Booking a ski holiday for New Year 2017?

Here’s how to save hundreds

This year both Christmas Eve and New Year s Eve fall on a Saturday, creating a headache for tour operators as they mostly offer travel dates on the weekend. As few guests would want to travel on these key days, tour operators have had to come up with alternative plans which could help skiers and snowboarders grab a bargain over Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Tour operators are approaching the issue in different ways: some are extending the Discount Holidays © holiday duration and throwing in the one or two extra nights for free (which means more time on the slopes for the same price) while others are shifting departure days so guests don t fly on key festive dates.

We are excited that some of our partners are offering flexible arrival dates over the festive period for the first timeJane Bolton, MD of Erna Low

Erna Low is offering flexible arrival and departure dates for holidays from seven to 10 nights, so guests can travel on a day that suits them. This could result in potential savings by taking cheaper midweek flights and travelling midweek means less traffic and less crowded airports. Early booking offers are also available, with savings of up to 20 per cent on selected accommodation. Jane Bolton, managing director of Erna Low, said: We are excited that some of our partners are offering flexible arrival dates over the festive period for the first time. As long as you stay for a minimum of seven nights you can arrive on any day and stay for eight, nine or 10 nights should you wish.

Head to Flaine in France with Erna Low to welcome in 2017

Mark Warner, Esprit and Ski Total are all offering nine-night breaks, departing on Friday December 30 2016 to avoid travelling to the mountains on New Year s Eve and returning on Sunday January 8 2017. For Esprit and Ski Total, the two extra days are free of charge, with the nine-night break priced as if it is a normal seven-night holiday. Inghams is also offering extended new-year breaks departing on December 30 2016 but for eight nights rather than nine with additional savings. Louise Newton, group head of marketing, Inghams, said, This new year we have some great deals available for those who book now. Not only will skiers receive eight nights for the price of seven, there are early booking reductions of up to 200 per couple, together with special lift-pass and ski-hire offers.

Although Neilson is also changing its departure dates over the new-year period, departing on December 27 2016, the company has taken a slightly different tactic by offering shorter four- or five-night breaks during January 2017. Richard Bowden Doyle, executive chairman of Neilson Holidays, said, This year, while several competitors have opted for longer durations, we ve zigged, as they ve zagged, We ve put together a programme for Christmas and new year that avoids our guests flying on festive Discount Holidays © holiday dates plus provides skiers and snowboarders with the opportunity to enjoy shorter four- or five-day breaks in early January. Sales so far suggest to us that zigging was the right decision. Club Med has also taken a slightly different approach by keeping the traditional seven-night Discount Holidays © holiday but moving the departure date for the new-year period to December 26 and returning on January 2 2017.

Estelle Giraudeau, managing director, Club Med UK & Scandinavia, said, As New Year s Day falls on a Sunday, which has traditionally been ours and many other operators day of departure, we have tweaked our service, so clients can enjoy the festive celebrations to the fullest. The kids clubs will be open from Tuesday to Sunday and six-day lift passes will run from Tuesday to Sunday.

Travel to Val Thorens with Club Med for high, snow-sure slopes

With the same issue (of a Sunday departure falling over Christmas) Club Med is offering clients eight nights for the price of seven when departing on December 18 2016. Take advantage of the following new year deals to save money on a traditional length Discount Holidays © holiday or short break or bag some additional days on the slopes for free.

New year ski Discount Holidays © holiday offers

Stay in stylish Verbier, Switzerland

Inghams (www.inghams.co.uk1) is offering an eight-night Discount Holidays © holiday to the exclusive resort of Verbier2 from 1,129 per person, saving 190 (including 100 saving per person and a free night s stay worth 90 person) departing Friday December 30 2016. The price covers chalet catering, including a new year celebration meal, at Chalet Hotel de Verbier3, return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and resort transfers. Verbier has a range of bars and restaurants, extensive slopes and some challenging off piste for experts to tackle.

Snow-sure break to Flaine, France

Erna Low (ernalow.co.uk4) is offering seven nights at the ski-in/ski-out, five-star Residence Les Terrasses d Helios5 in snow-sure Flaine6, from 528 per person (instead of 607 per person), saving 10 per cent, departing on December 31 2016. The price is based on four people sharing a one-bedroom apartment and includes flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and private transfers. Flaine is just one hour from Geneva and Erna Low can tailor-make a flexible package to the resort for anywhere between seven and 10 nights in length.

Experience the slopes of Verbier while staying at Inghams’ Chalet Hotel de Verbier

Family-friendly trip to St Anton, Austria

Esprit Ski (espritski.com7) has a nine-night chalet Discount Holidays © holiday for a family of four to St Anton8 in Austria for 4,282 (was 5,110) saving 823 and departing on December 30 2016. At the foot of the Nasserein gondola, the Chalet Pepi Gabl is in ideally located for quick easy access to St Anton s ski area and features family bedrooms and suites plus a spa area with hot tub and sauna. And this season new cable cars will link St Anton to the neighbouring resort of Lech9 giving visitors even more slopes to play on. The price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children aged five to eight years old) travelling on December 30 and returning on January 8 and includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, transfers, free Wi-Fi, free baby listening service and catered chalet accommodation. Esprit Classic Child Care is available from 293 for eight half days of ski lessons.

Explore the large Espace Killy ski area from Val d Is re, France

Ski Total (skitotal.com10) is offering the luxury Chalet Hotel Le Savoie in Val d Is re11 for nine nights from 1,879 per person (was 2,219) saving 340 per person. Located on Val d Is re s main street, the chalet is just a three-minute walk to the main Solaise and Olympique lifts to access both sides of the vast Espace Killy ski area. Le Savoie offers a choice of spacious bedrooms and suites and a spa area with indoor pool, two whirlpools, two saunas and a steam room. The price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights from Southampton to Geneva, private transfers to resort, and catered chalet accommodation.

Return to the comfort of Ski Total’s Chalet Hotel Le Savoie in Val d’Is re

Extensive glacier skiing in Les Deux Alpes, France

Mark Warner (markwarner.co.uk12) has a nine-night Discount Holidays © holiday to Chalet Hotel Berangere in Les Deux Alpes13 for 1,209 per person, saving 350 per person, departing December 30 2016. Les Deux Alpes is set at 1,650m with the largest glacier in Europe and Chalet Hotel Berangere is in a good location next to the piste at the foot of the slopes. It has a pool, sauna, steam room and children s clubs. The price includes nine nights for the price of seven, flights, transfers, evening drop-in cr che, catered chalet accommodation. This offer is valid for bookings made by July 29 2016.

High-altitude skiing and celebrations at Val Thorens, France

Club Med (clubmed.co.uk14) is offering a seven-night break at Val Thorens Sensations in Europe s highest resort Val Thorens15 sits at 2,300m for 2,029 per adult (was 2,385) saving 356; 1,825 per child (was 2,125) saving 300, and children under four years old stay for free. Val Thorens Sensations16 is a contemporary resort with two bars, two restaurants, a gym and treatment rooms. The rooms overlook the ski area and the resort has three terraces from which to enjoy the view.

neilson.co.uk/ski17) is offering a seven-night Discount Holidays © holiday from 399 per person (saving up to 180) to Borovets in Bulgaria. Departing on December 27 2016, the Discount Holidays © holiday includes return flights from Gatwick or Manchester, resort transfers and seven nights half-board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Ela. Or delay the celebrations for a few days and take a short break on the slopes from 299 per person (saving 110) to Bansko in Bulgaria. Departing on January 3 2017, the Discount Holidays © holiday includes return flights from Gatwick or Manchester, resort transfers and four nights half-board at the three-star Hotel Bizev. Both these offers are valid until July 4 2016.

The 10 most extreme winter-sports experiences18

Luxury chalet in the Trois Vall es, France

Ski in Luxury (skiinluxury.com19) is offering a nine-night Discount Holidays © holiday to luxury chalet La Petite Chapelle in Meribel20, which sleeps 10, for 17,250. The Discount Holidays © holiday departs on December 30 2016 and includes catered chalet accommodation, the services of a professional chef, complimentary bar and in-resort driver service. The five-bedroom chalet is located in Mussillon, a five-minute walk from the centre of M ribel21, and has a sauna, outdoor hot tub, boot room and satellite TV.

M ribel is part of the Trois Vall es, which offers 600km of linked slopes across the four major resorts of Courchevel, M ribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens plus St Martin de Belleville and La Tania.

References

  1. ^ www.inghams.co.uk (www.inghams.co.uk)
  2. ^ Verbier (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ Chalet Hotel de Verbier (www.inghams.co.uk)
  4. ^ ernalow.co.uk (ernalow.co.uk)
  5. ^ Residence Les Terrasses d Helios (www.ernalow.co.uk)
  6. ^ Flaine (www.discountholidays.info)
  7. ^ espritski.com (espritski.com)
  8. ^ St Anton (www.discountholidays.info)
  9. ^ Lech (www.discountholidays.info)
  10. ^ skitotal.com (skitotal.com)
  11. ^ Val d Is re (www.discountholidays.info)
  12. ^ markwarner.co.uk (markwarner.co.uk)
  13. ^ Les Deux Alpes (www.discountholidays.info)
  14. ^ clubmed.co.uk (clubmed.co.uk)
  15. ^ Val Thorens (www.discountholidays.info)
  16. ^ Val Thorens Sensations (www.clubmed.co.uk)
  17. ^ neilson.co.uk/ski (neilson.co.uk)
  18. ^ The 10 most extreme winter-sports experiences (cf-particle-html.eip.discountholidays.info)
  19. ^ skiinluxury.com (www.skiinluxury.com)
  20. ^ La Petite Chapelle in Meribel (www.skiinluxury.com)
  21. ^ M ribel (www.discountholidays.info)

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