There is snow nice and early in the season which will surely entice a few extra people to head to the hills for Christmas and New Year. MadDogSki.com has some wonderful holidays for however you like to celebrate Christmas – all in excellent ski resorts and all available through our friends at SNO.
For festive fairy-tale romance
£1,339 per person buys you a seven-night stay in Kitzbuhel’s 5-star Hotel Schloss Lebenberg – formerly an aristocratic castle. Wake up to wonderful views over the medieval market town, ski world class slopes during the day and when you’re off the mountain, make good use of the hotel’s panoramic rooftop pool, piano bar and fireside armchairs. Don’t miss the town’s wonderful Christmas market, which runs through to Boxing Day. Included in the cost is half board (featuring a special Christmas dinner), Gatwick flights and transfers, setting off on the 21 December 2019.
For post-ski Christmas parties
Mayrhofen builds up to Christmas in a big way with carol singing, markets and more throughout advent. Set off on the 21 December 2019 and spend Christmas week staying bang on the high street at the 4-star Sporthotel Strass – return from the slopes for après ski at the Ice Bar, bop along to live music at the Sports Lounge then continue the night in the (soundproofed) Arena Nightclub. Prices start at £1,509pp, with Gatwick flights, transfers and half-board included.
For skiing and Santa
For an unforgettable Christmas, how about going the whole hog, staying in the home of Santa Claus and filling your non-skiing hours with winter wonderland activities?! Make your home for the week the cosyÄkäs Cabins in the ski resort of Yllas (Lapland’s biggest ski resort). The wooden lodges snag a secluded forested location while being connected to the Äkäs hotel for the perks of restaurant, pool and spa access. £1,520pp covers 7 nights in your cabin, Manchester flights, transfers, a trip to meet Santa in his hideaway, a reindeer safari experience and your ski pass. The holiday begins on the 22nd of December 2019 (which also happens to be one of the best times to spot the northern lights!).
For foodie festivities
There’s no better time of year to feast and foodies can gorge on treats galore at 4-star Hotel Chalet Mounier in Les Deux Alpes. It has 2 restaurants: Le Chalet Mounier restaurant, where the menu is revised each day according to what’s fresh and seasonal and the much-acclaimed, Michelin-starred Le P’tit Polyte. Pair meals with one of 500 varieties from the wine cellar and you’re in for Christmas culinary perfection. £1,499pp covers half board including one evening meal with live jazz and a Christmas gala dinner. Dining at the P’tit Polyte requires a supplement. Price also includes Southampton flights and transfers, departing on the 21st of December 2019. Beginning on the 23rd December, the resort is hosting a ‘Magic Avenue’ event packed with festivities, which should be a feast for all senses.
For yuletide with youngsters
Head to family friendly Avoriaz 1800 on the 21st December 2019 and stay in Hotel Les Cimes du Soleil. The 3-star hotel has kids clubs for different age groups, entertainers, a games area and more to keep children contented. Seven nights starts at £795pp, with Manchester flights and transfers included. Avoriaz goes all out to make a family Christmas magical, with parades, workshops, fireworks and meetings with Father Christmas and his elves.