Midsummer’s day is history…and the start of the season is less than 20 weeks away. Meanwhile there are still plenty of offers for summer in the Alps – which makes a great alternative to a beach holidays for active people who fancy some hiking or mountain biking, golf, tennis or swimming in a crystal clear lake.
Don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go – this is especially important during peak holiday periods whether in the summer or winter. If you’re flying from Gatwick, Cophall Parking has some offers just for Welove2ski viewers.
Summer in the Mountains…including Events
Davos for £467pp with SNO
Self-catering holidays are one of the most cost effective ways to experience Switzerland’s mountain roads by bike. Solaria Apartments in Davos have been reduced from £613pp to £467pp, for the week beginning August 30. The package includes Heathrow flights, airport transfers and seven nights in a two-room apartment. Bikes are provided, giving you the means to attempt the Graubünden parts of the Tour de Suisse – pedalling past mountain villages and under the beautiful bridges of the UNESCO protected Rhaetian Railway. Bookings: SNO.
Morzine for £573pp with Alpine Elements
On the week commencing July 16, stay at Premium Chalet Ardoisieres in Morzine for £573pp. The first kid goes half price, there’s £50 off per child thereafter, and a free Active Pack worth £325. The price also includes a free lift pass, free six-day bike hire, free kids club. Stay seven nights half board, with London flights, hot tub, and sauna. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Chamonix from £527pp with Peak Retreats
Brand new for summer 2017 are four-star apartments Isatis peacefully located in Les Tines near the golf course in Chamonix. Stay 14 nights in peak season from £527pp (was £626pp). The residence offers superb 360° views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks, indoor and outdoor pools, leisure facilities and a kids’ club.
Price based on July 29 arrival, with five sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six), and including midweek ferry crossings from Dover to Calais. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Ischgl Women’s Summer Festival
There’s a brand-new festival created specifically for women. Taking place from Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 2 at Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol. Women’s Summer Festival is designed for those keen to get-up-and-go and revolves around sport, wellness, fashion and fun. You can try pilates, yoga, enduro riding, hiking, via ferrata, e-biking and SUP (stand-up paddling), check out the latest sporting gear and there’s a party too. The festival costs from €279 / £246pp and includes guided tours, yoga or pilates workouts, training courses, SUP lessons, use of test products, a facial or massage, a welcome drink, €30 / £26pp food voucher and a goody bag. Flights, transfers and accommodation are extra; return flights London to Munich from £130pp with BA. Stay at three-star Hotel St Nikolaus from June 28 to July 3 from €180 / £159pp B&B. Information and bookings: Women’s Summer Festival.
Val d’Isere Electric and hybrid vehicle show
The leading show in the Alps that explores alternative energy in transport, is back in Val d’Isere from July 13-16, with around 100 brands showcasing innovations. There’s a full programme of family entertainment, and the show is expected to attract some 15,000 visitors. It’s a chance to see driverless cars in action, along with the latest in e-bikes and e-motorbikes on display, and all kinds of offbeat innovations – many of which can be tested. Information: Salon Vehicle Electrique.
Winter in the Alps
Reberty-les-Menuires chalet from £11,235 with Powder N Shine
When you book a whole chalet you will receive three full days of private instruction (worth €1,300) with ESF Les Menuires. Three catered chalets are currently available for the weeks of December 16-23 and 23-30 in Reberty village (above Les Menuires, with easy access to high-altitude Val Thorens). Each chalet sleeps 15-18 people and it costs £11,235 for the earlier week and £17,235 for Christmas week. Bookings: Powder N Shine.
Val Thorens from £238pp with Ski Collection
Val Thorens is a large, high altitude ski resort, and you can stay seven nights at four-star Chalet Val 2400 apartments from £238pp (was £297pp). The large apartments are group friendly and are 100m from the ski slopes; there’s a mini supermarket and restaurants 20m away. Book before September 30 and get 20% off selected weeks. Price based on April 14 arrival, with five sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six), and including standard Eurotunnel crossings. Bookings: Ski Collection.
La Plagne short break for £401pp with Alpine Elements
On January 3, stay for four nights at £401pp. There’s also £50pp off, and a super-group discount for bookings of more than six people – saving from £50 to £125pp. Accommodation is half board in Chalet Piccard, which sleeps 12 people and is located at the centre of La Plagne. It’s three minutes’ walk from the slopes, and there’s a sauna and hot tub. The price includes London flights with resort transfers. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Valmorel from £266pp with Peak Retreats
Valmorel is a firm family favourite in the heart of the Tarentaise region. Stay seven nights at the luxury Le Grange aux Fees apartments from £266pp (it was £296pp). The property is adjacent to the chair-lift and 10 minutes from the ski school meeting point and resort centre. Book before October 31 and you’ll get 10% off selected weeks. This price is based on March 24 arrivals with five sharing a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six), including standard Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Child discounts in France with Ski Famille
For a limited period, there are child discounts on selected Christmas and New Year holidays – meaning that children can stay for free in La Plagne 1800, Les Gets and Reberty-les-Menuires. Bookings: Ski Famille.