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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.

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Skiing in France

Ski train – tickets go on sale in July.

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.

Voyages-SNCF / Eurostar – the weekly direct train snow train service to Aimé la Plagne, Bourg-St-Maurice and Moutiers will not run in 2010 / 2011.

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.

Ben's ski bus

Useful ski Information

Artificial Ski Slopes; Noeux Les-Mines (south of Lille), 300m high. Tel: 0033 321 26 84 84.

Snowflex – 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

Ski Insurance

Travel insurance

easiski deux alpes – Easiski. www.easiski.com

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

Saving money on a ski holiday

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.

6 – Hire skis and Skiwear at home, or shop at stores such as Marks and Spencer or in France. www.decathlon.fr and www.go-sport.com

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

Ski route hotels

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.

Tip Top Hotel – We hear that the Tip Top Hotel in Reims is worth a stay in. www.hotel-reims-tinqueux.com

ski route map

Hotel

23 – Annemasse

20 – Annecy

5 – Arras

15 – Beaune

22 – Bellegarde

2 – Bethune

Boulogne

18 – Bourg en Bresse

24 – Bourgoin-Jallieu

Calais

4 – Cambrai

16 – Chalon-sur-Saône

9 – Chalon-en-Champagne

21 – Chambery

14 – Chaumont

– Dijon

11 – Douai

Dunkirk

– Geneva

– Grenoble

12 – Langres

7 – Laon

3 – Lens

Lille

– Lyon

– Satolas

17 – Macon

– Reims

– Noyelles

1 – St Omer

6 – St Quentin

10 – Troyes

19 – Villefranche sur Saone

Snow boarding sites

Board the World. www.boardtheworld.com

Soul Sports. www.soulsports.co.uk

Skihoo. www.skihoo.com (FR)

Snow conditions / Web cams

Avalanche reports

ANENA, the French avalanche research body. www.anena.org

Avalanche (USA). www.avalanche.org

Area / Country sites

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

Germany. www.germany-tourism.de

Italy. Tel: 020 7408 1254. www.dolomitisuperski.com / www.valdisole.net

Norway skiing – Norway. Tel: 020 7839 6255. www.skiinfo.no

Sweden. Tel: 020 7724 5868. www.visitsweden.com

Switzerland. Tel: 020 7734 1921. www.skiswitzerland.com

French sites

Hiver. www.hiver.com

SkiHoo. www.skihoo.com

Ski Info. – Ski information www.skiinfo.fr

Local Town Web Sites

Lyon. www.lyon-france.com

Chambéry. www.chambery-tourisme.com

Skizmo skiboot remover

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".

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