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I asked about recommendations for skiing with a beginner child this April a while ago. I haven’t booked yet as there seemed to be a lot left. Except now there isn’t. Damn damn damn.

Ski Esprit charter flights are sold out.

I need flights from Gatwick, ski school, maybe a bit of child entertaining but not all the time, half board, something unski to do in case he hates it, someone else doing the legwork in sorting transfers etc.

Have found just one option which is coming in at £2500 plus lift pass for me.

I am kicking myself for not booking earlier.

Do I just need to suck it up if I want to ski at all? Where might I not have looked? Or do last minute deals exist?

As an alternative I could try and sort bits out myself. But I worry there’d be no other English speaking children in the ski school and it would be incredibly hard work.

Woe is me
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There will be last minute deals.

Start looking 7-10 days before you want to go.
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Have you tried calling Ski Esprit directly and checking with them?
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If you look on the tourist office websites or call there is almost always accomodation. Im currently sking in Austria in one of the busiest weeks of the year and only booked 2 weeks ago. Driving rather than flights makes it easier to find spaces too as you dont need to match up with available flights.
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Yes, I called Esprit and their charter flight is full. They have a few spaces in chalets but the supplement for non charter flights is £500 per person
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So it isn't just from the North, then (see my own surprise at lack of deals).

Have you tried Inghams, Iglu Ski, Crystal, Neilson etc? Depends how late you want to go, and how much to pay, and if you're that fussy about which country (as long as snow us OK when late season): but they still certainly have some availability and should include transfers, ski schools etc.
Good luck, sure you'll get something, esp. from London area airports (try for Stanstead, LGW and LHR at a minimum).
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Thanks Grizzler, some new ones on that list, I will look later.

I did wonder if some companies had cut back on holidays available to Brexit-proof themselves a bit in case there really is chaos.
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@Mimi, I also wondered about that. But when I looked a few days ago, though for Manchester or more northerly, there were some very attractive prices for 31 March - maybe Brexit, maybe just late season.

Oh, and if you can relax the half board requirement, at least to b&b, it opens up a lot more options. Stay in or near village or town centres and it's little bother (even with child, I would hope) to pop to the next door or nearby restaurant, pizzeria, etc - and often, unless you want full and very hearty 3 course meals, cheaper (at least from my dietary requirements' experiences).


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Ski Famille ?
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Could try snowbizz, ski famille, family ski
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A few years ago I missed a Christmas in the Caribbean for the same reasons. There was hotel availability but no flight seats at all.

Last minute deals do come up for ski trips, as people do cancel (medical reasons etc). The downside is it may not be exactly what you would have chosen and may not be exactly where you wanted to go.

These days, booking early is the best way to get a good price and guarantee getting the holiday you want.
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Last year we got an amazing deal with Ski Miquel to Montgenevre at Easter. I think they are already sold out but may be worth a call. The ski school Apeak had other British children in the classes and we're excellent.
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If the problem is mainly with flight availability you could look at going by train. For the week before Easter you can probably still get return tickets from London to say Moutiers / Bourg St Maurice (for the relatively high resorts of Trois Vallees / Paradiski / Espace Killy) for around £500 for both of you.

A bit more hassle, e.g. getting across Paris and transfer from station to resort, but perhaps more of an adventure. And "self-travel" prices with TOs could be cheap if they have no flight capacity left but still want to fill accommodation. (They might be able to handle the station-resort transfer as well).
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Lots of english run ski chalets in the french resorts with creches on site or shared between chalets under the same umbrella. A bit of google should find some of these, but various combinations of "family", "ski", "creche", "Childcare" should chuck up some options. They tend to always have an offer section, often on the front page.

My friends got a very good last minute deal a couple of weeks ago with 2 wks notice and then another friend joined them and paid a good deal less and zero single person supplement.

Most of these deals are the chalet/food only, so need to sort flights and transfers.
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@Mimi,

Ask (post) on Chalets Direct stating your requirements, you might get lucky.

Here https://www.chaletsdirect.com/forum/forums/forum-view.asp?fid=1
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+1 for @orange and @lottster's suggestions. Ring up the companies - with two of you, you'll fit in any room left in any chalet.
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Choose a list of resorts you know and like. Contact their Tourist Offices and contact them in sequence, telling them exactly what you're looking for. I'd be very surprised if they can't find you something suitable eventually. Then book Eurotunnel or ferry and drive and when that's done confirm your accommodation. You might want to book accommodation en route as well. A large proportion of families do this by preference. I appreciate it's easy for me to say as I don't have to do it but you may find you end up preferring this approach.
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@Mimi, https://www.familyskiholidays.com/ are a family specialist that I used many years ago and thought were good.
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One thing to consider would be flying to Barcelona (loads of flights there particularly with EasyJet), v straightforward transfer to Grandvalira and selecting suitable accommodation separately. Excellent ski school for beginners in Soldeu. Is conditional somewhat on them having a decent top up dump
in March but Pyrenees have done well previously in late season.
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The reason there's a shortage of charter flight seats is that in April they start switching the planes to Mediterranean sun holidays, so less capacity. Research scheduled flights, then negotiate on the rest of the holiday, there is loads of spare accommodation in April.
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Thank you everyone very much. Chalets direct has already come up with an incredible list of options for much much less than £2500. I will be looking at them all later today. Thank you so much!
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