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Holiday of the last resort

There’s still time to book a last-minute ski break this season. Here’s what you need to know...

Follow the snow

Keep an eye on the snow sites like, so you can book somewhere that’s just had a ‘dump’. Check altitude, too: a higher resort has more chance of good snow.


Keep the group small – last-minute holes in schedules are likely to be for small groups. And keep it even; most rooms are twin, right?

Where to?

Be flexible. The cost of a week’s skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria, will be around £350 (excl flights and accommodation), less than half the cost of somewhere like Meribel.

Where from?

If you can travel to a major airport like Manchester or Gatwick, you’ll have a better chance of a bargain than insisting on a flight from your local regional airport.

When ?

Keep away from school holidays, when prices rocket, and try for a midweek departure – they’re often cheaper than flying at the weekend.


Can you drive? It’s cheaper than flying, but only worthwhile if you are going for a week; it’s a shame to waste half your time driving if you only have a long weekend skiing.

Get a room

Look for accommodation out of town. Why stay on the main drag if it’s cheaper on the outskirts or in the valley below? And self-catering can save a fortune on food.