Show offers good deals

22nd October 2010, by Chris Gill

Lots of choice under one roof

Lots of choice under one roof

If you’re getting along to Olympia this week, or intending heading to Birmingham ski and board show shortly, don’t forget to check out the special deals on holidays. They could save you and your group quite a bit of cash. And you’ll find a lot of choice under one huge London roof!

Central to every show are the resorts and the tour operators – there to help you get the most out of your winter holiday. And perhaps persuade you to book on the day, with one of their special discounts or deals. There are plenty of incentives, from all-in deals to free lift passes and rental

For example, Lagrange holidays is offering 5% ski show discount on February half term breaks. These must be made over the phone and accommodation reserved at the Show.

So, an apartment for four in Avoriaz is now on offer for £1455 (price per apartment). Or head for the Three Valleys: Méribel at £1332 or Val Thorens at £873. All of these are self-catering breaks, but ideal for a small family looking for flexibility and choice during half-term week. Lagrange has plenty of other apartments available that week too, in resorts throughout France. How about Châtel, St Gervais or Serre Chevalier?

Staying with France, and chalet operator Ski Amis has a few introductory show offers too. Medium-sized catered chalets, sleeping 12-14, have an introductory show price of £399 – rising to £939pp depending on part of the season and premium service etc.

We stopped by the Inghams stand too, also offering discounts – of 10% on bookings made at the Show, on online. One of their highlights this winter is likely to be the new PLUS range of holidays, all-inclusive deals that incorporate the usual package elements (based on half- or chalet-board) plus a lift pass and ski hire (or ski carriage). Starting as low as £399 for Bulgaria, this could prove a very eye-catching opportunity for a novice or total beginner skier looking to enjoy a good-value trip. The PLUS holidays also cover top resorts in France, Austria and Italy. Chamonix would set you back about £900 all-in, for example.

If it’s chalets you want, try Skiworld. Special offers include free nights, money-off savings on December and January dates and all-inclusive deals from £499. If you want to look beyond Europe, they can also tailor-make trips to the US, Canada and Japan.

With over 40 years experience, Erna Low has a wealth of properties and resorts to tempt you on a self-drive adventure. And they believe that after last year’s ash-cloud disruptions, many potential customers to the French Alps may be swayed to drive or take the train this season. Current promotions include a week for six in the Sybelles region from as little as £54 per person (self-catering, self-drive).

Mark Warner holidays are celebrating 35 years in the industry with some exclusive show offers, such as free child places and group discounts. Stay in Tignes from £575pp in December or La Plagne on 23 January for £675pp

And for travellers to North America, be sure to check out Ski Independence, Frontier Ski and Canadian Affair while your browsing the stands: they both have a wide choice of resorts and experts on hand to help you make the most of the countries. It’s a bit pricier to travel stateside this year, so pre-booking essential items in the UK can save you quite a bit of money. You’ll often get free nights included too.

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