It’s been a rotten summer so far in the UK and across much of the rest of Europe, with snow forecast down to 1400m in the Alps this week. The Tour de France had to cancel the climb of Mont Ventoux today, because of 120kph winds. Is someone trying to tell us something? Let’s go skiing!
Sun Peaks from £926pp with Crystal Ski
Canada’s second largest ski area, Sun Peaks, is located in the interior of the province and receives on average nearly six meters of light, dry powder snow every winter. Stay here from £926pp at Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge with Air Canada flights from Heathrow to Kamloops via Calgary departing March 22, and including transfers. Save £199 in the special 2-for-1 lift pass deal as well, with bookings by August 31. Bookings: Crystal Ski.
Morzine for £781pp with Alpine Elements
Grab an early bird ski deal this Christmas and New Year – with the second person going for half price, from £449pp including flights, transfers and half board. The offer is only bookable over the phone and ends on August 1. For example, a week in Morzine commencing December 24 is now £781pp with a second person going for half price and kids skiing for free. Accommodation is in Chalet Papy and the price includes flights, transfers, and half board. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Les Deux Alpes all-inclusive New Year for £1,035 with Club Med
With a departure on December 31 from Luton to Les Deux Alpes, you can take a seven-night all-inclusive ski holiday that will cost £1,109 per adult (was £1,229) which is a saving of £120, and £929 per child (was £1,035) so a saving of £106. Children under four years old stay for free. Bookings: Club Med.
Alpe d’Huez from £367pp with Madame Vacances
With its extensive slopes at high altitude, efficient lift system and lively apres ski, Alpe d’Huez is a good destination for a large group. Situated 500 metres from the centre of the resort, Les Chalets de L’Altiport offers easy access to the ski slopes, bars, restaurants and shops. A week’s stay costs from £367pp (£4,399 in total) for a five-bedroom self-catered chalet sleeping up to 12 people. Bookings: Madame Vacances
Valmorel for £243pp with Peak Retreats
Book before October 31 and get 10% off seven nights at La Grange aux Fees. It now costs £243pp (was £270pp) with backdoor access to the family-favourite resort of Valmorel. This four-star residence offers luxurious self-catered apartments with access to the Ô des Cîmes Spa Centre, a five-minute walk to the town centre. Price is based on the week commencing January 7. Apartment prices are for five people sharing, including transport. Accommodation-only holiday packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers are bookable too. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Multi-generational ski holidays in Morzine from £649pp with VIP Ski
For families looking for a centrally located, spacious chalet that accommodates babies to grandparents, Chalet Berger in Morzine could be just the place. The five-bedroom lodge, which sleeps up to ten people, sits at the heart of Morzine. The living area has soft sofas and an avant-garde log burning stove, that provides the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. There’s a cinema/media room on the lower floor, and a sunken hot tub on the terrace. Priced from £649pp for a week’s catered accommodation arriving December 12. Price includes return flights from Gatwick, and coach transfers. There’s also £100pp off the saver weeks of January 2, 8, 15, 22, 29; and March 12. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Flaine apartment for £800 with Pierre & Vacances
The prestigious ski-in ski-out residence, Les Terrasses d’Hélios in Flaine, offers incredible views of the mountains and outstanding comfort. During the day, explore the Grand Massif ski area, with 69 lifts and 265km of piste. You can also visit the well-being area which includes a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool, as well as the Deep Nature Spa. Everything you need is available on site, from ski hire to a mini-market, to the nursery which can care for children (open six days a week, closed on Saturday). Priced at £800 per apartment (down from £1,030, so saving more than 20%) for a week’s stay in a standard one-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to four people arriving January 7. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Whistler from £1,433pp with Erna Low
Stay seven nights from February 18, based on two adults and two children sharing a one-bedroom suite, from £1,433 per adult and £568 per child. The price includes continental breakfast, direct flights from Heathrow with Air Canada, and resort transfers. Upgrade to a two-bedroom suite is £334 per adult. When you pre-book adult lift tickets and/or equipment rental you’ll receive a free child lift ticket and rental for every adult purchase. Bookings: Erna Low.
Val Thorens holidays with private flights from £2,210pp with Butler & Lloyd
Families can make the most of Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens, during the Easter Holidays when staying in the luxurious Hotel Altapura. The hotel is situated near the Plein Sud chair-lift which carries skiers and snowboarders towards Meribel. Inside are spacious bedrooms, three restaurants, and the Pure Altitude spa which features seven treatments rooms and heated indoor and outdoor pools. Prices start from £2,210pp (£8,840 in total) for a family of four (two adults and two children) including half-board accommodation, return flights from Farnborough Airport to Grenoble, and coach transfers. Bookings: Butler & Lloyd
Tignes for £303pp with Ski Collection
Book before October 31 and get 10% off seven nights at Le Télémark in Tignes Le Lac. It now costs £303pp (was £336pp) in the four-star self-catered apartments located at the entrance of the resort on the Bleuet slope, offering doorstep skiing. Le Télémark boasts Le Centre Ô des Cimes Spa d’Altitude offering free access to the private indoor heated swimming-pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fitness room. The price is based on the week commencing January 14. Apartment prices are based on five sharing, including transport. Accommodation only holiday packages also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers also bookable. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Big White from £1,115pp with Ski Safari
Specifically designed for passionate skiers and snowboarders aged 50 years and over, Masters Week is held in Big White and is an ideal opportunity to meet others while carving the groomed pistes or tackling the world famous Okanagan champagne powder in the glades. The dates are from January 30 to February 3, or February 27 to March 3, ‘Masters’ can join in with seminars, wine tasting, apres high tea, and sleigh rides. A week of socialising and five half-day group lessons costs from £204pp. A seven-night stay costs from £1,115pp including accommodation, return flights and car hire/transfers. Ski passes and food cost extra. Bookings: Ski Safari
Kitzbuhel for £619pp saving £300pp
The four-and-a-half-star Garden-Spa Hotel Erika is a beautiful hotel surrounded by an impressive garden with a small lake in beautiful Kitzbuhel. Stay seven nights half board from £619pp, saving £300pp departing July 27. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and resort transfers. For more information or to book visit Inghams.
St Foy for £183pp with Peak Retreats
Stay 14 nights at Les Fermes de Sainte Foy for £183pp (saving £50pp). The four-star self-catered apartments in Saint Foy has free access to an indoor swimming-pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms; and access to the superb Ô des Cîmes Spa and Beauty Care Centre. The price is based on the week commencing August 13. Apartment prices are based on five sharing, including transport. Accommodation-only holiday packages also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers also bookable. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Chamonix short break for £600 with Chamonix All Year Round
From July 20-24 you can now stay in Chamonix for £600pp – it was £805. Le Paradis 18 are luxury self-catered apartments located in Chamonix town centre, just seconds from all the shops, bars and restaurants. Bookings: Chamonix All Year Round.