After a wobbly week, tour operators’ phones are ringing once again and people are starting to get on with their lives. The pound is much the same as it was in February and tour operators are maintaining their prices for the present…so now is a good time to book your ski holiday for this winter.
Christmas in Zermatt for £1,495 with Matterhorn Chalets
Chalet Ulysses in the beautiful resort of Zermatt is available on a sole occupancy basis for 12 people for the gourmet catered price of £17,950 – that works out at £1,495pp – for the Christmas week, including a UIAGM mountain guide or instructor. No need to worry about early season skiing conditions though, as there’s guaranteed snow up on the Klein Matterhorn glacier. Bookings: Matterhorn Chalets.
Morzine from £839pp with VIP Ski
There are six weeks where you can save £100pp when booking before October 29. The saver weeks are January 2, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and March 12. Offers are non-combinable, apply to new bookings only and are subject to availability. For example, stay at Chalet Berger which is a centrally located, spacious chalet that boasts a great location in the heart of Morzine and close to the piste. A week’s stay arriving January 8 is now from £839pp (down from £939pp) including seven nights’ catered accommodation, flights from Gatwick and coach transfers. Bookings: VIP Ski.
New Year in Les Gets from £215pp with Esprit Ski
Nine nights at Chalet Karine in Les Gets starts from £2,969 for a family of three. Set in a quiet yet convenient location, this chalet is an attractive home from home for families. This price is based on two adults and one child (ages two to ten years) travelling out on the December 30 and includes return flights from Southampton to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi, use of sauna and hot tub and nine nights chalet catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for exclusive ski lessons – receive seven days of lessons for the price of five. Add adult whole area lift passes to your order and you’ll pay the reduced price of £229pp, with ski hire for £85pp. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Saas Fee from £889pp with Inghams
Stay in the pretty village of Saas Fee, which has perfectly groomed slopes for beginner and intermediate skiers, beautiful winter walking trails and the world’s highest revolving restaurant. Stay seven nights half-board at the four-and-a-half-star Schweizerhof Gourmet and Spa hotel from £889pp, which is a saving of £139pp, departing on December 16. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Belle Plagne apartment from £476 with Pierre & Vacances
Les Constellations is located in the centre of Belle Plagne, a car-free, family-friendly resort in the Paradiski area. This ski-in, ski-out residence comprises large wooden and stone-built chalets, which blend into the landscape. The fully-equipped apartments are all south-facing and come with a balcony or terrace. The hotel is lose to the ski school meeting point, and gives easy access to the shops and entertainment on offer. A week’s self-catered stay in a studio apartment sleeping five is from £356 per apartment (down from £476, so a saving of 25%). Price applies to weeks beginning 10 December 10; January 7 and 14; April 8 and 15. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Alpe d’Huez from £367pp with Madame Vacances
Situated 500m from the centre of Alpe d’Huez, Les Chalets de L’Altiport offer easy access to the slopes, bars, restaurants and shops. A week’s stay next winter costs from £367pp (or £4,399 total) for a five-bedroom self-catered chalet sleeping up to 12 people. Bookings: Madame Vacances.
Lech from £1,179pp with Ski Total
There’s now nine nights for the price of seven for the whole holiday (flights, transfer and chalet with meals and lift pass and ski hire). This means that when you book a nine-night holiday, along with lift pass and ski hire, you’ll pay the same as you would for a seven night holiday. For example, a trip to Lech staying in Chalet Hotel Sonneck starts from £1,179pp (it was £1,439pp) travelling out on December 30. The traditional chalet hotel has an indoor heated pool along with access to a sauna. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, resort transfers, free wifi, and nine nights catered accommodation. Add a whole area lift pass to your order and you will pay £227pp, with ski hire for £121pp, making it eight days of skiing for the price of six. Bookings: Ski Total.
Courmayeur from £2,090pp with Butler & Lloyd
Families save 5% when booking a Courmayeur for February half term. A 90-minute drive from Geneva airport, the five-star Grand Hotel Courmayeur is also close to the town centre. It has a large indoor heated pool, a gym and spa, whilst a free-shuttle bus takes you to the lifts each day, and there are children’s clubs on site. Travel is by private return flights from Farnborough airport to Geneva, with coaches to the hotel. All this is included in the Happy Families Programme to Courmayeur on February 11-18. Priced from £2,090pp or £8,360 total – it was £8,840 – for a family of four (two adults and two children) which includes return flights, transfers and half-board accommodation in a junior suite. Bookings: Butler & Lloyd.
Still Time for A Summer Holiday
If you like the idea of relaxing in the healthy mountain air, why not try some cycling or MTB, hiking, golf and myriad other activities. Also see our advice on keeping fit between ski seasons and the best resorts for summer skiing for tips on where to go over the next few months.
Cycling in the French Alps from £549pp with Peak Retreats
New for this summer is a programme of tailor-made cycling tours. Itineraries offer routes featuring high quality accommodation in an idyllic setting. You can travel around the three lakes: Geneva, Annecy and Le Bourget, or take on some of the famous climbs that surround Alpe d’Huez. The trips range from the challenging to the more leisurely and luxury break. There is a choice of a guided or a self-guided tour, and not forgetting an e-bike option. Flexibility means you can balance days of cycling with rest days and cultural visits; or choose to cycle every day. Tours are based on four to seven nights half-board in a hotel or apartment with luggage transfers, maps and a GPS, as well as assistance if needed. Bike rental is not included. Holidays start from £549pp. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Hinterglemm from £499pp with Inghams
Head for the hills of the scenic Glemm Valley this summer, with over 400km of walking trails to explore and more than 30 rustic mountain huts dotted throughout the region. Available for everyone is the Saalbach-Hinterglemm Joker Card, giving unlimited use of all cable-cars and buses in the valley, as well as free entrance to local attractions. Stay seven nights on a catered basis at the Chalet Hotel Pinzgauerhof from £499pp, saving £399pp, departing July 20. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.