25 April 2015 from Nikki in 'Tips''

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Last minute ski holidays are becoming more popular as skiers and snowboarders prefer to wait until the last minute to be sure of having the best snow and weather conditions. Skiing conditions over last few ski seasons have been unpredictable, with snow arriving just in time for Christmas and frequent warm spells, so booking last minute ski holidays allows you to find the best skiing conditions possible. Ski holiday specialists and ski resorts have caught on and now offer many great last minute ski holidays and deals with big savings. Let's look at why last minute ski holidays are often the best option.

Last minute ski holidays: a win-win situation

Every year thousands of skiers and snowboarders feel obliged to make the difficult decision of choosing a ski resort for their annual ski holidays months in advance – to have the choice of accommodation on the slopes, rooms in the best hotels or the chalet of their dreams. Although there is a risk that lower ski resorts will lack snow later in the season, most of the higher ski resorts stay open late and, as this winter has proved, there is still plenty of very good snow across the Alps even in mid-April. Therefore, by booking a last minute ski holiday, you have the choices mentioned above as resorts are much quieter AND you choose to book where there is still good snow! A win-win situation in my eyes.

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Last minute innovative ski holiday options

Choosing a last minute ski holiday doesn’t necessarily mean a week off work travelling from Saturday to Saturday. The skiing industry is adapting to tourists’ needs and in most ski resorts in the Alps, there are now more flexible ski holiday packages available:

  • Weekend ski trips (see resorts near Geneva with short transfer times)
  • Mid-week ski deals for those with tight budgets
  • All inclusive ski deals (accommodation + ski passes, etc) on sale Tuesday or Wednesday for a departure on the following Saturday.

Last minute ski holidays = more for your money

Many skiers and snowboarders are limited by their budget when choosing their ski holidays. Large, popular ski resorts such as Val Thorens, Chamonix and Courchevel are often crossed off the list due to high prices. If you're patient enough and can wait until the end of the ski season, ski resorts, hotels and other stakeholders in the ski industry prefer to make a small profit and fill places rather than keeping prices high and having empty hotels and ski lifts. In terms of purchasing power, the tourist is in the driving seat! Ski holiday packages in prestigious resorts are often sold off at exceptional last minute prices so you get a lot more for your money by booking a last minute ski holiday at the end of the season. However, you must be very responsive and in most cases be ready to leave in a matter of days. It's not called last minute for nothing!

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Examples of last minute ski holidays

Just to give you a few examples of great last minute ski holidays, we picked a few from the 2014/15 ski season. Even during the spring school holidays in France, which usually means extortionate prices everywhere, there were some great last minute deals about in some excellent ski resorts:

  • 50% discount on a studio sleeping 4 people in La Plagne: approx. 220 euros per week
  • 54% discount for a 2-room apartment sleeping 6 people in Samoens: approx. 259 euros per week (less than 45 euros per person)
  • 33% discount for quality accommodation in a studio in the heart of Chamonix from 539 euros per week

And this is just a taster of the last minute ski holiday and deals on offer: it’s up to you to surf the net and find the best last minute ski holiday to suit you!

Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!