Online specialists ski travel agency IfYouSki has a long list of ever-changing deals for the coming winter, including some spectacular savings, even at peak periods like Christmas and New Year's.

Deals available include Christmas in Austria with savings of £270 for seven nights at the three-star Hotel Harfenwirt in Niederau, priced at £399 (was £669). The price includes flights, transfers and half-board accommodation. Depart from London Gatwick or Bournemouth Dec. 19.

Niederau is one of four villages in [R703R, Wildschönau], three have separate ski areas which are marketed together. Oberau is a tiny village close to the dense lift network of larger neighbours Auffach and Niederau, to which it is not lift-linked, A free local bus service links all three villages which also participate in the huge [R203R, Kitzbüheler Alpen] pass offering around 1000 kilometres of trails on one ticket.

Similarly, New Year's in [R615R, Wengen], Switzerland, is available with a £160 saving for seven nights at Hotel Bernerhof, Wengen priced at £594 (was £754). The price includes flights, transfers, and half-board accommodation. Depart from London Gatwick Dec. 26.

Wengen is a very picturesque resort that has welcomed skiers since the turn of the century. It is a car-free town, with life centred on the railway (which ultimately reaches Europe's highest station) and a spectacular back drop of the Eiger as well as the Mönch and Jungfrau. It's the site of the world-famous Lauberhorn race.

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