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Some ski holidays at Christmas will be cheap this year; we have seen one for under £300. There also reductions in air fares. UPDATED

 

Prices are being cut by the tour operators as demand stalls. 

The latest offers we have over the festive season come from the tour operator, Ski Amis.

It goes to many of the major ski areas in the French Alps.

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See here for further details of the holidays on offer and the prices.

People seem concerned about snow after last year, the main transfer day of Saturday is also Boxing Day, the travel chaos in parts of the French Alps last year over the festive period is fresh in people's minds and perhaps people just want to be at home rather than on slopes.

This has led to some serious price reductions.

And we mean serious.

The cost of spending Christmas Day on the ski slopes has hit a record low with a half board week including flights and transfers on offer for under £300 and a fully catered chalet holiday for £499.

That might well be cheaper than staying at home.

The UK's leading ski agent, Iglu, which sells holidays for over 50 tour operators covering 200 resorts and is a partner of PlanetSKI, was this week offering catered holidays for Christmas week in Bulgaria for £292, Andorra for £348 and a choice of Italy, Austria and France from £416.

"'A crucial factor is that Easter is early this year so the snow is guaranteed and the days then are longer and warmer', said Iglu's sales director, Adam Johnson.

"Also I'm afraid a lot of people haven't forgotten the nightmare of transfer day last year when a massive dump closed resorts and roads and some Brits were trapped in coaches or airports for 24 hours," he added.

See here for a PlanetSKI report on the travel delays from last year.

"I've been in this business for 12 years and I've never known such widespread and early discounting. Many holidays are down in price by at least a third and in some have almost halved."

"Some people spend more on a Christmas break at home than the price of some of these holidays for a whole week's skiing," he added.

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See here for some of the latest offerings on PlanetSKI in our special Deals and Discounts section - we have some of the best offers for Xmas currently available.

Here are some of the latest offerings from Iglu:

Les Arcs, France  - Super 4*  for £549 deal with a 2 4 1 ski or snowboard hire thrown in; see here for further details.

Bansko, Bulgaria -  £292 includes flights, transfer, and half board in en-suite twin rooms from 19.12.15; see here for further details.

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy - 3* HB from 19th December for £416; see here for further details.

Serre Chevalier, France - 3* Catered chalet for £499 from 19th December for £499; see here for further details.

One operator we have spoken to says it is even prepared to mothball chalets over Christmas and it may even be more economical simply to not open.

And the latest offers we have are on flights.  One of our partners, Ski-flights.com, has some discounted offers over the holiday period.

Christmas Week
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Saturday 19th December for 7 nights. Flights from Manchester and Birmingham to Innsbruck from £199 return.
Saturday 19th December for 7 nights. Flights from Gatwick to Chambery from £199 return

New Year Week
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Saturday 26th December for 7 nights. Flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck from £299 return.
Saturday 26th December for 7 nights. Flights from Stansted to Chambery from £299 return.

All prices include taxes, APD and a Free 20kgs hold baggage allowance per person. Ski carriage is charged at £45 per set.

See here for further details.

"As with all operators our December sales are a bit on the slow side. However the rest of the season is going really well. We are seeing strong growth this year which suggest a lot of clients are still self-packaging - booking one of our ski flights and then booking independent chalets/apartments," said David Lacy from Ski-Flights.


"Families seem to be booking only at half-term or Easter. Outside of these weeks most of our sales are to adults (lots of groups) or to families with pre-school children. Our average client age is definitely getting older and our older guests avoid the school holidays so we are seeing good sales in January and March," he added.

Ski-Flights has added a number of extra flights at half-term to meet demand and has added its first extra flights to Chambery at Easter from Gatwick and Stansted.

It reports that sales to both France and Austria continue to be strong but says there is a slight swing back to France from Austria.

Happy ChristmasHappy Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article with further Xmas deals from some of the British tour operators over the weekend as more become available.

Do check back if you want a bargain.

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