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Published on Thursday, November 7, 2019

Short ski breaks on the up and up

Short breaks have doubled in popularity since the rise of low-cost flights, according to a survey carried out last year.

Skiworld said the Savills Ski Report showed that the sale of breaks of five nights or less rose 109% in the 10 years up to 2016, while trips of one to three nights rose 163%.

According to a Flybe Short Break study last year, those driving the trend towards short breaks are cash-rich, time-poor, child-free 24 to 34 year olds.

However, short breaks are also popular with younger travellers, with 82% of 18-24 year olds claiming to have taken up to three short breaks in a year.

Whilst short ski breaks were previously difficult to book as operators sold mainly seven, 10 or 14 night holidays, the growth in the number of low-cost flights has encouraged many to add shorter durations to their programmes.

Skiworld has a selection of chalet-based three- or four-night breaks for this season in Tignes, La Plagne, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and Courchevel.

The operator said they're also popular with groups, including clubs and corporate groups.

However, short ski breaks are generally not available during peak weeks, including Christmas, New Year and February half term, when hoteliers and chalet operators prefer to sell only seven nights or longer, so if you have clients who want to travel during busy periods, they need to book early.

Also, short ski breaks aren't necessarily cheaper than a traditional seven-night holiday, partly because of the cost of flights and transfers.

They're great for those who are short of time or want to squeeze in several ski trips during the annual leave, so they're a good way to earn extra commission.

Look for resorts that are close to airports served by the low-cost airlines such as Morzine, Chamonix and Courmayeur (Geneva), Pila and Sauze d'Oulx (Turin) and St Anton (Innsbruck).

Also, try to find accommodation close to the slopes and the centre of the resort, as skiers don't want to waste precious time schleping on buses. Make sure ski packs are pre-booked and try to arrange for them to be delivered to the guests' accommodation to save valuable time when they arrive.

Here are a few of Skiworld's top deals for short chalet breaks, all include three nights' accommodation, return flights, transfers and chalet catering:

Chalet Capricorne in Val Thorens for £399 per person, departing on 22nd January 2020 for three nights including return flights, transfers and chalet catering.

Chalet Charmant in La Plagne (above) for £419 per person, departing on 26th February 2020.

Chalet Corelli in Courchevel for £419 per person, departing on 5th February 2020

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