DEALS OF THE WEEK: MILLENNIUM WINTER SKIING

Keen skiers and snowboarders can find unprecedented bargain basement prices this season as tour operators begin to launch cuts in the face of a serious slump in advance bookings. Some operators are quietly confessing that reservations are as much as 40 per cent below the same period last year.

The millennium in particular is turning out to be a damp squib for many ski resorts with desperate operators slashing ambitiously high brochure rates by up to 50 per cent.

If you have specific requirements book now and ask for the keenest prices. For those prepared to be flexible in destination and accommodation, hang on a little longer and shop around - prices are still falling.

Steamboat

Ski America's finest champagne powder in Steamboat, Colorado. Crystal Holidays (tel: 0870 848 7000) has reduced the brochure price of a 10-night stay in a four-star catered chalet by up to pounds 400 for departures on 26 and 29 December. Prices, from pounds 779 per person, include return scheduled flights to Denver from London Gatwick or Manchester, transfers, four-star chalet accommodation and three meals a day. For more details visit its website at: www.crystalholidays.co.uk

Whistler

If you can make it soon why not indulge yourself in the comforts of the luxury Chalet Muirfield in Whistler, Canada's top ski resort for seven nights, departing on 4 December for pounds 669 per person. Price includes gourmet four-course meals preceded by cocktails and canapes, and fine wines, plus home-baked teas each day and a cooked breakfast every morning. Prices include daily private transfers to the slopes and return flights to Vancouver on Air Canada. Call Ski the American Dream (tel: 0181-552 1201) or visit: www.skidream.com

Beaver Creek

A chance to take an early season ski break and watch the World Championship Downhill Races from 26 November to 2 December on the Birds of Prey slopes in the upscale Colorado resort of Beaver Creek. Ski Independence (tel: 0870 555 0555) has daily connecting departures from London to Denver with Continental Airlines and American Airlines. Price of pounds 639 includes flights, transfers and seven nights at the five-star Inn at Beaver Creek.

Ski safari

Airtours (tel: 0870 608 1950) has a 10-night, three-centre Ski Safari through the Canadian Rockies departing on 1 January from pounds 539 per person. The package is based on four people sharing an Avis rental car, with Monarch Airlines charter flights from London Gatwick or Manchester to Calgary. The trip includes three nights at the luxury Chateau Lake Louise, five nights in the Banff International Hotel or High Country Inn and two nights in the small, picturesque resort of Fernie. See the website: www.airtours.co.uk

Surf and ski

Enjoy a week's extreme skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, followed by a week surfing the Pacific waves off Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. Ski the American Dream (tel: 0181-552 1201) has departures on 4 December for seven nights in Jackson Hole from pounds 529 with bed and breakfast at the Parkway Inn. For an additional pounds 425 you can take an extra week in Hawaii. Prices include scheduled flights on United Airlines. Visit the website: www.skidream.com

Canadian Rockies Millennium

First Choice (tel: 0870 754 3477) has 10 nights in Banff with daily transfers available to Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Norquay from pounds 699, departing on 29 December. Package includes return flights from London or Manchester to Calgary, transfers and room-only accommodation. See: www.firstchoice.com

Heli-ski in British Columbia

James Orr Heli-Ski (tel: 0171-483 0300) has 10-day tailor-made packages to British Columbia, including three days of intensive heli-skiing and a week in Whistler, from pounds 1,750 with departures any day starting at the beginning of January. Price includes scheduled flights from the UK, transfers, accommodation and all meals during the heli-ski days. Website: www.heliski.co.uk

Cross-border ski

Spend five nights in Quebec's colourful and lively resort of Mont Tremblant, followed by five nights in the peace and tranquillity of New England's Sunday River, in Maine. Ski Independence (tel: 0870 555 0555) has departures daily until 14 December at prices from pounds 639, including flights, accommodation and car hire. Visit: www.ski-independence.co.uk

STEPHEN ROE

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Life and Style
fashion
News
news... you won't believe how bad their skills were
News
people

Arts and Entertainment
Mark Wright and Mark Wright
tvStrictly goes head-to-head with Apprentice
Sport
footballPremier League preview: All the talking points ahead of this weekend's clashes
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Investigo: Finance Analyst

    £240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...

    Ashdown Group: Data Manager - £Market Rate

    Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...

    Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - Bedfordshire/Cambs border - £32k

    £27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...

    Recruitment Genius: Class 1 HGV Driver

    £23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...

    Day In a Page

    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas