Half term is fast approaching and for those of you that are still undecided on what to do, why not take the plunge and book a last minute ski break? Here are seven great value options that won’t break the bank…
1/5 Hotel Hauts de Toviere, Tignes
This hotel is best suited to those who know their way round a set of skis and are familiar with a slope, as Hotel Hauts do Toviere boasts an almost ski-to-door service, and is mere metres from the central slopes in Tignes. Beautifully redecorated for the 2015 ski season, you can expect to find all the amenities your family will need – a guest lounge, bar and a galleried restaurant, which prides itself on the incredible panoramic views of the mountain and ski slope. It’s also in the enviable position of being a stone’s throw from the shops and bars of Lavachet. The hotel is proud of its clip and ski location, allowing guests to ski down to the main lift and access some of the best pistes in Val-d’Isère and Tignes.
When you book through Alpine Elements, you’ll not only find great ski deals for February, by their Winter Hosts will be on hand to offer great advice on social ski groups, different levels of skiing, and even the conditions of the slopes. They’ll also advise on any lessons you or the kids may need.
Half-board packages include a hearty full skier’s breakfast with daily cooked options, afternoon hot drinks with freshly baked cakes, and three course à la carte dinners with wine. There are a variety of en-suite bedrooms available from double rooms to triple and family quad rooms.
Price: 14-21 February 2015, a family of four staying in an apartment – including child discount – costs £4,335.44. Pre-book your skis through Alpine Elements and you’ll save up to 50% compared to resort prices.
Book and find out more: alpineelements.co.uk/ski-holidays
2/5 Hotel Lion, Bansko
The biggest ski area in Bulgaria, Bansko resort is surrounded by beautiful natural landscape. Skiers are treated to high mountains, cultural history and all the modern facilities you could need. Slopes are wide and lined with trees, and a fantastic, modern lift system makes them accessible for skiers of all ages and levels. The resort also has a buzzing après-ski scene.
Families who choose Hotel Lion can expect a friendly personal service, and comfortable rooms. After a long day on the slopes, you’ll be glad of the hotel’s indoor pool, sauna and steam room – not to mention the warmth of the log fire in the hotel bar.
Half-board includes a hot and cold breakfast, and a buffet-style evening meal. The hotel is 250m from the ski lifts and the meeting point for the resort’s ski schools. A regular shuttle service will take you to the lifts, and the hotel is also just a short walk to the resort’s shops an bars. A six-day lift pass costs £110 for adults and £65 for children aged three-12. Ski school for kids up to 12 years costs £55 for six four-hour lessons.
Price: 13-20 February 2015, a family of four flying from Manchester to Sofia, staying in a family room – including online booking discount – costs £3,703.30
Book and find out more: neilson.co.uk/ski/bulgaria/bansko
3/5 La Plagne 2100, French Alps
Club Med’s La Plagne 2100 sits at the foot at the slopes, with a fabulous view of the ski resort. Families with young kids can stay in comfortable, interconnecting rooms, with beautiful view of the ski runs.
The kids club, Mini ClubMed, for children aged four to ten, is included in the price and includes sports, games and activities for kids of all ages. Under the watchful eye of their ski instructors, kids can discover the joy of skiing and find their confidence on the snow through fun games. They will also have the chance to get stuck into arts and crafts and be treated to lunch and tea. The kids club is open 8.30am–5pm, then 7–9pm, six days a week.
Kids from four years can enjoy the Snow Garden, where they will learn to ski by practicing circuits around figurines and under hoops, and learning to use the snow belt.
14-21 February 2015, a family of four staying in two inter-connecting rooms – including child discount – costs £6,588.
Find out more: clubmed.co.uk/cm
3/5 Hotel Gelinotte, Val d’Isere
If waking up to unrivalled views of the mountains Val d’Isere sounds like heaven, then look no further than Hotel Gelinotte. Thanks to the elevated position of the hotel, you’ll pull back your curtains every morning in this premium four diamond hotel to reveal sweeping views.
The focus here is on relaxation, with the Wellness Centre at the heart of the hotel’s recent renovation. Soothe sore ski-legs after a long day on the slopes in the swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Families will welcome the short five-ten minute walk, or two minute bus ride, to the resorts’ slopes, shops and bars.
For those nights that you want nothing more than to snuggle round an open fireplace, you can just make your way to the sociable lounge. Older kids will appreciate the free Wifi, or you can all compete in a parents vs. kids board game.
Half-board packages include breakfast, afternoon tea with freshly baked cakes, and three course à la carte dinners with wine. There are a variety of en-suite bedroom available from twin/double rooms, to triple and quad rooms.
Book with Alpine Elements and their winter hosts will be on hand every morning to offer advice on social ski groups, different levels of skiing, lesson options and even the conditions of the slopes.
14-21 February 2015, a family of four staying in an apartment – including child discount – costs £4,631.48. Pre-book your skis through Alpine Elements, and you pay up to 50% less than resort prices
Book and find out more: alpineelements.co.uk
7/7 Hotel Montana, La Tania-Courchevel
Situated in the popular 3 Valleys resort La Tania, Courchevel, Hotel Montana brings you a hotel full of facilities and services that will keep the whole family entertained. Not only will the kids kids appreciate the free Wifi, satellite TV and board games, they’ll also be able to get involved in theme nights and make new friends in the games room.
Grown-ups can look forward to relaxing in the health club, with its swimming pool, gym, hot tub, sauna and steam room. If you’re looking to take the relaxation further, massages are available for an extra fee. After breakfast, clip in your skis and ski the mere 100m to the main gondola life, which carries you straight to some of the mountain’s best pistes.
From Hotel Montana, you’re perfectly located to access Meribel, Courchevel or stay in La Tania. There are an abundance of rooms to choose from – classic, premium and superior – all with en-suites and balconies. The premium and superior rooms boast ski slope and mountain views.
Half-board packages include breakfast, afternoon tea and cake and three course à la carte dinners. Plus, if you upgrade to superior, you’ll have a choice of four courses. There are a variety of en-suite bedroom available from twin/double rooms, to triple and family quad rooms.
Book with Alpine Elements and every morning their winter hosts will be ready to offer advice on social ski groups, different levels of skiing, slope conditions and any lessons you or the kids might want.
For a family of four, 14-21 February 2015, staying in an apartment – including child discount – costs £4,631.48. Pre-book your skis through Alpine Elements, and you pay up to 50% less than resort prices