey weather? How about whisking yourself and your family away for a week’s holiday in the Alps instead? Amazingly, if you’re still toying with the idea of Christmas or New Year on the slopes, it still isn’t too late to book.
See our feature on reliable resorts for Christmas if you’re thinking of heading off during the festive season. Before that, there’s still time for an early December break.
To have a reasonable choice of where to stay, when to go and how to get there, it makes sense to book as soon as you can. It’s also worth checking for offers on the websites of the major tour operators.
If you’re flying from Gatwick, don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go. Cophall Parking has some offers especially for Welove2ski readers.
Christmas and New Year Skiing
Morzine for £498pp with Alpine Elements
Stay eight nights from December 24 for £498pp at the lovely Hotel Les Dents Blanches in Morzine. There’s also a BOGOF lift pass deal. The price includes flights, transfers, and B&B catering. The hotel is 400m to the lifts and there’s a hot tub to soak in at the end of the day. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Soll from £399pp with Inghams
Stay seven nights on a chalet board basis at the three-star Chalet Bichler in Soll, from £399pp, which is a saving of £500pp. Price includes return flights from Edinburgh to Innsbruck and transfers, departing on December 23. Bookings: Inghams.
3 Valleys family holiday for £1,699 with Ski Famille
Spend a week in Chalet Le Corbeau in Les Bruyeres over the New Year. The luxury chalet sleeps 15-17 and has a dedicated playroom, cinema room and hot-tub overlooking the slopes. This property is new for the 2016/17 season and now costs £4,499 for seven nights half board for an entire family of four travelling out on December 30. The price includes Gatwick flights, resort transfers, and access to the in-chalet childcare. Bookings: Ski Famille.
Les Menuires for £851pp with Ski Weekends
Stay seven nights chalet board at the three-star Chalet Sapinière in Les Menuires in the delightful chalet sector at Reberty. The chalet is ski-in ski-out and has a sauna, hamman and Jacuzzi. It was £951pp and is now £851pp, saving £100pp including flights to Geneva from Stansted and resort transfers. Departure is Thursday, December 29. Bookings: Ski Weekends.
St Anton from £700pp with Flexiski
Stay in Little Haus Chalet in St Anton and save up to £190pp. The new chalet is ideal for those looking for a plush contemporary base within easy reach of the town’s buzzing atmosphere. Little Haus sleeps up to eight people in four en suite bedrooms, which can be booked individually or as a group. A four-night stay in Little Haus from £700pp (saving £180pp) on a chalet-catered basis. The price also includes return flights from London and rail transfers. Departs December 22. Bookings: Flexiski.
January and February
Val d’Isere apartments from £6,000€ with Consensio
Consensio’s new Alpine Apartment collection has launched with two properties in Val d’Isere called Etoile Filante and Les Sorbiers. There is a discount of 20% off luxury serviced apartments and across the portfolio of chalets on remaining available weeks in January. Etoile Filante apartment from 6,000€ (approximately £5,100) based on nine people sharing four rooms; Les Sorbiers apartment from 7,900€ (approximately £6,800) based on 10 adults and four children sharing five rooms. Both are self-catering. Bookings: Consensio.
Megeve until mid-February from £310pp with Stanford Ski
All short breaks and ski weekends in Megeve are on special offer discounted prices, not just in early January but all the way through until February 19. Prices start at £310pp in catered chalet/hotel Sylvana and £420pp in superior chalet Les Clochettes for a three-night stay from Sunday excluding flights and transfers. Bookings: Stanford Ski.
Courchevel for £350pp with Esprit Ski
Take the family to the resort Courchevel 1850, renowned for being one of the most stylish resorts in the Alps. Accommodation is in Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000, set in a piste-side location, with plenty of facilities including a fantastic Adventure Soft Play Zone. The price of £350pp is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children aged two to ten years) at £1,399 travelling out on January 8, and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free babysitting, free wifi, sauna, hot tub, and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Les Arcs 2000 from £429pp with Ski Total
Spend a week in the high altitude resort of Arcs 2000, home to some of the longest runs in the French Alps, and enjoy a Buy-1-Get-1-Free Discovery lift pass with this December’s ‘Pass-The-Parcel’ deals. A week at attractive, traditionally styled Chalet Vision is now from £429pp (was £649pp) and provides an excellent location with the nearest ski-lift 100m away. Travelling out on January 8, this price includes return flights from Gatwick to Chambéry, rest transfers, free wifi, use of swimming-pool and sauna, and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Lift pass offer is for a limited time only. Bookings: Ski Total.
Kitzbuhel from £305pp with Crystal Ski
Spend a week’s half board at three-star Hotel Aurach in Kitzbuhel, from £305pp (save £255pp when two people are sharing), including flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and resort transfers. The price is for departure on January 14. Direct flights available from all major UK airports. Bookings: Crystal Ski.
Grand Tourmalet apartment from £345 with Erna Low
Save 30% on stays of seven nights or more on selected dates, for example on January 14, prices are from £345 per apartment (sleeps two). These Pic du Midi Apartments are in La Mongie in the Grand Tourmalet ski area (linked with Bareges) and come with access to an indoor swimming-pool and fitness suite, and are a short walk from the village centre. Flights to Lourdes on Ryanair or BA /easyJet to Toulouse. Bookings: Erna Low.
Half Term and Easter
Val Thorens Easter for under £500 with SNO
Ski a high-altitude resort over Easter with change from £500pp. Chalet Verseau in Val Thorens currently costs £496pp, including seven nights’ chalet catering, Gatwick flights and transfers – departing on April 15. Sleeping six people, the chalet is part of a complex about 200m from the nearest piste. Bookings: SNO.
Belle Plagne in April from £378pp with Ski Collection
Stay seven nights in Belle Plagne from £378pp (it was £415pp) with accommodation in four-star Le Chalet des Cimes with ski in ski out access to the slopes. It’s 500m away from the restaurants and bars in Belle Plagne and you’ll have access to the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The price is for bookings made before February 1 and is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom alcove self-catered apartment (sleeps six) on the week commencing April 8. This includes Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Zermatt half term for £2,090 with Matterhorn Chalets
Chalet Ulysses in the beautiful resort of Zermatt is available on a sole occupancy basis for 12 people for the catered price of £24,950 – that works out at £2,080pp – for the half term week of February 11 (or £1,495pp on the week starting February 18), including gourmet food and a UIAGM mountain guide or instructor. Bookings: Matterhorn Chalets.
Serre Chevalier half term from £398pp with Peak Retreats
Stay seven nights in Serre Chevalier from £398pp (it was £462pp). Newly built for this winter, the three-star Aquisana offers easy access to the skiing. The small residence is in a quiet location, 500m from the Portillas cable-car, in the pretty village of Villeneuve la Salle. Book before December 19 to receive this offer. The price is based on five people sharing a two-bedroom self-catered apartment (sleeps six) on the week commencing February 11, and includes Eurotunnel crossings. Bookings: Peak Retreats.