As we revealed on our recent Destination: Ski and snow page, now’s the time to bag a bargain for this year’s ski season. Snow conditions have been tip-top for the last two years and it looks set to continue that way, but ski bookings are only just on the rise, after four years of poor sales.
Which is good news for all you ski bunnies -- in a bid to get early bookings and "base load" (get a significant number of rooms filled earlier on) for the rest of the season, operators have introduced some cracking discounts. And if you’re flexible about the destination, there are even better deals to be had. Here are our top three for offers:
We’ve already spotted a big increase in the number of deals to Andorra this year. Charlie Clark from Andorra Traveller says that "early booking discounts and fantastic conditions in Andorra over the past three seasons" have contributed to this. Look out for offers that include everything from flights and a 7-night stay to transfers, meals, a lift pass, ski hire and free drinks -- all for under £700.
"If you’ve never skied or snowboarded and want to give it a try without huge financial outlay or you’re a family with small children on a tight budget, Bulgaria is worth a visit," says The Daily Telegraph. It might not be Austria or the Swiss Alps, but for a cheap and cheerful ski break, Borovets in Bulgaria has mass-market appeal. Expect prices as low as £349 per person.
Yes, skiing in France can be prohibitively expensive, but if you travel in the quieter periods -- early January and late March -- you’ll find that even the French Alps are affordable. Our ski and snow page currently has a self-catering week in Belle Plagne with flights, for a bargainous £299 per person. The trick is to round up a group of friends and family to go with, as the best deals are based on an occupancy of four or more.