W-T-F : ski hire in france ££££ !
hire stuff is about 25% cheaper if you book in advance.
Self catering is the way to go. get a hire car and stock up at the local LARGE super marche and avoid the small Casino or Champion corner shops.
Beer an d wine is still very cheap in the super/hyper markets. Stock up for the week. Make packed lunches. Can cut costs.
But the best thing to do is to go to a small, obscure resort like Praz Sur Arley and pints are only €4 🙂 and you can eat out for €30 a head for two courses and a load of vin de maison.Posted 9 years ago
grumm – Member
Did you go to a supermarket out there boblo – what are the prices like there?
We were 50 meters from the Spar at the top of Val D’Isere. Rarely came out having spent less than €30 regardless of what we bought 🙁
I’m not really complaining, we always have a choice. It’s just markedly more than previous years. I was looking to go to the 3 Valleys at Christmas at the last minute, very heavily booked (conditions encouraging everyone).
The costs were huge, even last minute. Trips I’ve paid ~£400 p/p for before were double if not triple that. Happy to pay big money to go to the US or Canada at Christmas for the relative snow guarantee. I won’t pay that for France.
I go over at least monthly on non skiing duties and we’ve seen our household bills triple over the past 10 years….
BobPosted 9 years ago
i went to la plagne and the food and that was ridiculously expensive, partly because that’s what it’s like at such places and partly due to the exchange rate. nothing like as much as up there ^^^ though, we were looking at more like £15/person for lunches. still ridiculous, though.
good times, of course!Posted 9 years agoIHNMember
I was in Val D’Isere in Jan, excellent fun. You can get lunch for more reasonable prices if you look around – the restaurant at the bottom of the Solaise chair did a nice baguette sarnie and big plate of frites for about seven quid, which is not shocking.
As for beer – ouch. Again, happy hours in most of the bars if you look around. Mind you that only meant it was only £5 a pint…Posted 9 years ago
oh yeah, the other thing i discovered was the boulangerie in belle plagne village that did amazing minipizzas for a more palatable €3 so well worth planning a descent to get one to be eaten on the gondola back up. as IHN says, there is (slightly better) value to be had.Posted 9 years ago
Just paid for our holiday in Val D’Isere, we are taking our own boards but a family lift pass will be €800, will probably have to manage without lessons as again for 5 mornings we are looking at €900 for the four of us, will have to look for a cheeper resort for next years trip
TraceyPosted 9 years agonasherMember
Went boarding yesterday in Limone Piemonte, Italy.
€22 for day pass, empty slopes, loads of snow and powder, Huge plate of susage caserole, rice, bread and a beer €10!
Why do people go to France?
Whats more the Sterling is gaining sternght, now 1.11 Toursits, 1.15 Median to the Euro and despite the drop of .5% on the interest rate its still getting stronger. Could be back to 1.2 towards mid end of Feb.Posted 9 years agoglenhSubscriber
No exchange rate problems here.
Posted 9 years ago
Other places than Val D’Isere, would have to to have snow at Easter as its the only time the girls match with school hols, been there for the last three years same chalet for two of them, girls really love it.
Lets hope the £ eventually starts to do well against the €
TraceyPosted 9 years agojam boSubscriber
i went with UPCA in chamonix last year, booked through action outdoors.
incredible value for money, price includes lift pass(+unlimited grand montet pass), board hire and 5 days really good guiding/tuition. My boarding came on massively, i went from reds runs on the first sunday to blacks and off-piste by the middle of the week.
accomodation is basic, dorms mostly but a few double rooms you can pay a bit extra for. food is really good and the atmosphere is really good. having to give it a miss this year but will be going with them again next year.Posted 9 years agosingletrackmindMember
SHHHHHHHH , Don’t tell no-one , Like , whispers , nah , come closer,
Skiworld do last minute deals , Like if you booked Thursday for tomorrrow to go to Val Thorens £199. Flight , transfer, catered flat
Not too bad ,I hear you whisper.
Lean in a little more .. .. .Unlimited wine with your evening meal, cooked breakfasts, Tea and cakes on your arrival home , Leaving enough Euro’s to bribe the Chalet staff to make up a small pack lunch + buy Pelforth Brun at the supermarche.
Keep it quite, I dont want my bargain ski hols ruined by everyone finding out.
And the website is almost in realtime, more or less , if its listed you can buy it , unlike IGLU etcPosted 9 years agoRaglanSurfMember
I went to Courmayeur in Italy in January, ski and boot hire £70 Lift pass £190 for 6 days, I didn’t even consider the lessons at £40 a pop. Cheapest beer 5 euros and paid a hefty £17.50 for 2 beers and a cappuccino in a very ordinary bar in the town not even on the mountain.
We stayed in the chalet most nights after that,
But the slopes were fantastic and at times it was like having my own private pistes so I suppose you get what you pay for, it beats so called cheapo Borovets in Bulgaria where I went last year hands down.Posted 9 years agoSteveTheBarbarianMember
I went to Tignes(ie Val D’Isere) this year. Horrendously expensive. 3 day lift pass was €114(full area), and ski and boot hire was originaly €30 per day, but got dicount voucher from where I stayed which reduced it a bit.
Very expensive place for sure(due partly to exchange obviously), but no beer or sandwich less than €6.
It was a complete spur of the moment thing, we’d booked nothing. Stayed 3 days instead of intended 5 because although snow was great, weather turned unbelievably foggy, and was hard to ski.
When I got home, saw the place we’d stayed offered 6 nights half board(which we had) + 6 days lift pass for €350. We’d payed most of that for our 3 days. I would go back though, it was awesome for 2 days.Posted 9 years ago
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