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  • Premier Icon scaredypants
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    feckinell, just had a look online at hire costs – WAY over 100 euros (which is near enough 100 quid) for 6 days

    anyone been this year & have tales of joy for me ?

    (meribel, FWIW)

    Tea-Voyager
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    I went earlier this year with UCPA.com…. very cheap and no way nasty!

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    UCPA – isn’t that all pissed up 20 year-olds looking for group sex in a dormitory ?

    😉

    (did they hire you skis direct from there?)

    boblo
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    ‘Fraid it’s fing expensive this year. Lift pass £400 for two, skis £200 for two, lunch on the slopes £50 – £70 for two.

    France is now very, very expensive.

    Bob

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    lunch on the slopes – mars bar & nutri-grain, no ?

    Might treat the Mrs to a shared can of coke though (alternate days maybe)

    colnagokid
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    Val D’Isere pass is 200euro!

    boblo
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    scaredypants – Member
    lunch on the slopes – mars bar & nutri-grain, no ?

    Peasant 😆

    grumm
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    Bugger got two trips to the alps to pay for this year (one boarding one biking) – oh well, could be worse! Best get saving though.

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    scaredypants – Member
    lunch on the slopes – mars bar & nutri-grain, no ?

    Peasant [:lol:]

    It’ll be a king-size mars, if that helps 8)

    boblo
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    scaredypants – Member

    scaredypants – Member
    lunch on the slopes – mars bar & nutri-grain, no ?

    Peasant [:lol:]

    It’ll be a king-size mars, if that helps

    Well, it’ll save you £50 per day. Even a coupla drinks were £15 – £20 this year 😯

    grumm
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    Did you go to a supermarket out there boblo – what are the prices like there?

    Conor
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    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.

    boblo
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    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….

    Bob

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    If there is 2 of you have a look at Ski Republic, there is one in merbiel and it may work out a little cheaper. I used them last year and the kit was pretty good as well.

    surfer
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    Going to Val Thorens next week.

    E544 for a family lift pass and E214 for ski hire for 4.

    Lessons hellishly expensive on top, all in all a very dear do!

    Premier Icon Alphabet
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    anyone been this year & have tales of joy for me ?

    I’ve been and it was great! Is that joyful enough?

    (Can’t help with ski hire as I have my own. Sorry)

    theflatboy
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    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!

    IHN
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    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…

    theflatboy
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    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.

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    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

    Any recomendations

    Tracey

    theflatboy
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    tracey, that picture is class – makes me wish i was on the slopes! i love the comprehensive boarding contingent as well!

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Cant wait to get on the slopes, not looking forward to the cost, might have to get Abigale a longer board if she keeps growing, another cost, and there is no second hand market for kids stuff

    Tracey

    IHN
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    Tracey – Recomendations for cheaper resort or for Val D’Isere?

    Italy is much cheaper than france. As for Val D, drop me a mail if you like, I’ll let you know what/where was good/bad indifferent (esp on boards, there’s bits that aren’t brilliantly board friendly)

    juan
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    Tracy it’s a bit of a bargain snow wise but have a look the the very south alps.

    Best

    Juan

    nasher
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    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.

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    IHN

    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 €

    Tracey

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    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.

    Cynergy
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    You think France is expnsive, I’ve just come back from Switzerland and my wallet feels like it’s been mugged !

    juan
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    Lets hope the £ eventually starts to do well against the €

    Well I am not keen on that to be honest, but I take it it won’t be up to me.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Just paid £240 for a week’s lift pass for Zermatt in March.

    dr_death
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    46 euros for skis only (was 75 ish with boots) in Les Gets a couple of weeks back…. Go to the meribel website and search through the ski rental places they have links to on their site… Far cheaper if you book in advance.

    withersea
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    we’ve found it more economical to pay in £ via our holiday company this side instead of over in euroland with euro dollars

    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 etc

    RaglanSurf
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    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.

    andym
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    Tracey

    You could try Les Arcs/Villandry.

    You could also consider staying somewhere a little away from the main resort – eg Brides les Bains has a gondola lift into Meribel.

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Cheers will look at them

    Tracey

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    just to update anyone who cared

    Lunge’s ski republic tip was bang-on. big shop, lots of nice skis in great condition and 2-for-1 !

    MrSmith
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    Lets hope the £ eventually starts to do well against the €

    lets not. the need for people to spend in the U.K. on home produced goods and to attract visitors to this country (due to the low pound) is more important than a cheaper skiing holiday.

    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.

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