The Christmas period is ideal for a stay in the mountains. (photo credit: Adobe stock)
While most French people choose the February holidays to go on winter sports, the Christmas period is ideal for a stay in the mountains. What could be better than the magical atmosphere of the resorts for unforgettable end-of-year celebrations? What are the benefits of going away at Christmas? Is it possible to book at the last minute? What budget should you plan?
Why go skiing at Christmas?
The month of December generally corresponds to the start of the ski season, with the first significant snowfalls in the main mountain ranges. The resorts are ready to welcome vacationers, seasonal workers are rested, and attendance is lower than in February.
As the end of year celebrations approach, ski resorts light up and adorn themselves with decorations. Snowy landscapes, downhill skiing or tobogganing, snowshoeing, convivial evenings by the fire… What could be more magical than a white Christmas? Eager to offer a festive atmosphere to their visitors, the family resorts multiply the animations: visit of Santa Claus, concerts of traditional songs, torchlight descent, sleigh rides or ice sculptures.
Skiing Christmas also rhymes with savings! If the best way for a stay in the mountains at a reduced price is to go outside school holidays, this is unfortunately not possible with children. Even if the holiday season is more in demand than at the beginning of December or the month of January, the average price for a week remains lower than the rates charged in February.
Online comparators, your best allies for a ski holiday at a low price
When to leave? Where to go? How to find the most interesting offer among the multitude of proposals? To help you make your choice, rely on online comparators such as
. This site allows Internet users to find destinations and holiday periods at the best price from a wide choice of available stays. To do this, it compares the prices of more than 50 merchants such as Travelski, Cdiscount Voyages, Skiset… Or even Booking.com, Netski (partners
*) on rentals, hotels, vacation homes, all-inclusive ski holidays or equipment rental.
In addition, Ski Express provides Internet users with a “
cheaper ski barometer
”. From the data collected from the sites screened, the comparator is able to determine “when to go skiing cheaper” and “where to go skiing cheaper”.
It can thus be seen that stays during the Christmas holidays are indeed less expensive than in February. Based on 4 people, the average price per head for accommodation and lift pass is
for the week of December 17 to 24, and
for the week of December 24 to 31. In February the price is
for the first week of the holidays, from February 4 to 11, but it reaches
for the week of February 11,
for the week of February 18, and
for the week of February 25.
In terms of destination, still based on 4 people, the cheapest resort for renting an apartment from December 17 to 24 is Val-Cenis (Savoie), with offers from
The following week is Serre Chevalier (Hautes-Alpes), with apartments available from
. If we look at the price of accommodation + lift pass, the cheapest resort is Valfréjus (Savoie) for the first week of the Christmas holidays (from
per person), and Chabanonselonnet (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) for the second week (from
Skiing at Christmas: is it possible to reserve at the last minute?
Indecision, lack of time, strategy: the last minute trend is gaining momentum in France, and merchant sites must adapt to ever-increasing demand. For a ski holiday, the main adjustment variable is the snow cover. If the highest stations are generally not affected by the problem, it can happen that the snow is rarer at medium altitude. To avoid disappointments without breaking the bank, choose a mid-altitude resort connected to a large ski area. This will allow you to pay less for your ski holiday, while enjoying quality infrastructure.
Very often, merchant sites lower their prices to destock. Ski Express has a “last minute” section. This allows you to compare offers a few weeks before departure, in order to benefit from the most attractive rates. For example, for the week of December 17 to 24, you can rent a 2-room apartment for 4 people in La Mongie (Pyrénées) for
. In the Alps, a 2-room apartment that can accommodate 4 people located in a residence in Serre Chevalier is offered at
. The week of December 24 to 31, it is necessary to count at least
per person for an all-inclusive stay for two: rental in Valfréjus (Savoie) + equipment rental + ski pass.
Going away for Christmas with the family at the last minute: a good plan?
Going to the mountains at short notice is risky when you are with your family. Indeed, last-minute offers are more rare, because demand is strong and reservations are made earlier. Better to book in advance to have the choice of rentals. On Ski Express, you can compare ski holidays for immediate departure thanks to the “family skiing” filter.
Less in demand than New Year’s week or the February holidays, the Christmas period is an interesting solution for cheaper skiing during school holidays. Many resorts offer special offers to attract families: packages at low prices, free for children…
In Valmorel, ski at a low price on weekends by buying your pass online in advance. On Saturdays December 17 and 31, 2022, and weekends from January 7, 2023 to February 4, 2023 inclusive, and from March 4 until April 15, 2023, take advantage of -50% on Saturday and -30% on Sunday, i.e. the Grand Domaine package at
26.50 and 37 euros
On Saturdays December 24, February 11, 18 and 25, 2023 (i.e. during school holidays), the reduction is limited to -30% on Saturdays. Are you more than 3? Take advantage of the Tribu-Famille Pass: -10% immediate discount for all on 6 to 15-day Grand Domaine Adult, Senior & Child ski passes (cannot be combined with the discount offered on weekends).
In addition to the resort sites, consult the specialized platforms for skiing at Christmas without blowing your budget. In partnership with the comparator Location Vacances Express,
shows you the average prices per week.
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