Esprit Ski has announced that Christmas Week in 2017 has now become a Babies And Toddlers (BAT) Week! This is for all departures to France and Austria on the 19 December 2017 and departures to Italy on the 23 December 2017, with prices starting from £2479 for a family of four (2 adults, 1 child 2-4 years & 1 infant).
Holiday News & Special Offers
Enter the Dragon’s Lair
Slovakian tour operator Jasna Adventures has launched a 2018 early bird offer for their brand new chalet, The Dragon’s Lair, at 2017 prices.
The new chalet offers exclusive accommodation for individuals, families and groups of up to 18 people.
Accommodation includes five guest rooms, all with en-suite, two family rooms, and two double/triple rooms, and a mezzanine room for up to four people, allowing for groups up to eighteen people to enjoy the chalet for themselves.
British Airways is launching two new ski routes for winter and has more flights available from Heathrow for under £40 than ever before.
The new Heathrow flights to Grenoble in France will depart on Saturdays from 2 December with fares starting from £39 each way. Skiers will also be able to reach the Italian slopes via Turin from just £40 each way.
It might be one of the hottest months of the year, but most of the talk was about skiing and snowboarding last week when representatives from the Savoie Mont Blanc area of France visited London to spread the word about new attractions in the their resorts for the coming season. Here are some of the highlights (for more info on the resorts, click on the names):
TIGNES: Families can enjoy some late season skiing in the French Alps as well as brilliant Easter festivities including Tignes annual Easter egg hunt by booking a seven night holiday on a chalet board basis at four diamond Chalet Camille from £599pp, a saving of £230pp (Children 12+). Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and transfers, departing on 15 April 2017.
RESORT TRANSFERS: To celebrate the good Spring snow conditions Ben’s Bus has arranged extra transfers from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon airports. The service covers nearly 30 resorts in the French Alps. To check which resorts are covered and to book log on to the website below.
WIN a Kitvision Escape 4KW Action Camera
Leading action camera brand Kitvision has teamed up with the Skier & Snowboarder magazine to give away an Escape 4KW Action Camera worth £149.99 in a free to enter competition.
Capture every run, turn, and epic jump with the Escape 4KW Action Camera’s 4K Ultra High Definition recording, 12 megapixel camera, and multiple photo modes. The camera, which comes with a waterproof case also allows you to share your action through the built-in Wi-Fi.
How many of you have heard of Valloire? If you click here you can go to the France section where there is a feature about the area.
Did you know you can stay seven nights in the French resort of Valloire for £238 per person? AND this includes a FREE lift pass PLUS the use of a heated swimming pool and spa
The accommodation is in the cosy Résidence Le Hameau de Valloire apartments which sleep 4 (one bedroom and bed in lounge). For a group trip there are other apartments for up to 10 people (4 bedrooms).
INGHAMS – SESTRIERE: At just over 2,000m, Sestriere is the highest resort in the popular Milky Way ski area of north-western Italy offering a range of slopes for everyone from beginners to seasoned experts. Inghams (01483 791 114) is offering seven nights at the three star Hotel Sud Ovest in Sestriere, Italy from £449 per person based on two sharing. The Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Turin departing on 14 January 2017, resort transfers and accommodation on a half board basis.
SAMOËNS: Groups of friends or families looking for a Christmas getaway together can exclusively hire Villa Rose, a privately-owned boutique property in the heart of the Grand Massif an hour’s drive from Geneva airport. After a day on the slopes guests can enjoy the brand-new jacuzzi or snuggle up in front of the roaring fire and watch a classic Christmas film.
FRENCH & ITALIAN ALPS: RocketSki says skiers and snowboarders have until 25 October to book one of its special 8-night New Year packages for only £399 flying from Gatwick and £414 departing from Manchester. The packages from 30 December – 7 January includes flights, transfers, 8 nights accommodation, daily buffet breakfast and seven evening meals.
BEN’S Bus, which offers transfers between a wide range of airports and resorts in the alps, is offering services from Geneva airport for the 2016/17 season with return prices from £45.50. If you are travelling in a group or with children, you may receive a further discount.
The company has also teamed up with Ongosa to help you find experienced guides and instructors to make your trip complete.
After months of tasting, French Alps specialist Ski Amis has announced that their brand new and vastly improved menu has been finalised for the coming season. The team have been working extremely hard to create a more focused collection of new dishes whilst keeping a few of their old favourites.
Exclusive discount for readers of the Skier & Snowboarder magazine
No heavy bags, no queuing at the carousel, no hidden ‘in hold’ costs. This season make travel a breeze with the UK’s only ski specialist carriage service, Piste of Mind.
GUESTS can be the ultimate sweethearts and take their valentines to Val d’Isère this winter. They can rustle up a romantic meal in Pierre & Vacances’ self-catered apartments or dine in one of Val d’Isère’s finest restaurants.
INGHAMS: You can save up to £400 per person with Inghams’ deal of the week to Chalet Flo in Morzine during Christmas week. The company is offering seven nights, chalet catering including a traditional Christmas dinner from £549 per person departing 19 December 2015. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers.
There are also Christmas week offers to the Hotel Elisabeth-Rose in Mayrhofen, Austria – from £549 per person, and Grindelwald in Switzerland – half board at the Hotel Belvedere, from £1,049 per person
A Learn to Ski programme is being offered in Scandinavia to entice first-timers on to the slopes. The Scandinavian Learn to Ski packages feature inclusive prices with lift pass, ski rentals and ski schools. A half-term, 7-night holiday in February 2016 starts from £985 per person for a family room at the 4* Hotel Myrkdalen on half board basis. Price is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing and includes flights, transfers and a 6 day lift pass and ski rental plus five days ski school.