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 how about booking a holiday in the Alps or Pyrenees with some mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, horse-riding, playing golf or just relaxing beside a lake or in a spa.
We have collected together a handful of summer deals for you, and it’s worth bearing in mind that accommodation costs less at this time of year than during the ski season – with lift passes a fraction of the winter prices.
We have some early booking deals for next winter, too.
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.
Due to readers’ requests, we now also 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.
Summer in The Alps
Alpe d’Huez for £1,628 with Esprit Sun
Alpe d’Huez has a wealth of outdoor activities and sports for the whole family to enjoy. Stay in Chalet Hotel Mariandre located close to the village centre for £407pp (528€). This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children under 12 years old) at £1,628 (2,113€) – it was £1,828 (2,372€) – travelling out on July 13, and includes return flights from Gatwick (other airports are also available), resort transfers, a day trip to Grenoble, morning Sun Squad and Sunset Club for children, and seven nights catered accommodation. Bookings: Esprit Sun
Mayrhofen from £445 with Thomson Lakes
Spend a week half board at four-star Hotel Neuhaus in the Tirolean resort of Mayrhofen. The hotel offers a full menu of health, wellness and spa facilities, all of it set in extensive and attractive gardens. Mayrhofen’s railway station is nearby, which is handy for exploring the surrounding area. It’s also less than 10 minutes’ walk to the Penken gondola, which you can use to access the mountain trails, and there is summer skiing on the Hintertux Glacier nearby. From £445pp (578€), which is a saving of 40% and the departure date is June 11 from Gatwick to Innsbruck, with resort transfers included. Flights also available from all major UK airports. Bookings: Thomson Lakes.
La Rosiere apartment from £1,143 with Peak Retreats
Stay at Les Cimes Blanches in La Rosiere, with a whole apartment from £1,143 (1,483€) – that’s a saving of £360 (467€). The recently-built luxury residence is located in the Quartier des Eucherts area which has a few shops, bars, restaurants and a mini-market. It’s 900m from the village centre on an easy, marked walking path through the forest. Price is based on 14 nights self-catering commencing July 23, including a standard midweek ferry crossing. Accommodation-only packages are also available. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Kitzbuhel for £339pp with Inghams
Enjoy a week of luxury at the five-star Hotel Schloss Lebenberg in the gorgeous medieval town of Kitzbuhel. The hotel has a large spa area, rooftop pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Stay seven nights half board from £339pp (440€), saving £390pp (506€) and departing May 25. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Les Gets at £130 per night with VIP Chalets
Crankworx, the multi-competition mountain biking event, returns to France in June for its fifth year and, for the first time ever it will be hosted by Les Gets. You can even take part in the competitions and events running from June 15-18. This is the only stage in Europe, and Les Gets joins Rotorua in New Zealand and Whistler where the best biking champions on the planet will compete. Families, friends, couples and solo biking enthusiasts can stay in Altitude Lodge for the duration of the event. The nine-bedroom hotel sleeps up to 29 people in a mixture of double rooms and family rooms, three with private outdoor hot tubs. It costs from £130 (169€) per night based on two sharing with half-board accommodation for a minimum of three nights. Bookings: VIP Chalets.
Trail-Running in Val d’Isere
The High Trail Vanoise becomes one of the greatest sporting events on the trail-running calendar from July 8-10. It’s divided into five races for different levels, all of them against the clock. Events include the Vertical Kilometre on the Face de Bellevarde, Les Balcons de Val d’Isere (18km, 1300m of vertical), Le Petit Parcours (38km, 1300m of vertical) and Le Grand Parcours, one of the most beautiful stages of the Skyrunning circuit (67km, 5400m of vertical) which begins with climbing the Grand Motte glacier at 3653m. Information: Val Sport.
Slovenia two-for-one bike hire with Freedom Treks
Book by June 1 and receive two-for-one bike hire on all Freedom Treks Slovenian tours. This tour showcases the diversity of the country, stretching from the lakeside mountain town of Bled to the seaside resort of Piran, on Slovenia’s short Adriatic coast. Due to the varied terrain, be prepared for a few inclines although there are flatter sections and easier downhills to ease the way. This 10-night, 213-mile tour starts from £739pp (959€) on a self-guided and B&B basis, staying mainly in four-star hotels and guesthouses. It also includes luggage transfer, maps and wine tasting. Departure is daily between now and October. Bike hire from £119pp, and e-bikes are available, too. Flights and transfers not included, but you can fly to Ljubljana with easyJet, Adria, Brussels Airlines or British Airways. Bookings: Freedom Treks.
Zermatt for £1,118pp with Matterhorn Chalets
Stay seven nights fully catered in Chalet Ulysse in Zermatt – the chalet sleeps eight people. The holiday includes five days’ skiing with a UIAGM mountain guide or an instructor. The dates are either 7, 14 or 21 January and the price is £1,118pp (1,491€) or £8,950 (11,615€) for the whole chalet. Travel is not included. Bookings: Matterhorn Chalets.
Courchevel for £979pp with Ski Total
Chalet La Vieille Forge is 200m from the Plantrey run and close to the heart of Courchevel 1850. The chalet is perfect for skiers looking for a quick start to their ski day and easy access to all the apres-ski. One week for £979pp (1,271€) travelling out on January 8, and including return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. Bookings: Ski Total.
Whistler family half term for £4,607 and kids ski free with Erna Low
A family of four can stay seven nights in Whistler over February half term for a total price of £4,607 (5,979€) when you book before August 31. The price includes a 40% saving on accommodation, 30% saving on adult lift tickets and two free child lift tickets. Accommodation is in a one-bedroom suite at the ski-in, ski-out Coast Blackcomb Lodge. The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Vancouver with Air Canada, resort transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation and six-day lift tickets for the whole family. Upgrade to a two-bedroom suite for £594. This is based on a family of four (with children under 12 years), departing on February 11. Bookings: Erna Low.
Tignes family New Year for £4,800 with Esprit Ski
There is a range of discounts and incentives for nine-night ski trips over the New Year, departing on December 30. These offers include buy-one-get-one-half-price lift passes in snow-sure Tignes and Val d’lsere; £200 off per couple cash-back; improved child discounts of up to 60% off; £100 off children’s Snow Club; and 50% discount on ski hire. For example, spend New Year at Chalet Corniche in Tignes for £4,800 (6,230€) for a family of four – it was £5,404pp (7,013€). The chalet has a sauna and hot tub, and is right next to a ski-lift. The price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children under 12 years) travelling out on December 30 and includes return Southampton-Geneva flights on January 8, resort transfers, free wifi, and nine nights catered accommodation. Bookings: Esprit Ski.