Italy Is The Destination Of Choice For British Skiers This Half-term
According to Ski Europe Online, the specialist European ski travel agency, this coming half-term British families are shunning the traditionally popular, but more expensive, French resorts and heading to Italy in search of a ski holiday bargain.
By: Jamie Fox
Skiing holidays over the half-term week have always been expensive, but with the recession biting hard many families have looked for ways to salvage their annual ski trip this February. According to Ski Europe Online, the specialist European ski travel agency, this coming half-term British families are shunning the traditionally popular, but more expensive, French resorts and heading to Italy in search of a ski holiday bargain.
Comments Sammi Nisbet, Managing Director of Ski Europe Online: “We offer holidays to resorts in France, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Andorra, Spain, Slovenia, Lapland and Scotland, but, due to the recession this year, we’ve been inundated with enquiries about half-term ski holidays in Italy. Skiers need their snow fix and will always find a way to get it. This year heading to Italian ski resorts has been a sure fire way to cut costs – where lift-passes and après activities are considerably cheaper than in traditional French resorts – and can work out around 50% cheaper for a family of four than an equivalent holiday in France.”
Ski Europe Online still has availability over the half-term break across all of Italy’s main resorts: Champoluc, Selva Val Gardena, Bardonecchia, Cervinia, Courmayeur, Passo Tonale, Sestriere and Saux d’Oulx.
For example, a week’s stay, departing 14 February, at the four-star Campo Smith Hotel in Bardonecchia costs just £1,015 per adult and £918 per child. Situated at the foot of the slopes, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and woodland, guests will be able enjoy the Hotel’s brand new wellness centre; facilities include sauna, Turkish bath, Roman bath, emotional shower, igloo bath and fitness centre
Also in Bardonecchia is the Hotel Des Geneys, where a week’s stay, departing 14 February, costs just £885 per adult and £800 per child. With over 100km of pistes to play on, Bardonecchia offers challenges for all levels of skier.
Alternatively, a week’s stay, departing 14 February, at the Hotel Dei Camosci in Courmayeur costs just £829 per adult and £751 per child. Sitting at the foot of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur is a traditional Italian mountain village that retains its character, with cobbled streets and original buildings.
Prices are based on two adults and two children sharing a family room and include flights (departing Gatwick), transfers and seven nights’ half-board hotel accommodation.
For further information call Ski Europe Online on 01350 728 869; or visit the website – which gives the latest availability of over 350 chalets and hotel across 79 resorts throughout Europe – at www.skieuropeonline.co.uk