INGHAMS / AVORIAZ: Book a ski trip to France’s Portes du Soleil and you could win tickets to the Snowboxx music festival in Avoriaz (17 – 24 March). Inghams guests who book a seven-night stay in Morzine or Avoriaz from the 17 – 24 March 2018 will be eligible to enter a Facebook competition before 28 February 2018 to win a pair of tickets to the festival.
Inghams is offering a seven-night holiday on a catered basis (including buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea and cake and three-course evening meals with complimentary wine for six days) at the three-and-a-half-diamond Chalet Jean France in Avoriaz, France, from £699 per person based on two sharing. This includes return flights from Edinburgh (or Manchester – prices start from £718) to Geneva and airport transfers.
INGHAMS / CORTINA: Inghams is offering a seven-night holiday on a catered basis (including buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea and cake and four-course evening meals with complimentary wine for six days) at the four-diamond Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria in Cortina, Italy, from £649 per person based on two sharing. Price includes return flights from London Stansted to Innsbruck and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on 24 March 2018.
PEAK RETREATS / VAUJANY: Skiers and Snowboarders can get a 30% discount over Easter by staying at the Le Crystal Blanc which is located 500m from the Alpette cable car. Seven nights self catering is available from £143pp (based on four sharing a one bedroom apartment arriving 31 March 2018 and this includes a return Eurotunnel crossing with a free upgrade to FlexiPlus.
SKI COLLECTION / TIGNES: A 20% discount is available for Skiers and snowboarders booking into the 4* Luxury Le Taos next to the Lavachet slope, in the heart of the village of Tignes le Lac. The offer is for seven nights self catering from 14 April and is £303pp based on four sharing a two-bed apartment. This price also includes a return Eurotunnel crossing with a free upgrade to FlexiPlus.
SKI SAFARI / LAAX: Save up to 20% on a short stay at the 5* Waldhaus Flims hotel. This four-night stay in Switzerland costs from £899 pp based on two sharing a deluxe double room and includes flights with SWISS, transfers and daily breakfasts. The departure date is 22 March 2018.
MOUNTAIN HEAVEN / COURCHEVEL: There is still one room left in the Chalet Golden Eagle for the week of 24 February 2018 and this can be snapped up for £599pp. The five bedroom chalet offers spectacular views out over the Three Valleys and also has its own hamman in which to sooth those aching legs after a day exploring the world’s largest ski area.
MOUNTAIN HEAVEN / LA ROSIERE: If you’re searching for character and location in a perfect position in a snowsure resort then don’t miss your chance to stay at Mountain Heaven’s new stand-alone four bedroom Chalet Epilobe. This beautiful 150 year old traditional stone farm building is located at the foot of the main Les Eucherts piste in the French resort, so you can ski or snowboard to within 20m of the door. £499 will secure you a late deal for a week’s stay, arriving on 24 February 2018.
MOUNTAIN HEAVEN / LA ROSIERE: Chalet Valeriane in La Rosiere is Mountain Heaven’s brand new 4-bedroom detached chalet in The French resort. It has uninterrupted views down the Tarentaise Valley and beyond. A week’s stay from 24 February 2018 is available for a late offer of £599. A week’s stay starting on 3 March 2018 is also available for £699pp
MOUNTAIN HEAVEN / LA PLAGNE: The new Chalet Grand Chardon is located in the heart of the La Plagne/Paradiski ski area in the French village of La Plagne 1800 and is 200m to the slopes. Guests have access to a heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna, squash court and games room. A week’s holiday arriving on 24 February 2018 is now available at £599pp.
MOUNTAIN HEAVEN / LA PLAGNE: Stay at the Chalet Soleil for a week in La Plagne 1800 starting on the 10 March for £499pp.
INGHAMS / CORTINA: Inghams is offering seven-nights at the four-diamond Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria in the Italian Dolomites on a catered basis, from £749pp departing 24 March 2018. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers.
PEAK RETREATS / LA CLUSAZ: Skiers and snowboarders are being offered 25% of the brochure price when staying at the Mendi Alde over Easter. The accommodation is less than a five-minute walk from the centre of the French resort offers direct access to the Aravis ski slopes via a footbridge to the Bossonnet ski lifts. Seven nights self catering based on five sharing a two-bedroomed apartment – arriving on the 31 March 2018 – is £186pp and includes a return Eurotunnel crossing with a free upgrade to FlexiPlus.
SKI COLLECTION / ISOLA 2000: Les Terrasses d’Isola is just 200m from the slopes, the shops and the French resort’s centre. Facilities include a spa, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi with a panoramic view of the ski area, steam room; plus a bar with games room.Seven nights self-catering is available at the 3* Les Terrasses d’Isola from £160pp arriving 31 March 2018 with Ski Collection based on four sharing a one bedroomed apartment and the price includes a return Eurotunnel crossing with a free upgrade to FlexiPlus.
FRANCE VARIOUS / PIERRE & VACANCES: For families looking for an Easter skiing and snowboarding break, Pierre & Vacances is offering discounts on a range of apartments in French areas.
A seven-night self-catered stay at Les Fermes du Soleil in Les Carroz in an apartment that sleeps up to six people, arriving 25 March 2018, is priced from £926 per apartment
A seven-night self-catered stay in the 4* Atria-Crozats, a set of three ski-in, ski-out residences in the cliff-top resort of Avoriaz, in an apartment that sleeps up to five people, arriving 25 March 2018, is priced from £204pp / £1,020 per apartment
A seven-night self-catered stay at Les Fermes de Méribel where apartments sleep up to five people, arriving 1 April 2018, is priced from £258pp / £1,288 per apartment
A seven-night self-catered stay in a Residence Les Constellations apartment that sleeps up to five people, arriving 7 April 2018, is available from £380 per apartment / £76pp.
A seven-night self-catered stay in a Le Village apartment that sleeps up to four people, in Arc 1950 arriving 8 April 2018, is priced from £217pp / £869 per apartment.
A seven-night self-catered stay at Les Terrasses d’Eos in Flaine in an apartment that sleeps up to four people, arriving 8 April 2018, is priced from £130pp / £520 per apartment.
A seven-night self-catered stay at Les Temples du Soleil in Val Thoren in an apartment that sleeps up to four people, arriving 8 April 2018, is priced from £124pp / £495 per apartment.
SKI SAFARI / NORWAY: Enjoy an Easter ski holiday to Myrkdalen, Norway, with Ski Safari. A seven-night stay at 4* Myrkdalen Hotel costs from £579pp (based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing a family room) and includes return flights, transfers, and half-board catering. Price is based on an 8 April 2018 departure.
MARK WARNER / LES DEUX ALPES: Easter offers include a week’s stay at Chalet Hotel Berangere in the French resort. This family friendly hotel is perfect for beginner skiers as it is situated directly on the slopes, providing easy access to ski schools each day. Adults from £1099pp, children from £1039pp.
LES GETS / SKI FAMILLE: Chalet Grand Mouflon, Les Gets is a warm, cosy and traditional chalet with an outdoor hot tub with great views of Les Gets, a sauna and dedicated playroom. Ski Famille is offering this to families of four from 31 March 2018 for £3,499 including Gatwick flights and transfers.
On the same date, the family specialists are offering an Easter break at Chalet Marjorie, Les Gets.This newly refurbished chalet has a hot tub, steam room and dedicated playroom. The price is £3,499 for a family of four including Gatwick flights and transfers.
VARIOUS / SKIWEEKENDS: The short break specialist Ski Weekends has a wide range of short break options to choose from during the Easter period and have launched a range of holidays starting at £405 per person including flights, transfers and bed & breakfast accommodation.
Easter Weekend – one day off work, four days on the slopes.
£733 per person, 3* Chalet Cognee, Les Gets – departing 29 March
£719 per person, 2* Hotel Beaulieu, La Clusaz – departing 29 March and includes four nights bed & breakfast accommodation, flights and airport transfers.
£627 per person, 2* Hotel des Lac, Chamonix – departing 29 March and includes four nights bed & breakfast accommodation, flights and airport transfers.
£709 per person, 3* Chalet Joseph, Morzine – departing 29 March and includes four nights half-board accommodation, flights and airport transfers
Other selected holidays over the Easter school break period.
£405 per person, 2* Hotel le Vert, Chamonix – departing 9 April and includes three nights bed & breakfast accommodation, flights and airport transfers.
£695 per person, 4* Hotel Melia Sol Y Nieve, Sierra Nevada – departing 5 April and includes four nights bed & breakfast accommodation, flights and airport transfers.
£751 per person, 3* Hotel Terrace, Engelberg – departing 2 April and includes three nights half-board accommodation, flights and airport transfers, ski pass for three days skiing
BEN’S BUS / AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Saturday transfers from Grenoble Aiport to Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes £47.8pp return.
Tignes, Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Sainte Foy and other French resorts, £85.50pp return.
Geneva Aiport to Tignes, Val Thorens, Les Arcs, Val d’Isere, Meribel, La Plagne and loads more.
Every Saturday and Sunday for only £83pp return. Book as part of a group and you could pay as little as £69pp return.
Lyon Airport to Tignes, Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Les Menuires, Meribel and many other French resorts. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for £99 Return.
There are group and child’s discounts available on most routes.
MORE MOUNTAIN / MORZINE: Skiers and Snowboarders can get £100pp off their stays in two of More Mountain’s catered chalets in central Morzine this Easter. The deals are for a week’s stay from 1 – 8 April 2018 and involve The Crow’s Nest (sleeps 10 guests – was £799pp, now £699pp) and Chalet Robin (sleeps 12 guests – was £699pp, now £599)
Included in the price is Return airport transfers to and from Geneva Airport, six breakfasts, six gourmet evening meals with wine, flexible ‘pick up and drop off’ service to and from the slopes in the mornings and afternoons, après ski boot drop service, six breakfasts with a cooked option, afternoon tea with freshly baked cakes.
FRANCE VARIOUS / EVIAN RESORT: Book an exclusive all-inclusive family ski tour with Evian Resort which includes ski resorts in the Chablais region of Haute-Savoie: Bernex, Châtel, Les Gets, Thollon Les Mémises and Avoriaz. The price is €4,686 per person which includes full board accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Ermitage, shuttle transfers, mountain guide, lift passes, equipment hire, mountain activities, spa treatments and use of the pool.
Can’t decide where to go for your next ski adventure? Crystal Ski Holidays may just have the answer!
While many claim to have found their ‘forever’ resort, some of us are either still searching for that special place or simply love the thrill of exploring a new ski area each year. No matter the reason, I am sure we can all agree that choosing a destination for the next ski holiday can be a complex decision!
Crystal Ski Holiday’s is setting about to change this and having analysed 50 of the worlds best ski resorts, the company has come up with a way to both simplify and revolutionise the way we search for ski destinations.
Crystal’s online interactive tool enables the user to compare resorts based on a wide variety of parameters such as lift-pass prices, number of bars, slope difficulty ratings, or even how ‘Instagram Worthy’ the resort is (we’re not joking!)
So, if you are scratching your head wondering how you will ever satisfy the entire family or stick to a tight budget, give this tool a try and see what happens! You may end up discovering a resort you had not even considered!
Crystal Ski Holiday’s resort search tool can be found here: www.crystalski.co.uk/best-ski-resorts/
There is good news for ‘foodies’ visiting the French resort of Les Deux Alpes this season.
Fabien Poirot, the chef who earned the resort’s first Michelin star when he was working at the 4* Chalet Mounier, has opened a new restaurant in the village called Chamois Lodge.
The building was originally an old hotel on the Avenue de la Muzelle called Le Chamois, but Fabien and his wife Aurelie have done a great job transforming the basement into an attractive and cosy dining area.
The two complement each other perfectly with Fabien producing amazing dishes and Aurelie, who was brought up in the Beaujolais wine region, acting as sommelier.
They already have experience of running their own place having previously set up Le Raisin d’Ours in Les Deux Alpes.
But in the new Chamois Lodge they are also offering hotel accommodation after renovating the bedrooms above the restaurant.
Skier & Snowboarder magazine editor Frank ‘Scoop’ Baldwin is pictured (right) enjoying a Génépi with Fabien at the restaurant.
BEN’S BUS / RESORT TRANSFERS: A brand new route from Grenoble Airport to Serre Chevalier is now on offer. Ben’s Bus now has four buses every Saturday stopping at other resorts along the way. Prices are £74.80pp return (usual Ben’s Bus group and child discounts available). There is also a new Paris Ski Shuttle Service which connects Eurostar trains arriving and departing from the Gare du Nord with the TGV high speed trains departing from the Gare de Lyon. For a complete list of all the resorts covered from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon, go to the website.
PEAK RETREATS / LA GRAND BORNAND: Family-friendly self-catered apartments in the centre of Chinaillon village and close to the slopes are available over half term through Peak Retreats. Many of the 4* Luxury apartments, built into the rock face, enjoy views of the French ski area and the Aravis mountain range. Facilities include a residence lounge with open fireplace, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fitness room and covered car parking. Seven nights at Le Village de Lessy can be booked from £460pp (was £530pp) for clients arriving on 10 February. This includes a return Eurotunnel crossing.
PEAK RETREATS / VAL THORENS: Three-star superior self-catered apartments in a quiet location with access to Val Thorens skiing via the Orelle cable car are available at discounted prices through Peak Retreats this half term. Facilities include an onsite restaurant, indoor pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi. Stay seven-nights at Le Hameau des Eaux d’Orelle from £184pp (was £219pp). This includes a return Eurotunnel crossing.
INGHAMS / FLAINE: Book a seven-night half term holiday on a half board basis at the three-star superior Hotel Terminal Neige Totem in Flaine, France, from £1,349 per person based on four sharing. Price includes return flights from London Stansted to Grenoble and airport transfers. The package is departures on 10 February.
CRYSTAL / ARINSAL: At February half-term Crystal Ski Holidays is offering a week’s half board (departing 11 February) at the three-star Hotel Palarine in Arinsal, Andorra from £613pp which covers flights from Birmingham to Toulouse and transfers. There are also flights from Edinburgh for £696pp and from Manchester for £661. Children up to the age of 15 receive a free lift pass. And adults can save £100 by buying one lift pass and getting another one for half price. A senior (65+) lift pass is available from £90 for the week.
INGHAMS / LA PLAGNE: Sweep your partner off their feet and onto the piste this Valentine’s Day with a romantic stay at the three-diamond Chalet Anna, located in La Plagne, France. Inghams is offering a seven-night holiday on a catered basis (including buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea and cake and three-course evening meals with complimentary wine for six days) from £1,299 per person based on two sharing, departing 10 February, including return flights from Stansted to Geneva and resort transfers.
MARK WARNER / MERIBEL: The ski-in-ski-out Chalet Hotel Tarentaise in Meribel, France, has large bright family rooms and an in-house ski hire shop. Book a week’s half term holiday there from 11 February from £1,829 for adults and £1,779 for children.
VIP CHALETS / ST ANTON: Haus Gamskar close to the bottom of the main Nasserein chair lift, sleeps eight to nine people and is ideal for families with grandparents or family friends in tow, that want to be close to the pistes and to the town centre of this famous Austrian resort. A seven-night stay is priced from £2,200pp arriving 11 February. Price is based on two people sharing and includes return flights and transfers, VIP chalet catering, ski hosting and afternoon shuttle service.
SKI TOTAL / VAL D’ISERE: Due to popular demand, Esprit Ski has added further availability at half term with extra flights from Gatwick to Grenoble. Take the family and stay in the Chalet Hotel Ducs De Savoie in Val d’Isere from just £1,589pp. This price is based on a family of four, (2 adults and 2 children 5-10 years) travelling on the 11 February and includes return flights, transfers, free wifi, free baby listening and seven nights catered accommodation with a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, children’s high tea and four-course dinners with complimentary wine. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £239 for a week of exclusive ski lessons.
FLEXISKI / FRANCE-VARIOUS: If you prefer a short break over the half term holidays, Flexiski have several offers including three nights at the catered Chalet des Cascades from £899pp including flights from Luton and transfers (departing 11 February) and four nights bed and breakfast the three-star Chalet Hotel Le Prieuré in Chamonix for £770pp including flights from Gatwick and transfers (departing 14 February).
CRYSTAL / WENGEN & GRINDELWALD: Stay at the four-star Hotel Spinne in Grindelwald, Switzerland on a week’s half board basis from £862 with Crystal Ski Holidays. This includes flights from Gatwick to Geneva and train transfers departing on 17 February There are also flights from Manchester (from £1048pp) and Glasgow (from £1,276). Visitors can also save £252 by buying one lift pass and getting another one free.
INGHAMS / VAL THORENS: Inghams is offering a seven-night holiday on a self-catering basis at the three-star Le Tikal Apartments in Val Thorens, France, from £559 per person based on four sharing. The price includes return flights from Southampton to Chambery and airport transfers departing 17 February.
INGHAMS / MAYRHOFEN: A seven-night holiday on a half board basis at the 4* Sport Hotel Strass, Mayrhofen, is available through Inghams from £999 per person, saving £170 per person, departing 17 February. This includes flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers.
SKI TOTAL / OBERGURGL: Stay at the Chalet Christophorus in one of Austria’s highest resorts, from £899pp, departing on 18 February. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, transfers, free wifi, free ski hosting and seven nights chalet catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with complimentary wine.
SKI TOTAL / MERIBEL: Stay in the Chalet Mira Belum in the Three Valleys ski area in France from £1,049pp departing on 18 February. This stylish chalet boasts an outdoor hot tub and a large log fire place. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Stansted to Chambery, transfers, free wifi, use of sauna and hot tub and seven nights chalet catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with complimentary wine.
MARK WARNER / TIGNES: The Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee, is a stone’s throw away from the lifts in the French resort of Tignes Le Lac. A week’s stay from the 18 February is available from £929 for adults and £879 for children.
SNOW EXPRESS / TRAVEL: Snow Express provides an alternative to air travel from the UK and is offering return trips directly to top French ski resorts, including baggage and ski carriage, from £436 for a family of four during the half-term holiday period. Coaches depart on Friday evening from London Victoria Colonnade Station and arrive mid-afternoon the following day in resort – leaving out the hassle of airports and taking holiday makers directly to the door. The return journey departs on the following Saturday evening, meaning an extra day on the slopes.
INGHAMS / ZERMATT: An Alpine spa with indoor pool, Valaisian sauna lounge, steambath, relaxation room and massage treatments are just some of the attractions at the 4.5* Hotel Mirabeau, Zermatt. Inghams is offering a seven-night holiday on a half board basis from £1,399 per person, saving £240 per person, departing 24 February. This includes return flights from Bristol to Geneva and resort transfers.
SKI SAFARI / JACKSON HOLE: The Parkway Inn is a cosy family run hotel located in the heart of Jackson Hole, Utah, USA. A seven-night stay at 3*+ Parkway Inn costs from £925 pp (two sharing) and includes flights, transfers, and breakfasts. Price based on a 3 March departure.
SKI TALINI / ST MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE: Ski Talini is offering 15% off on a week’s holidays taken on 18 February and 18 March for all available chalets in St Martin de Belleville in France. Seven nights gourmet catered chalet board is now available from £770pp (was £905).
ALIKATS / MORZINE: The Ferme a Jules chalet was originally built in 1808. The beautifully-converted farmhouse now sleeps up to 26 people in 10 en-suite rooms. Enjoy a short break from 14-17 March at a cost from £445pp (based on two adults sharing). Price includes chalet-board accommodation, wine with dinner, private chauffeur service in and around Morzine, use of the sauna and hot tub and service from the AliKats team.
CRYSTAL / SERRE CHEVALIER: Easter school holidays are available at the three-star Hotel la Vieille Ferme in the French resort of Serre Chevalier through Crystal Ski Holidays from £623pp. Skiers and snowboarders can also save £115 by buying one lift pass and getting another for half price. The price includes flights from Gatwick to Turin and transfers departing on 25 March. There are also flights from Manchester (from £786pp) and Glasgow (from £641).
PIERRE & VACANCES / MERIBEL: Apartments at Les Fermes de Méribel offer a tranquil retreat. A seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment in the French resort of Meribel that sleeps up to five people, arriving 25 March, is priced from £258 pp / £1,288 for an apartment.
INGHAMS / ALPE D’HUEZ: Inghams has added a new flight from London Stansted to Grenoble, which serves the French ski resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. On offer over Easter is a seven-night catered holiday including buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea and cake and three-course evening meals with complimentary wine for six days at the three-and-a-half-diamond Chalet Pregentil in Alpe d’Huez, France, from £1,078 per person based on two adults and two children sharing. Price includes return flights from London Stansted to Grenoble and airport transfers. The package is valid for travel departing on 31 March.
THE SNOW CENTRE / SWITZERLAND VARIOUS: Skiers and snowboarders have been able to join instructors from The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead in several Swiss resorts during the season to improve their technique. Remaining options this season include a six-day trip to Thyon (18-24 March) when guests can develop on-piste confidence. The cost of £1,050 per person includes accommodation, instruction, a six-day lift pass and transfers by train to and from Geneva Airport. There will also be a Winter Warm Down in Nendaz from 17-24 March. This is aimed at groups of friends and family who want a relaxed trip with informal coaching from The Snow Centre’s instructors. The price of £395pp includes six nights half board, coaching, 4 Vallees lift pass and transfers by train to and from Geneva Airport.
MARK WARNER / LES DEUX ALPES: Stay at the family friendly Chalet Hotel Berangere in Les Deux Alpes France over Easter. A week’s holiday arriving on 1 April costs £1,099 for adults and £1,039 for children.
SKI FRANCE / COURCHEVEL: At the three-star Hotel Courchevel Olympic, Ski France offers guests a champagne lifestyle on lemonade money at the recently-renovated hotel. The lifts and slopes are 100m away. A week’s stay, from 7 April costs from £249.50 for two sharing a double room including breakfast. Transfers, ski hire, lift pass and other meals extra. Return flights cost from £58 with easyJet.
MARK WARNER / MERIBEL: A week’s stay from the 8 April during the Easter school holiday break at the Chalet Loden, in Meribel, France is £1,199 for adults and £1,099 for children.
ACTION OUTDOORS / FRANCE VARIOUS: A special student ski and snowboard program this season allows small groups of friends planning a trip to get access to rates normally reserved for large school or university trips. The prices start at £386 per person and include seven-nights full-board accommodation with three meals a day, lift pass for six days skiing or snowboarding, equipment hire for six days, ski or snowboard instruction for 12 hours through the week and evening entertainment laid on by the staff of the UCPA, a not for profit organisation based in some of the very best resorts in the French Alps. Resorts where these holidays are available include, Chamonix-Argentiere, Flaine, Les Contamines, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Deux Alpes, Serre Chevalier, Tignes and Val Thorens. The prices exclude travel but return coach from London direct to resort costs from £99 return with Snow Express.
ZENITH HOLIDAYS/VARIOUS: For families or couples looking to spend Christmas or New Year on the slopes, Zenith Holidays has a choice of getaways in France.
For families, a week from 23 December at Chalet Clautre at Montgenevre in the Southern Alps is now priced at £2,500, saving £500. This price is for two adults and two children (aged under 12 years) and includes return flights from Stansted or Gatwick, transfers and chalet board accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine) in two adjacent en suite rooms.
For couples, a week from 30 December at Chalet Refuge in the old town of Villeneuve in Serre Chevalier – one of the biggest ski areas in France covering 410 acres of pistes at altitudes of between 1200 and 2800 metres – now costs from £645 per person ( saving £120). This twin share price includes return flights from Gatwick, transfers and chalet board accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine).
SKI WEEKENDS/VARIOUS: Short break winter holiday specialist Ski Weekends has several special offers during December in their fully catered chalets in the French Alps.
For example, three nights half-board chalet accommodation, with flights and transfer in Chalet Flaine in Flaine, departing 14 December, is now £286 (was £386) per person. For a list of all the other offers go to: www.skiweekend.com
INGHAMS/VAL D’ISERE: Inghams is exclusively opening up the three-diamond Chalet Millega in Val d’Isère (1,850m), France, for seven nights from Saturday 9 December from just £507 per person.
The catered holiday includes buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea and cake and three-course evening meals with complimentary wine. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and airport transfers.
SKI TOTAL/VAL THORENS: Ski Total is offering the Chalet Catherine from just £599pp (was £889pp) travelling on the 12 December. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Manchester to Geneva, transfers, free wifi, use of sauna and seven nights chalet catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and 3 course evening meals with complimentary wine.
ESPRIT SKI/COURCHEVEL 1850: Esprit Ski is offering the Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000 from £373pp (was £580pp). Set in a piste-side location, this Chalet Hotel includes an Adventure Soft Play Zone. This price is based on a family of four, (2 adults and 2 children 2-10 years) from £1,489 (was £2319) travelling on the 7 January 2018 and includes return flights from Stansted to Chambery, transfers, free baby listening, free wifi, sauna and seven nights catered accommodation with a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, children’s high tea and 4-course dinners with complimentary wine. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £239 for a week of exclusive ski lessons.
CRYSTAL SKI/VARIOUS: Spend Christmas in Courchevel 1850, France at the three-star Hotel New Solarium from £675pp (saving £700 two sharing) including flights from Luton to Chambery and departing on 23 December. Direct flights from all major UK airports available.
Head for snow-sure skiing in Obergurgl (Austria) and get a week’s half board at the three-star Hotel Muhle Resort Residenz from £478pp (save £220pp; two sharing) including flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers departing on 9 December 2017.
Ski and snowboard in the Italian Dolomites over New Year. Crystal Ski Holidays has a week’s half board at the three-star Hotel Villa Emma in Canazei from £435pp (save £430pp; two sharing) including flights from Gatwick to Verona and transfers, departing on 30 December 2017.
La Clusaz has extended its Christmas festival, one of the largest in the Alps – the ‘Pestacles du Pere Noel’ from 24 December to 3 January this year.
Crystal Ski has a week’s stay at the two-star self-catering La Residence Apartments from £654 per person (based on four sharing) including six-day lift pass, flights from Gatwick to Chambery and transfers. The departure date 23 December.
SKI FAMILLE/VARIOUS: Latest offers from Ski Famille enables families the opportunity to head for the mountains from as little as £1,499 for four including flights and transfers. All prices are based on a family of four in a catered chalet, usually including Gatwick flights and transfers. Catering includes breakfast and afternoon tea along with an aperitif, canapes and three-course meal with wine and coffee. Plus access to in chalet childcare.
16 December – Chalet Marjorie, Les Gets. A newly refurbished chalet with hot tub, steam room and dedicated playroom close to the heart of Les Gets. £1,499 for a family of four including Eurotunnel channel crossings.
6 January 2018 – Chalet Aigrette, Les Bruyeres (Les Menuires, 3 Valleys). Chalet with large family suites and a private cinema. £2,299 for a family of four including Gatwick flights and transfers.
13 January 2018 – Chalet Delphine, Plagne 1800. Ski in / ski out chalet with family suites, hot tub and dedicated playroom. £1,899 for a family of four including Gatwick flights and transfers.
FLEXISKI/VARIOUS: Stay over Christmas in St Anton, Austria at the 4* Hotel Banyan for 7 nights for £450 per person on a bed and breakfast basis (flights & transfers on request). Departing Wednesday 20 December.
Alternatively you can spend Christmas in Morzine-Avoriaz in France at the catered chalet, The Retreat, for 7 nights for £470 per person (flights & transfers on request), departing Wednesday 20 December.
THE ALPINE CLUB/SAINT MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE: Two chalets are available at a special discounted rate over New Year week for a limited time only. The Chamois Lodge (sleeps 9) is available from 27 December for seven nights for £18,500 (was £20,995) and the Abode (sleeps 10) is available from 30 December for eight nights for £19,500 (£22,495). Both rates include a case of six bottles of champagne to be enjoyed over the week.
A week’s stay at The Alpine Club includes a dedicated concierge service along with breakfast, afternoon tea and a 6-course dinner on six nights with wine pairings for each course. A 4×4 chauffer service to St Martin is available until 10pm. Extra touches include a morning tea in bed, complimentary bar, luxury bathroom products and daily housekeeping. Each chalet is also kitted out with an IPod docking station, UK TV and complimentary wifi.
LE SKI/VARIOUS: London and Manchester flights are still available on Wednesday 20 December for a seven night stay with Le Ski which has catered chalets in Courchevel, La Tania and Val d’Isere . Prices start at £899 including flights, transfers, half board chalet accommodation and champagne reception.
For New Year celebrations, Le Ski offers dinner in your chalet with Champagne and canapés, smoked salmon and a cheese course, plus unlimited wine. Some places for this week are now priced as low as £1,299 including flights, transfers, half board chalet accommodation and champagne reception.
Short breaks just after New Year are always popular and there are still some spaces available with Le Ski from £459 including flights, transfers, half board chalet accommodation and champagne reception.
MORE MOUNTAIN/MORZINE: More Mountain has a special offer on all stays at its catered chalets and self-catered apartments for New Year. There is £200 off per person when booked on a room by room basis, or 20% off the full chalet price for exclusive use. On New Year’s Eve, each chalet will have a gala dinner with unlimited prosecco. The special offer applies to all More Mountain’s luxurious catered chalets for stays between 30 December 2017 – 6 January 2018.
The choice of chalets includes The ARK (sleeps 12), The Crow’s Nest (sleeps 10), Chalet Robin (sleeps 12) and The Loft (sleeps 8). The cost of a 7-night stay includes return airport transfers to and from Geneva; six gourmet 4-course evening meals with beer or wine, coffee and chocolates, including a New Year’s Eve gala dinner with all the trimmings and unlimited prosecco; pick up and drop off service to and from the slopes in the mornings and afternoons; après ski boot drop service – the team pick guests up from the slopes, swap their ski boots for shoes and drop them at an après pub or bar; six breakfasts; afternoon tea with freshly baked cakes.
More Mountain’s catered chalets have hot tubs, free wifi, games consoles, UK TV, Bose & SONOS systems, log fires and plenty of mod-cons.
More Mountain is also offering 20% off stays across its portfolio of 25 self-catered apartments for New Year week 2018.
WIN A trixski SKI CARRIER
– ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND
We’ve got 10 of the revolutionary new ski carriers to give away
Take the hassle out of carrying your skis and poles with a trixski ski carrier
The trixski ski carrier is a simple, easy to use, easy to carry solution. Whether you are an experienced skier, the hero who carries the whole family’s gear or simply someone who finds the whole carrying process a bind, you will love the trixski ski carrier.
* Can be put on in seconds
* Fits easily into your pocket when not being used
* Has snap tabs so you can remove it easily in gloves
* Is adjustable for all shapes and sizes
For more information on the trixski and videos showing how easy it is to fit go to: www.trixski.com
HOW TO ENTER
To be in with a chance of winning a trixski simply send your name and email together with the name and email address of a partner or friend you would also like to win one of the ski carriers
Send your entry to:
And put the word trixski in the subject line
ALL entries will be put into a free draw and the first five names drawn at random will receive one trixski for themselves and one for their ‘friend’
TERMS & CONDITIONS
The closing date of the trixski competition being run by the Skier & Snowboarder magazine is Wednesday, 31 January 2018. The competition is restricted to one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified. The competition is open to UK residents only and prizes can only be sent to a valid UK address. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries and will be contacted via email. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to. There is no cash prize alternative. Mountain Marketing Ltd, the publisher of the Skier & Snowboarder magazine is compliant with the data protection act and will not pass on entrants’ details to any third party without prior consent.
Ski Independence has unveiled five new chalets which will form part of their new ‘Private Collection’ this winter.
The chalets can be found in some of the most coveted resorts in France including Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel and La Clusaz. If it takes more than an exclusive setting to seal the deal then perhaps you may be tempted by the outdoor hot tubs, home cinemas and massage rooms available in most of the chalets. In addition to this, a delightful range of bespoke add-ons is also available. These include a private chef, butler service, chauffeur, yoga instruction, grocery delivery and the list goes on!
For more information visit: www.ski-i.com
Whether you’re a one-week-a-year skier or spend the entire season enjoying fresh white powder, it will benefit your technique to get fit before you hit the slopes.
There’s no need to be a gym buff – just jogging or swimming three times a week, plus doing some leg strength exercise will make a great difference, especially if you plan on taking lessons or an improvement course this season.
Any exercise you can do before your ski holiday will increase stamina on the piste, plus you’ll also be less prone to injury!
* The Winter Sports Company specialises in courses to become a ski or snowboard instructor
What the papers say:
Star Wars character accused of beating worker with snowboard after being banned from the slopes
– reports the New York Post (14 Aug 2017)
See full story by clicking here
A 5* budget ski holiday, surely that’s an oxymoron? Apparently not if tour operator Mountain Paradise has anything to do with it. They are a UK-based company operating solely in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and provide luxury ski getaways for the cost-conscious snow sports enthusiast.
If you haven’t heard of the Tatra Mountains then you will soon, they are swiftly becoming the talk of the global ski community, particularly for those looking for a more economical destination. Lift passes, ski lessons and food prices are a fraction of the cost of their European equivalents and the best part- A bottle of beer will set you back only €1.
Jansa, the largest resort in Slovakia is among the destinations available via Mountain Paradise. The resort itself has just undergone a €130m investment which has resulted in four new gondolas and an extra 10km of pistes to total nearly 50km.
Jansa also benefits from two terrain parks, an expanse of freeride opportunities and night skiing. When you have finished skiing, there is a plethora of restaurants and nightlife options to choose from.
So how much will it set you back? Mountain Paradise caters for a variety of budgets with a selection of great value half board options at three, four and five-star hotels. You could be enjoying a state of the art hotel and spa, six-day lift pass and equipment rental for £899 including flights and transfers.
So if you are after quiet pistes, cheap beers and accommodation that won’t break the bank, Slovakia could be just what you are looking for.
For more information visit: www.mountainparadise.co.uk
Nassfeld is the largest resort in the Southern Austrian region of Carinthia, yet it remains relatively unknown to British holidaymakers.
Located close to the Italian and Slovenian borders, the ski area itself is surprisingly expansive and has everything we come to expect from a resort nowadays – terrain parks, a snow cross track, a half pipe and over 100km of pistes ranging from beginner nursery type slopes through to the ‘Carnia’, a piste that is over 7km long.
Nassfeld is home to a relatively modern lift system, including the Millennium Express, Europe’s longest gondola. A significant amount of the ski area is north facing resulting in some fantastic off piste conditions for powder hounds.
Crystal Ski Holidays has recently added Nassfeld to their list of destinations for the coming winter season and is offering a range of packages to suit all budgets. You can see the list of accommodation available and more about the resort at their website:
Val d’Isère is embarking on an ambitious €200m (£170m) building project to redevelop the centre of the world-famous resort.
The project is being called Le Coin de Val d’Isère and involves the demolition and reconstruction of a giant triangle in the heart of the resort.
This extends for around 250m along the main road (Avenue Olympique) from the present bus station, in the direction of La Daille. The apex of the triangle is roughly the present site of Dick’s Tea Bar. Dick’s and Le Petit Danois bar are two of the many businesses that will be relocated, along with the central bus station.
There will also be a new piste into the centre of the village and an underground moving walkway from the centre of town will bring skiers back up to the main access lifts on the front de neige, the Olympique and Solaise gondolas.
The plans also involve:
* A total of 900 extra tourist beds, bringing the total to 25,760.
* Two new three- or four-star hotels, one of them with 51 bedrooms.
* Two apartment complexes and the prospect of around 100 new private homes.
*A new arrivals centre on the Avenue Olympique that will incorporate a welcome desk. Children’s crèche and a covered bus station.
Le Coin, a joint project between the Val d’Isère town hall and local architect Jean-Charles Covarel, will replace a whole range of 30-year-old buildings. The first of these will be demolished this autumn.
But some locals have already suggested that this means the project will only get the go ahead if it gets the agreement of several existing and historic Val d’Isère families.
Environmental studies into the effects of the development will be carried out this coming winter prior to the issue of final building permits next spring.
Construction will be completed in phases, designed to have minimum impact on visitors during the winter months. Work is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Other new improvements in Val d’Isère this winter include more snow cannons covering the long schuss back to town from the bottom of the Santons run ensuring cover throughout the season. This will then provide an alternative home run to the daunting black Face de Bellevarde.
There is also a long-awaited upgrade to the Datcha chair in the Solaise area which is being changed from fixed grip to a detachable quad.
In the same area, the Sunny Ride nursery slope (going down to the Tête de Solaise Restaurant and served by the Poum covered magic carpet lift) will have a whole range of fun obstacles designed to help children learn to ski and snowboard.
L’Étincelle is a new on-piste restaurant near the bottom of Solaise, with authentic local cuisine and panoramic views of the ski area.
New boutique hotel
The oldest cable car station in France is being transformed into the country’s highest hotel, with 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
The former cable car station at Tête de Solaise, which dates back to 1942, is to be converted into a 40-bedroom hotel with a luxurious spa and a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
In winter the hotel can only be reached by the new Solaise gondola or by snowcat.
The scheduled opening date is December, 2018.
The 60-year-old Hotel L’Avancher has been almost completely rebuilt during summer 2017 to create comfortable four-star which includes 37 rooms, a gourmet restaurant, wine bar, spa with two hot tubs, two saunas and a steam room, games room, and covered parking
The four-star Hotel Ormelune has been re-clad and an extra floor with 10 suites and rooms has been added. The ground floor has been given a makeover, the gym and meeting room have been enlarged and the spa area now includes three treatment rooms.
Val d’Isère tour operator news
Ski Total has a lift pass and equipment offer. Pre-purchase your adult lift pass and you can purchase a second one at half price, plus receive 2-for-1 on ski/board/boot hire or ski carriage when an area lift pass is pre-purchased. Offer available on selected dates, click here for details.
Chalet Hotel Le Savoie is a five-star property offering a choice of rooms and spacious suites, with a lovely spa area including swimming pool, and in a superb location in the centre of town. Prices from £974pp (was £999pp). This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva departing 18/03/18, exclusive transfers, and seven nights chalet half-board.
Esprit Ski is offering Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price adult lift passes, plus free children’s equipment when parents pre-book quality skis/poles/boots, including helmets.
Stay in the central Chalet Hotel Ducs De Savoie from £475pp. The chalet hotel boasts a traditional interior with comfortable and spacious family rooms. This price is based on a family of four, (two adults and two children 2-10 years) from £1,899, travelling on the 21 January 2018. Price includes Gatwick-Geneva flights, transfers, free baby-listening and seven nights chalet half-board, Esprit Classic Childcare is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons.
Mountain Rooms has a new concierge service for booking restaurants and ski school. A dedicated member of staff will contact clients prior to arrival. The company is working with Bon Appetit to offer a range of frozen meals and desserts available to our self catered & B&B clients.
Ski Val is introducing January Supersavers – great value offers during January, ski from £679pp with return Gatwick/Lyon flights, transfers and catered ski in/out chalet accommodation.
VIP has a new chalet, sleeping six, in the old village, close to the church.
Erna Low has a week at Les Chalets du Jardin Alpin in Val d’Isère at the start of the season, week commencing 16 December, a one bedroom apartment for up to 4 people is £751, two bedroom apartment (sleeps 4/6) is £1104). Flights/ transfers or Eurotunnel/ferry available on request.
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).
BAT Weeks offer savings for parents of babies and toddlers, plus a host of extra fun ‘batty’ add-ons for children. As long as your youngest is past 17 weeks old and up to 4 years – inclusive then they are ready to join our Nursery or Child Care Team for some batty fun.
Christmas dinner in all Esprit chalets and Chalet Hotels involves turkey with all the trimmings, pre-dinner bubbly and post-dinner Christmas pudding. Plus no washing up!
BAT Weeks also run throughout January and selected dates in February. During these weeks Esprit Ski has added value offers including:
Free infant places – saving £115 per infant
Half-price Nursery places – saving £162 per infant
Half-price Spritelets and Snow Club – saving up to £217 per toddler
BAT-Week special offer under-occupancy charge
Infants and toddlers are welcomed into the special B.A.T. Club and receive several limited edition Esprit BAT-Gifts, and Saturday mornings an Xtra Free Family BAT-Fun session is run. This family-inclusive morning session includes activities that even the youngest BAT-Club members will enjoy, such as:
BAT Weeks will run on the 19/23 Dec 2017; 7, 14, 21, 28 Jan & 4, 25 Feb 2018, and are on sale now!
For further information or to make a booking, visit espritski.com or call Esprit on 01483 791 920.
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.
Set in the valley below Jasna, just eight minutes via a private shuttle to the slopes, the chalet provides guests with a full-time chalet host, guest kitchen, downstairs public bar, in-house ski service and hire shop, private wellness with outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna and in-house massage and yoga (by appointment).
Example Half-Term Chalet Package for 10 adults and 6 kids
Seven nights B&B accommodation in Jasna Adventures’ chalet, lift passes, return transfers from Poprad Airport (TAT), lift drop off and pick up every day, complimentary daily Après drinks and snacks in the chalet, day 1 Ski orientation with Jasna Adventures, evening transportation. 2018 early-bird discount from £418 per person
Half term offer from Ski Safari
Ski Safari is offering a special February 2018 half term deal to the 4* Geilolia Forest Cabins in Geilo, Norway.
A seven-night stay costs from £865 pp based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing a three-bedroom self-catering cabin. This early booking offer is based on 11 February 2018 departure date and includes return flights and transfers.
Lift pass offer
Inghams has launched a Buy One Get One Half Price lift pass offer for the Winter 17/18 season, valid on limited departure dates to the French resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isère.
The offer applies to adult-only, whole area, six-day lift passes and is pre-bookable up to two weeks prior to departure.
Departure dates where the offer is valid include:
Saturday, 20th January 2018
Saturday, 27th January 2018
Saturday, 3rd February 201
Saturday, 10th March 2018
Saturday, 17th March 2018
Early season deals to France and Austria
Ski Total has two early season ski deals to France and Austria.
Stay at the Chalet Chardon in Méribel from just £474pp (was £499pp) travelling on the 12 December 2017.
This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, free wifi and seven nights chalet catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with complimentary wine.
Alternatively, ski in St Anton and enjoy the new link to Lech that opened last season, making the area the largest ski area in Austria.
Ski Total is offering the Chalet Aitken from £603pp (was £628pp) travelling on 12 December 2017. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Manchester to Innsbruck, transfers, free wifi, free ski hosting, use of sauna and seven nights chalet catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and 3 course evening meals with complimentary wine.
In January, Ski Total is offering the Chalet Winnie in Les Arcs from £699pp (was £724pp) travelling on the 07 January 2018. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Southampton to Chambery, transfers, free wifi, free use of an indoor pool and seven nights chalet catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and 3 course evening meals with complimentary wine.
Take a short break after the festive period
If you fancy a quick short break in January before the children go back to school, Skiline has a number of suggestions on its website.
For example, you can stay at the Chalethotel La Foret in the popular French resort of Les Arcs from 3 January for 4 nights from £525 per adult which includes flights from Gatwick.
Family discounts and free child places
Ski Famille is offering its highest rate of child discounts (including free places for children under 5) across all of their chalets for the weeks of 23rd and 30th December. This offer is available for a limited time only and the company advises interested families to contact them before the summer holidays.
All Ski Famille’s properties have an in-chalet À La Carte Childcare service. Packages include Gatwick to Geneva flights, airport transfers, breakfast, afternoon tea, children’s high tea, aperitif and canapés and a three-course evening meal with wines.
The company also offers flights from other UK airports for a supplement or you families that prefer to ski drive can take advantage of Eurotunnel Flexiplus, direct Eurostar or doing your own thing can be combined with their family chalet holidays. .
Ski Famille chalet packages are available from £579 per adult for 7 nights including flights, transfers and half board accommodation. Child discounts are available throughout the season with free child places on a number of dates.
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.
The airline already operates flights between Gatwick and the Italian and French ski hubs during the winter season, so the new flights from Heathrow will take the number of weekly flights to the two cities up to 18.
Adam Daniels, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “Turin and Grenoble are within easy reach of some of the world’s best ski resorts so we’re excited to be adding them to our Heathrow network. Our ultra-low fares will get our customers a round-trip to some of the hottest (and coolest) destinations in Europe for less than £40 and they can also carry their skis <up to 190cm> for free as part of their checked baggage allowance.”
The expansion of the ski route network from Heathrow also includes increased flights to some of Europe’s most popular resorts. Flights to Salzburg from Heathrow will double from two to four per week and there will be two additional weekly services to Innsbruck.
Frequency to Reykjavik will also be doubled with two direct flights a day from Terminal 5 and Sofia and Zurich will benefit from an additional service each week. For skiers keen to carve up the slopes in North America, British Airways recently launched direct flights from Gatwick to Oakland, which is one of the closest international airports to the slopes of Lake Tahoe.
The airline has also re-timed flights to Calgary specifically to help customers meet public transport connections to the biggest ski resorts.
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):
Visitors to Avoriaz this season will find a huge igloo in the heart of the resort complete with an ice bar and bedrooms.
Families with children under 12 years old can take advantage of the ‘Free Kids package’ on Christmas week.
A baby snowboard class is available for children from three years old and for teens there are freestyle camps.
One of the area’s historic buildings, The Grand Hotel du Montenvers (1913m), which was originally built in 1880 has been restored to its former glory. The luxury mountain refuge has 20 rooms, suites and dormitories and overlooks the Mer de Glace and the Drus peaks.
The Via Ferrata des Evettes offers an exciting Alpine route in the Aiguilles Rouges mountains, overlooking the Mont-Blanc Massif.
Club Med has unveiled plans to open a new resort in Les Arcs 1600 in December 2018. It is part of a stepping up in the pace of the company’s global development which in the next three years (2017-2019) will see Club Med open 15 new resorts worldwide and upgrade nine existing resorts.
This also includes the opening of Grand Massif Samoens in December this year.
The Haute Maurienne Vanoise valley includes the five ski resorts of Val Cenis; Aussois; La Norma; Val Frejus; Bessans and Bonneval sur Arc, plus 10 picturesque villages. It is sheltered, to the north, by the beautiful glaciers of the Vanoise National Park and, to the south, by Mont Cenis, a gateway to Italy.
The 360 is a new restaurant at the top of Plagne Montalbert where Michelin-starred chef Jean-Michel Bouvier will be creating a menu based on local products.
The ski-in ski-out 4-star family hotel, Araucaria, in Plagne Center is changing to a new modern style and offering new services this season.
La Plagne is formed of 10 resorts and is part of Paradiski. The ski area claims to have the only bobsleigh track in France plus it offers a wide range of après-ski activities including fatbike, zip wire, sledging, and dog sledding.
A new Hyatt Centric in La Rosière will be the first of its kind in a ski resort and in fact the first of its kind in France. The hotel will have 69 rooms and guests will be able to take advantage of the resort’s link to La Thuile in Italy.
Other new attractions for this season include VIP first tracks with the pisteurs and during Christmas week, it skiers and snowboarders are not happy with the quality of the snow they can get their money back.
Looking to the future, there will be an extension to the La Rosière ski area in 2019 which will include two new chairlifts and five red slopes.
The family friendly resort of Les Carroz, which is in the heart of the Grand Massif, will have plenty to keep children entertained this season.
During school holidays, families can use the Kid O Ski service which includes having your children taken to the ski school at Les Loupiots Club and back. Les Carroz’s creche takes children from six months old.
And the ‘icing’ on the cake is the Ice Age Experience which is unique in France. The heroes of the Disney film can be found around the resort and children can get photos with the different characters. Sid and Scrat are in the luge area in the Bardelle sector while Diego and Manny host tubing sessions.
New attractions this season include Le Lac du Lou, a new mountain hut, and a new blue slope called Les Bouquetins which enables intermediate skiers to ski down from La Masse, the highest summit in Les Menuires.
Les Saisies, which is linked to the Espace Diamant ski area, uses Snowfarming, an eco-friendly technique involving sawdust to keep the snow. The resort will stay open until 27 April thanks to the quality of the snow in this part of Savoie Mont Blanc
The resort, which has a wide range of chalets for all tastes and budgets, will open for the ski season on 16 December this year.
Tignes, which offers skiing and snowboarding for 11 months of the year thanks to the Grande Motte glacier, has some unique activities for visitors this winter. These include Bun J Ride and Ice-Diving
The resort also stages several events during the year. Halloween festivities will be held in October, Sport Values in November, Tignes Sprint & Jump in January and August, and Live in Tignes by Francofolies in April.
Sitting comfortably on the stateline between California and Nevada, Heavenly Ski Resort offers skiers and boarders a unique opportunity to ski two US states in one day, on top of experiencing the lively, flashy casino atmosphere that Nevada is famous for.
The ski area, which is one of the largest in the USA, offers 4,800 acres of terrain, all at well over 2,000m above sea level, accessed by 28 lifts (mainly chairlifts), unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe in one direction, and Nevada’s ‘desert’ on the other. California offers steeper slopes lower down the mountain while Nevada’s are perfect for intermediates with excellent tree skiing in the area where the forest isn’t too dense. The other resorts around the lake are linked by bus, some of them free of charge with a valid lift pass.
Crystal Ski has added Heavenly to its list of resorts for next season and is offering accommodation at the following properties:
Known for its eclectic, and impressive, collection of musical memorabilia, from the likes of Johnny Cash, The Monkees and the Sex Pistols, this hotel is definitely one for the music lovers. As well as a casino with slot machines and table games, it also features the largest outdoor pool in the area. Other delights include the Park Prime Steakhouse, often home to live music and the Fire Break Kitchen & Bar. The resort is about six-minute’ walk from the Heavenly Gondola.
Typical-American Resort Hotel. The Disneyesque exterior of the property is framed perfectly by white mountains and snowy fir trees, making it one of the most picturesque properties on Southern Lake Tahoe. Conveniently located with just a two-minute’ walk to the main gondola and shopping area in Heavenly Village. The suites are family friendly with spacious rooms. There is an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and a fitness centre as well as the Echo Restaurant.
The 438 luxurious hotel rooms are colourful, with contemporary décor (and very jazzy carpets), and many even come with spectacular lake or mountain views. Under a 10-minute walk from the Heavenly Gondola. There’re restaurants and shops to nightclubs, wellness facilities (Onsen Salon & Spa and Ashiatsu Massage treatments). Worth mentioning is the Ciera Steak & Chophouse, Tahoe’s only 4-diamond restaurant, prepares a selection of steaks, chops and seafood, alongside a 300-long wine menu.
For a week’s stay at the 3* Hard Hotel & Casino from £1,254 per person (two sharing) including United Airlines flights from London Heathrow via San Francisco to Reno departing 10 January 2018 and transfers.
For further information visit www.crystalski.co.uk
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.
AVORIAZ: A seven-night self-catered stay at Pierre & Vacances’ Saskia Falaise arriving on 15 April starts from £327 per studio apartment sleeping up to four people (previously £587).
LA PLAGNE: Seven nights’ self-catering at Residence Les Néreïdes costs from £571 per apartment arriving on 15 April staying in an apartment sleeping up to five people (previously £795).
LES ARCS: Seven nights at the Premium Residence Les Alpages de Chantel in Arc 1800 arriving on 15 April starts from £844 for an apartment sleeping up to five people (previously £951).
MERIBEL: Four nights staying at Les Ravines residence arriving on Good Friday (14 April) starts from £378 for a self-catering apartment sleeping up to four people.
FLAINE: Four nights staying at 5* Premium Residence Les Terrasses d’Hélios arriving on Good Friday (14 April) starts from £641 for a self-catering apartment sleeping up to four people.
TIGNES: Take advantage of the recent snowfall in Tignes, with Ski Total. The company is offering the Chalet Lys Martagon from just £719pp (was £909pp) travelling on the 16 April. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes return flights from Edinburgh to Geneva, transfers, free wifi and seven night’s chalet catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4-course evening meal with complimentary wine.
MERIBEL: Stay in the traditional Savoyard VIP CLUB Pierre over Easter and enjoy its uninterrupted views across Meribel Valley. The CLUB Chef offers a more flexible menu plan and choice of dishes, together with a canapé reception on six nights, which is ideal for foodies. The price of £849pp (based on two sharing) is for a covers seven night’s chalet board accommodation with flexible menu plan, return flights from London Gatwick, return transfers to/from the resort and VIP SKI’s dedicated chalet service.
ST ANTON: Inghams is offering seven nights on a half board basis at 3.5 star Hotel Nassereinerhof in St Anton, Austria from £699 per person, a saving of £350pp. Price includes return flights from Edinburgh to Innsbruck and transfers, departing on 8 April 2017.
ST CHRISTOPH: The ski-in ski-out four diamond Chalet Hotel St Christoph, located in the Austrian resort of St Christoph can be booked through Inghams from £479pp, a saving of £299pp. This cost covers seven nights on a chalet board basis, return flights from London Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers, departing on 15 April 2017.
VAL D’ISERE: YSE has a number of special offers for Easter from 16 – 23 April. Chalet Squaw Valley is available for four at £650 per person saving £140. Chalet de Pierre is available at £590 per person saving £150 and Chalet des Pentes still has some rooms available at £525 per person saving £145. These holidays include a flight and transfer from Gatwick to Val d’Isere on 16 April. But clients will need to book their own flight back on 23 April. YSE is providing a transfer, leaving Val d’Isère at 8am, to Geneva airport. Therefore your flight should depart Geneva no earlier than 1pm.
KUHTAI: The short 40-minute transfer from Innsbruck airport makes the ski-in ski-out resort of Kuhtai in Austria an ideal destination for families. Inghams is offering seven nights on a half board basis at 4.5 star Alpen-Residenz Mooshaus from £899pp, a saving of £390pp. Price includes return flights from Edinburgh to Innsbruck and transfers, departing on 8 April 2017.
OBERGURGL: Esprit Ski is offering the attractive Chalet Alpenblume from just £399pp. which is just one minute from the piste. This price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children 2-10 years = £1,599) travelling on the 16 April and includes return flights from Manchester to Innsbruck, transfers, free wifi, use of the sauna, free babysitting, free ski hosting and seven nights catered chalet accommodation with a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, children’s high tea and 4-course dinners with complimentary wine. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons.
PHOTOS: Austrian National Tourist Office – www.austria.info/uk
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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.
MÉRIBEL-MOTTARET: Skiers and snowboarders can stay for a week from 10 April 2017 at Ski France’s flagship hotel, 3* Hôtel Le Mottaret, in the centre of Méribel-Mottaret in the Three Valleys, from £311 pp. The price is based on two people sharing a room and includes breakfast every day.
VAL D’ISÈRE: Spring skiing begins officially on Saturday 8 April and continues until the final lift of the season on Monday 1 May in Val d’Isère. Skiers and snowboarders can book through Ski France to stay in the 4* self-catered apartments from £247pp. The accommodation comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, television and Wi-Fi. Soft linen and towels are provided for all guests along with a mid-stay and end-of-stay clean.
LA TANIA: Le Ski is offering savings of £130 on accommodation booked at Chalet MarMau in the French hamlet of La Tania. Skiers and snowboarders can book to stay at the chalet, which is only two minutes from the village and the pistes, for £749. This includes return flights and transfers, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3-course evening meal with unlimited wine at dinner, coffee and mints six nights a week. There is also a champagne reception with canapés on arrival, with Kir and canapés on Saturday. Cheeseboard once a week. Le Ski also had other Easter holiday and late season offers at its other chalets in Val d’Isère and Courchevel.
COURCHEVEL LE PRAZ: Mountain Heaven is offering skiers and snowboarders a great deal on a week’s stay from 1 April at one of its premium catered chalets in Courchevel Le Praz. Guests can now book for £599pp (was £1,099). Chalet Jardin d’Angele is only a stone’s throw from the main telecabine and has eight bedrooms sleeping up to 15 people. It has a spa with indoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna.
TIGNES: Enjoy some late season skiing at high altitude in France’s Espace Killy ski area with Inghams. They are offering seven nights on a chalet board basis at three diamond Chalet Hotel Le Dome in Tignes from £549 per person. Price includes return flights from Birmingham to Chambery and transfers, departing on 1 April 2017.
COURCHEVEL 1650: Chalet Golden Eagle is a five-bedroom chalet with its own Hamman. It is available through Mountain Heaven at the start of April for £499pp – a saving of £400.
BELLE PLAGNE: You can book over Easter with family specialists Esprit Ski at their flagship Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines from just £625pp. This Chalet Hotel has spacious rooms, leisure facilities, and a swimming pool. This price is based on a family of 4, (2 adults and 2 children 2-10 years) at £2499 travelling on the 9 April 2017. This price includes return flights from Stansted to Chambéry, transfers, free baby listening, free wifi, use of spa facilities including indoor pool and seven nights’ chalet catered accommodation with a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, children’s high tea and 5-course dinners with complimentary wine. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from £215 for a week of exclusive ski lessons.
MORZINE: Book Chalet Chamois D’Or, in the French resort of Morzine, part of the Portes du Soleil Swiss Franco ski area, at the start of April through Mountain heaven and you will get a 40% discount making the price per person only £399. It sleeps up to 14 people in 6 en-suite bedrooms and is very close to the Nyon cable car and the slopes. From 8 April Mountain Heaven will also be reducing all its other chalets by 40% off the brochure price.
MORZINE: AliKats Mountain Holidays is celebrating the exceptional late season snowfall by offering 50% off Portes du Soleil ski passes for guests staying at their Chalet de I’Ange during the last week of March (26 Mar – 2 Apr). Located in the Montriond hamlet near Morzine in France, the chalet sleeps 14 in seven en-suite bedrooms. Facilities include an indoor hot tub. A week’s stay costs from €751/ £637 pp and includes meals with wine
VAL D’ISÈRE: VIP SKI is offering a saving of more than more than £300 pp at CLUB Aspen in Val d’Isère, France. A seven-night stay at the from 26 March 2017 is priced from £1,200pp for a catered stay including return flights (from Gatwick), transfers to and from the resort and VIP SKI’s dedicated chalet service.
MÉRIBEL: Ski Total is offering savings to people staying in Méribel, France this April. Stay in the Platinum Chalet Isba from £720pp travelling on the 9 April 2017. It has an outdoor hot tub, sauna and private cinema with billiard room. This price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes return flights from Manchester to Geneva, transfers, free wifi and seven nights catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4-course evening meal with complimentary wine. Free parking at Manchester Airport is also available.
VAL THORENS: Flexiski is offering a four-night stay in the 4* Hotel Le Val Thorens from £1,085pp on a half board basis, departing on 12 April 2017. This price includes return flights from London and airport transfers.
MÉRIBEL: For some late season skiing (departing 15 April) Fish and Pips is offering its Chalet Arbre in the French resort of Méribel from £425pp. The chalet sleeps 6-8 people in three double/ twin rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. The chalet chef will prepare breakfast, afternoon tea and a 5-course evening meal for six days of your stay.
COURCHEVEL 1850: Luxury chalet specialists Kaluma Travel is offering a discounted rate for a short break (Sun 26 to Wed 29 March) in its Chalet Hermine. The whole property, which sleeps 12, can be booked for €8190 (was €11,500). This includes daily breakfast, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, four course gourmet evening meal (on two nights), plus all drinks (champagne, wine, spirits, beer and soft drinks), one day’s private ski guiding and the exclusive Kaluma Travel driver service every morning and afternoon.
MÉRIBEL: Families staying with Meriski during the Easter Holidays can get one free place per family at its dedicated crèche which includes six full days’ childcare with refreshments, lunch and chalet pick-up and drop-off. Whole chalet bookings will be eligible for a complimentary private nanny plus the company offers a host of other family-friendly services. An example of the prices on offer over the Easter holidays include the Chalet L’Ardour. The whole chalet, which sleeps 10, can be booked for £4,000 from 6 April. Plus the Chalet Le Pousse Caillou, which sleeps 14, can be booked for £5,000 from 16 April. These costs include breakfast, afternoon tea, children’s tea, sparkling wine and canapés before a four-course dinner on six nights, wine, beer and soft drinks throughout the stay, exclusive concierge service, and in-resort driver service between 8am and 10pm.
PORTES DU SOLEIL: Families booking with Reach4thealps from 1 April 2017 onwards can get a free Portes Du Soleil ski pass for any children under 12 with the purchase of an adult Portes Du Soleil ski pass of the same duration. Reach4thealps has a range of offers at its catered and self-catered chalets over the Easter holidays.
VAL THORENS: Skiers and snowboarders can book a week’s catered accommodation with Crystal Ski at the Chalet Eliane in Val Thorens, France, from £630 per person departing on 8 April. This includes flights from Gatwick to Chambery and transfers, cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and cake, evening meals and free wine. Direct flights also available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Stansted
GALTUR: Stay with Inghams for seven nights on a half board basis at the four star Hotel Buntali in Galtur, Austria, from £499 per person. Price includes return flights from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh or Manchester to Innsbruck and transfers, departing on 25 March 2017.
ST ANTON: Flexiski has a seven-night stay during the Easter holidays at Amalien Haus in the historic Austrian resort of St Anton from £835pp on a chalet-catered basis departing 9 April. The price includes buffet breakfast with an optional hot dish, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and canapés plus a four-course evening meal with wine, return flights from London and rail transfers. Alternatively, if you prefer a short break over Easter stay at the new Little Haus which sleeps up to eight guests in four ensuite bedrooms from £620pp departing 12 April.
GALTUR: Stay the four-star Alpenhotel Tirol in Galtür, Austria, with Crystal Ski from £595 per person this Easter. The price includes flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers. Direct flights also available from Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Stansted.
ARABBA: Connected to the spectacular Italian Dolomiti Superski area, Arabba links easily to the Sella Ronda. Inghams is offering seven nights on a half board basis at 3.5 star Hotel Portavescovo from £449 per person. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Venice, departing on 1st April 2017.
SAUZE D’OULX: Inghams is offering seven nights on a half board basis at 3.5 star Hotel Hermitage in Sauze d’Oulx, Italy, from £399pp/ Price includes return flights from Manchester to Turin and transfers, departing on 25 March 2017.
CERVINIA: A week’s all-inclusive with Crystal Ski at the three-star Hotel Petit Prince in Cervinia, Italy, during the Easter holidays starts from £759 per person. This includes flights from Gatwick to Turin and transfers, cooked breakfast, daily packed lunch with two sandwiches, fruit, chocolate bar and water, afternoon tea with cakes or biscuits, three-course evening meals, unlimited free drinks from 4.30pm-10.30pm including hot drinks, soft drinks, draft lager, wine by the glass, local spirits and aperitifs. Direct flights also available from Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
PHOTOS: Les Menuires – Gilles Lansard and P Royer