The full consequences of the Brexit vote are yet to be seen. But one direct effect of the UK’s decision to leave the EU has been a fall in the value of the pound, which you may have noticed at the currency exchange desk. If you’ve ended up with less euros in your pocket for your pounds this winter, it’s more important than ever that you get good value in resort – and there are plenty of ways to save!
GET MORE FOR YOUR EURO
Kim Rippin, of specialist travel and accommodation agency Simply Val d’Isere, has 18 years experience of finding people the best deals in town. Here’s her money-saving advice.
Waiting until the last minute to bag a bargain can be a bit of a gamble. So why not check out earlybird offers, which can be just as good? For example, book before the end of July and many of our chalets offer a free ski pass worth £220 for Christmas week and January.
Everyone associates France with tiny, shoebox-sized apartments – and yes, they do still exist in certain residences. But these days there is so much more choice and you get so much more for your money. We have over 200 apartments for all budgets, from simple up to the very best. Do not be put off by ski holidays of decades gone by – things really have changed.
Look further afield
We so often have guests say they only want to stay in the centre of Val d’Isere and not La Daille as ‘it’s too far out’. However, this is no longer really true. La Daille still provides great value but has also progressed massively over the last few years. Most properties are ski-in ski-out and its telecabine or funival link you to the main ski area and Tignes in just a few minutes. The free bus service runs regularly until 2am plus it has some lovely bars and restaurants. In Tignes, Les Brevieres is a similarly well-linked and characterful satellite town that can offer more for your money.
Blag a free hot tub
If your budget accommodation doesn’t have the luxury of a pool or hot tub, don’t worry. Visit Val d’Isere’s fantastic new Aquasports centre, which has a leisure pool plus saunas and hammams. With your 6 day ski pass, you receive one free entry to the pool. Tignes offers free entry to its Lagon pool with your ski pass too.
Blag free ski lifts
Did you know the Espace Killy offers free beginner lifts? So if you’re a complete beginner or just a little rusty you can spend the first part of your holiday finding your ski legs at no charge, before buying a shorter lift pass when you’re ready to progress.
Eat and drink the French way
When in France have your big meal of the day at lunch instead of dinner time. You’ll find lots of great value menu du jours at a fraction of the cost of dinner. Apero, or pre-dinner drinks also have the benefit of coinciding with happy hours in most bars in town so look out for early evening deals.
Go to www.simplyvaldisere.com for the widest choice of resort accommodation plus all the extras including ski passes, hire, tuition, childcare and great advice.
OUR CHOICE: More great value accommodation offers
Alpina Lodge offer 4-star apartments, from studios to 3 rooms, with lots of extra service options right in the centre of Val d’Isere village at great prices. www.alpina-lodge.com
Ski Bonjour have a great range of catered chalets in Tignes and Val d’Isere to suit all budgets. www.skibonjour.com
Chalet Eterlou in Tignes Les Brevieres has a cosy feel with the luxury of a hot tub and sauna, and the low price tag of Tignes’ smaller town. www.chaleteterlou.com
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is your ticket to free or local-price healthcare anywhere in the EU and should be carried with you at all times on a ski holiday.
Fortunately, it doesn’t look like Brexit will affect your ability to use the EHIC, though you should keep an eye on your insurance premiums. Michael Pettifer, of specialist ski insurers MPI Brokers, explains: “The EHIC is not an EU matter, but an EEA (European Economic Area) facility. If Britain remains in the EEA I doubt whether there will be any change on the EHIC. But if some countries become ‘difficult’ about its application the potential knock-on effect could be considerable.”
Brexit could lead to insurance premium hikes in future, as the effect of the weaker pound trickles down, but Michael believes that will have little impact on the ski industry. He says: “Skiers are resilient and there is an attitude that skiing is a must. Besides, you can’t really ski in the UK.”
We recommend MPI Brokers for your ski holiday or seasonnaire insurance. They’re run by keen skiers who understand the realities of mountain life, and their policies offer flexible, comprehensive cover for ski-specific issues.