Whether in winter or summer, it’s hard to beat a week’s holiday in the mountains. If you can’t wait for the ski season to come around then why not book a holiday in the Alps with some cycling or MTB, hiking, golf and myriad other activities – or just a bit of relaxation among gorgeous surroundings?
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.
Due to reader demand, we now have our ski holiday prices in euros (with the exchange rate correct at the time of writing), although you should contact tour operators direct for a quote that doesn’t include travel from the UK.
An Alpine Summer
Zell am See for yoga for £529 with Crystal Summer
Yoga enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced, can enjoy a session with yoga trainer, Erika Zehentner, just below the Schmitten mountain summit. There are six dates when Erika is holding her sessions: July 11, 18, 22 and 29; August 5 and 8. Yoga starts at 9am, lasts for around two hours and is included in the price of the cable-car ticket. Stay seven nights half board at four-star Hotel Heitzmann in the lakeside resort of Zell am See for £529pp (727€) – saving £230pp (27€) departing July 1 from Manchester or Gatwick to Salzburg. The price includes resort transfers. More details from Crystal Summer.
Alpe d’Huez and the Tour de France for £999pp with VIP Chalets
The chance to watch one of the most legendary climbs in cycling history is too good to miss. The famous 21-hairpin, 13.8km-long climb has been a mainstay of the Tour de France since 1952. This year the Tour returns to the resort of Alpe d’Huez and you can stay in one of the five summer chalets here that are built around a cobbled courtyard, sleeping 2 to 15 people. The cost is £999pp (1373€) half board from July 19 to 26. For more information visit VIP Chalets.
Kitzbuhel eco-pool for £545pp with Thomson Lakes
Stay seven nights half board in four-star hotel Premium Hotel Erika in the beautiful resort of Kitzbuhel. There’s a superb spa area, indoor heated swimming-pools with water jets, sauna, solarium, steam room, aromatherapy room and an outdoor natural eco-pool. Price is £545pp (€749) – saving £450pp (619€) departing June 13 from Manchester or Gatwick to Salzburg, including access to the airport lounge and resort transfers. More information from Thomson Lakes.
Les Carroz rustic living for £277pp with Erna Low
Save 10% on accommodation in Les Carroz, staying at Les Fermes du Soleil on a self-catered basis, including return flights from London to Geneva and car hire for the duration of your stay. The cost is £277pp (381€) based on five people sharing. The accommodation in the resort is in rustic apartments with spa facilities and an indoor swimming-pool. The holiday start date is July 25. Further details from Erna Low.
Morzine activity holidays for £426pp with Alpine Elements
Spend a week at Hotel Ridge in the town of Morzine which, unlike many Alpine resorts, is full of life all year round. Departure is June 21 and the holiday costs £426 (586€) – reduced from £476pp (654€) including flights, resort transfers, catered accommodation and an activities pack. As well as this, the first child can go for half price. This is part of a summer sale and you’ll receive the discount by using the code SUMMERSALE when booking online or over the phone. More information from Alpine Elements.
Kirchberg junior camp from £377pp with Bike Academy
In July and August the Kurt Exenberger Bike Academy offers a four-day junior mountain bike camp for children aged between seven and 14 years to explore the Kitzbuhler Alps. With the highly-trained instructors, children will gain solid bike riding skills and technical training, single trail tour, downhill, and a session in the Bike Park. Meanwhile parents can enjoy walking or cycling themselves.
Stay at the four-star Hotel Braeuwirt in Kirchberg from €525 (£377) per adult and from €529 (£380) for per child (ages seven to 11 years) or from €599 (£431) per child (aged 12-14 years), when sharing a family room. Prices include seven night’s half board and for children includes the four-day KitzAlpBike Junior Camp including lift ticket and lunches. Children must be able to ride a bike to a competent level. For further information Bike Academy. Flights are available from Gatwick to Innsbruck with easyJet.
La Plagne family holiday from £1,606 with Esprit Sun
Enjoy a family holiday in the village of Belle Plagne, located on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. For walkers the possibilities are endless, whether you want a challenging full-day hike or a gentle stroll. There is also a wide range of leisure activities available in the area, including rock-climbing, white-water rafting, forest adventure courses, as well as canyoning and parapenting for more adventurous.
Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines offers family accommodation with an indoor swimming-pool and outdoor hot tubs, a dedicated Esprit Nursery, Sun Squad Club and Sunset Club for children – with free children’s clubs on five mornings, packed lunches five days a week, all-day soft drinks for children, five-course evening meals and a day trip to Annecy. Seven nights departing from Gatwick on July 15 is now £1,606 (2207€) – was £1,994 (2741€) based on a family of four staying in a Paradiski Suite. More information from Esprit Sun.
Some Winter Offers Too…
Flaine apartment from £544 with Pierre & Vacances
Pierre & Vacances are kicking off the sales early this year and offering up to 20% off several residences, including school holiday dates. Les Terrasses d’Helios is located in the heart of Flaine. The residence has apartments decked out with retro furniture and there’s a relaxation area, with treatment rooms and an indoor heated swimming-pool. A new shopping centre is located on site.
Prices start from £544 (748€) saving 22% – down from £717 (986€) for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to four people for seven nights, departing December 12. Flights and transfers not included. Visit Pierre & Vacances for more details.
Les Arcs convenience for £608pp with Ski Total
Ski with a group of friends in the Paradiski area from January 3 for one week. Six people can stay in Chalet Petit Ours in the resort of Arcs 2000 for £608pp (836€) – was £708pp (973€), with the pistes and nearest ski-lift 250m from the door. Add to this half price lift passes, 25% off ski hire and half a free place for the group, savings add up to £289pp (397€). The price is based on six people sharing and includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. This and a host of early booking offers are all available from Ski Total.
Vallorcine traditional charm from £120pp with Peak Retreats
Save 10% on January skiing, departing January 16 for seven nights in the Mont Blanc village of Vallorcine. Stay in a four-star, two-bedroom Ours Bleu apartments, sleeping four to six people. The building is located next to the ski lift and has an indoor pool and spa facilities. Price starts at £120pp (165€) and further details are can be found at Peak Retreats.
Tignes from £495pp and a half-price lift pass with Inghams
Tignes this winter is offering half price adult lift passes when booking through Inghams. Stay seven nights half board at Chalet Hotel Dome from £495pp (680€) departing April 16. The half price lift pass is available for all adults (excludes half term). Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva airport and resort transfers. For bookings and more information visit Inghams.
Free child places in France with Ski Famille
There are free child places in January and April in La Plagne, Les Gets and Reberty-les-Menuires. Prices include Gatwick-Geneva flights and transfers, or Eurotunnel crossings. In-chalet childcare is also available six days a week. Visit Ski Famille for more details.
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