Although the official start to the European ski season is fast approaching and snow is already covering the Alps and Rockies at altitude, it’s not too late to search out a bargain holiday.
Most of the major operators have ski holiday deals available, and it’s also worth having a look at what the ski specialist travel agencies have on offer.
Don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go – especially important during peak holiday periods. 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.
Mayrhofen from £399pp with Inghams
Enjoy the slopes before the crowds arrive when you stay at Hotel Elisabeth-Rose in Mayrhofen, from £399pp (546€), saving £100pp (137€) departing December 12. Price includes seven nights half board, return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. For more information or to book visit Inghams.
La Tania chalet from £4,350 with Ski Amis
Spend Christmas at Chalet Elliot in La Tania, which sleeps eight people and is for seven nights. The chocolate-box pretty chalet has lots of charm and a touch of history, too. Now £4,350 (5,955€) – it was £7,000 (9,583€) chalet half board for sole occupancy in four en-suite bedrooms, including a traditional Christmas dinner, complimentary aperitifs, canapés and liquors, plus an outside hot-tub and free wifi. The holiday starts on December 19. More details from Ski Amis.
Les Gets from £799pp with Ski Famille
Celebrate Christmas on the slopes and receive savings of up to £230pp (315€) and child reductions of up to 50% on a selection of chalets in Les Gets, La Plagne and Reberty 2000. All packages include flights and transfers, along with seasonal festivities including a traditional Christmas dinner, cheerfully decorated chalets and a visit from Father Christmas. For example, Chalet Grand Mouflon in Les Gets is now £799pp (1,094€) – it was £999pp (1,368€). Further details available from Ski Famille.
La Rosiere family Christmas for £2,099 with Esprit Ski
Stay in the friendly resort of La Rosiere, where seven nights in Chalet Schatzi are now £2,099 (2,873€) – it was £3,549 (4,858€) for a family of four (two adults and two children under 12 years) departing December 20. This chalet is enviably located at the foot of the slopes and has a spacious interior. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi, free babysitting and chalet half board. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 (294€) for a week of exclusive ski lessons. Details from Esprit Ski.
St Anton from £899pp with VIP Ski
Hotel Montjola in St Anton offers style and comfort. This Christmas there are huge savings when staying in very comfortable rooms priced from £899pp (1,231€) – down from £1,519pp (2,079€), which means there’s a saving £620 (879€). This price is for the week starting December 20 and includes half board, flights, and resort transfers. The nanny service is half price for the Christmas week. For more information and reservations visit VIP Ski.
La Mongie for £176pp with Erna Low
Save 30% on accommodation when you book seven nights at Residence Pic du Midi in Bareges/La Mongie area for £176pp (241€). The residence has an indoor swimming-pool, fitness room and sauna. The holiday departs December 19, with the price based on four people sharing – book before November 4 to take advance of the offer. Travel is not included in the holiday price. Visit Erna Low for more information.
Meribel for £769pp with Ski Total
Stay for a week in Meribel, with accommodation in Chalet Le Mélèze Doré, for £769pp (1,053€) – it was £1,039pp (1,422€) travelling out on December 20. The chalet has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as a log fire. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. More details from Ski Total.
Low Season January Skiing
Val d’Isere for £676pp with Alpine Elements
Spend seven nights half board at Chalet Fjord in Val d’Isere, which now costs £676pp (925€) – that’s a saving of £280pp (383€) including flights, resorts transfers and a free lift pass. The holiday date is from January 3. For more details and bookings visit Alpine Elements.
Flaine apartment from £385 with Pierre & Vacances
The Terrasses d’Eos residence in Flaine combine contemporary style with traditional architecture. There’s a heated outdoor swimming-pool, cardio-training room, and whirlpool bath. A one-bedroom apartment sleeping four people is now from £385 (527€) – down from £409 (560€), so a saving of 21% – for a week’s stay, arriving on January 30. Total ski pack deal priced at £1,539 (2,107€) for accommodation, two adults’ ski rental, two children’s ski rental, two adult lift passes, two child lift passes. Flights, transfers and meals are not included, but there are other packages available to include them. For more information visit Pierre & Vacances.
Half Term Trips
Les Menuires from £450pp with Ski Collection
Door-step skiing at Les Alpages de Reberty in Les Menuires is now available from £450pp (616€) – it was £562pp (769€) for the week of February 13. Book before November 3 and receive 10% off the weeks commencing December 26 and February 6 to 27, or receive 20% off all other weeks (excluding holidays in four-bedroom apartments). The price is based on seven nights, with five people sharing, including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers are also bookable. Details from Ski Collection.
Oslo city skiing from £895pp with free lift pass
New for Ski Safari this winter is Oslo city skiing – Oslo Winter Park is 20 minutes from the centre of Norway’s capital, the only capital city in the world to have slopes open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday. The resort is great for a short break and perfect for couples and families wanting to try skiing for the first time whilst also enjoying the vibrant city. Located close to the famous Holmenkollen ski jump and on the edge of the Oslo Winter Park ski area, four-star-plus Lysebu Hotel offers five nights from £895pp (1,225€) half board, including a three-day lift pass, ski rental, flights and transfers. The holiday departs on February 14. Further details from Ski Safari.
Chatel from £293pp with Peak Retreats
Spend a week in Chatel in the Portes du Soleil from £293pp (401€) – it was £325pp (445€) – that’s 10% off – for the half term week starting February 13. Book before December 1 to take advantage of this offer. Grand Ermitage residence is located in the Vonnes area, 800m from the Super Chatel lift and slopes and 800m from the village centre. It has an outdoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Price is based on seven nights, with five people sharing, and including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers are also bookable. Details from Peak Retreats.
Ax-les-Thermes from £178pp with Pyrenees Collection
Les Balcons D’Ax residence is located in Ax Bonascre, which is at the foot of the slopes and gateway to the entire Ax 3 Domaines ski area. The ski lifts, ski school and slopes are located 100m from the residence, whilst the Ax-les-Thermes cable-car is 30m away. The apartments have an indoor heated pool and sauna. From £178pp (244€) – it was £200pp (274€) for the week of February 13, and if you book before the December 1 you’ll receive 10% off. Price is based on seven nights, with five people sharing, and including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only packages are also available. Ski packs, insurance and transfers are also bookable. Details from Pyrenees Collection.
Spring Skiing Offers
Tignes apartment for £1,092 with Lagrange Holidays
Book before December 15 to save 10% on stays between March 5 and May 7 in the high-standard La Ferme du Val Claret apartments in Tignes, ideal for anyone looking for a high altitude, late-season skiing. A one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to four people is £1,092 (1,495€)/per apartment/per week (was £1,213 (1,661€)/per apartment/per week), plus a £30 (41€) booking fee, for a week commencing April 2. The price is based on accommodation-only. For more information and bookings, visit Lagrange Holidays.