For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say

For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say

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NellyPS posted Feb-2009

Hi Mr W - can you tell me a bit more about your avoidance of using TOs for your skiing holidays? What do you actually do and where do you find the info?

Am curious as to how much of a saving can be made, thinking of driving next winter for a 10 dayer.

Any advice welcome!

Daved
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posted Feb-2009

I'm sorry to be the first and not Mr W but...here goes..

Info...the easiest..get a brochure and see where you want to go ..then look up the resorts website and peruse...they usually have an English version ,
also look up the pace on http://www.tripadvisor.com/ an excellent site

The resort site generally has a list of available accommodation and the rates . If you like one email them and see if there is /are rooms available ...if all else fails write to the tourist office.

You usually can book the hotel online and sometimes you have to pay a deposit or give them a credit card number but I have had no problems with this in 6 trips .
as to driving...it depends how many in your party as to the savings but also where do you intend going the European driving experience is 100% better than the M1

I have found that a major hidden cost in flying are the transfers which can be as high as €75 for shared transport so you save that in driving

also the tour operators charge extortionate prices for single rooms when the hotels don't

go for it
Edited 1 time. Last update at 26-Feb-2009

Ise
reply to 'For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say'
posted Feb-2009

according to a press release I got recently ski France have launched a service for this

New dynamic packaging facility for ski website

Ski France has re-launched its website with a new dynamic packaging facility. The company claims it is the first time skiers have been able to create a completely tailor-made ski trip online, on one website.

As an example of the site?s flexibility, a weekend package of two nights? bed and breakfast at the Hotel Mottaret in Mottaret, using Easyjet flights out of Gatwick on 20 March, together with private transfers costs £534.50 per person (twin share).

?But if you don?t want private transfers, just take them out of the ?basket? and the cost is immediately re-calculated at £205 per person ? making it easy to compare like for like packages as well as ensure you only book the services you really want,? says the company?s Phillip Morris-Simpson.

Ski France features 21 resorts in the French Alps and a range of accommodation from two-star self-catering apartments to fully-catered ?Prestige? chalets and hotels for short breaks.

Accommodation-only prices lead-in at £30 per person for a week?s self-catering starting at the Residence Le Grand Panorama in St Gervais, for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six.

The company also offers a full range of in-resort services from lift passes and equipment hire to ski school, as well as extras such as activities, child care and food packs. Online reservations: www.skifrance.co.uk or call 0845 862 1121.

Smirnoff_skier
reply to 'For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say'
posted Feb-2009

We are driving to Alp d'Huez in March and have worked out the cost to be the following:

Miles - 1800
MPG - 40 (diesel Renault Laguna)
Total gallons - 45
Gallons to Litres - 4.55
Total Litres - 204.75
PRICE OF FUEL - 0.989
Total cost of fuel - £202.50
SNOW CHAINS - £30.00 (second hand off ebay)
FERRY COST - £42.02 (£10 each to Dunkirk)
Tolls - £120.00

Total Cost of Trip - £394.52
Number of people - 4
Price each - £98.63

This doesnt include insurance for other people to drive the car so will have to take this into account.

The other option was to go on the bus provided for the holiday which would have taken 28ish hours.
Tom

Daved
reply to 'For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say'
posted Feb-2009

go via lille and Luxembourg a bit further..avoids a lot of tolls and there is cheaper diesel (88p)in Luxembourg
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Tony_H
reply to 'For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say'
posted Feb-2009

Good shout that. I always used to go down to Spain via Dunkirk, Lille, Charleroi, Namur, Luxembourg, Nancy. You pick up the first toll motorway at Toul which saves a lot of dollar.
www  New and improved me

NellyPS
reply to 'For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say'
posted Feb-2009

ise wrote:according to a press release I got recently ski France have launched a service for this

New dynamic packaging facility for ski website

Ski France has re-launched its website with a new dynamic packaging facility. The company claims it is the first time skiers have been able to create a completely tailor-made ski trip online, on one website.

As an example of the site?s flexibility, a weekend package of two nights? bed and breakfast at the Hotel Mottaret in Mottaret, using Easyjet flights out of Gatwick on 20 March, together with private transfers costs £534.50 per person (twin share).

?But if you don?t want private transfers, just take them out of the ?basket? and the cost is immediately re-calculated at £205 per person ? making it easy to compare like for like packages as well as ensure you only book the services you really want,? says the company?s Phillip Morris-Simpson.

Ski France features 21 resorts in the French Alps and a range of accommodation from two-star self-catering apartments to fully-catered ?Prestige? chalets and hotels for short breaks.

Accommodation-only prices lead-in at £30 per person for a week?s self-catering starting at the Residence Le Grand Panorama in St Gervais, for a one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six.

The company also offers a full range of in-resort services from lift passes and equipment hire to ski school, as well as extras such as activities, child care and food packs. Online reservations: www.skifrance.co.uk or call 0845 862 1121.



This sounds great - will give it a go.

Thanks for other advice too

Ian Wickham
reply to 'For Mr W - but everyone else welcome to have a say'
posted Feb-2009

NellyPS wrote:Hi Mr W - can you tell me a bit more about your avoidance of using TOs for your skiing holidays? What do you actually do and where do you find the info?

Am curious as to how much of a saving can be made, thinking of driving next winter for a 10 dayer.

Any advice welcome!


Sorry to be so late but some of us have to earn a living, right, first question have you got kids, if you haven't then you can do all sorts of silly things like driving though the night, this is what I do.

Book my holidays at work , very important that one.

Book the Channel tunnel, normally about £120, go though the night and it will be cheaper.

Get car serviced and ensure anti freeze is down to -30.

Snow chains cost about £40

Strong mixture of screen wash

Find a resort, kids are resilient I've been as far Serre Cha, Val Frejus, but settled on a nearer resort for our sakes more than the kids which was LGb.

If you are traveling with kids an overnight stop is advisable.

We normally book a chalet which you can pick up on the net or on the local tourist board site which we did this year the cost is split two ways as for the last six years we have gone with my brother in law and his family.

Tolls and fuel need to be considered.

I guess if you're traveling without family but with friends in one car it can work out cheaper.

For us the full total without filling up with wine at Calais works out at around £2500.

Lift passes booked on line I do not need a resort rep to deliver a lift pass to me, I stop at the tourist board and collect it.

Unless you have four individuals splitting the cost it possibly works out cheaper with the TO's, £2500 ( without the cost of food and spending money ) could I get a catered chalet for the three of us for the last week in January below £833 per head the answer is yes I could.

So my advice would be work out your costing and decide what you want from your holiday, only you will know your budget

Good luck but remember it does not always work out cheaper, if you need any other help or information please Pm me.




Edited 1 time. Last update at 26-Feb-2009

Topic last updated on 05-March-2009 at 17:17

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