Has anyone else got anything useful to say on this topic?
I think Geneva is probably the best option.
However, I have just discovered one redeeming feature (from my point of view anyway) that Chambery airport has. If you take a taxi 10 km to Chambery Challes railway station you can get a direct train to Bourg-St-Maurice, current cost £16 one way, and journey time 1 hour and 48 minutes.
There is a train that leaves Chambery Challes at 12-03 and arrives at Bourg at 13-51 (according to the current time table).
One reason I use a tour operator is to get the transfer. It's just easier. I've hired a car later in the season but enjoying the simpler things in life I wouldn't hire a car in January - just too risky with snow and poor road conditions.
I spent a few minutes looking for an operator that would sell flight and transfer but couldn't see any advertised for next year. I have used Crystal historically for flight and transfer having booked self-catering independently and that worked well.
For this trip if it were me I would be looking for flights that met the Ski Bonjour transfer - even if it meant a bit of a wait in Geneva.
Although I do run against many peoples views and like Chambery and have been lucky to have never had a diversion or delay due to weather.
It is beginning to sound very much as though I should say 'Geneva' next time someone in the group wants to know which airport they should fly to.
I had thought that myself, but I wasn't really sure, and I didn't want to mislead anyone.
Bonjour told me it might also work out quite well if we had 8 people in our group who wanted a transfer at a different time to their coach (but at a similar time to each other), because thecoolbus.co.uk charge a reasonable fee for transfers from Geneva. I had a look at their website and it says 280 euros for an 8 seater mini-bus, which would work out at 35 euros per person, each way, if we could fill it. And we would save the 20 minutes that the Bonjour coach takes to go to Val d'Isere first.
I am now sorted with regards to transportation thanks to one of the group & hopefully this thread maybe helpful to others who are going or thinking of joining us
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