TOP10 BARGAIN SKI BREA AKS; Combine a stay in a winter wonderland with one of the most exhilarating sports out there with a week on the slopes. Here's our pick of the best deals on a week's break...
Cold mountain... stop to enjoy the view on a skiing holiday in Austria 1MAYRHOFEN, AUSTRIA from PS349pp Not all Austrian ski resorts are little villages. Mayrhofen is a good-sized town spread across the valley floor and surrounded by dramatic peaks including the Hintertux, with its spectacular glaciers. There is a traditional feel to the place, you're guaranteed snow all year round and it's a good bet for families, with excellent children's facilities.
THE DEAL: A week at the Pension Eberharter costs from PS349pp B&B, including flights from Gatwick and transfers, through Crystal Ski.
mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 2 PAS DE LA CASA, ANDORRA from PS390pp The tiny principality of Andorra is a great choice for a bargain ski week - its tax-free status means your money will go much further than in neighbouring France or Spain. Pas de la Casa is right on the border with France and is connected to the massive Grandvalira ski area. There is a great mix of pistes, from really gentle greens for beginners to steep black runs that will challenge experienced skiers. THE DEAL: A week at the Apartments Crest costs from PS390pp self-catering, including flights from Gatwick on February 23, directski.com.
mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 3 BANSKO, BULGARIA from PS194pp Like Andorra, Bulgaria is a great place for a cheap skiing break. Packages are very reasonable and the cost of everything else, from food and drink to ski hire, is far less than in most Alpine resorts. Bansko is the country's top destination for skiers, with more than 40 miles of prepared runs, new lifts and reliable snow. The pretty square at the heart of the village is the ideal place for an apres-ski beer.
THE DEAL: A week self-catering at the Pirin Country Club Apartments costs from PS194pp, including flights from Stansted on December 7, through EASYJET Holidays. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 4TIGNES, FRANCE from PS355pp A skiing holiday over Christmas can be a fun way to celebrate the festive period and there are some surprisingly affordable packages around. Tignes is a mega resort with several different areas. There is a huge range of skiing, from nursery slopes to spectacular black and red runs accessible on the fast six-man gondola from the heart of the village. Tignes Val Claret is a quieter sub-resort just over a mile away along the valley.
THE DEAL: A week at the Le Borsat IV Apartments in Tignes Val Claret from PS355pp self-catering, including flights from Gatwick on December 21, through Iglu Ski.
mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 5 SOLDEU, ANDORRA from PS272pp Soldeu is not the prettiest resort in the world - the hotels and restaurants are on a main road linking France and Spain. But it is known for having an excellent ski school, with a British-run section for English visitors. The resort, which has reliable snow, is best for beginners and intermediates. The Ski Andorra lift pass covers all the slopes in the principality meaning there are always new pistes to try. THE DEAL: A week half board at the Hotel Euro Esqui starts at PS272pp including flights from Gatwick on December 15 with lowcostholidays.com. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 6 LA THUILE, ITALY PS275pp La Thuile is a great mix of old and new, with a sweet traditional mountain village as well as a large modern complex with shops and accommodation. Right on the border with France, it is relatively undiscovered by Brits and has a lovely unspoilt feel.
There's an superb high-tech lift system which means there are rarely queues and the excellent piste links mean you can ski in France and Italy on the same day.
THE DEAL: A week at Apartments Planibel costs PS275pp self-catering (four sharing) with flights from Gatwick on January 12 through Crystal Ski.
mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 7 KIRCHDORF, AUSTRIA PS344pp The Austrian Tyrol is one of the most beautiful ski regions in Europe. Forest-lined pistes sweep down to beautiful villages with clusters of wooden chalets and onion-domed churches. The ski schools are particularly good and the general atmosphere is more peaceful and less hectic than the big French resorts. Kirchdorf is great for families and has good free bus links to neighbouring ski runs as well as its own pistes, with more than 100 miles of runs in total. As well as skiing and boarding, you'll find tobogganing, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides on offer.
THE DEAL: A week at Mountain High Guesthouse for PS344pp half-board, includes flights from Gatwick in January 2014, through Thomson Ski. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 8 LES ORRES, FRANCE from PS234pp For active families who don't want to spend their entire holiday skiing or boarding, Les Orres 1800 is a great bet. Purpose built in 2008, it offers snowmobiling, ice climbing, tobogganing and quad biking. With more than 50 miles of pistes, there's no danger of anyone getting bored with the terrain. For a change of scenery catch a bus to the older village of Les Orres 1650. THE DEAL: A week at Le Parc Des Airelles costs from PS234pp selfcatering, including flights from Gatwick on January 11, through EASYJET Holidays. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 9 CHAMONIX, FRANCE from PS195pp (flights extra) For intermediate and advanced skiers there are few better resorts than Chamonix, which is surrounded by four different ski areas and within striking distance of Mont Blanc. The town itself - which has a lively apres-ski scene with plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants - is best for groups of friends rather than young families. There are several ski schools and a network of ski buses links the town to the different ski areas.
THE DEAL: A week at the Clos 2B apartment costs from PS195pp (four sharing) with High Mountain Holidays. EASYJET (easyjet.com) has flights from London to Geneva from PS80 return. mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 10PAMPOROVO, BULGARIA PS349.99pp Pamporovo has a unique claim to fame as the sunniest mountain resort in Europe, so it's perfect if you're the sort of skier who likes to spend afternoons lazing in a deckchair. The pistes are surrounded by beautiful pine forests that look magical after a fall of fresh snow. It's an ideal resort for families, with a reasonably-priced ski kindergarten and 11 different beginners slopes to learn on.
THE DEAL: A week at the four-star Hotel Pamporovo costs PS334.99pp B&B, including flights from East Midlands on January 11, through Balkan Holidays.
mirror.co.uk/traveltop10 WHAT YOU'LL NEED: If you're a firsttime skier don't forget you'll need to arrange ski and boot hire plus lift passes. It pays to plan ahead and search online early for the best rates on all of these.
To book any of these deals go to: mirror.co.uk/traveltop10
UNDER PS400pp FOR A WEEK
Mayrhofen, Austria... Pension Eberharter
Year-round snow... the peaks around Mayrhofen
Pas de la Casa, Andorra... Apartments Crest
Bansko, Bulgaria... Pirin Country Club Apartments
Tigne, France... Le Borsat IV Apartments
Soldeu, Andorra... Hotel Euro Esqui
La Thuile, Italy... stay at Apartments Planibel
Kirchdorf, Austria... Mountain High
White stuff... slopes of unspoilt La Thuile
Pamporovo, Bulgaria... Hotel Pamporovo
Chamonix, France... Clos 2B apartment
Le Parc Des Airelles
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|Date:||Nov 17, 2013|
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