Grab a brilliant January ski deal

30th December 2014, by Abi Butcher

Megeve this afternoon — the ski area is finally open

Megeve this afternoon — the ski area is finally open

Well, it snowed! After a nail-biting run-up to Christmas, an epic storm last weekend, 15,000 people getting stranded in the French Alps and being forced to sleep in emergency accommodation, things have calmed down.

So what are we left with? Thankfully vastly improved conditions, particularly across France where Megève and Morzine, which closed over Christmas, have now opened most of their ski areas. Likewise Lech and St Anton in Austria received 80cm and 115cm respectively on their upper slopes and have been able to open much of their ski area, even the lower resorts in Austria have now got a covering — albeit a thin one.

The storm hit Switzerland too, with Verbier now at snow depths of 50/130cm after around 70cm fell in the area, but there are wintery scenes all over, with Saas-Fee and Zermatt celebrating with the snow gods, too.

Italy didn’t do quite as well as the rest of Europe, with only a few centimetres over the weekend, but around 50cm fell across resorts in the Pyrenees.

North America has been doing spectacularly well, too — we’ve been inundated with “new snow” alerts from the likes of Jackson Hole, Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge. Earlier this week a special avalanche warning was issued by Avalanche Canada to all backcountry users in inland regions following heavy falls of 60-100cm of snow on top of weak layers, warm temperatures and high winds. “People were triggering slides even as they approached slopes,” said Avalanche Canada Public Avalanche Forecaster Joe Lammers.

So now that it has snowed, why not make the most of it? There are some amazing bargains to be snapped up if you can take a week off in January.

Why not go James Bond spotting in Sölden with Ski Total, leaving 4 January to stay seven nights in Chalet Hotel Hermann, for just £366 (was £731), including flights, transfers and meals, to coincide with filming on the 3S cable car and Ice Q restaurant.

Or head to Kühtai, which last year hit the map when filming began there for The Jump, and is just a 40-minute transfer from Innsbruck. Inghams Holidays has week-long ski trips staying in 3.5-rated Chalet Hotel Elisabeth from as little as £399 per person, saving £300.

Or our friends Ski Amis have slashed £250pp of their prices throughout January on week-long stays in their chalets in resorts across the Three Valleys, Val d’Isère and Tignes. Visit for more details. 

For these and more great deals, check our bargains section for regular updates.

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