If you’re thinking of a ski holiday this European winter, now is a pretty good time to book as many hotels offer severely reduced rates on pre-Christmas skiing packages, when the slopes are relatively quiet and – if the last few years are any indication – some of the best snow is to be enjoyed.
To be sure of finding snow early in the season, it makes sense to look for resorts at higher altitude, such as the world-renowned St. Moritz high up in the Engadine Valley at over 1800 metres. An added bonus is the great weather of the Engadine; it’s virtually guaranteed, given that the sun shines on 322 days of the year.
Two of the finest award-winning properties in the region have special ski deals that are valid for the first weeks of December and towards the end of the season.
Book a two to five-night “Ski Special” at the legendary Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (www.kulmhotel-stmoritz.ch) from November 30 to December 21 2011, or March 18 to March 31 2012, and rates start at CHF 640 (approx £500) per person for two nights, including all services, tax and VAT, a saving of up to 30 per cent on a holiday in the peak months of January through March.
The “Ski Special” includes two to five nights’ half-board accommodation, a ski pass for the entire Upper Engadine ski region for the duration of the package, transfers to and from the train station, a sea salt bath of your choice and complimentary use of the hotel’s stunning Panorama SPA & Health Club.
Just six kilometres away, sister property Grand Hotel Kronenhof (www.kronenhof.com) in nearby Pontresina, also has a great package.
This peaceful mountain resort provides easy access to the more famous St. Moritz but a refreshing tranquillity at the end of a hard day’s skiing; relax with a walk through the charming streets lined with old Engadine houses dating to the 17th and 18th centuries or retreat to the hotel’s modern spa with its indoor pools, steam rooms, saunas and treatment rooms.
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof’s “Winter Special” Package includes half-board accommodation and complimentary use of the hotel’s 2000 square metre Spa. Prices start from CHF 395 (approx £310) per person, per night; this package is valid from December 2 to December 18 2011, as well as from January 9 to January 19 2012.
To book either of these great packages you can call the Kulm Hotel St Moritz on +41 81 836 8000 or email [email protected]
Alternatively, call the Grand Hotel Kronenhof on +41 81 830 3030 or email [email protected]