It’s getting colder, and while we are often tempted to escape falling temperatures, another option is to embrace them, albeit in different surroundings. If you are a skier or a snowboarder you know that this time of year is cause for excitement. Snow has already fallen in Europe and some resorts open in just over two months, meaning there are plenty of early-bird offers to tempt the most devoted beach bums to strap on some salopettes and hunt down the powder.
Here are some of the best deals:
All-inclusive options are not just the preserve of summer holiday enthusiasts. We found a week in the Italian resort of Sauze d'Oulx including flights, hotel accommodation and transfers, as well as daily breakfast, packed lunch and 3-course dinner with unlimited drinks (until 10:30pm) for £499 per person. You will also get one lift pass for half the usual cost. To make it even more appealing, departures are available from nine different UK airports on every Saturday in January.
Val d’Isere apartments
Regular skiers will be familiar with Val d’Isere. Consistently voted by experts as one of the world’s best resorts, it has a huge ski area (shared with sister resort, Tignes) with runs for all abilities, a good snow record and a lively town at the base to satisfy your après-ski needs. Save 20% on a week at these 4-star apartments on the slopes for £488 per apartment. That works out at £122 per person with departures in January and March, 2013.
It’s all about the weekend
Short on annual leave? A ski weekend is the answer. Choose from a Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday departures and minimise the amount of time you are out of the office whilst still getting the full alpine experience. Starting from as little as £350 per person you get flights, transfers and three nights' catered accommodation in some of France’s best resorts, including the expert’s favourite, Chamonix. Departures are available in December and January, 2013.
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