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. There are still some Christmas holidays on offer, too.
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.
If you’re flying from Gatwick, don’t forget to reserve your airport parking at least 24 hours before you go. Cophall Parking has some offers especially for Welove2ski readers.
You should also contact tour operators direct if you want a quote that doesn’t include travel.
Meribel for £890pp with Ski Beat
Spend the Christmas week at four-star Chalet Violette in Meribel, arriving December 24, for £890pp. There is a saving of £169pp – it was £1,059pp. The complex has an indoor swimming-pool and a spa. The week’s holiday is chalet half board and includes includes return flights from London and resort transfers. Bookings: Ski Beat.
Les Menuires for £199pp with Ski Amis
Grab some early skiing on the week starting December 10 in Les Menuires, staying in a choice of Chalet Irene, Jasmine, Katerina or Lorraine for £199pp for the week – it was £349pp. Alternatively stay in the same chalets over the Christmas week from December 19 – or arrive two days earlier at no extra cost – for a total of £399pp (it was £699pp). The price includes chalet half board but no travel. Bookings: Ski Amis.
Les Gets whole family for £2,599 with Ski Famille
Spend the Christmas week at Chalet Marjorie in Les Gets for £2,599 for a family of four, with chalet half board catering. The chalet has four family suites, a triple room and a twin. It is in a central village location and five minutes’ walk from the nearest piste. The price includes flights and transfers and is for the week starting December 23. Bookings: Ski Famille.
La Plagne for £341pp with Ski Collection
Book before November 12 to save 25% on the Christmas week. Spend seven nights in La Plagne for £341pp (it was £441pp) with accommodation at the Front de Neige. The four-star self-catered ski-in ski-out apartments have been newly built on the St Esprit blue piste, 50m from the ski school meeting point and the new La Bergerie chair-lift. You will have access to the spa area which includes a hammam and multi-jet shower. Price based on the Christmas week commencing December 24. Apartment prices are based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment sleeping six, including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only holiday packages are also available. Bookings: Ski Collection.
Chamonix for £373pp with Ski Weekends
Departing Thursday December 15 from Newcastle airport, you can enjoy three days’ skiing in Chamonix before Christmas for £419pp. The price includes flights, transfers, accommodation bed and breakfast at three-star Hotel Pointe Isabelle. Alternatively, you can depart Monday December 19 from Southend, enjoy three days’ skiing for £373pp and still be back in time for Christmas. The price includes flights, transfers, and B&B accommodation at two-star Hotel des Lacs. Bookings: Ski Weekends.
La Tania for £729pp with Ski Total
Visit La Tania, the pretty resort at the heart of the 3 Valleys. Stay in the Chalet Beau Vallon for £729pp (was £1,029pp), travelling out on December 23. It has skiing almost to and from the doorstep and it’s four minutes’ walk to the resort centre. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation and a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Bookings: Ski Total.
Alpe d’Huez from £697pp with Crystal Ski
Enjoy a White Christmas in Alpe d’Huez with seven nights’ chalet board at Chalet Hotel des Bruyeres from £697pp, departing Gatwick on December 24. Price is for chalet half board. Bookings: Crystal Ski.
La Tania from £679pp with Alpine Elements
Stay at ski-in ski-out Hotel Montana in La Tania from £679pp (it was £849pp) for nine nights from December 18, or for a short break of five nights from £499pp (was £599pp) on January 3. The hotel h an in-house spa with swimming-pool and the price includes half board accommodation, flights and transfers. Bookings: Alpine Elements.
From December to March
Les Arcs all-inclusive in March from £764pp with SNO
Stay at Chalet Cicero in Les Arcs with a 20% discount, as well as a lift pass, ski rental and boots included. Seven nights departing Gatwick on March 25 from £764pp. There are lovely views from the chalet balcony and the chalet sleeps up to eight people, with hearty catered chalet board. A rustic mountain hideaway for anyone wanting a simple base, Cicero is set on the hillside above Arcs 1800. Bookings: SNO.
St Martin de Belleville luxury from £1,275pp with The Alpine Club
Fancy staying in an adults-only shared chalet? You can book individual rooms in Chalet Abode and it’s guaranteed that you won’t be sharing with other people’s children. The luxury chalet has fine dining, and an on-demand chauffeur service in St Martin de Belleville, the authentic Savoie village in the 3 Valleys. From £1,275pp to £1,295pp on the weeks starting January 15 and 22, February 5, March 5, 12 and 19. Bookings: The Alpine Club.
La Rosiere in January for £216pp with Peak Retreats
Book before October 31 to save 10% on seven nights in La Rosiere for £216pp* (it was £236pp), staying at Les Marmottons Chalets. These four-star self-catered apartments were newly built for this winter and are located a short walk from the slopes, with magnificent views. You will have use of the Ô des Cîmes Spa at the sister Lodge Hemera residence. Price is based on the week commencing January 21. Apartment prices are based on five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment sleeping six, including Eurotunnel crossings. Accommodation-only holiday packages are also available. Bookings: Peak Retreats.
Champoluc in January for £499pp with Inghams
There’s great value skiing in Champoluc from £499pp, saving £250pp, with accommodation in chalets and chalet hotels. Four-diamond Chalet Hotel de Champoluc has seven nights with chalet catering from £499pp, saving £250pp departing January 7. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Turin, and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
Courchevel in January from £1,059pp with VIP Ski
Chalet Fournets Amont is new for VIP in Courchevel. Just a few steps from the Bellecote piste, the chalet sleeps up to 11 people in five bedrooms, all of which are decorated in Savoyard style. Priced from £1,059pp (it was £1,259pp, so a saving of £200pp) for seven nights’ catered accommodation, including return flights from Gatwick and resort transfers, arriving January 8. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Le Grand Bornand apartment from £2,423 with Erna Low
This special offer is available to the end of half term (book by October 30), and you can save 10% on all dates at the new Le Roc des Tours in Le Grand Bornand including February half term. Stay seven nights from £2,423 (it was £2,652) including Eurotunnel crossings with Flexiplus upgrades. Based on a one-bedroom four-person apartment, the holiday departs February 11. Bookings: Erna Low.
Courchevel in December for £412pp and free Theme Park Pass with Esprit Ski
Book a week in Courchevel 1850, staying at piste-side Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000 for £412pp. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children aged two to ten years) at £1,649 travelling out on December 16 and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, free babysitting, free wifi, use of Adventure Soft Play Zone, sauna and hot tub and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of ski lessons. Also take advantage of Esprit’s free family day out offer. When you book a ski holiday by October 31 you can take your family to a choice of Thorpe Park, Alton Towers or Chessington World of Adventures. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Avoriaz early December apartment from £342 with Pierre & Vacances
Avoriaz celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. You can no save up to 40% on a seven night self-catering stay at the three-star Residence Saskia Falaise in the car-free village, on the week starting December 9. It costs from £342 for a standard studio apartment, sleeping four people. Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Banff in January from £1,529pp with Ski Safari
There’s 15% off the brand new four-star-plus Moose Hotel in Banff, which is just a few minutes’ walk from Banff’s busy Main Street. A 10-night stay, from January 13, costs from £1,529pp and includes return flights between London and Calgary, resort transfers or a car hire. Food, ski hire and lift pass are extra. Book by October 31 to take advantage of the offer. Bookings: Ski Safari.