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Links, details of many ski companies, resorts, autoroutes, hotels and information of French school holidays for anyone interested in skiing holidays in France – Day-tripper.net the web magazine for channel shoppers and visitors to Calais, France.
If you are looking for a concise list of ski companies and agencies to do with skiing – a list of names which we have collected for your convenience from numerous newspapers, magazines and surfing the net, this is the page for you. We have phoned around to get their web page addresses for you.
School holidays are obviously the most expensive times to travel. The cheapest time of the year is after the first week in January till the end of the month.
July 31st 2012 – Ski train tickets go on sale at 9.00am 31st July.
October 2009 – We now hear the claims mentioned in the article below may not be true. The continuing weakness of the Pound is causing problems for the ski companies. Apparently, there are major price falls to come to beat the Euro, many companies will be offering free ski passes, transfers and childcare this ski season. Ski companies seem to be pulling out all the stops to make sure that this year's ski holiday remains affordable and good value for money.
Book early in 2009. Prices are expected to rise by between 10 and 20% in 2009. The euro has affected prices adversely, and due to the recession capacity has been cut. Good article. www.travelmole.com
Anyone driving to the Alps will find our Ski autoroute Hotels page useful. We found it almost impossible to get a list of budget hotels with links when researching for this page. However after much work (and driving around) we have a page full of useful links. We strongly advise you to plan your route and book a hotel before you go.
The Ski season generally begins at Les Deux Alpes during the last week of October each year.
Foreign Office warning – too few skiers have proper insurance. They note that most ski resorts only have private health facilities which are NOT covered by the European Health Insurance Card (old E111).
Good news! Swiss Airlines does not charge its passengers for ski and snowboard equipment transport. One pair of ski (including ski boots and sticks) or one snowboard (including boots) per passanger is included in the ticket price (unless it exceeds the free baggage allowance). In 2009 at the annual Guardian and Observer Travel Awards ceremony, Swiss won the "Best short haul airline" award.
Artificial Ski Slopes; Noeux Les-Mines (south of Lille), 300m high. Tel: 0033 321 26 84 84.
– Snowflex, the company behind the redevelopment of this artificial ski area. www.snowflex.com
Regional Road Information Centres. Rhone-Alps / Auvergne. Tel: 0033 472 81 57 33. Driving in France
Easiski have an excellent reputation for getting skiers who have plateaued or just feel they are not doing as well as they should, back on track and much improved. Lessons are offered throughout the year (Les Deux Alpes has summer skiing on the glacier). more
Easiski newsletter. www.easiski.com
1 – Go at a quiet time.
2 – Don't stay in the resort – many villages lower down have direct links to the ski areas.
3 – Drive – the cross channel companies often have good deals with ski insurance. A slightly longer route to the Alpes is via Lille in France / Belgium / Luxembourg and then down through Germany, but there are no tolls on this route. Remember however that Switzerland has a charge for using their autoroutes. Budget airlines can offer chea fares, but nowadays charge for everything else. Ski charges can vary from £15 to £25 each way. Confusingly some require you to let them know in advance you will be bringing your skis, others do not. Baggage allowance is now a real problem, wear as much as you can. Charges per kilogram vary from £5 to £12 a kilogram.
4 – Wait. If you can wait until a few weeks before you plan to go, many holidays will be discounted.
5 – Avoid the big resorts – invest in a good ski guide to find out if the little gem you think you have found is just that.
7 – Self Cater – if you are driving, bring your own food (dried goods especially). Stock up on wine and fresh food at a hypermarket on the way and you will be quids in.
8 – Avoid weekends – this is possible, especially out of season and means cheaper flights and better availability of cars for hire for example.
9 – Shop around – common sense but do you?
10 – Coach – not as bad as it sounds as they generally travel overnight.
Tignes Express. Tel: 0161 610 2000. Cheap Winter Sports. Tel: 01208 850 051.
Snow Coach. Tel: 01727 866 177. www.snowcoach.co.uk
We strongly advise you to plan your route and book a hotel before you go. Plan how far you want to drive into France and use the map to identify a hotel.
– We hear that the Tip Top Hotel in Reims is worth a stay in. www.hotel-reims-tinqueux.com
23 – Annemasse
20 – Annecy
5 – Arras
15 – Beaune
22 – Bellegarde
2 – Bethune
18 – Bourg en Bresse
24 – Bourgoin-Jallieu
4 – Cambrai
16 – Chalon-sur-Saône
9 – Chalon-en-Champagne
21 – Chambery
14 – Chaumont
11 – Douai
12 – Langres
7 – Laon
3 – Lens
17 – Macon
1 – St Omer
6 – St Quentin
10 – Troyes
19 – Villefranche sur Saone
Board the World. www.boardtheworld.com
Soul Sports. www.soulsports.co.uk
Skihoo. www.skihoo.com (FR)
ANENA, the French avalanche research body. www.anena.org
Avalanche (USA). www.avalanche.org
Andorra. Tel: 020 8874 4806.
Austria. Tel: 020 7629 0461. www.austria.info
Ski France – Resort guide and apartment hire. Tel: 0906 824 4123. www.skifrance.com
– Norway. Tel: 020 7839 6255. www.skiinfo.no
Sweden. Tel: 020 7724 5868. www.visitsweden.com
Switzerland. Tel: 020 7734 1921. www.skiswitzerland.com
– Ski information www.skiinfo.fr
Remove your ski boots easily with the Skizmo – Amazing!
"The light, portable Skizmo™ is made from recyclable plastic and is fitted with non-slip rubber foot pads to ensure a secure grip is held between the boots, the Skizmo™ and the surface it is placed on. "You can pop it in your kit bag, whip your boots off and be enjoying the après ski in record time".