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How to save on snow holidays

 - Our recipe for cheap skiing & snowboarding holidays and the best ski deals for France this winter

 

 
If you are looking for a cheap skiing holiday this winter do check some of the examples below. We don't offer bottom of the range budget ski accommodation but we believe that we can offer you affordable quality at great prices.

 

All our French resorts have high enough altitude and snowsure slopes with mixed terrain for various abilities. All our accommodation has been selected and checked by our directors or members of the team so you won't have any unpleasant surprise.

 

We only use the leading ski schools in each resort and our ski equipment hire is with one of the most respected supplier.

 

Check out our 5 ways to save on a ski holiday 

 

1. Cheaper satellite ski resorts

We offer many smaller satellite resorts that link to big ski areas so there is no compromise on the skiing. Your ski accommodation will cost you less (up to 60% less in some cases than some of the most famous resorts located on the same ski area), going out in bars and restaurants will also cost you less, so will shopping for some of your essentials.  

 
Some of our back door villages to the main resorts are:

 

Back Door Resorts

 

Larger resort

Ski Area

Samoens, Sixt, Morillon & Les Carroz

Flaine

Grand Massif

Vaujany & Oz-en-Oisans

Alpe d’Huez

Grand Domaine (Oisans)

Peisey, Bourg St Maurice

Les Arcs

Paradiski

La Tania

Courchevel

Paradiski

Montchavin, Les Coches & Champagny 

La Plagne

Paradiski

Vallorcine, Argentière & Les Houches

Chamonix

Chamonix Valley

Brides Les Bains

Meribel

3 Valleys

Saint-Gervais & Les Contamines

Megeve

Mont Blanc

Venosc

2 Alpes

Oisans

Les Gets, Morzine & Chatel

Avoriaz

Portes du Soleil

 

Just remember that whether you are staying in a 4-star hotel at Courchevel 1850 and paying £4000 per person per week or staying in a self-catering apartment in Brides-les-Bains at £200 per person per week you get to ski on exactly the same ski area (The 3 Valleys) and if you have to queue for a lift you will be queuing together!

 

***See best budget ski for Christmas, New Year and Feb Half Term 

 

 - Where to stay? -

 

 

 

OFF PEAK

Stay at ‘Les Fermes de Samoens’, SAMOENS (Grand Massif/Flaine) week 10th January 2015 – cost will be £119 per person, based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.

265km of piste in Grand Massif ski domain

 

 

 

 

 

PEAK WEEK

Stay at ‘Bois de Champelle’ chalet complex with indoor pool, MORILLON VILLAGE (Grand Massif/Flaine) week 20th December 2014 – cost will be £240 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom chalet including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.

265km of piste in Grand Massif ski domain

 

 

 

 

2. Cheaper lesser known French ski resorts

If you are not an expert skier then some our smaller French resorts with still decent ski areas will cost you even less. From accommodation to lift passes, ski school, restaurants, bars, mountain restaurants, convenience shopping - it will all cost substantially less than in better known resorts.

All these resorts still offer reliable skiing with excellent snow record, good ski schools, and local people who don't treat you just as another as a punter. Why pay for a large ski area lift pass when you are only likely to use 10% of it?

 

- Where to stay? -

 

 

 

 

PEAK WEEK

Stay at Le Flocons d’Argent, AUSSOIS week 14th February 2015 - cost will be £308 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.

55km of piste in Aussois ski domain

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFF PEAK

Stay at Ecrin des Sybelles, LA TOUSSUIRE week 10th January 2015 – cost will be £139 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade.*

310km of piste in Les Sybelles ski domain

 

   

 

 

3. Self-catering accommodation ski bargains

Self-catering accommodation will cost you less than catered chalets or hotels particularly if you eat-in or only go out 2 or 3 nights during the week. You will even be surprised by the bargain prices on our 4-star ski apartments holidays. Many are newly built, have pools, sauna, Jacuzzi... so it's not like downgrading. You also have your privacy as you don't have to share with strangers.

 

 - Where to stay? -

 

 

 

 

PEAK WEEK

Stay at 4* Ours Bleu, VALLORCINE week 20th December 2014 - cost will be £224 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.

Part of Chamonix Valley ski area 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFF PEAK

Stay at 4* Les Balcons de Village, VAL CENIS week 3rd January 2015 – cost will be £129 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.

125km of piste in Val Cenis 

   

 

 

 

 

PEAK WEEK

Stay at Le Coeur d’Or (MGM), BOURG ST MAURICE (Paradiski/Les Arcs) week 14th February 2015 – cost will be £276 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free flexiplus upgrade. AMAZING VALUE, 4 STAR LUXURY.

425km of piste in Paradiski ski domain  

 

 

 

 

4. Self-drive ski savings
It's easy to drive to the French Alps from the UK - it's all motorway and French motorways are nothing as busy as they are in the UK so it's much more relaxing. All our holidays include a Eurotunnel with a free Flexiplus upgrade* which means you get total flexibility of travel times. We can also book ferries and pass on even greater savings. Going by Eurotunnel or Ferry is not only cheaper than flying - it's not only the cost of flying that you have to consider but also all the extras that go with it: high UK car parking charges,  all sort of hidden supplements introduced by some of the airlines (luggage and skis carriage is getting pretty expensive with many of the budget airlines) and then there is the cost of the transfer at the other end which can actually add an awful lot (a private transfer from Geneva to say Meribel is £600 return for 4 people) ; but when you drive with your own car you can take as much as you like including skis, snowboards, boots, groceries; you have more control over your itinerary and you can avoid airport chaos on busy dates. Last but not least, it is also considerably more environmentally friendly as long as more than one person travels in the car.

 

 - Where to stay - resorts shortest drive from Calais? -

 

 

 

 

PEAK WEEK

Stay at Le Village, NOTRE-DAME DE BELLECOMBE week 20th December 2014 - cost will be £182 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade.*

185km of piste in Espace Diamant ski domain

   

 

 

 

 

 

OFF-PEAK

Stay at Le Buet, MORILLON 1100 (Grand Massif/Flaine) week 3rd January 2015 – cost will be £99 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.

265km of piste in Grand Massif ski domain 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEAK WEEK

Stay at Les Arolles, SAINT GERVAIS week 14th February 2015 – cost will be £272 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom duplex apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.

445km in the Evasion Mont Blanc ski domain 

 

 

 

 

5. Great skiing deals

We price our holidays at the right level in the first place (we don't prices up by 200% to later discount by 50%!) and we encourage our suppliers to give us great ski discounts whenever they have a few more apartments to sell. See our ski special offers

See our Christmas & New Year snow & ski deals  

See our February half-term snow & ski deals  

See our Easter April snow & ski deals  

 

Best budget residences for Peak dates such as Christmas, New Year & Feb Half Term

 

***Best for budget large ski areas

 

St Jean d'ArvesChalet des Marmottes apartments

310km of piste in Les Sybelles

Depart 20/12 - £786 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £1119 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1552 per apartment

 

***Best for budget ski-in ski-out

 

Saint Francois Longchamp - Les 4 Vallees apartments

165km of piste in Grande Domaine

Depart 20/12 - £886 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £1251 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1662 per apartment

 

Aussois - Flocons d'Argent apartments

55km of piste

Depart 20/12 - £786 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £1110 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1512 per apartment

 

***Best 4* budget residences

 

Bourg St Maurice - Le Coeur d'Or apartments

425km of piste in Paradiski

Depart 20/12 - £1241 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £1335 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1381 per apartment

Book before 31/10 and save 10% on 20/12, prices before 31/10:

Depart 20/12 - £1117 per apartment

 

***Others to consider

 

Chamrousse - Ecrins des Neiges apartments

90km of pistes

Depart 20/12 - £857 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £1051 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1233 per apartment

Book before 30/09 and save 20%, prices before 30/09:

Depart 20/12 - £686 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £841 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £987 per apartment

 

Termignon - Balcons de Termignon apartments

125km of piste

Depart 20/12 - £896 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £1215 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1121 per apartment

Book before at least 60 days before the holiday start date and get 10% off the accommodation only price:

Depart 20/12 - £806 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £1094 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1009 per apartment

 

Albiez - Hameau des Aiguilles

35km of piste

Depart 20/12 - £860 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £994 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1141 per apartment

Book before 31/10 and save 10%, prices before 31/10:

Depart 20/12 - £774 per apartment, Depart 27/12 - £895 per apartment, Depart 14/02 - £1027 per apartment

 

Hidden extras?

Unlike other operators, we don't charge fuel surcharges, under-occupancy supplements, ski & boot carriage fees.

You may have to clean your self-catering apartment yourself or pay extra to have it cleaned, you may have to bring your own linen or towels or hire them locally but these should not have much impact on your overall ski budget.

 

If you wonder how we do it, see how we can offer such great prices on ski holidays – see our price comparison page. 

 

Call us on 0844 576 0170 to book or for further information. You can also email your request or enquiry to a member of our team at reservations@peakretreats.co.uk

Opening times Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm (7pm Sept-Mar), Sat 10am – 4pm. Closed bank holidays and Sundays.

 

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