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.
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:
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!
- Where to stay? -
Stay at ‘Les Fermes de Samoens’, SAMOENS week 12th January 2013 – cost will be £115 per person, or if booked before 06/08/12 will be £98 per person, based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.
Stay at ‘Bois de Champelle’ chalet complex with indoor pool, MORILLON Village week 22nd December 2012 – cost will be £223 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom chalet including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.
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? -
Stay at Le Flocons d’Argent, AUSSOIS week 16th February 2013 - cost will be £258 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.
Stay at Les Balcons de la Vanoise, TERMIGNON week 12th January 2013 – cost will be £120 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade.*
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 brand new, 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? -
Stay at Cybele, BRIDES LES BAINS week 22nd December 2012 - cost will be £143 per person based on 4 sharing a studio apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.
Stay at Les Balcons le Haut, VAL CENIS week 16th February 2013 – cost will be £338 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom duplex apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.
Stay at Les Domes des Rousses, VAUJANY week 14th January 2012 – cost will be £95 per person, or if booked before 30/09/12 will be £90 per person, based on 5 sharing a 1 bedroom apartment for 5 including Eurotunnel with free flexiplus upgrade.
Stay at Le Coeur d’Or (MGM), BOURG ST MAURICE week 16th February 2013 – cost will be £240 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free flexiplus upgrade. AMAZING VALUE, 4 STAR LUXURY.
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? -
Stay at Le Village, NOTRE-DAME DE BELLECOMBE week 29th December 2012 - cost will be £243 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade.*
Stay at Les Alpages de Champagny, CHAMPAGNY week 19th January 2013 – cost will be £164 per person, or if booked before 06/08/12 will be £140 per person, based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.
Stay at Les Chalets d’Arvan, SAINT SORLIN week 16th February 2013 – cost will be £279 per person based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom duplex apartment including Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade*.
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
* Over last season 95% of our clients who used the FlexiPlus service rated it either Excellent (76%) or Good in their post holiday satisfaction questionnaire.
“Flexiplus upgrade was fantastic, no need to queue”
Mr F. Balcons de la Vanoise, Termignon (2nd January 2010)
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.