It might seem too warm to be able think about next ski season, but most of the offers below are for summer in the Alps as we’re bang in the middle of that in-between season. How about some mountain biking? Or you could go hiking, road cycling, take part in some watersports, golf, tennis, get fit with Nordic walking, go horse-riding or try a new fun activity. Accommodation costs less than during the ski season and lift passes are a fraction of the winter price.
We have a few early booking deals starting to trickle in 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
Soll foodie trip from £458pp with Thomson Lakes
Stay seven nights half board at four-star Hotel Postwirt in Soll. Hotel Postwirt has an excellent reputation for its cuisine: four courses each night with a selection of regional and international dishes including vegetarian options. The price is £458pp (580€), which is a saving of £180pp (228€), with departure on June 1 from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester or Newcastle to Salzburg with transfers included. Bookings: Thomson Lakes.
Valmorel yoga and Nordic walking from £284pp with Peak Retreats
Spend 14 nights in Valmorel from £284pp (359€) – it was £339pp (429€) – from July 9. Accommodation is in the extremely comfortable La Grange aux Fees in the quiet and sunny Hameau des Lanchettes, with the resort centre a five-minute walk away. Combine your stay with a guided Nordic walk through the Aigueblanche valleys whilst practicing yoga and focusing on your breathing technique. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Lech walking retreat from £569pp with Inghams
Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and discover the serenity of the Arlberg Mountains by spending a week of walking in Lech, which has a huge range of marked trails. Stay seven nights, with chalet catering at the four-diamond Chalet Hotel Elisabeth from £569pp (720€) – that’s a saving of £90pp (114€) – departing July 2. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Les Gets mountain bike event from £10 per night with VIP
Crankworx, the multi-competition multi-show mountain biking event, returns to France in June for its fifth year and, for the first time ever, will be in Les Gets. Catch the action first-hand and take part in the competitions and events running from June 15-18. As the only stage in Europe, Les Gets joins Rotorua in New Zealand and Whistler in Canada, where cycling champions compete to be crowned the best and most versatile in each discipline. Nine-bedroom Altitude Lodge sleeps up to 29 people in double and family rooms, some with balconies or terraces and three with private outdoor hot tubs. From £130 (164€) per night based on two people sharing with half-board accommodation for a minimum of three nights. Bookings: VIP Chalets.
Les Arcs apartment from £294 with Pierre & Vacances
Premium Residence Arc 1950 Le Village is home to eight residences, each with its own style. The apartments are spacious and comfortable, each with a balcony or terrace. Relax in the Cinq Mondes Deep Nature Spa, which offers a number of well-being packages (they can be pre-booked) in Les Arcs. Other wellness facilities are also accessible, ranging from heated whirlpools to a gym, sauna, steam room, four heated outdoor swimming-pools and one heated indoor/outdoor pool. Priced from £294 per apartment – down from £372 (471€) so a saving of 21% – for a seven-night stay in a one-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to four people arriving August 20. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Tignes summer ski course for £300pp with Snoworks
A program of ski courses is available during the summer based in Tignes where the large summer ski area is open throughout July (weather and conditions permitting). It’s an ideal time to brush up on technique and combine skiing with some of the other activities on offer. Courses include All-Terrain, where you can hone your skills to become a confident skier in all conditions. Minimum skiing level is adventurous intermediate. This course takes place on five half-days starting either July 2 and 9, with seven nights accommodation at Hotel Terrachu. Course cost is £300 (380€), accommodation and travel are extra. Bookings: Snoworks.
Save on lift passes in France with Le Ski
If you book by July 31 you can save up 290€ (about £229) per person on lift passes in Courchevel, Val d’Isere and La Tania for the coming winter – see the tour operator’s website for full details. Flights are already running out on some dates, and some chalets are over half full for the season already! Bookings: Le Ski.
Les Saisies from £186pp with Peak Retreats
Stay seven nights from £186pp (235€) – that’s a 10% discount on the original £207pp (262€) – at Le Hameau du Beaufortain, a smart residence located 2km from the resort centre of Les Saisies, in a tranquil forest setting with superb views and convenient doorstep skiing. The holiday date is from January 9. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Banff 10-night holiday from £1,289pp with Erna Low
Save up to 35% when staying in Banff, with 10 nights from £1,287pp (1,628€) – which is a saving of 35% provided you book by August 31. Accommodation is at the famous Fairmont Banff Springs in the town centre. Price includes return flights from Heathrow to Calgary with Air Canada, and resort transfers. The holiday departs on January 16. Other savings include discounts of up to 37.5% on lift tickets pre-purchased by May 31. Bookings: Erna Low.