Is Christmas week low season?

Here we are in July and prices for catered chalet holidays for the Christmas week have just come down in price. Christmas week used to be a high season period of the winter with high demand and high prices. A week in the snow and mountains was a hot ticket for a festive family ski holiday. However, after three relatively poor seasons for early snow in the Alps it’s not so much ‘ho ho ho’ as ‘low low low’ for the festive period in 2017. So we ask ourselves, “Is Christmas week low season, with great value prices to match?”

It’s hard to say if the low prices for this Christmas is a new trend which will follow for many years to come or if the low prices are just a reflection of the relatively poor starts to the season in recent years regards snow cover. We suspect that if we have a couple of winters with bumper early snowfalls in November and December that the Christmas week will be back to its status as a prime week to ski. However, for this season, at least, it would seem that British holiday makers are holding back from booking a Christmas  ski holiday forcing the hand of tour operators to stimulate demand with some generous price cutting.

Contrary to what one might expect this price cutting has not just been confined to just the lower lying resorts but has also been extended to traditionally snow-sure high altitude ski resorts like Val d’Isere and Tignes. Does this mean a family Christmas ski holiday is actually no longer as highly sought after as it used to be? Perhaps the poor early snow of recent seasons has little to do with the drop in demand for skiing at this time of year and other holidays around the world have become more appealing – heaven forbid! Without a full scale MORI poll we might not fully understand the reasons behind the current fall in popularity of Christmas skiing. However, the good news is that for those that do love a Christmas ski holiday there are some great value holidays to be had.

Christmas week low season example prices (as at 27th July):

Chalet Echo (sleeps 8 – 9) in Val d’Isere was priced at £1,019 per person (flights and transfers included) and is currently priced at £849.

Chalet Colombero (sleeps 6) in Tignes was priced at £939 per person (flights and transfers included) and is currently priced at £799.

Chalet Christian (sleeps 8 – 12) in Alpe d’Huez was priced at £979 per person (flights and transfers included) and is currently priced at £799.

Chalet Meleze Dore (sleeps 12) in Meribel was priced at £939 per person (flights and transfers included) and is currently priced at £769.

Chalet Abode (sleeps 8 – 10) in St Martin de Belleville. Book this luxury chalet for Christmas week and every member of your party receives a FREE lift pass (worth approximately £250)

 

The perfect Christmas ski holiday chalet
The perfect Christmas ski holiday chalet – Chalet Abode

If you would like to book a great value family Christmas ski holiday this winter then check out our full selection of chalets:

Ski chalets available for Christmas week 2017

Christmas week certainly seems to be low season for the 2017-2018 season but many families will see that as something to celebrate. Only 150 more days to go!

 

 

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