If you’re thinking about skiing this Christmas you’ll soon discover that there is still availability. What could be better than a White Christmas without having to cook or clear up after your own Christmas meal?
And, 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.
Mayrhofen from £799pp with Inghams
Escape to the mountains this Christmas, with Mayrhofen providing a lively destination with varied skiing for all abilities and a vibrant apres-ski scene. Stay seven nights, catered accommodation at three-diamond Chalet Hotel St Lukas from £799pp, saving £90pp, arriving December 23. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.
La Rosiere from £629pp with Esprit Ski
Stay in the friendly resort of La Rosiere this Christmas. Chalet Arnica is now from £629pp (was £787pp) for the week. This popular chalet, with fantastic views and access to a relaxing sauna, provides a cosy base for families, and you can enjoy a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children aged two to ten years) at £2,515 (was £3,146) travelling on December 23, and includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week. Bookings: Esprit Ski.
Val d’Isere from £828pp with Ski Total
Looking for a snowy retreat for Christmas? Stay at Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins in Val d’Isere from £828pp (was £918pp) travelling on December 23. Set in a ‘ski to the doorstep’ location, this Chalet Hotel has one of the best positions in the resort, as well as providing a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Geneva, resort transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation. Bookings: Ski Total.
Flaine from £303pp with Pierre & Vacances
Save 21% in the Christmas period at Premium Residence Terrasses d’Eos in Flaine. The five-star ski-in, ski-out residence in the heart of the resort contains a fitness room, outdoor heated pool, an indoor whirlpool, a sauna and steam room for total relaxation after a day on the mountains. Book your lift pass in advance and you will also save 10%. Priced from £303pp (£1,210 per apartment, down from £1,543, so a saving of 21%) for a seven-night stay in a self-catered apartment that sleeps up to four people arriving December 17. A six-day lift pass for the Grand Massif ski area is priced at £187.11pp (down from £207.90pp). Bookings: Pierre & Vacances.
Les Deux Alpes from £115pp with Madame Vacances
Children under 18 are entitled to a free holiday, whether on B&B, half board or all-inclusive rates – and there’s also free ski hire. Anyone wanting to go to Meribel-Mottaret or Les Deux Alpes – before December 28 – can take advantage of this offer when staying at two of the operator’s most well-located properties: the recently renovated ski-in, ski-out Hotel Le Mottaret and the stylish Hotel Ibiza in Les Deux Alpes, complete with family suites and an indoor pool. To ‘unwrap’ the promotion quote code ‘KIDS’ when booking. Prices for a family of four at Hotel Ibiza start at £115pp (£458 total) for seven nights B&B, arriving December 10. Flights, transfers, meals, adult lift passes and ski hire cost extra. Bookings: Madame Vacances.
January to March
St Martin de Belleville apartment from £1,319 with Erna Low
Stay seven nights staying at Les Chalets du Gypse in St Martin de Belleville. This is an entire two-bedroom (four to six-person) apartment from £1,319, set just above the resort, ski-in ski-out, with lovely pool. The holiday starts on January 14. Bookings: Erna Low.
Courchevel solo weeks from £949pp with Mark Warner
Club Mark Warner weeks will take place in Courchevel 1850 this season. They create the perfect opportunity for solo travellers, couples and groups of friends to meet like-minded people and enjoy group skiing with organised daily lunches, apres and evening activities. The Club weeks are based in Chalet Hotel Dahu, from January 8 or March 13, with a sample price for seven nights on January 8 from £949pp. Bookings: Mark Warner.
Alpe d’Huez from £1,079pp with VIP Ski
Save £100pp at Chalet La Maison in Alpe d’Huez. The ski-in, ski-out chalet sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms and has stone walls, slate roofs, vaulted ceilings, solid timber floors, hi-tech entertainment, wet suites with hot tub and sauna. Save £100pp on either January 2, 8, 15, 22 or 29 ski saver weeks. Priced from £1,079pp (down from £1,179pp, so a saving of £100pp) for a seven-night catered stay including return flights from Gatwick, transfers to and from the resort, arriving January 8. Bookings: VIP Ski.
Silver Star from £1,549pp with Ski Safari
The purpose-built resort of Silver Star is ideal for families, from its short transfer time and traffic-free centre, to its varied slopes suitable for all abilities and ski-in, ski-out chalets. The Silver Star lift pass includes unlimited access to skiing, snowboarding, tubing, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking. Stay for ten nights in the four-star Firelight at the Pond priced from £1,549pp (£6,196 total) for a family of four sharing a two-bedroom premium condo. The price includes return flights (London to Kelowna), transfers and nine-day lift pass. Food and ski hire extra. The holiday starts on March 6. Bookings: Ski Safari.
The Rest of the Season
La Clusaz apartments from £656 with Lagrange Holidays
Book before September 30 to benefit from a 10% early booking discount on all winter 2016/17 departure dates at the high-standard Les Grandes Alpes apartments in La Clusaz. This early booking offer includes Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter – perfect for anyone limited by school holiday dates. Prices start from £656 per apartment per week based on accommodation-only. Bookings: Lagrange Holidays.
And Next Summer…
Lech from £624pp with Inghams Lakes & Mountains
With lovely walks around the Arlberg area, Lech is the perfect place for keen hikers. You’ll receive a free resort card as part of the stay, which allows all of the following free of charge: use of resort cable-cars and lifts, use of the local hiker buses, use of the open-air swimming pool in Lech, entrance to the leisure centre, museum, tennis courts and mini golf, supervised daily kids club and activity programme, concert and folklore evenings. Stay seven nights chalet catering at the four-diamond Chalet Hotel Elisabeth from £624pp departing June 2017. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, and resort transfers. Bookings: Inghams.