TRAVEL: DEALS OF THE WEEK: CHRISTMAS SKIING

Sales for Christmas skiing breaks are going more quickly than usual, particularly in Swiss and Austrian villages. But over New Year the take-up is slow. Operators are divided as to the reasons: too much hype, over-inflated prices, effects of the millennium bug, indecision about where to spend the holiday. So, there is a lot available over the New Year.

Canillo, Andorra

Seven nights cost pounds 365 per person with Top Deck (tel: 0171-370 4555), departing on 19 December. Andorra is selling well, mainly because it is affordable - it's a good place to go over New Year, too, if you are looking for a lively place to party. Canillo should be connected to the main ski field this year by lift, which will save having to take the bus. The price includes return flights, transfers and half-board at the Hotel Armany, with a special Christmas meal.

Le Fayet, nr Chamonix

Twelve days (nine nights) cost pounds 398 per person with Snow Coach (tel: 01727 833141), departing on 17 December. The price includes return coach travel, accommodation at the Hotel Terminus, with breakfast, afternoon tea and a four-course evening meal with wine. There will also be a traditional Christmas dinner and a tree - all imported from England.

Courmayeur, Italy

Seven nights cost pounds 409 with Momentum Travel (tel: 0171-371 9111), departing on 20 December. The price includes return flights, b&b in a family-run hotel, scheduled flights and car hire for two.

Val d'Isere, France

Seven nights cost pounds 549 per person with Mark Warner (tel: 0171-761 7002), departing on 19 December. The Chalethotel Moris is just behind the main square and the ski lifts are within walking distance. The price includes return flights, half-board accommodation and about half the rooms have their own shower or bath.

Meribel, France

Ten nights cost pounds 829 with Crystal Holidays (tel: 0870 848 7000), departing on 29 December. The price includes return flights, accommodation in a chalet sleeping 12, with breakfast, tea and dinner included, and a six-course millennium dinner with champagne, wine and liqueurs.

Megeve, France

Ten nights cost pounds 999 with Stanford Ski (tel: 0181-789 2929), departing on 29 December. The price includes return flights, transfers, chalet-style half-board accommodation and tuition.

Aspen, USA

Ten nights cost pounds 1,280 per person with Thomson (tel: 0181-210 4555), departing 30 December. If you've set your heart on Aspen, the Snowflake Inn in the centre of the resort is a good choice. The price includes return flights, b&b and car hire.

Whistler, Canada

Ten nights cost pounds 2,099 per person with Ski the American Dream (tel: 0181-552 1201), departing 23 December. The price includes return flights, transfers and accommodation. Holidays in the US and Canada are selling out faster than for Europe. But beware, some of the hotels have been booked up for two years by regular visitors.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Suggested Topics
Voices
voices
Life and Style
Upright, everything’s all right (to a point): remaining on one’s feet has its health benefits – though in moderation
HealthIf sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Griffin holds forth in The Simpsons Family Guy crossover episode
arts + ents
Sport
Laura Trott with her gold
Commonwealth GamesJust 48 hours earlier cyclist was under the care of a doctor
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
arts + entsFilmmaker posted a picture of Israeli actress Gal Gadot on Twitter
News
Bryan had a bracelet given to him by his late father stolen during the raid
people
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Pedro Pascal gives a weird look at the camera in the blooper reel
arts + entsPrince Oberyn nearly sets himself on fire with a flaming torch
News
Danny Nickerson, 6, has received 15,000 cards and presents from well-wishers around the world
newsDanny loves to see his name on paper, so his mother put out a request for cards - it went viral
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Sport
France striker Loic Remy
sportThe QPR striker flew to Boston earlier in the week to complete deal
News
Orville and Keith Harris. He covered up his condition by getting people to read out scripts to him
People
Arts and Entertainment
Zoe Saldana stars in this summer's big hope Guardians of the Galaxy
filmHollywood's summer blockbusters are no longer money-spinners
Arts and Entertainment
O'Shaughnessy pictured at the Unicorn Theatre in London
tvFiona O'Shaughnessy explains where she ends and her strange and wonderful character begins
Life and Style
Workers in Seattle are paid 100 times as much as workers in Bangladesh
fashionSeattle company lets customers create their own clothes, then click 'buy' and wait for delivery
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
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
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

    C++ Software Engineer - Hounslow, West London - C++ - to £60K +

    £40000 - £60000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare : Deerfoot IT Resources Limite...

    VB.NET and C# developer (VB.NET,C#,ASP.NET)

    £30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...

    Visitor Experience volunteer

    Unpaid voluntary role: Old Royal Naval College: To assist the Visitor Experien...

    Telesales Manager. Paddington, London

    £45-£55k OTE £75k : Charter Selection: Major London International Fashion and ...

    Day In a Page

    A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

    A new Russian revolution

    Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
    Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

    Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

    The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
    Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

    Standing my ground

    If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

    Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

    Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
    Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

    Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

    The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
    The man who dared to go on holiday

    The man who dared to go on holiday

    New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

    For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
    The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

    The Guest List 2014

    Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
    Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

    Jokes on Hollywood

    With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
    It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

    It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

    Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
    Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

    Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

    Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
    Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

    Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

    Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014

    The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
    Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

    Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

    The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried