If you fancy the idea of keeping fit between seasons – then how about booking a holiday in the Alps or Pyrenees with some mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, horse-riding, playing golf, summer skiing…or just relaxing beside a lake or in a spa?
Below are some summer deals, and it’s worth noting that accommodation costs less at this time of year than during the ski season – with walkers’/bikers’ lift passes cheaper than the winter prices.
And if you are thinking ahead…then scroll down the page to see our early winter deals.
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 Alps
Les Gets watersports from £65pp per night with VIP Chalets
Named the Wibit Waterpark, the Ecoles Lake and activity area in Les Gets is launching a new giant inflatable creating a water play area that includes slides, a water trampoline and a human catapult. The park is open every day from June 23 to August 27 for ages six years and above. Stay in Altitude Lodge (sleeps 18-29), located just above the golf course. Each bedroom has a flat-screen TV and some have balconies or terraces and private outdoor hot tubs. Prices from £65pp per night half board. Bookings: VIP Chalets.
Kitzbuhel from £471pp with Thomson Lakes
A week’s half board at the four-star Hotel Jägerwirt in Kitzbuhel from £471pp (was £797pp, save 41%) including flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and resort transfers departing on June 24. Bookings: Thomson Lakes & Mountains.
Les Carroz from £269pp with Peak Retreats
Save £55pp on summer holidays in Les Carroz. Two weeks in July staying at Les Chalets de Jouvence is now costs from £269pp (was £323pp). The four-star self-catered apartments have spa facilities, and are just five minutes’ walk from the village centre. Price based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (which sleeps six) on July 8 and includes midweek ferry crossings. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Zell am See from £799pp with Inghams
Zell am See is one of the most scenic lakes and mountains resorts in Austria. The town is a stone’s-throw from the Hohe Tauern National Park and the Grossglockner mountain region and, aside from its excellent walking, activities include evening lake cruises and weekly festivals. Stay seven nights half board basis at four-and-a-half-star Hotel Tirolerhof in from £799pp. This is a saving of £280pp and the price includes return flights from Birmingham to Verona and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on July 22. Bookings: Inghams.
Morzine for £527pp with Alpine Elements
Spend a week in Morzine for £527pp, with seven nights half board at Hotel Les Dents Blanches starting on July 2. The first child is half price, with all other children at £50 per child. There are also free activity packs, which is the chance to try loads of new activities from kayaking to white water rafting, free mountain bike hire, and a free kids club. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
Kitzbuhel for £592pp with SNO
Kitzbuhel’s Hotel Schwarzer Adler is available for £592pp (was £883pp) on the week beginning June 24. Gatwick flights, transfers and half board are included in the cost. The boutique four-star hotel has the biggest rooftop pool in the Alps and is home to the acclaimed Neuwirt restaurant – just what you need after a day spent sampling the region’s 800km of MTB trails. Bookings: SNO.
Alpbach sunrise hike in the Austrian Tirol
Capture 360° views over the spectacular Tirolean landscape when trekking in Alpbach. The region offers more than 900km of hiking trails and graded paths for walkers. Climb the Wiedersbergerhorn, venture across the Tiefenbach Gorge, or explore the family-friendly routes along the winding Brandenberg River. Alternatively, join a sunrise hike where you board the gondola before powering up the Wiedersberghorn mountain (2127 metres high) for 45 minutes and wait for the first rays to appear. Depending on the time of the year, the natural wonder can be witnessed between 5.30am and 7am (the lifts start running between 4am and 5.30am accordingly). Round off the experience with breakfast at Gasthof Hornboden. The walking tour costs from €10 pp and walkers must register their interest at the Alpbachtal Seenland Tourist Office the day before. Bookings: Alpbachtal.
Early Deals for Winter
Peisey from £215pp with Esprit Ski
Take your family to the quiet ski village of Plan-Peisey, an undiscovered resort sharing the Paradiski area with La Plagne and Les Arcs. A week in Chalet Ourson now starts from £601pp. The chalet is in a central location and has spa facilities including an outdoor hot tub overlooking the valley. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children aged two to ten years) at £2,405 travelling on December 19, and includes return flights from Stansted to Chambery, transfers, and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of ski lessons. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Sainte Foy from £193pp with Peak Retreats
Family-friendly Sainte Foy has tree-lined slopes and off-piste skiing, and is a short drive from Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs. Stay seven nights at Les Fermes de Sainte Foy from £193pp (was £215pp) in four-star ski-in ski-out apartments located at the foot of the slopes and close to the shops. Price based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (which sleeps six) in January, and includes standard Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Book before October 31 and get 10% off selected weeks. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Val d’Isere from £624pp with Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price area lift pass with Ski Total
Pre-purchase your adult lift pass when travelling to the Espace Killy and you can purchase a second one half price. Plus receive 2-for-1 on ski/board/boot hire or ski carriage when an area lift pass is pre-purchased. A week at Xtra Chalet Champs Avalins in Val d’Isere is now from £624pp (was £649pp) travelling on January 21. Set in a ski to the door location, this chalet has one of the best positions in the resort. The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, transfers, and seven nights chalet catered accommodation. Bookings: Ski Total.
Flaine half term for £453pp with Erna Low
Stay seven nights at Les Terrasses d’Eos in Flaine, with accommodation in a two-bedroom apartment (sleeps six). It was £3,022, and is now £2,720 for the apartment, which has views across the valley or forest. The two large chalets are located in a quiet position directly on the slopes. Guests have use of outdoor heated swimming-pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness area. In addition there’s a 10% early booking discount. The holiday departs February 10 and flights and transfers are available on request. Bookings: Erna Low.
La Plagne from £264pp with Ski Collection
Plagne Soleil and Plagne Village sit at 2050m offering easy access to Paradiski ski area. It’s an ideal location for intermediates and families. Seven nights at Les Granges du Soleil is now from £264pp (was £293pp) in four-star family-friendly apartments with door-step skiing. Price based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment (which sleeps six) in January, and includes standard Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrades. Book before October 31 and get 10% off selected weeks. Bookings: Ski Collection.