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Reduction in number of holidays available for 2009/10
30th Jun 09
The winter season of 2008/09 will go down as a classic - in terms of the fantastic snow conditions and also the sometimes unbelievable late deals on offer by the chalet and holiday operators. There were some amazing deals and discounts around, with chalet packages being halved (or more) in price for many dates!

So, how are things looking for the 2009/10 season? Well lets hope the snow conditions will be the same! But as for chalets and holidays, things are shaping up to be quite different for next year for a number of reasons.

Many canny skiers "in the know" are getting themselves sorted out with their holidays and accommodation now, and taking advantage of some of the very good early booking offers available at the moment - they are not waiting to book late as they may have done last season.

A number of chalet and holiday operators have drastically cut their capacity for next Winter (i.e. the number of holidays they are offering), with some in the industry estimating up to an overall 30% chop in the number of holidays and beds on offer. Flights are also being cut and seat costs are soaring.

It therefore seems highly unlikely that we will see the level of late deal discounting that we did during 2008/09. No 2 for 1 holidays or £199 pp packages unfortunately - there are far fewer holidays on sale so operators won't need to discount to the same degree!

However, it's not all doom and gloom - there are some fantastic early booking offers around, such as:

FREE lift passes

£50-£150 pp OFF chalet holidays (including £150 pp off some Christmas chalet holidays and £100 pp off New Year chalet holidays)

Prices being held at last years rate (for a very limited period!)

£1 Lift pass offers

Extra FREE places

FREE childcare places

Low deposit payments

In spite of the economic situation many holiday prices have risen for next winter (and may rise again in the near future when operators new edition brochures appear), due to the weakness of sterling - 2009/10 holidays will be costed using an exchange rate of around 1.10-1.15Ä to the £1, whereas last years (2008/09) holidays were costed at an exchange rate of around 1.25-1.30Ä to the £1.

Because of the reduced and restricted programmes on offer from the operators, now is the time to book in order ensure you can find the right holiday for you, your family or group.

The peak New Year, Half term and Easter dates are getting booked up more quickly than ever (as there is less accommodation on offer!). The best idea is to plan and book now in order to make sure you get the holiday of your choice and you are not disappointed. If you know you want to go and have your family or group organised then why wait - take advantage of the great early booking offers around at the moment!

The advice is to only hang around for a late deal if you donít care where and when you go, or where you end up staying!
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