Many ski lifts in French resorts are closed today, due to blizzards – here’s what it looked like in Val d’Isere last night. But that bodes well for anyone going away this weekend, when they should expect to find amazing skiing. It’s also good for the future weeks of this season, too. Check out our snow report for more details.
To have a reasonable choice of holidays – including 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.
Sierra Nevada luxury for £1,363pp with Ski Weekends
Celebrate Valentines Day at five-star Hotel Vincci Rumaykiyya in Sierra Nevada, Spain. The fabulous hotel has a chair-lift right outside the door, is ski-in ski-out and is based at 2400m. With five days of skiing, this break departs February 11 and includes flights and transfers. The price is £1,363pp half board. Bookings: Ski Weekends.
La Plagne for £1,999 for a family of four with Ski Famille
Spend a week in Chalet Nicole in La Plagne 1800, which sleeps up to 30 people and has a dedicated playroom, wellness area, and a hot tub on the terrace overlooking the piste. The chalet is also in a good location for a family ski holiday. It now costs £1,899 for seven nights half board for a family of four on the week starting January 28. The price includes Gatwick flights and resort transfers. Regional flights can be arranged at a supplement. Bookings: Ski Famille.
Les Arcs for £671 with SNO
A week at Chalet Gentiane sleeps 13 and has been reduced from £1,073pp to £671pp (saving over £400pp) for families staying over the Easter school holidays. Arriving in Les Arcs on April 15, the price includes flights from Gatwick, transfers and seven nights of chalet catering. The nearest piste is 50m away and childcare is available for children aged three months and up. Bookings: SNO.
Val Thorens half term apartment for £5,043 with Ski Collection
Save £500 on February half-term skiing, with seven nights in Val Thorens at £5,043 (it was £5,543). The four-star L’Oxalys is a ski-in ski-out residence, and the price is based on a ‘Grand Confort’ duplex apartment with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three WCs, and a balcony. Price based on the week commencing February 11 and includes a Standard Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone to Calais. With this deal, you are entitled to a 50% discount on the FlexiPlus upgrade at £99 for a return (normal cost: £198). Bookings: Ski Collection.
Tignes for £399pp with Snowfinders
Spend a week at Alpaka Lodge in Tignes le Lac for £399pp – it was £739pp. The departure date is January 21 and the holiday includes chalet board accommodation, return flights from Gatwick and resort transfers. Bookings: Snowfinders.
Tignes from £779pp with Mark Warner
Spend the week starting January 29 either at Chalet-Hotels Aiguille Percee from £779pp or L’Ecrin from £829pp. Both are in Tignes. There’s also (at additional cost) an ‘Off Piste week’ with Henry’s Avalanche Talks on January 29 for competent off-piste skiers looking to explore further. Prices include half board, flights and transfers. Bookings: Mark Warner.
Meribel for £699pp with Alpine Elements
Spend a week at Chalet Marcelle in Meribel, travelling out on April 9. The price is now £699pp – it was £947pp – and includes half board, flights and resort transfers. The chalet is ski-to-the-door and has panoramic views. There’s also BOGOF ski lift pass hire available. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Avoriaz from £527pp with Ski Total
Stay in traffic-free Avoriaz where Chalet Perce Neige is now £527pp (was £907pp) travelling out on January 22. The chalet is right on the slopes and a two-minute walk from the resort centre. This price includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, resort transfers, use of sauna and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Bookings: Ski Total.
Val d’Isere for £650pp with YSE Ski
For the week starting January 22, you can stay at Chalet Ptarmigan in Val d’Isere for £650pp (a saving of £460pp) half board not including flights. The chalet has four bedrooms, all of them are en-suite – and can be split or booked as a whole chalet (empty beds £450). Three rooms are currently available for that week. Bookings: YSE Ski.
Les Deux Alpes for £519pp with Ski World
There are big reductions on holidays departing January 21, including a week staying half board at Chalet Chamoix Volant in Les Deux Alpes for £519pp – it was £971pp – including flights and transfers. Lots of deals in other French resorts are also available. Bookings: Ski World.
La Rosiere family holiday from £2,199 with Esprit Ski
A week at Chalet Valentine is now from £550pp. This chalet is one minute from the nearest ski lift and the price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children aged two to ten years) from £2,199 travelling out on the January 29. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of ski lessons. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Val d’Isere from £1,999p with VIP Ski
Chalet Madrisah is part of a small private hamlet built at Le Cret overlooking Val d’Isere. Influenced by the traditional old stone village, Madrisah also has a wet suite with hot tub and sauna, and sleeps up to eight people. Priced from £1,999pp (down from £2,729pp, so a saving of £730pp) for a seven-night stay arriving February 12. Price includes return flights from Gatwick, resort transfers, and seven nights’ chalet board accommodation. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Soll from £453pp with Crystal Ski
Spend a week half board at three-star Pension Maximilian in Soll, from £453pp (save £145pp) including flights from Luton to Salzburg and resort transfers. The price given is for departure on January 21. Direct flights available from all major UK airports. Bookings: Crystal.
La Tania learn to ski for £899pp with Ski Amis
Beginners can join a Learn to Ski Week aimed at adults who have never skied before. Included are seven nights half board at Chalet Christine in La Tania, six days local area lift pass (Courchevel and La Tania), six mornings’ lessons (max eight per group), equipment hire, resort transfers from and to Geneva, Grenoble or Chambery Airport. The holiday price is £899pp, not including flights. An optional extra is clothing rental from Skismart, with a top-end jacket and pants set for £50 for the week. The price includes delivery to and collection from your home, and you can try the kit on for free beforehand. Bookings: Ski Amis.
Saas Fee from £699pp with Inghams
Take a seven night holiday half board at three-star Hotel Bristol in Saas Fee. The price is from £699pp, which is a saving of £250pp including return flights from Manchester to Geneva and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing January 28. Bookings: Inghams.
Sainte Foy from £148pp with Peak Retreats
There’s 15% off with seven nights in Sainte Foy from £148pp (it was £173pp) when you book before January 20. Three-star Etoile des Cimes is located in the heart of the village and at the foot of the slopes. There’s access to the indoor pool and on-site spa. Price based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six) on the week commencing March 18, including Eurotunnel crossing with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Banff from £1,729pp with Ski Safari
Early bookers for the 2017/18 ski season will benefit from a 30% discount, if they book five-star Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff. The imposing hotel looks like a Scottish Baronial castle and offers a shuttle to the ski areas, its in-house Willow spa and health club, and access to a choice of 17 restaurants, bars and lounges and 50 shops and boutiques. A ten-night stay costs from £1,729pp room only. This offer is based on December 12, 2017 departures and includes flights and transfers (or car hire). Book by January 31 to take advantage of the offer. Bookings: Ski Safari.