For some, October is about Halloween, digging out the warm clothes and half term holidays. But for others, this month’s priority is searching the internet and snapping up a ski deal for the coming season.
So if you shun summer holidays and opt for a winter week on the ski slopes instead, we’ve handpicked some amazing deals on ski resorts that will save you a bit of cash. Whether you’re travelling with the family or looking for a vibrant night scene, here are a few of the best deals around.
The deal: Half board from only £359
If you haven’t skied much before or you’re on a tight budget, then Borovets in Bulgaria is the ideal option for you. There are ski runs for every ability, and winter in the resort is mild with lots of snow. You’ll also find gentle nursery slopes and English speaking instructors.
If you’re more interested in the après-ski, there’s plenty to do away from the slopes too, whether that’s enjoying a drink in a traditional inn beside a roaring log fire or having a dance in one of the livelier bars. Other activities in the resort include bowling, swimming or a horse drawn sleigh ride.
Sauze D’Oulx, Italy
The deal: Half board from only £409
Sauze D’Oulx in Italy is popular with British skiers who return to the resort year after year. The area was once known as ‘Ibiza on snow’ due to the number of young people who visited the resort, however it also attracts an older clientele these days from European countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Belgium.
The resort caters for all abilities with a large open space for beginners in the Sportinia area, a number of red runs for intermediates, and several off-piste opportunities for the more advanced skier. Sauze D’Oulx is also famous for its lively nightlife with many bars staying open into the early hours of the morning.
Alpe d’Huez, France
The deal: Catered chalet from only £429
The large, modern resort of Alpe d’Huez has been nicknamed ‘the Island in the sun’ for averaging over 300 days of sunshine a year. It also offers a range of slopes for all abilities. Families will be able to find plenty of things to do here, both on and off the slopes. The sheer variety of runs means the resort is one of the most popular in Europe, and if you wanted to, you could try a different run on every single day of your trip.
The ski school in the area is a great place for beginners to start, while there is also a large outdoor swimming pool, a sports centre and an ice skating rink. There’s plenty to keep you entertained in an evening too, with over 40 restaurants and many bars playing live music.